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!

June

Music at Lunchtime: Micheal Seal and Peter Hill in Conversation

Wednesday 29th June 12 – 1pm

The CBSO Associate Conductor and the recently retired CBSO timpanist discuss with witty repartee the ups and downs of their lives as musicians.

Conversation begins at 12 noon with lunch at 1pm. Tickets are limited and include concert, lunch and a glass of wine. Please purchase tickets in advance from www.bromsgrovefestival.co.uk or contact 01527 874136.

Bromsgrove Festival logo

 

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

Lavender wand making at Avoncroft Museum - Lifelong Learning course

 

Music at Lunchtime: Schubert’s great Octet

Wednesday 6th July 12- 1pm

Schubert’s great Octet played by musicians from Bromsgrove’s Orchestra of St John. A much loved, delightful and favourite piece of Schubert’s chamber of music.

Concert begins at 12 noon with lunch at 1pm. Tickets are limited and include concert, lunch and a glass of wine. Please purchase tickets in advance from www.bromsgrovefestival.co.uk or contact 01527 874136.

Bromsgrove Festival logo

 

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

 

Oddsocks Productions present Open-air Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing at Avoncroft Museum on 10th July 2016

Bromsgrove Festival logo

 

Music at Lunchtime: Coward at Sea

Wednesday 13th July 12- 1pm

Actor-pianist Micheal Lunts takes us on board SS Maderia, and into the lives of Noel Coward, the Matelot and Mad Dogs and Englishmen.

Concert begins at 12 noon with lunch at 1pm. Tickets are limited and include concert, lunch and a glass of wine. Please purchase tickets in advance from www.bromsgrovefestival.co.uk or contact 01527 874136.

Bromsgrove Festival logo

 

English Civil War

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th July

“It’s 1643 and Rupert is advancing north, on his way to the Battle of Camp Hill, and the sack of Birmingham. The local Parliamentarian committee is raising forces by calling a muster of the Trained Bands. The officers will be looking to drill their troops, and prevent them causing trouble for the local communities.”

Visitors can see skirmishes, living history camps and displays of weaponry. Soldiers will be cooking the officers lunch, undertaking carpentry, spinning, laundry, clerk/scribing, minting and button making.

 

English civil war training drills

 

 

Music at Lunchtime: The Birmingham Horn Sound

Wednesday 20th July 12- 1pm

Popular works from the stage, screen, jazz and the concert hall played on eight French horns – a real treat!

Concert begins at 12 noon with lunch at 1pm. Tickets are limited and include concert, lunch and a glass of wine. Please purchase tickets in advance from www.bromsgrovefestival.co.uk or contact 01527 874136.

Bromsgrove Festival logo

 

 

Prefabulous: 70 years of Avoncroft’s prefab

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th July

 

‘The Prefabulous Weekend is a celebration of our Arkon 5 prefab that stood on Moat Lane, Birmingham.  It was constructed and erected in 1946, and this year sees the 70th birthday celebration of a ‘temporary’ home that was originally built to last ten years.

 

Did you live in a brand new prefab or move in many years after the war was over? Do you have any memories that you would like to share with us? Over the weekend there will be a chance to meet the team from the Prefab Museum, who invite anyone with objects and memories to come and share them. They will be on hand to take copies of any photographs and documents, as well as to write down memories of living during the golden age of prefab houses.

 

We welcome visitors to get ‘In the mood’ and wear your favourite glad rags, as Avoncroft Museum will be transformed to 1940’s for the weekend. We will celebrate with live music, exhibitions, family activities, dance classes and the obligatory tea and cake!

 

Artistic drawing of Prefab house with bunting

 

 

Play, Create, Explore – Awesome Summer Activities

Monday 25th July – Friday 2nd September

 

We have an awesome summer planned for you!

Mondays – Wonderful Willow Crafts

Tuesdays – Fantastic Forest School

Wednesdays – Animal Mania

Thursdays – Arrows and Tallons

Fridays – Wildlife Safari

There are different themes every day of the week and the themed activities change  each week- so you have a whole summer of things to do.

Advert for childrens summer activities with den building, birds of prey and pony rides

 

August

Buckingham’s Retinue

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th August

A medieval weekend in all its glory!

 

 

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.

 

Lace Wars

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st August

18-century living history re-enactment weekend, with Sword School, tented encampments and kids drills plus much more.

 

Milary soldiers under order from their officer

 

Bank Holiday Fun Day

Monday 29th August

A traditional Bank holiday fun day for all the family.

 

Little girl in summer dress on traditional swing boat

 

September 

Open Air Cinema – The Martian (12)

Friday 2nd September

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

The Martian film poster

 

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

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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