Workshops & courses

Avoncroft Museum offers a wide range of creative and informative one-day courses for adults, including heritage crafts and traditional skills, as well as workshops and lectures about fascinating historical subjects.

Our 2017 courses are detailed below:

 

2017

Creative Writing Tuesday 7th March £15*
Felt Making Thursday 9th March £45*
Woodcraft – Garden Borders Saturday 25th March £25*
Woodcraft – Garden Wicker Sunday 26th March £25*
The Herbal Garden Saturday 1st April £45*
Creative Writing Tuesday 4th April £15*
Spinning Thursday 6th April £45*
Creative Writing Tuesday 2nd May £15*
Basket Weaving Tuesday 16th May £45*
Birds of Avoncroft Thursday 18th May £10
Blackwork Tuesday 23rd May £35*
Creative Writing Tuesday 6th June £15*
Straw Hats Tuesday 27th June £15*
Lavender Wand Making Sunday 16th July £15*
Creative Writing Tuesday 5th September £15*
Corn Dolly Making Sunday 17th September £15*
Creative Writing Tuesday 3rd October £15*
Christmas Willow Weaving Thursday 30th November £15

* Member Discount applies

Please email courses@avoncroft.org.uk for more details and to book your place.

Correct 07/12/2016

 

2017 Courses

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

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Creative Writing

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 3rd October, 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Correct 07/12/2016