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National Football Museum’s 1966 World Cup Exhibition ends this weekend with a triumphant celebration of England’s greatest tournament

This Saturday, experience the excitement and fervour that was keenly felt across the country during our first and only home World Cup. The bunting will be out, the sounds of the sixties will fill the Hall of Fame, and visitors will be whisked back fifty years to one of England’s most glorious sporting events.

The Football Museum’s final Memories of ’66 Tours will be running throughout the day (11.15am, 2.15pm & 3.30pm), affording you the chance to explore the World Cup’s fascinating narratives and sub-plots with their knowledgeable and entertaining guides.

Older visitors can share their own memories of the tournament and their own personal experience at the memory sharing session (12.30pm – 2pm) in the Hall of Fame, swapping stories with like-minded fans and handling some of the objects and artefacts from that era.

Under-5s can learn all about the National Football Museum’s mascot, Pickles the Dog, and the role he played in sniffing out the stolen Jules Rimet trophy in storytelling sessions, held across the Saturday on Level 2 (11am, 2pm & 3.45pm). Pickles himself will be making appearances throughout the day, so keep your eyes peeled for the museum’s favourite pooch!

Visitors of all ages can express their support creatively in the rosette-making workshops (Hall of Fame, 10.45am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 4pm), while you can test your musical knowledge on the swinging sixties in pop quizzes, running throughout the day on level 3.

The exhibition itself weaves together the testimonies of players and spectators alike, incorporating iconic objects such as the Jules Rimet trophy and the ball used in the dramatic Wembley final. The result is a colourful and comprehensive take on the ‘66 World Cup from those who were there, bringing the tournament back to life.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of the nation’s most compelling football story.

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