In class we have been reading the play of ‘Oliver Twist’. Since ‘Oliver Twist’ was set in the Victorian times we are going to talk about what people did in their spare time and holidays during this period.
Spare time-Richer families
In the Victorian era many people did not have a lot of spare time unlike today but richer children were more likely to play inside.
In the Nursery
Small Children had the most expensive and well made toys. The most popular toy was the wooden rocking horse (always very colourful).
Toys for the older age
Older children would collect parts of a theatre and over time would have a miniature theatre; they would put on little shows or plays.
Spare time-Poorer families
Poorer Children had a lot less spare time than richer children and were more likely to play outside.
All poor children played outside no matter what age. They would play with marbles, hoops and balls (which we still play with today).They also played in streets or fields in big groups.
Unlike today, in the Victorian era there wasn’t that many holidays.
In the early Victorian era were just getting introduced .
When Christmas and Easter time came the holidays that they had were very important especially to Christians and poorer families. Poorer families often went to the seaside as it was cheap and easy to get to (if you lived by the sea).The most popular seaside destinations were Blackpool and Southend. In the Victorian era most people went to the beach fully clothed.
As you can see lots of things have changed since the Victorian era but some things still stay the same.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about spare time and holidays during the Victorian times.
Morgan and Maia X