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1/2 Term Vintage Adventure

Enid Blyton Country

Bottles of ginger beer and famous five novelsThe spring bank holiday is the perfect time for vintage excursions in Dorset. So if you want a good way of letting your children run about like mad things, eat huge Famous Five style picnics and find out more about the author of all those awfully good and wholesome stories then now is the the perfect opportunity!

This half term (2nd June) the National Trust at Corfe Castle (aka Kirrin Castle) along with the famous Ginger Pop shop in Corfe village are hosting a day of Enid Blyton during WW2.

The events celebrate Enid Blyton’s most creative writings which started during the war and included a wide range of special stories written especially for evacuees. Viv Endecott who is a Blyton expert (and proprietor of the Ginger Pop shop) will be sharing Enid’s stories about of wartime and how readers were encouraged by Enid through her magazine Sunny Stories. Starts 10am to 5.30 normal admission charges to Corfe Castle (but free stuff in the village)

I remember reading these stories as a little girl in the 60′s. So when I picked up a boxful at a flea market a few years back I had a good wallow in nostalgia!
The books are incredibly wholesome but re-reading in 2010 really brought home the complete lack of political correctness that pervaded at the time. Who would dare call a kid “fatty”today (well the government might but they try to dress it up with words like childhood obesity now!)

If you want to find out more about Enid Blyton at War ┬átelephone the National Trust curator for this event; Lawrence Roots, 01929 481294, corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk. Even better – just turn up via steam train! The Swanage Railway is a vintage experience in itself so if you want something to do this is ideal!