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). 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. September Medieval Joust Weekend! Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th September Step back in time & experience the thrill of a medieval joust at Avoncroft Museum! There will be thundering hooves and all the thrills of a traditional medieval jousting tournament at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September. Travel back in time to 1459, watch Avoncroft transform into a medieval village for the weekend and learn all about the Battle of Bewdley Bridge. Each day, skilled re-enactors will be demonstrating horseback skills, weapons drills and activities for younger visitors, all round the living history camps which form the centrepiece of the event. The highlight of the weekend will be the ‘Joust’ contests where courageous riders and their highly-trained horses take part in dramatic one-to-one combat to test their honour and win the favour of the audience. Between bouts, visitors will be able to visit the tented medieval village to talk to the knights, ladies, and squires and meet the horses. Visitors can also enjoy archery competitions, battle re-enactments and see the knights practice their mounted skill at arms drills. There will also be plenty of opportunity for visitors to stroll around our beautiful 19 acre grounds and explore our collection of 30 rescued and restored buildings, immersing themselves in medieval history. Doors open at 10.30am and close at 5pm. Entry to the event is at the usual Museum admission price: £11 for adults, £9.90 for seniors and £6.60 for children (under 5s are free) and a family tickets is priced at just £33. Some activities on site may have an additional charge. October Halloween Trick or Treat Fright Nights Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th & Thursday 31st October, 6.30-10pm Prepare for a scare as Avoncroft gears up for Halloween! Everything looks different by the light of the waning moon! We are once again hosting our popular Halloween Trick or Treat Fright Nights event* – with scares aplenty guaranteed! If you dare to follow the route around our 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! The events run on Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Thursday 31st October. Tickets are on sale now. Spaces are limited, so advance booking is essential. Tickets are for entry to the booked tour-time only. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to make sure you are ready to set off at your allocated time. Scroll to the bottom of the page to book your tickets – at your peril! You can also enjoy a ride on the Ghost Train and a hot drink in our Edwardian Tea Room to ease those frazzled nerves! Please note this event takes place when it is dark, so you may wish to bring a torch. *This event will be spooky, creepy and some may even say scary, therefore it is not recommended for children under 5 and discretion is advised for those of a sensitive disposition! October Half Term Tuesday 29th October – Thursday 31st October Come and join us for lots of spooktacular fun, including pumpkin carving, crafts and Halloween trails! The miniature railway will also be running and pony rides will be available on selected days and times. November Avoncroft Fest-of-Ale Saturday 16th November, 5-11pm We will be hosting our first ever Avoncroft ‘Fest-of-Ale’ this November! Surrounded by our historic buildings, come and sample a selection of hand-picked ales, ciders and perries, enjoy a selection of breads and cheeses and music in our New Guesten Hall. Admission cost: £5 entrance charge (pre-purchased tickets) includes programme and two halves (three halves for card-carrying CAMRA members). So come along and eat, drink and be merry! December Candlelit Christmas Saturday 7th December 2019, 7-10pm Prepare for Christmas in the traditional way at our special Candlelit Christmas evening on Saturday 7th December between 7-10pm. We will be welcoming visitors to enjoy an evening of festive activities, entertainments 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. There will be costumed re-enactors in the historic buildings preparing for Christmas in the traditional ways, demonstrating Tudor and Victorian customs in the Town House and the Toll House, and recreating a 1950s Christmas in the Prefab. Entertainment includes fire juggling, Morris dancing and a Punch and Judy show. Visitors can also enjoy street performances, star gazing, a magician performing close-up magic and every kind of festive music from choirs to showman’s organ music and bell ringing. A craft fair will be held in the stunning Guesten Hall selling local produce and handmade items, while the museum shop will be open selling unique gifts, gift vouchers and Museum memberships. For younger visitors, there is a special reindeer trail, the railway will be running offering rides on the miniature Santa Express, and Father Christmas will be on site too! There will be seasonal treats to enjoy at stalls throughout the Museum such as mulled wine and cider, roast chestnuts, a hog roast, mince pies and doughnuts. Avoncroft Museum’s Candlelit Christmas takes place on Saturday 7th December from 7-10pm. Tickets cost £8 for adults and £5.50* for children. Pre-booking is essential for this highly popular event, and can be booked online now by scrolling to the bottom of the page. There is a members discount, £5.50 for adults and £3.50 for children*. Tickets are available on 01527 831363. *Under 3s are free.