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 current courses are detailed below:

Creative Writing Tuesday 6th June £15*
Blackwork Tuesday 4th July £45*
Lavender Wand Making Sunday 9th July £15*
Creative Writing DATE CHANGED Tuesday 12th September £15*
Corn Dolly Making Sunday 17th September £15*
Creative Writing Tuesday 3rd October £15*
Mincemeat and Mulled Wine Wednesday 11th October £25
Family Christmas Pudding Making Sunday 26th November £15*
Christmas Pudding Making Tuesday 28th November £35*
Christmas Willow Weaving Thursday 30th November £15
Christmas Tree Willow Tuesday 5th December £20

* Member discount applies

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

Correct 06/06/2017

 

Creative Writing

Tuesday 6th June, 10:00am – 1:00pm. Tickets £15 (£10.00 for members)

Tuesday 12th September, 10:00am – 1:00pm. Tickets £15 (£10.00 for members)

Tuesday 3rd October, 10:00am – 1:00pm. Tickets £15 (£10.00 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 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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Blackwork

Tuesday 4th July, 10:00am – 3:00pm. Tickets £45 (Members £40)

Following the enormous success of the first Blackwork workshop in May this year we are running a second course. This second workshop will introduce complete novices to this addictive craft as well as allowing people who have had some experience to develop their skills.

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 in this traditional skill. The workshop will be held in the timber framed Long Room at the museum which is accessed by a flight of stairs. All materials are supplied and a free lunch 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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Lavender Wand Making

Sunday 9th 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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Mincemeat and Mulled Wine

Wednesday 11th October, 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Tickets £25

Festive preparations are not only an essential part of enjoying the Christmas celebrations, but are actually an excellent opportunity to enjoy yourself. Join a happy crowd of people guided by our expert tutors in the preparation of mincemeat ready for those lovely pies. This workshop is deliberately set in October as the mincemeat should mature over the weeks before Christmas.

Mulled wine is also enjoyable at any time of year but traditionally at this time of year. Make your own mulled wine and enjoy this special Christmas tipple with family and friends

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

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Family Christmas Pudding Making

Sunday 26th November, 11:00am – 11:20am. Tickets £15 (£12.50 for members)

Sunday 26th November, 11:30am – 11:50am. Tickets £15 (£12.50 for members)

Sunday 26th November, 12:00pm – 12:20pm. Tickets £15 (£12.50 for members)

Sunday 26th November, 1:30pm – 1:50pm. Tickets £15 (£12.50 for members)

Sunday 26th November, 2:00pm – 2:20pm. Tickets £15 (£12.50 for members)

Sunday 26th November, 2:30pm – 2:50pm. Tickets £15 (£12.50 for members)

Following the enormous success of the full course last year we are again offering families the opportunity to take part in the traditional stirring of the pudding – without all the hassle.

The Christmas pudding activity takes around 20 minutes and is designed for families including children of all ages. Each family group has a table, mixing bowls and utensils, and the ingredients are all pre weighed. The family will mix all the ingredients together, following instructions, and will make their wishes! The mixture is then put into a pair of pudding bowls, labelled and left with us. The puddings will be professionally steamed and then available to pick up from the shop a week later.

There are also other activities in the New Guesten Hall including Letter to Santa, Card Making and Decoration Making so there is plenty for families and children to do. The ticket price covers all of the activities mentioned above and is in addition to the normal Museum entry.

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 Pudding Making

Tuesday 28th November, 10:00am – 1:00pm. Tickets £35 (£30.00 for members)

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

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Christmas Willow Weaving

Thursday 30th November, 10:00am – 1:00pm. Tickets £15

Willow wreaths and kissing boughs are 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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Christmas Tree Willow

Tuesday 5th December, 10:00am – 1:00pm. Tickets £20

Christmas Trees are a traditional part of Christmas celebrations. We are pairing up the even more traditional craft of weaving with willow with the Christmas Tree shape. Construct your own willow Christmas table decoration in the shape of a tree. You will be incorporating some battery powered lights and choice of decorations.

The structure will last for years and you can redecorate your tree each year to freshen it up. 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 seasonal 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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