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19th November 2017

Hallowe’en Horrible History for families


The Ipswich Tourist Guides and the Borough Council’s Tourist Information Centre have arranged one of their most popular guided walks of the year as a special Hallowe’en treat for the whole family.

“Horrible History of Ipswich – for Families” will take place on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st October, leaving from the Tourist Information Centre at 6pm.

Inspired by the popular children’s books and TV series, this is history with the boring bits taken out and the gory bits left in – and given a local twist. Discover the darker side of Ipswich’s history – hangings, the plague, bear baiting and grave robbers. Hear about the worst job in town, the “Night-soil man”, and learn the origins of everyday phrases like “the graveyard shift” and “saved by the bell”. Find out why locals kicked up a stink when the Corporation wanted to install the town’s first sewage system.

Hallowe’en Horrible History is ideal for children aged eight to 12 (although all with a genuine interest are welcome) and their well behaved adults. The cost is £4 per person and places must be booked in advance. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Bookings and further information are available from the Tourist Information Centre, St Stephen’s Church, St Stephen’s Lane – telephone 01473 258070, email tourist@ipswich.gov.uk

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