- All events are at the standard Museum admission prices unless otherwise stated.
- Members are admitted free to the Museum during usual opening times.
- Membership does not cover ticketed performances or evening events.
- To book tickets please call the Museum on 01527 831363 or visit the Museum shop during opening hours. Payment required at time of booking.
- Activities may have an additional cost if stated.
- Events may be subject to change, check back here for the latest information or like us on Facebook
November children’s prize trail
Follow the clues around the Museum grounds and buildings to get the answers to our November trail. Hand in your answer sheet in the Museum shop at the end of your visit and, if you’ve solved the puzzles, you’ll get a prize!
‘Tis the Season… An exhibition of English Christmas traditions through the ages
Tuesday 1st – Sunday 20th December (closed Mondays), 10.30am – 4.00pm
Late night opening Thursdays until 8.00pm
Escape the chaos of modern-day Christmas preparations with a walk around the Museum grounds to visit traditionally decorated buildings, each with its own Christmas story. See how traditions and celebrations evolved between the Tudor era and the 1950s. Meet characters who will tell you their stories and how they celebrate the festive season.
There will also be audiences with Father Christmas for younger visitors Thursdays – Sundays (an additional charge of £5, including Christmas crafts and gift). There is no need to book, you will receive your timed token on arrival.
On Thursday 3rd, 10th and 17th December Avoncroft Museum will stay open until 8pm. The grounds and buildings will be lit with fairy lights and candles for a magical atmosphere as visitors walk around the Museum grounds. There will be traditional music and the Tea Room will be open until 7.30pm. Please bring appropriate clothing, footwear and a torch for the walks between the buildings.
For a special day out, visit our award-winning Tea Room for a festive Afternoon Tea with sweet and savoury treats. Please book in advance on 01527 831363 (Tea Room open Tuesday – Sunday, 10.30am until 3.30pm and until 7.30pm on late night Thursdays).
Heritage skills course: making traditional Christmas table decorations
Tuesday 1st December, 10.00am – 1.00pm
Find out more about the traditions behind Christmas table decorations, get new ideas, learn new skills and take home your own centrepiece. All materials, light refreshments and entry to Avoncroft Museum are included in the price.
Cost: £15 (£10 for Avoncroft Museum members), please call 01527 831363 to book. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Father Christmas at Avoncroft Museum
(Thursdays to Sundays only)
Thursday 3rd – Sunday 20th December, from 11.00am
Visit Father Christmas and Mrs Christmas at their home as they get ready for their busiest season. There will be activities with Mrs Christmas and a visit to Father Christmas, when all good children will receive a Christmas gift.
Father Christmas’s grotto will be open from 11am until 3.30pm each day and late night opening until 7.30pm on Thursdays. No need to book, just drop in for your timed visit token.
Normally Museum entry charges apply and there is a £5.00 charge for each child to visit Father Christmas.
Candlelit Christmas Night
Saturday 5th December – booking open, call 01527 831363
Christmas comes to Bromsgrove at Avoncroft’s annual celebration. There will be bands, choirs, craft stalls, morris dancing, fabulous festive food and mulled wine. The grounds will be decorated in authentic Christmas style. Tickets: £7 adults, £5 children (Avoncroft Museum members £3/£2, please have your membership card with you when booking).
The evening will feature:
- Bromsgrove’s own town crier opening the proceedings
- Tudor Christmas in the Town House
- Victorian Christmas in the Toll House
- 1940s Christmas in the Prefab
- The Santa Express miniature train (extra charge applies)
- Sing along carols in Bringsty Church
- Beautifully lit grounds and buildings
- Craft fair
- Bromsgrove Astronomy Club – take a look at the December night sky
- Blacksmithing demonstrations
- Glass bauble-making demonstrations
- Bands and choirs
- Bell ringers
- Morris dancers
- Fire eater and stilt walker
- Magic lantern show
- Father Christmas
There will also be delicious festive treats to buy on the evening:
- Hog roast
- Crepes made to order
- Hot spiced cider and mulled wine
Heritage skills course: Christmas knits
Thursday 10th December, 9.30am – 2.30pm
Jenniffer Taylor, a contestant on the Great British Sewing Bee, will be leading a Christmas knits workshop inspired by the good old fashioned ‘make do and mend’ spirit that was prevalent during and after the Second World War.
Because fabrics were in such short supply at that time, everyone was encouraged to re-use old items to give them a new lease of life. With her natural enthusiasm and inspiring approach, Jenniffer will guide and help you to make a matching gloves and scarf set from unwanted knitwear in picturesque surroundings with a small group of friendly people.
Cost: £60 (£50 for Avoncroft Museum members), please call 01527 831363 to book your place. The price includes lunch in Avoncroft’s award-winning Tea Room and a complimentary family pass for free Museum entry (for 2 adults and 3 children, valid for 6 months). For more information please email email@example.com.
Carols at Night
Saturday 19th December, 5.00pm – free admission to the service
A fantastic setting for the popular traditional carol service in Bringsty Church, led by the clergy of Stoke Prior parish.
Victorian Ghost Stories at Christmas
Sunday 20th December, 7.30pm - booking open, call 01527 831363
A theatre show featuring original spine-chillers in a vintage vein. An evening of vengeful revenants, restless spirits and malevolent ghouls. Brought to you by Don’t Go Into The Cellar.
Tickets £12 per person, including a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink.
Dog Day Weekend
Saturday 2nd & 3rd Sunday January
Blow away the cobwebs and walk off some of that festive fare this weekend. Every dog gets a free treat!
Wassailing the Orchard
Sunday 10th January
Join us for our orchard-visiting wassail, an ancient rural custom to awaken the cider apple trees and scare away evil spirits to ensure a good fruit harvest in the coming year. There will also be morris dancing, music, food and mulled wine.
Bleak Midwinter Living History Weekend
Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th January
Avoncroft’s volunteers will be welcoming you into the historic houses to see how our ancestors survived winter in the past.
Waking the Windmill
Sunday 7th February
Weather permitting, the Museum’s windmill will be sailed for the first time in 2016. There will also be the chance to see original footage of the saving of the mill in 1969 and bread-making in the Tollhouse.
February Half Term: Treasure Island
Monday 15th – Sunday 21st February – booking opening in 2016
All aboard the Hispaniola for some pirate fun at Avoncroft! You might even find some buried treasure…
* Windmill sailing: weather permitting, our team of volunteers will sail the windmill and visitors can see it in action. If the weather is not suitable, volunteers will be available to show visitors around the windmill.
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