Tudor fun for kids as they get dressed up in old-fashioned frocks

REGAL From left, Abi, nine, Elli, seven, and Niamh, three, Quinlan. Picture: Ian Hargeaves  (122645-1)

REGAL From left, Abi, nine, Elli, seven, and Niamh, three, Quinlan. Picture: Ian Hargeaves (122645-1)

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YOUNGSTERS had fun dressing up in Tudor costumes at the Mary Rose Museum.

And three young girls were especially keen to wear one of the princess frocks at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard attraction.

Sisters Abi, nine, Ellie, seven, and Niamh, three, Quinlan giggled as they all squeezed on to a throne in their traditional garb yesterday.

‘I picked mine because it’s green,’ said Abi, of Bedfordshire, who is visiting Portsmouth with her family.

She added: ‘It’s quite hot to wear, so I wouldn’t want to do it all the time but it’s a very pretty dress and it’s fun getting dressed up.’

Her mother Sally Quinlan, 39, said: ‘My mum lives in Hampshire and I used to come and see the Victory when I was younger, so I wanted to bring the girls here now.

‘The dresses are lovely and it’s such a nice idea to get children involved and learning about history.

‘Abi has just played Anne Boleyn in her school play a couple of weeks ago so she’s thrilled to be back in one of her green dresses again.’

Mary Rose Museum volunteer Chloe Shipp, 18, of North End, said: ‘It’s good fun. You’ve got to coax them in and get them dressing up.

‘It’s not just children, we’ve had adults in too. There was a couple from Bulgaria last month who tried on every single dress, so it’s fun for all the ages.’

WHAT’S ON TOMORROW and MONDAY

· Watch a team of First Bus employees pull a bus from Clarence Pier, in Southsea, to Eastney Swimming Baths, in memory of former employee Trevor Hutton who died of a heart attack in 2009. The event is expected to kick off at midday tomorrow.

· Dress up as a clown for the day at the Groundlings Theatre, in Kent Street, Portsea, between 10am and 6pm tomorrow. People will be able to find out what it takes to make people laugh when you’re in the costume. Entry costs £35 per person. To register call (023) 9273 7370.

· Get an eyeful of vintage Volkswagen cars on Southsea Common tomorrow. The ‘BeachBuggin’ show, which is being held between 10am and 4pm, is free to visitors. There is a £10 fee for those who want to turn up in a Volkswagen and add it to the parade of cars that will be on show.

· A mix of contemporary and traditional art will be on display at Portsmouth Guildhall on Monday. Artist Susan Jane Dunford, whose work focuses on architecture, will be showcasing her sculptures. The event is being held between 8.30am and 6pm. Entry is free. For more information contact emailenquiries@​portsmouthguild​hall.org.uk

· Meet members of the Portsmouth branch of the Normandy Veterans Association at the D-Day Museum, in Southsea, between 11am and 3pm on Monday.

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