FORTHCOMING EVENTS All events listed below 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). Occasionally events may be subject to change, please check back here for the latest information or like us on Facebook. 2020 April Medieval St George’s Day Celebrations with the Wars of the Roses Federation Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th April, 10.30am – 5pm Join us and delve into the legend of St George as the Wars of the Roses Federation re-enactors bring history to life on site all weekend. Activities will include, but are not limited to, archery competitions, dressing as a knight, storytelling, a St George Mumming play, living history camps, medieval drills and combat and children can even become a 15th century soldier! Don’t miss this fantastic living history weekend! The Wars of the Roses Federation (WOTRF) is an umbrella group for re-enactors, focussing on the 1455 – 1487 medieval period. Other activities and refreshments will be available throughout the day, as well as our collection of historic buildings and beautiful grounds. May Traditional May Days Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd May, 10.30am – 5pm With the May Day Bank Holiday moving to Friday 8th May in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day this year, we’ve decided to turn it on its head and host a whole weekend of traditional May Day fun! Join us for two days of dancing around the Maypole and a host of traditional family fun, with further details to follow shortly. May Day Friday 8th May, 10.30am – 5pm We will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day with our costumed interpreters in our 1950s prefab, crafts, activities and children’s trails. Avoncroft Aircooled with the Flat 4 VW Club Sunday 17th May, 10.30am – 5pm Avoncroft Gets Aircooled with the VW Show! Avoncroft will be celebrating everything Volkswagen this May with a Volkswagen show organised by the Flat 4 VW Club – Bromsgrove. From vintage to modern, bugs to vans, Volkswagens of all shapes, sizes and colours (as long as they’re air-cooled!) will be on display in the Museum grounds. Visitors will be able to browse the stands selling VW memorabilia and make a day of it, with family entertainment and hot and cold refreshments available in the Museum grounds. Normal Museum admission applies with additional charges for some activities. Spring Bank Holiday Monday 25th May, 10.30am – 5pm We will be celebrating the late May Bank Holiday with a host of activities this year. There will be plenty to see and do for children of all ages, activities, crafts and trails that will continue throughout the half term week. Half Term Tuesday 26th – Thursday 28th May Join us for a week of Half Term fun! Further information will follow soon! June Dads go free this Father’s Day Sunday 21st June All dads get free admission (with a paying child or adult) this Father’s Day, so there’s even more reason to come and explore everything Avoncroft has to offer! Living History Weekend – The Jacobite Rising Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th June, 10.30am – 5pm Our grounds will once again come alive with the sites and sounds of times gone by, as Lace Wars re-enactors join us to portray the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Lace Wars is made up of a number of regiments depicting both military and civilian life during the 18th Century, specialising in the years 1740-1760. With 2020 being the 275th anniversary of the uprising, Lace Wars will be transforming Avoncroft into a living history camp, with mock battles featuring cavalry and artillery, regimental camps of King George’s forces and the Jacobites, interactive displays and activities for all ages to get involved with. They have also been known to dabble with smugglers and other ne’er-do-wells! Other activities and refreshments will be available throughout the day, as well as our collection of historic buildings and beautiful grounds. So don’t miss out on this fantastic weekend of living history! June – July Bromsgrove Festival Dates tbc We will once again be hosting an array of stunning concerts and performances as part of Bromsgrove Festival. Keep checking in for dates and details! July The Comedy of Errors Open Air Shakespeare Production by Oddsocks Sunday 5th July, 6.30pm Oddsocks Productions return to the lawns of Avoncroft Museum this summer with a new and innovative take on Shakespeare’s hilariously farcical: The Comedy of Errors. A servant and master from far off Syracuse arrive in Ephesus in search of their long-lost twin brothers. In no time at all they are trapped in a terrifying chain of chaotic events. Tormented by a wild wife, a moody mistress, challenged by a crazy jeweller and damned by a demonic doctor, the terrified twosome run headlong into a climactic happy ending which defies all probability. A summer delight not to be missed! “Outrageously funny, a joy, with neatly-engineered slapstick” NOTTINGHAM POST “This is ensemble playing at its most compelling” THE STAGE ★★★★ Oddsocks Productions have spent over 28 years creating bold, interactive and comic productions of Shakespeare’s works. Whether it’s a live on-stage car chase (Romeo and Juliet, 2009) or the fairy-king as an avatar superhero (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2014), Oddsocks have no boundaries when it comes to creating memorable and unique comedy productions of the classics. Avoncroft Museum will open its gates from 5.30pm and audiences are invited to arrive early, bring a picnic and a chair to enjoy what promises to be a delightful summer evening of entertainment. Tickets for The Comedy of Errors are priced at £17 for adults, £11 for children, £14 concessions & £49 for a family (2 adults & 2 children aged under 16) and can be booked in advance from the Oddsocks online box office or by calling 01332 258328. Tickets can also be purchased on the day at a cost of £19 for adults, £16 concessions, £13 for children & £57 for a family (2 adults & 2 children aged under 16). This outdoor performance takes place in the grounds of the Museum on Sunday 5th July, at 6.30pm, and is part of Bromsgrove Festival. July Family Camping Friday 17th July, 5pm – Saturday 18th July, 10am Back by popular demand, we will once again be throwing open our doors and inviting families in for a fun night of camping under the stars to kick start the summer holidays! Watch Avoncroft transform into a giant campsite, pitch your tent and sleep under the stars! There will be crafts and other fun family activities, entertainment round the campfire, a barbecue and much more. Tickets will go on sale in May and we will announce this on social media, so keep your eyes peeled! July – August School Summer Holidays Tuesday 21st July – Thursday 27th August Come and join us for six weeks jam-packed with family fun for all ages! We will be focusing on a range of different themes throughout the six weeks holidays and further details will follow soon! August Summer Bank Holiday Monday 31st August, 10.30am – 5pm Join us for our renowned Summer Family Fun Day this August Bank Holiday. There’ll be food, drinks, entertainment and family fun aplenty… and hopefully some glorious sunshine! We’ll announce the details closer to the time, so watch this space! October Halloween Trick or Treat Fright Nights Thursday 29th, Friday 30th & Saturday 31st October, 6.30 – 10pm We will once again be throwing open our gates in the dead of night for our wickedly popular Halloween Trick or Treat Fright Nights – with scares aplenty guaranteed! If you dare follow the route around the Museum’s grounds and buildings by moonlight, who knows who, or what, you might meet in the dark! Join in a night of macabre goings on as groups of visitors tour the darkest depths of the Museum, on the hunt for treats – but watch out for tricks! You can also enjoy a ride on the ghost train and a hot drink in our Edwardian Tea Room to ease those frazzled nerves! Tickets will go on sale later in the year, so keep checking in for updates. *Please note this event takes place when it is dark, so you may wish to bring a torch. November No Bangs Bonfire Night Thursday 5th November, 5-10pm Our much-loved traditional fireworks-free Bonfire Night will return to the Museum on Thursday 5th November 2020. Perfect for those who don’t like bangs, whistles or other forms of fireworks (sparklers are allowed). Join us in marking the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot – Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. Participants can join us in making suitable Guy(s) to burn on the bonfire, craft activities and seeing our themed bonfire set alight. Appropriate bonfire fare will also be available including bangers (the sausage variety) and other goodies. Tickets will go on sale later in the year. *Under 3s are free. December Traditional Candlelit Christmas Saturday 5th December, 7-10pm We will once again be getting festive in the traditional way this December with our much-loved Candlelit Christmas evening. We welcome visitors to enjoy an evening of festive activities, entertainment and refreshments, setting the scene for a traditional English Christmas. With the site lit by candlelight, the whole museum will be wrapping up warm and getting into the festive spirit with the sounds and flavours of Christmas from times past. Further details will follow closer to the time.