Forthcoming events

  • 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

 

 

February

Waking the Windmill

Sunday 7th February, Museum opens at 10.30am

The Museum’s specially-trained team of volunteers will be sailing (weather permitting) the windmill for the first time in 2016. There will also be the chance to explore inside to see how the mill works (please note access is up a flight of very step wooden steps) and talk to our expert guides.  See the film footage of the original saving of the mill in 1969 (when it was a derelict skeleton at Danzey Green in Warwickshire) and there will be demonstrations of traditional baking in the Tollhouse, using a wood-fired oven.

The Avoncroft windmill is a 19th century postmill, which can be turned to suit the wind conditions, and is of typical Midlands design.  It dates from around 1830 and has been restored to full working order.  In the next few months it will start producing flour which we will be selling in the Shop and in local outlets.

 

Workshop: Valentine’s crafts and gifts – booking now open!

Sunday 7th February, 1.30pm – 4pm, £15 (£10 members)

For your valentine, what could be more loving than a personalised hand-made gift?  Our expert tutor will teach you techniques so you can made hand-crafted presents for Valentine’s Day the following week, including handmade chocolate truffles presented in a gift box and a valentine cracker to pull.  All materials and light refreshments are provided.

Tickets or more information are available by phoning the Museum 01527 831363
or email courses@avoncroft.org.uk

 

Living history weekend: Sir John’s Paston’s Household

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th February

A group of re-enactors will be living in and around the Town House as a group of labourers, craftsmen, craftswomen and household staff who will be working to complete a canvas kitchen over the course of the weekend.  This sort of kitchen would typically have been used by local lords or knights while they were away on military campaigns at home or abroad.

This group of experienced re-enactors will recreate 15th century life as accurately as possible, including eating and sleeping as people would have done at the time.  Visitors can watch them go about their tasks and ask them about all aspects of medieval life including food, clothing and armour.

 

February Half Term: Treasure Island – booking now open!

Monday 15th – Sunday 21st February

All aboard the Hispaniola for some pirate fun at Avoncroft!  This February half term Avoncroft has its very own indoor Treasure Island for lots of pirate fun and the chance to find some buried treasure…

Avoid the winter chills on our very own desert island in the New Guesten Hall, where it’s guaranteed to be warm and dry. There is a sandy beach to play on, a bouncy castle and pirate-themed craft activities.  For those brave enough to venture outdoors, there is a prize Treasure Trail in the Museum grounds and lots of buildings and the National Telephone Kiosk Collection to explore.

The miniature train will be running 11am until 3pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, a small additional charge applies.

We recommend that you book your places in advance.  Choose from a morning or an afternoon session and give us a call on 01527 831363.  Morning sessions run from 11am – 1pm and afternoon from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.  Normal Museum admission charges apply and there is an additional charge of £3 per child to take part in the activities in New Guesten Hall.

If live locally, take a look at our great value Family Membership… £48 for free Museum admission for 12 months for 5 people! Find out more at: http://www.avoncroft.org.uk/support-us/membership/

 

March

Home, Food & Family in the First World War

Saturday 5th March, 10.30am – 3.00pm.  Tickets £15 (free places available for eligible delegates)

A conference organised by the Women’s History Network, Midlands Region and The Voices of War and Peace WW1 Engagement Centre, please contact Dr Janis Lomas at j.lomas96@btinternet.com for more details.

This conference brings together academics, teachers, students and those working/volunteering in heritage organisations and community project – and people simply interested in finding out more about our past.

The focus is on the role of women, children and the home in producing,  preparing and preserving food during the First World War.

The conference fee is £15 (including free entry to Avoncroft Museum) and attendance is free to people who are students, those working or volunteering in the heritage sector or on Heritage Lottery Funded projects.  To book your place, please go to Home, Food and Family booking page (opens Eventbrite booking page) or contact Dr Janis Lomas at j.lomas96@btinternet.com for more details or to pay by cheque.

 

April 

Elizabethan & Early Stuart Clothing, an illustrated talk in the New Guesten Hall – booking now open!

Thursday 21st April, 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm    Tickets £10

Learn about what the people wore in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Stuart Peachey, author of ‘Clothes of the common people in Elizabethan and Early Stuart England’, is well known for his expertise, inspiring and entertaining delivery.  The talk will be accompanied by a wide selection of reproductions of period costume for you to handle.

Tickets or more information are available by phoning the Museum 01527 831363 or email courses@avoncroft.org.uk

 

Heritage Skills Workshop: Basket Weaving

Tuesday 26th April, 10.00am – 4pm, £40 (£35 members)

Basket weaving can be traced back at least 4,500 years and was an important craft, as well as having artistic and cultural significance.  Because the materials for basket weaving were all around our ancestors, they developed baskets for a very wide range of uses.

Try your hand at this ancient craft and make two functional, attractive items for your home.  You will make your own personal creations and also gain skills in making willow baskets.

The course will be run by tutors from Willowcraft and Woodlands of Pershore who have many years’ experience of teaching willow-based crafts.  All materials and lunch in our award-winning Tea Room are provided.

Tickets or more information are available by phoning the Museum 01527 831363 or email courses@avoncroft.org.uk

 

May

Explore Avoncroft: the flora & fauna of Avoncroft Museum

Thursday 19th May,  11.00 am – 1.00 pm.  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.

Tickets or more information are available by phoning the Museum 01527 831363
or email courses@avoncroft.org.uk

 

July

Workshop: lavender wand making

Sunday 3rd July,  1.30 pm – 3.30 pm. 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.

Tickets or more information are available by phoning the Museum 01527 831363
or email courses@avoncroft.org.uk

 

Outdoor Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing

Sunday 10th July, evening performance

Oddsocks Productions are back with their latest performance: Much Ado About Nothing.

 

September 

Workshop: corn dolly making

Sunday 11th September, 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm. 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.

Tickets or more information are available by phoning the Museum 01527 831363
or email courses@avoncroft.org.uk

 

Explore Avoncroft event: identify that tree!

Saturday 17th September,  11.00 am – 1.00 pm.  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.

Tickets or more information are available by phoning the Museum 01527 831363
or email courses@avoncroft.org.uk

 

October 

Workshop: herbal remedies through the ages

10am – 4pm, Sunday 2nd October. 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 Peter Gale on courses@avoncroft.org.uk

 

 

November

Workshop: family Christmas pudding making

Sunday 20th November.  Tickets £15.

Following the enormous success of the full course last yea,r 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.

Tickets or more information are available by phoning the Museum 01527 831363
or email 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.

Tickets or more information are available by phoning the Museum 01527 831363
or email courses@avoncroft.org.uk

 

December

Workshop: Christmas decorations & gifts

Thursday 1st December, 10.00 am – 12.30 pm. 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.

Tickets or more information are available by phoning the Museum 01527 831363
or email courses@avoncroft.org.uk

 

 

* 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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