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



Apple Day

Sunday 4th October

We’ve linked up with Jinney Ring Craft Centre and Hanbury Church for a one-day celebration of local heritage, food, drink, community and apples.

At Avoncroft Museum we have apple pressing (bring your own apples), windmill sailing and traditional baking.  For younger visitors there will be lots of apple-themed games and activities and the chance to meet and handle animals, including snakes, spiders and meerkats!

3pm Harvest Festival service in Bringsty Church – all welcome.

At the Jinney Ring, it will be the last day to walk round the popular Sculpture Trail and the entries for the Apple Art competition will be on display in the restaurant.

Hanbury Church will be open between 10am and 4pm, when there will be an exhibition about the BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Archers’ programme, which has strong links with the church, and browse the second hand book stall.   Between 2pm and 4pm there will be tours of the Ringing Room tours where visitors can see the ropes, peal boards and stunning views across the countryside.

The Apple Bus will drop off at the Jinney Ring Craft Centre for visitors to walk to Hanbury church.  Please be aware that the foot path to the church is rough and very steep in places.

All-day tickets can be bought on the door at the Jinney Ring Craft Centre or Avoncroft Museum: £10 adults, £10 seniors, £5 children. This includes admission to Avoncroft Museum, outward and return journeys on the Apple Bus and a free hot drink in Jinney Ring’s Grand Marquee.

Apple Bus timetable

If spaces are available, tickets for just a round trip on the Apple Bus can be bought from the conductor on the bus for £5.00 for adults and £2.50.

Jinney Ring departures:

11.00, 12.00, 1.00, 2.00, 2.35, 3.10, 4.00, 5.00

Avoncroft Museum departures:

11.20, 12.20, 1.20, 2.20, 2.55, 3.30, 4.20


Medieval Living History Weekend

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th October

Join the students of King Edward’s School, Birmingham to discover what life was really like in medieval times.  Members of the Living History group will be spending the weekend living and working in Avoncroft’s beautiful Town House.


Gate Hurdle Making – run by Really Rural Ltd.

Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th October 2015
(2 day course), 9.45am – 4.00pm each day

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

Cost: £150 (to include tea and coffee), please bring your own lunch.

If you would like to book a place on the course please contact or call 01885 489104


Hedgelaying – run by Really Rural Ltd.

Friday 23rd October or Friday 6th November or Saturday 21st November 2015
(1 day course), 9.45am – 4.00pm

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

Cost: £75 (to include te and coffee), please bring your own lunch.

If you would like to book a place on the course please contact or call 01885 489104


Half Term Halloween Activities

Tuesday 27th – Saturday 31st October

Carve a pumpkin with one of our expert pumpkin carvers.  Have a go at some spooky crafts and listen to creepy tales from the crypt.  Solve our terrifying Museum trail.  Normal entrance charges apply, £4 activity cost for pumpkin carving and craft workshop.


Halloween Trick or Treat Nights: Grimm Tales  

Thursday 29th, Friday 30th and Saturday 31st October - booking now open, call 01527 831363

The scariest trick or treat in town returns!  Walk the Museum grounds by night to encounter Grimm characters in the historic buildings for scares and sweets aplenty.  Tickets cost £7 per person (£5 Avoncroft Museum members, please have your membership card ready when booking), call 01527 831363.  Gates creak open at 6.30pm with tours running every 10 minutes and pre-booking is essential as places are limited.

Please bring suitable clothing, footwear and a torch, as paths can be rough in places.  Parental discretion is advised for young or sensitive children.


No Bangs Bonfire Night

Thursday 5th November.  Gates open 6.30pm, bonfire lit at 7.00pm - booking now open, call 01527 831363

Guaranteed no fireworks at Avoncroft’s traditional bonfire party, ideal for younger visitors and those who don’t like the loud bangs of fireworks.  Meet Guy Fawkes and listen to live music, there will be hot food available too.  Free cup of hot chocolate included in your ticket price!

Tickets £4 per person (£2 Avoncroft Museum members).


Tudor Festive Food: Talk & Tasting

Thursday 19th November, 7.00pm – 9.30pm - booking opening soon!

Get into the festive spirit by learning all about Tudor Christmas food and how to prepare it.  A fascinating talk by Stuart Peachy, a leading food historian, with food tasting to follow.  Fruit leather and a grand salad, anyone?  Tickets £10 per person.



‘Tis the Season…

Tuesday 1st – Sunday 20th December (closed Mondays)

Late night opening Thursdays until 8.00pm

Walk around our beautifully lit grounds and visit traditionally decorated buildings, each with its own Christmas story.


Candlelit Christmas Night

Saturday 5th December – booking opening soon!

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, £3 children (Avoncroft Museum members £3/£2, please have your membership card with you when booking).


Father Christmas at Avoncroft Museum

Visit Father Christmas in his grotto.


Carols at Night

Saturday 19th December, 5pm – 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 opening soon!

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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