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!

February

Construct and Create Half Term Fun

Monday 20th – Sunday 26th February, 10.30am – 4.00pm (Tickets £3.50)

Construct and Create

Budding builders can come and get creative over half term with our indoor Construction themed week. Young visitors can dig away to their hearts content in our builders sand pit, bounce around on the bouncy castle, let their imaginations run wild at the Lego building stations and create colourful pictures with the colouring activities.

There are two x 2 hour sessions each day which can be booked in advance (booking essential).

The times are as follows:

11.00am to 1.00pm AM session

1.30pm to 3.30pm   PM session

Tickets for the indoor activities are £3.50 for a two hour play + the museum admission fee.

 

There will also be a Construction trail around the museum and re-enactors will be in the buildings too!

Please call the museum on 01527 831363 to pre-book your place.

 

March

Hedgelaying

Friday 3rd March

Have you ever wanted to learn how to lay a hedge? Whether it’s your garden hedge, an unruly hedge on your smallholding, or a skill you would just like to learn, this course is an ideal place to start.

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Cost: £65 (to include tea, coffee, biscuits) please bring your own lunch

Equipment:  All equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring along your own work/gardening gloves

Places: limited to 8 participants per day, and available on a first come, first served basis so please book early to avoid disappointment!

Booking: For more information about the course please visit www.reallyrural.co.uk or email: info@reallyrural.co.uk or tel: 01885 489104

Medieval Herbal Remedies

Saturday 4th March, 10.00am – 4.00pm. Tickets £45, (Discount if booked with “The Herbal Garden” total £75)

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 Tea Room.

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

Creative Writing

Tuesday 7th March, 10.00am – 1.00pm. Tickets £15 (£10 for members)

Be part of our innovative group using the unique environments of Avoncroft to inspire writing in a wide range of genres and styles. Our tutor has many years of experience in helping people to unlock their creativity.

Each of the iconic venues we will be using for this series of creative writing workshops offers its own time period and unique stimulus. No prior experience is needed to attend any of the workshops; participants can attend each workshop as a standalone activity, or treat them as a series.

We anticipate using the following buildings: the Town House, the Windmill, the Mission Church, the Cockpit, Plas Cadwgan, the Stable and the Telephone Collection, although this is subject to change.

Although the more structured part of each creative writing workshop runs from 10.00am – 1.00 pm, participants are welcome to stay on after lunch time to take part in informal supported extended writing.

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

 

Felt Making

Thursday 9th March, 10.00am – 4.00pm. Tickets £45 (£40 for 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 Tea Room are provided.

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

Story Telling Café

Thursday 9th March 7.30 pm – 10 pm

Bringing storytelling back to adult audiences.

We present the best national and international storytellers as well as providing a platform for local and emerging tellers, offering you excellent storytelling and a great night out. Storytelling has traditionally been a sociable occasion, so we create a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the stories. Delicious refreshments and tempting cakes are available from Avoncroft’s own café staff. All of this in the comfortable and evocative setting of the Coffee lounge in the timber frame string of horses building.

Tickets are £7 and refreshments are available from 7.00 pm

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

Medieval Weekend in the Town House

Sat 18th & Sun 19th March

Discover what it was like to live in medieval times with students from the Living History Group at King Edward’s School, Birmingham when they spend the weekend living and working in Avoncroft’s beautiful Town House.

 

Spring blossom and blue skies at Avoncroft Museum

Mother’s Day – Free entry for Mums!

Sunday 26th March

Mums can try their hand at a whole host of rural and traditional crafts for free. Make Mum feel really special and book a delicious afternoon tea too! (Pre-booking essential)

Lavender wand making at Avoncroft Museum - Lifelong Learning course

Woodcraft – Garden Borders

Saturday 25th March, 1.00pm – 4.00pm. Tickets £25 (£20 for members)

Use the traditional materials of hazel to create your own border edging and fence panels, for use in your own garden. Our experienced woodcraft expert will guide you through the process of weaving and twisting hazel rods. All materials and equipment are provided.

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

 

Woodcraft – Garden Wicker

Sunday 26th March, 1.00pm – 4.00pm. Tickets £25 (£20 for members)

Create your own garden willow structures to support your climbing plants, as well as adding a decorative aspect to your planting.

Our experienced tutor will guide you through the process of making willow structures that you can take home with you in readiness for your spring planting. All materials and equipment are provided.

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

April

The Herbal Garden

Saturday 1st April, 10.00am – 4.00pm. Tickets £45, (Discount if booked with “Medieval Herbal Remedies” total £75)

Learn about the plants that have been used for thousands of years in herbal Remedies, their cultivation, harvesting and use. Our experienced tutor will guide you through planning a medicinal herbal garden which should provide you with crops to use for years to come.

Take home with you a plan for your own small ‘Physic Garden’ as well as potted seeds to get you started. The cost includes materials for the course and lunch in our Tea Room.

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

Creative Writing

Tuesday 4th April, 10.00am – 1.00pm. Tickets £15 (£10 for members)

Spinning

Thursday 6th April, 10.00am – 4.00pm. Tickets £45 (£40 for members)

Wool spinning is a craft that has been practised for many thousands of years and is still widespread today. This full day course is friendly, informative and entertaining and will be led by experienced spinner and tutor Marylin Wright.

Find out more about the history of spinning, try your hand at spinning using drop spindles and spinning wheels. We will also dye wool and explore types of spinning devices from across the world, including Russian, Indian, and Native American (Blackfoot and Navajo) ones.

All materials and equipment are provided and lunch in our tea room is included.

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

Story Telling Café

Thursday 13th April 7.30 pm – 10 pm

Bringing storytelling back to adult audiences.

We present the best national and international storytellers as well as providing a platform for local and emerging tellers, offering you excellent storytelling and a great night out. Storytelling has traditionally been a sociable occasion, so we create a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the stories. Delicious refreshments and tempting cakes are available from Avoncroft’s own café staff. All of this in the comfortable and evocative setting of the Coffee lounge in the timber frame string of horses building.

Tickets are £7 and refreshments are available from 7.00 pm

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

May

Creative Writing

Tuesday 2nd May, 10.00am – 1.00pm. Tickets £15 (£10 for members)

Basket Weaving

Tuesday 16th May, 10.00am – 4.00pm. Tickets £45 (£40 for members)

Basket weaving can be traced back at least 4500 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 gain skills in willow weaving.

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 Tea Room are provided.

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

Birds of Avoncroft

Thursday 18th May, 11.00am – 1.00pm. Tickets £10

A guided tour around the Museum visiting the diverse habitats, including ponds, orchards and our wildflower meadow, to find and identify the birds 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 birds 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 on 01527 831363 or emailing courses@avoncroft.org.uk

Story Telling Café

Friday 19th May 7.30 pm – 10 pm

Bringing storytelling back to adult audiences.

We present the best national and international storytellers as well as providing a platform for local and emerging tellers, offering you excellent storytelling and a great night out. Storytelling has traditionally been a sociable occasion, so we create a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the stories. Delicious refreshments and tempting cakes are available from Avoncroft’s own café staff. All of this in the comfortable and evocative setting of the Coffee lounge in the timber frame string of horses building.

Tickets are £7 and refreshments are available from 7.00 pm

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

Blackwork

Tuesday 23rd May, 10.00am – 3.00pm. Tickets £35 (£30 for members)

Blackwork or Spanish blackwork is a form of embroidery which uses a simple technique to form intricate and striking surface decoration on fabric.
Our very experienced tutor will guide you through an introduction to this traditional skill and give you an entertaining introduction to the history of this craft.
The workshop will be held in the timber framed Longroom at the museum. All materials are supplied and a free lunch is included.
There is a special introductory price of £35 (normal ticket price £45)

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

June

Creative Writing

Tuesday 6th June, 10.00am – 1.00pm. Tickets £15 (£10 for members)

Straw Hats

Tuesday 27th June, 1.30pm – 4.00pm. Tickets £15 (£12.50 for members)

Given the predictably warm and sunny weather we are bound to be experiencing at this time of year, join us to learn how to create your own Straw Hat using traditional techniques. All materials are provided.

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

July

Lavender Wand Making

Sunday 16th July, 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Tickets £15 (£12.50 for members)

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 on 01527 831363 or emailing courses@avoncroft.org.uk

September

Creative Writing

Tuesday 5th September, 10.00am – 1.00pm. Tickets £15 (£10 for members)

Corn Dolly Making

Sunday 17th September, 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Tickets £15 (£12.50 for members)

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 on 01527 831363 or emailing courses@avoncroft.org.uk

October

Creative Writing

Tuesday 3rd October, 10.00am – 1.00pm. Tickets £15 (£10 for members)

Mincemeat and Mulled Wine

Dates and times to be confirmed

A really sumptuous way to get ready for Christmas! Come along to an evening designed to help you look forward to traditional festive preparation. Our cooks will guide you through making your own mincemeat to a traditional recipe which needs time to mature before finding its way into pies. We will also be mulling wine to further enhance your enjoyment when looking forward to the Christmas celebrations.

 

November

Christmas Wreath Making

Thursday 30th November, 10.00am – 1.00pm, 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Tickets £15

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 Edwardian Tea Room are provided.

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