Mr Punch and his entourage visited Monkwearmouth Museum in Sunderland yesterday and performed four shows to appreciative audiences of children and adults.
Mr Punch enjoyed his visit as it reminded him of the days when people used to flock to the English seaside for day trips and vacations. The museum is housed in a former railway station. The building itself is very grand as was the style in the victorian era when it was conceived. There are many exhibits to show what life was like in the area in years gone by. There is even a fully restored ticket office to show what the station would have been like in Edwardian times.
The museum is designed to be child friendly and there are various interactive displays and a playroom too.
In addition to the Punch and Judy Show there was also face painting by Katrina Wood. This was very popular and there was a queue all afternoon. There were lots of oohs and aahs at the stunning faces Katrina painted and quite a few parents enquiring about Katrina’s availability for face painting at parties in the Sunderland / Newcastle area. This is no problem as Katrina is based in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Mr Punch’s verdict : The museum is interesting, educational and fun with friendly and helpful staff. Definitely worth a visit.
If you were at the Museum and met Jolly Good Productions, saw the Punch and Judy Show, had your kids faces painted please feel free to leave a comment. What do you think of the museum? We’d love to hear your views and feedback.