What with Dr Who moving his Tardis into permanent residence in Wales’ fair capital city, we’re not short of a timewarp or two. The St Fagans Museum of Welsh life is one of the finest examples of living history in the UK, and as well as being an amazingly fun day out, it’s only RUDDY FREE! We checked out some of St Fagans finest displays for some inspiration:
This is one of St Fagans’ many display buildings, but they also have working buildings like the Gwalia stores above (selling mostly chocolate – god bless ’em!) and the bakery below. bread from the Turog bakery in St Fagans is the best, fluffiest, plumpest most amazing bread in the world. FACT.
And it’s not only the buildings that get you thinking forties – there’s little bits of history hidden all over the place. You just have to open your eyes…
If all this doesn’t get you revved up for a history party, nothing will. Museums are everywhere – in every town and city all over the UK, and America isn’t far behind on the museum stakes. Go to it – in Wales our Museums are all free now, but they’re never ridonkulously expensive, and they’re absolutely worth it for inspiration. Want a revolutionary party? Go to Valley Forge in Philadelphia. Want a Pilgrim party? Go to Washington. Want a Forties party? Go anywhere in the UK, especially St Fagans in Cardiff, Flambards in Cornwall or the Imperial War Museum in London. Bursting with party ideas, they are!
St Fagans set the mood for the Blitz party perfectly. We had tea in the tea rooms above the Gwalia stores, sweets from the bakery and ice-cream from the ice cream stands that are everywhere. St Fagans know what they’re doing – they have every bit of Welsh history represented from Celtic Roundhouse Villages up to modern day. Interestingly enough, about 15 years ago they build a “House for the Future” which I remember seeing on a school trip and thinking it was nonsense. It was like a space ship with a garden to me.