Forthcoming events

 

  • All events are at the standard Museum admission prices, unless otherwise stated (some on-site activities have an additional cost).
  • Members come in free to the Museum during usual opening times (this excludes ticketed performances or evening events, but we will offer a discounted membership rate where possible).
  • To book tickets please call the Museum on 01527 831363 or visit the Museum shop during opening hours.
  • Occasionally events may be subject to change, please check back here for the latest information or like us on Facebook!

May

Windmill sailing*

Sunday 1st May

See our historic windmill in action as it is sailed by our team of specially trained volunteers. If the weather is not suitable, volunteers will be available to show visitors around inside the Windmill, in small groups.

 

Traditional May Day

Monday 2nd May

Join us on Bank Holiday Monday for Morris men, a mummers play and traditional Maypole-dancing as we celebrate the coming of spring!

Bring all the family to see the blossom ceremony and visit our historic buildings, which will be brought alive with period characters; you’ll also be able to meet Monty the juggling jester and take part in craft activities, pony rides and have-a-go archery. There will be live music and a traditional mummers play, look out for the Green Man of Mercia too, as he explores the Museum’s grounds!

 

Don’t Go Into the Cellar presents: ‘Murder by Gaslight’

Thursday 5th May, 7.30pm

A ghoulish audience in New Guesten Hall with two of the most infamous poisoners in British history – William Palmer and Harvey Crippen. Don’t Go Into the Cellar invite you to encounter these murderous men of medicine as the diabolical doctors regale you with their case histories, and invite you to judge for yourselves whether they were in fact, guilty as charged!

Don’t Go Into the Cellar is a theatre company based in the heart of the West Midlands, specializing in Victoriana of the more macabre variety, for more information about them please visit their website www.dontgointothecellar.com.

Tickets £10 per person (suitable for ages 12 years +). Please call the Museum on 01527 831363 to book your tickets….. if you dare!

 

Workshop: felt making

Tuesday 10th May, 10.00am – 4.00pm, £40 (£35 members)

Felt making is the oldest type of fabric making and is thought to have existed for over 8,000 years. Learn about the history of this ancient craft, master the basic techniques and produce your very own finished items in felt using alpaca wool.

The course will be run by Victoria Barratt who runs a local alpaca farm.

All materials and lunch in our award-winning Tea Room are provided.

Find out more or book your place by phoning the Museum 01527 831363 or emailing courses@avoncroft.org.uk

 

Museums at Night: Bat walk

Friday 13th May, £6 per person (adults & children)

A guided evening walk around Avoncroft’s grounds to see our night-time wildlife.  Free post-walk hot chocolate included!

 

Windmill sailing*

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th May

To celebrate National Mills Weekend our team of specially trained volunteers will be sailing the Windmill. If the weather is not suitable, volunteers will be available to show visitors around inside the Windmill, in small groups.

 

VW Day

Sunday 15th May

Classic cars at Avoncroft Museum.

 

Explore Avoncroft: the flora & fauna of Avoncroft Museum

Thursday 19th May,  11.00am – 1.00pm.  Tickets £10

A guided tour around the Museum including its ponds, orchard and wildflower meadow to find and identify the animals and plants that live here.  Avoncroft is set in beautiful countryside on the outskirts of Bromsgrove and is teeming with plants, trees and wildlife. This event is suitable for people with a beginner’s interest in nature and who would like to know more about the wild inhabitants of our countryside.

Find out more or book your place by phoning the Museum 01527 831363 or emailing courses@avoncroft.org.uk

 

Spring Bank Holiday

Monday 30th May

A traditional family fun day featuring animal tales.

 

Spring Half Term

Tuesday 31st May – Thursday 2nd June

Animal-themed activities suitable for children aged 5 – 12.

 

June

First World War Weekend

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th June

 

Windmill sailing*

Sunday 5th June

See our historic windmill in action as it is sailed by our team of specially trained volunteers. If the weather is not suitable, volunteers will be available to show visitors around inside the Windmill, in small groups.

 

Woodcraft (Grass rake making)

Tuesday 14th June

Lean the heritage crafts involved with some aspects of woodcraft and produce your own traditional grass rake. The course will be lead by an experienced tutor, Richard Clark from Really Rural, .

Find out more or book your place by phoning the Museum 01527 831363 or emailing courses@avoncroft.org.uk

 

Gorgeous Georgians

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June

 

July

Windmill sailing*

Sunday 3rd July

See our historic windmill in action as it is sailed by our team of specially trained volunteers. If the weather is not suitable, volunteers will be available to show visitors around inside the Windmill, in small groups.

 

Workshop: lavender wand making

Sunday 3rd July,  1.30pm – 3.30pm. Tickets £15

Lavender wands combine functionality, form and that lovely smell.  Produce your own lavender wands and learn about their history, design and making. Our experienced tutors will guide you while you make your own lavender wands.  All materials and light refreshments provided.

Find out more or book your place by phoning the Museum 01527 831363 or emailing courses@avoncroft.org.uk

 

Open-air Shakespeare: Oddsocks Productions presents ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Sunday 10th July, gates open at 5.30pm, performance starts at 6.30pm

Join us outside on the New Guesten Hall lawn for Oddsocks’ Much Ado About Nothing, a high-octane musical version of Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes! Don’t forget to pack a picnic and bring your comfiest deckchair!

Tickets available from www.oddsocks.co.uk/theatre/box-office

Tickets bought in advance: Adult £15, Concession £12, Child £8, Family ticket £37

Tickets bought on the door: Adult £17, Concession £15, Child £10, Family ticket £39

 

Prefabulous: 70 years of Avoncroft’s prefab

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th July

 

August

Windmill sailing*

Sunday 7th August

See our historic windmill in action as it is sailed by our team of specially trained volunteers. If the weather is not suitable, volunteers will be available to show visitors around inside the Windmill, in small groups.

 

September 

Windmill sailing*

Sunday 4th September

See our historic windmill in action as it is sailed by our team of specially trained volunteers. If the weather is not suitable, volunteers will be available to show visitors around inside the Windmill, in small groups.

 

Workshop: corn dolly making

Sunday 11th September, 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Tickets £15

English tradition and culture are woven in with the design, making and hanging of corn dollies. Our expert tutors will cover the history of this ancient skill (believed to date back to pagan times) and teach you how to make your own corn dolly to take home.  All materials and light refreshments provided.

Find out more or book your place by phoning the Museum 01527 831363 or emailing courses@avoncroft.org.uk

 

Explore Avoncroft event: identify that tree!

Saturday 17th September,  11.00am – 1.00pm.  Tickets £10

A guided tour around the Museum to introduce you to ways of identifying the trees that can be found around the Museum grounds.  Avoncroft is set in countryside on the outskirts of Bromsgrove and has a wide variety of trees.  This event is suitable for beginners with an interest in nature.

Find out more or book your place by phoning the Museum 01527 831363 or emailing courses@avoncroft.org.uk

 

Joust!

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September

 

October 

Workshop: herbal remedies through the ages

Sunday 2nd October, 10.00am – 4.00pm. Tickets £25

Explore how medieval herbal remedies were prepared and find out more about the beliefs that surrounded them. Our expert practitioner will guide you through how and why many herbal remedies were used and relate this to the present day use of a wide range of plant-based tinctures, ointments and draughts.

Learn how to produce your own infusions and creams and take samples home with you. The cost includes materials for the course and lunch in our award-winning Tea Room.  For more  information, please contact our Lifelong Learning Officer on courses@avoncroft.org.uk

 

November

Workshop: Christmas wreath making

Tuesday 15th November, 10.00am – 1.00pm, £10 (£5 members)

Willow wreaths and kissing boughs are a traditional adornments for the home over the festive season. Steeped in history and cultural significance, these attractive items welcome visitors to your door.

Learn how to make and decorate a Christmas wreath. The structure will last for years and can be redecorated each year to provide that personal touch.

Not only will you have your own creation to take home with you, but you will also learn the basic willow weaving skills to make other items.

The course will be run by our own creative tutors.  All materials and light refreshments from our award- winning Tea Room are provided.

Find out more or book your place by phoning the Museum 01527 831363 or emailing courses@avoncroft.org.uk

 

Workshop: family Christmas pudding making

Sunday 20th November.  Tickets £15.

Following the enormous success of the full course last year, we are offering families the opportunity to take part in the traditional stirring of the pudding – without all the hassle. We provide the ingredients, the bowl and even steam the pudding for you.  Follow our traditional recipe or make your very own version by using your favourite ingredients and leaving out the ones you’re not so keen on!  You know what is in the pudding, soall of your family can enjoy this popular Christmas tradition.  All ingredients are provided and you can pick the steamed pudding up from our shop a few days later.

Find out more or book your place by phoning the Museum 01527 831363 or emailing courses@avoncroft.org.uk

 

Workshop: Christmas pudding making

Tuesday 22nd November.  Tickets £25.

Following its enormous success last year, we are running this course again.

“Inspiring” was amongst many words of praise for this course run by the professional steamed pudding maker, Don Bridges, of “The Pudding Shop” in Upton-upon-Severn.  Don will guide you through the ingredients and their uses, as well as the traditions of the Christmas pudding in a friendly, fun and productive course.  All materials and seasonal light refreshments are provided and you can pick up your steamed pudding a few days after the course.

Find out more or book your place by phoning the Museum 01527 831363 or emailing courses@avoncroft.org.uk

 

December

Workshop: Christmas decorations & gifts

Thursday 1st December, 10.00am – 12.30pm. Tickets £15 (£10 for members)

This excellent course, run by our experienced tutor, proved very successful last year and participants said that it “exceeded expectations”.  Spend the morning making a range of hand crafted traditional Christmas decorations and gifts.  All materials are provided along with seasonal light refreshments.

Find out more or book your place by phoning the Museum 01527 831363 or emailing courses@avoncroft.org.uk

 

Candlelit Christmas

Saturday 3rd December

 

* 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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