Fun and games
Croquet was a game introduced in England in the early 1850's. The game was first played in the thirteenth century by peasants. Eventually the game spread. It was then considered a suitable sport for women and was a primary activity for the British leisure class.
Cricket was first recognized as a sport in the early 18th century. The first recorded match was in 1697 in Sussex. This game was commonly played by the wealthy in London.
The oldest recorded game in history. At the time it was a very popular game.
This game is believed to date back to the middle ages. It was started by bored slodiers who through the darts at whine barrels, with their goal to hit the center. Later the target changed to the cross section of a tree, after the game began to get more popular.
Theatre was also a popular way for people to spend their leisure time.
The two oldest theatres were Covent Garden and Drury Lane. The productions consisted of three or four acts, lasing hours. One of their most popular plays, Princess Ida, was based on Tennyson's peom.
Music and Dancing
Music and Dancing was a big part of lifestyle of people who lived in the Victorian Era.
For many people music helped to pass long winter evenings. Many girls were taught to play the piano at a young age. Music was also a common connection to bring courting couples together. Music was a big part of theatre.
Dancing was a living tradition with local variations. The Queen gave evening concerts at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.