Yesterdays World: Great Yarmouth Day Out

Step back in time to experience the bygone era, Yesterdays World: Great Yarmouth will take you on a trip down memory lane. Journey through time experiencing the recreated life size shop displays and street scenes, sit in an air raid shelter or take a ride on the 19th century carousel, there is something for everyone at Yesterdays World.

Situated along the golden mile of Great Yarmouth experience an amazing 125 years of British social history magically brought back to life. Discover over 150,000 nostalgic artefacts set in 20,000sq ft of themed areas plus virtual and interactive exhibits.

The museum recaptures the past with many displays on show and fantastic memoribilia dating from the 18th century right up to the 1970’s. Discover fascinating facts from historical characters and see for yourself how life has changed since the nineteenth century. Displays include life size wax figures of King Henry VIII and his wives, also Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy in the Silent Movie Theatre. Watch classic silent movies from these famous stars. Sit in the NEW Anderson shelter display and experience a WWII air raid! Take a walk through the recreated life size street scenes and shop displays, taking in the evocative sounds and smells of past.

From the moment you step in to the Museum (before you even pay)  right through to exiting through the Victorian themed Tea Room, you are taken back into history. As you enter the Museum you can see straight away some of the superb displays with some fantastic memorabilia

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Having a go at an old arcade game
Dad has a good chat with Winston Churchill
Dad has a good chat with Winston Churchill

Once you pay for entry you take the stairs to the first floor, where you can meet King Henry vii and his wives, visit the Queen’s throne room and find out about Victorian life.

 

You then take a walk down the corridor where you can see displays of HG Wells Time Machine, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein’s monster and a fabulous collection of vintage cameras

 

Next take a walk through The Village Green and stroll through the Carpenters workshop, The Wheelwrights workshop and the Apothacary. Browse at the large selection of agricultural tools, trade bicycles and ailments. Listen to the short video in each area and experience what is was like to live in those days.

To continue the historical journey in the past, walk down the stairs and turn left onto the Station Approach. Here you can walk onto the Railway Platform and listen to the steam train arriving, look around and absorb in the atmosphere of WWII evacuees.

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Walk away from the Station Approach and look at the Victorian shop display fronts down Memory Lane, there are many artifacts to look at here like old banknotes, old toys and a tobacconist. The boys particularly enjoyed looking at the Toy Shop and was happy to see that their was brick building toys available back then.

Leaving Memory lane, walk back past the Train Station and onto Blitz street. Here you will be able to read about WW2, sit inside and air raid shelter and listen to the air raid siren or take a look at what a trench looked like.

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The best part of the tour has got to be the Carousel Parade, not only do you get to take a ride on a stunning 19th century restored carousel but you can walk inside the shops, which are full to the brim of memorabilia, and take a good look around.

The boys loved the Wall of mirrors and had so much fun standing in front of them and seeing how much their body shape changes with the different curved mirrors. Dad really enjoyed looking around the bike shop, as a cyclist he is very interested in bikes and he also enjoyed sitting down in the silent movie theatre and watching a classic Charlie Chaplin Movie.

Before you exit the museum you are taken through a Victorian style tea room, served by waiters and waitresses dressed in themed clothing, you can sit down and enjoy a cream tea before you leave. The Tea Room has been voted by local tourist as one of ’50 best places to eat by the sea’, you can visit the Tea Room at anytime and no need to walk through the museum to sit and enjoy a  tasty treat. We was served tea/coffee and cake after our walk through the museum, the waiter was friendly and the tea room was clean and comfortable. The choice of cakes was ample and they cater for children too by selling fruit juice.

The menu
The menu

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Yesterday’s World is a lovely and interesting day out, there are lots to see for all ages with many interactive displays for the children to get involved.

The Museum is currently looking for a Chief (child) Ambassador, Do you know a child under 8 that can user their imagination to help showcase the past to the visitors of the future? Take a look here for more information

Admission  Prices

  • Adult £6.95
  • Senior £5.95
  • Student £5.45
  • Special needs £5.45 ( Carer £2. 00 )
  • Child ( 4-15 years) £5.45
  • Family ticket ( 2+2) £22.80 – Extra Child £4.45

Or for what we had was a

See & Tea Ticket

  • £8.40

Enjoy the attraction for as long as long as you like and then follow it up with a slice of cake with a pot of tea or coffee

Open from 10.30 – 5.00pm

 We was supplied with family tickets for this review, photos and opinions my own.

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The V&A Museum of Childhood

I volunteer at my boys school and was asked to go along a trip with the reception class, that my son Joseph is in, to visit the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green in London.

Because it was a school trip I can not disclose any information on the children but I can talk about how I enjoyed the museum.

I have visited the museum a number of times before with my own children and as a child myself with my mum and it never stops amazing me.
The museum is as it name says is about childhood, it’s part of the Victoria and Albert and it has two floors of childhood related objects, which is basically ‘toys’. The toy collection includes dolls, teddy bears, trains and cars, dolls houses and furniture that range from the 1600’s to current time.
The Museum aims to develop an appreciation of creative design through their inspirational collections.
When I was a fashion student, back in the days lol, I used to visit the museum and draw certain toys that would inspire me to design outfits from. It’s funny how you can look at a ‘Buzz Lightyear’ and come up with a design for a dress.

The museum hosts four galleries;

Creativity Gallery:
This consists of 4 sections, Explore, Imagine, Be Inspired and Make it Happen. This is where you can use your imagination and be creative in the dressing up area. There is also a Sensory Pod where children can touch and feel different materials and explore the light section that change colours at the touch of a button.
In the creative category you will find toys such as Lego, dolls, puppets and toys based on tv programme’s ie; Thunderbirds.
There are educational objects on display like chemistry kits and musical instruments that are designed to develop mental and physical skills.

Moving Toys Gallery
This section also consists of 4 sections,
Look See, Circuits and Motors, Springs and Cogs and the last one Pushes and Pulls.
Here you can learn about science, design and technology from moving toys – the mechanisms include everything from cams and levers to the computer chips, how cogs work and magnetic force.
This section is quite hands on for the children, there are rocking horses for them to ride, robots to light up by connecting the cogs and winding it up by a handle and magnet faces to make by using a magnet to drag the metal shards that are inside a plastic box to the stencilled face.
This is great for their hand and eye coordination and the children and myself loved creating wacky faces.

Up stairs you will find the Childhood Galleries, this area cover 6 sections, Who will I be?, What we wear, How we learn, Home, Families and Babies.
This was my favourite gallery and really made me smile looking at all the huge dolls houses, it’s what every little girls wants and it’s certainly what I dreamt of having when I was young.

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A baby’s life is a constant experience of developing and learning they can absorb and memorise many things, like the words to a song but play is one of the most important ways a baby will learn and explore.
There is an under 3’s play area where childen can role play with the dolls, cots and pull along animals.
I really enjoyed seeing the old fashion prams and seeing how they have changed from the years ago to now and also how teething aid was used for babies. Teethers were made of coral that was said to have ward away the evil. My little Oliver is teething at the moment and I’m not sure I would give him one of them as they look like they would cause more harm than good.

Temporary Exhibition Space
Now this one was the kids favourite, they had Punch and Judy puppet kiosk’s that the children could use to put on their own show, while the adults sit down and relax on the deckchairs and enjoy being entertained by the little ones.
You will also find a play pretend section with dressing up items, my little one particularly liked it in here as he could dress up as a wizard and stir the cauldron.

Play helps children to explore, experiment, it helps them to improve there emotional being. It’s an important part of a child’s life of where they learn.

Play helps with children’s curiosity which leads to discovery and creativity.
It helps them interact with other children and makes it fresh and exciting.

Children don’t need these new and expensive electronic devices that are out now, give a child a box and a cape and watch them create a whole new world of play for themselves.
My mum always said that she spent hours of fun playing marbles in the street.

We all need to play, it makes us happy and joyous maybe this is why I exited the museum like many others with a big smile on my face and head full of fond memories of my childhood and all the lovely toys I had and of the friends I played with when i was young and the games we played.

PLAY we all need it young and old!

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