Step back in time at the Argory and Springhill

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TAKE a step back in time to the Victorian and Edwardian eras this weekend at National Trust properties, The Argory, Moy and Springhill, Moneymore.

Hear all the gossip and stories at ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ at The Argory on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August where The Argory will once again be transformed into a living Victorian estate in the 1850’s. The highlight of the event will undoubtedly be a tour of The Argory house where visitors will meet Housekeeper, Mrs. Hill, the Lady’s Maid, Miss McCall and Captain Shelton who has just returned from the sinking of the Birkenhead.

Traditional Victorian afternoon teas will be served in the stunning surrounds of the Octagon Room. Home made scones with cream, fruit preserves, fruit cake, Victoria sponge, delicate finger sandwiches and tea or coffee await the discerning palate – an experience not to be missed.

Children can dress up in period costume and join in Victorian games such as croquet and quoits. Laundry maid, Lizzie Conlon will need some help in the Laundry Yard and the Shop Keeper will be opening her Victorian Sweetshop just for the occasion.

‘Upstairs Downstairs’ will run from 12-5pm on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August. Normal admission, National Trust members free. Additional charges apply for house tours and afternoon tea in the house.

Springhill in Moneymore will also take a step back to the Edwardian era for a day of fantastic family fun. Visitors can discover the new and interactive exhibition to learn more about life in Edwardian times and the link between the Lenox-Conyngham family and the Titanic. Springhill House will come to life through living history tours as Reverend George prepares his family to leave for their journey on Titanic. Experience the excitement, sights and sounds of April 1912 as the family prepare for their trip.

A fun and interactive exhibition revealing stories about life in 1912, from travel through to communication and education will give children the chance to dress up in traditional clothing, play with Edwardian toys and games and have a go at Edwardian writing on slates with chalk.

The Edwardian costume museum is a treat not to be missed. View the stunning exhibition featuring day and evening dresses in silk, satin and lace, as well as an array of garments for men, girls and boys from the Edwardian era.

Follow the children’s trail around Springhill or relax in the surrounds of Springhill’s very own reproduction of an Edwardian Café for some tasty treats and afternoon tea. A fun-filled day, a family treat not to be missed.

Edwardian Day will take place at Springhill on Sunday 19 August from 1-5pm. Normal admission, National Trust members free. Additional charges apply for house tours and afternoon tea in the Edwardian Café.

For further information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ni or call 028 8778 4753.