Seaside Holidays In The Past

Follow the story of a Victorian lady Lillie and her husband Frank, as they holiday in Blackpool.

During this 2hr workshop pupils will listen to a postcard written by Victorian lady, Lillie. They will discover why her husband Frank was scratching so much and why Lillie didn’t want to go into the water! Pupils will be immersed in role-play, meeting the grumpy boarding house lady the dipper lady!

A boy and a girls will be chosen to wear Victorian bathing costumes. Is there a boy who can strut his stuff?!

Pupils will handle artefacts, discovering what Victorians did for entertainment, and what souvenirs they bought. 


The workshop will focus on

  • How Victorians travelled
  • Holiday accommodation
  • Entertainment, including fairground rides
  • What people wore at the seaside
  • Victorian souvenirs


“The children really enjoyed the session and were able to recall lots of facts and information. Activities well pitched for yr1. Interactive role-play effective. Artefacts were appropriate and link well to lessons we will teach in this unit. Thank you”

M Bond Trinity Buckshaw CE/Methodist Primary School


“Very informative, lots of artefacts for the children to handle and learn from. The children were involved all the time and they all learnt a lot. A great start to our topic Bucket and Spade”

Mrs Cordingley   St Edward’s RC Primary School Darwen


“The workshop was brilliant for my year 2 children. We are quite a lively class but the children were very engaged! There were a range of activities that caught their attention and they can talk in some detail about seasides in Victorian times. Thank you!”

Beth Rowland   Brookfield Primary School  Preston


“Loved the role play activities-children made to feel involved.The workshop was very informative and the leader very knowledgeable. The children enjoyed dressing up and looking at artefacts. Great questioning!”

Miss Mercer Garstang St Thomas C of E Primary School Garstang