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!

 

August

 Play, Create, Explore – Awesome Summer Activities

Monday 25th July – Friday 2nd September

 

We have an awesome summer planned for you!

Follow the summer trails and wander around the wild flower meadow spotting bugs and wildlife. Ride the miniature train and try pony riding (Tuesday to Thursday, midday to 2pm – small activity charge applies). Come and see the Avoncroft residents and try playing traditional games in the houses and gardens. Activities run from 11am each day. Sessions run for 45 minutes and places can be booked on arrival.

 

Mondays – Wonderful Willow Crafts

Create your own willow creations to adorn your garden with this summer; Dream catchers, magic wands, beautiful bugs, Mexican Gods eyes and stunning stars.

 

Tuesdays – Fantastic Forest School

Go all Bear Grylls with us this summer and take part in our forest school activities; Spark to a flame, Den Building, Natural Art, Forest school cookery, Myths and legend activities, Bugs and beasts.

 

Wednesdays – Animal Mania

Meet all our wonderful animals; Get cute and cuddly with the ‘Furry things’, be brave and meet the ‘Scaly things’ and get up close and personal with the ‘Creepy things!’

 

Thursdays – Arrows and Tallons

Release your medieval side on Thursdays and have a go at Archery, then come and meet and handle our beautiful Birds of Prey.

 

Fridays – Wildlife Safari

Explore Avoncroft and see if you can discover the wildlife that lurks in our grounds. Activities include; Bugs and Beasties, Mammal Mania and Underwater World.

 

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Bank Holiday Fun Day

Monday 29th August

The summer holidays may be drawing to an end, but finish on a high note with a good old-fashioned family day out Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings this Bank Holiday Monday.

Come and learn circus skills with Monty the Jester, try your hand at archery and try out our crafts including Willow Weaving. At the family fun day, the specially-trained windmill volunteers will show visitors how to prepare the 19th century postmill and operate it to grind corn.

 

There will be costumed re-enactors in buildings and visitors will be able to see them enjoying the summer break. Enjoy the live jazz music on the lawn playing summer favourites with an ice cream or one of the delicious treats from the Avoncroft barbecue.

 

We also have traditional fairground rides, children’s craft activities, furry animals to meet and a bouncy castle. Stroll around the 19-acres of beautiful Museum grounds and explore the collection of historic buildings.

 

The popular model railway will be running and there will swing boats and archery.  Friendly dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds of Avoncroft Museum and visitors can bring a picnic and take a relaxing break the Museum’s award-winning Tea Room.

 

Little girl in summer dress on traditional swing boat

 

September 

Open-air Cinema – The Martian (12)

Friday 2nd September, doors open at 7.45pm, film at 8.30pm

Bring your picnic blankets and nibbles then sit back and relax under the stars!

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for his safe return.

You also have a chance to gaze at the real stars with Bromsgrove Astronomical Society who are bringing along their telescopes, listen to live music and purchase the odd tipple from the bar.

Tickets from £6, available from the Artrix Box Office, call 01527 577330 or on the gate on the night.

The Martian film poster

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Windmill open to visitors (no sailing)

Sunday 4th September

Our historic windmill is undergoing essential repairs so is not being sailed at the moment. However, 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

Thundering hooves and the clash of lances against shields! Knights in armour and fair ladies with favours.

Be part of the kiddie drills and see the knight practice their skill at arms drills. Visit the tented medieval village and between bouts talk to the knights, ladies, squires and meet the horses.

An awesome spectacle for all the family!

 

Knights jousting on horseback

 

 

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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