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 February Let’s talk about ‘Medieval’ sex this Valentine’s Day! Thursday 13th February, 7-10pm Looking for something a bit different to do for Valentine’s Day this year? Join our Medieval Wise Woman here at Avoncroft for a historical and hysterical look back at sex through the ages! Listen as the Wise Woman delves into sexual practices of times gone-by and find out if they are so different from today! The audience is encouraged to share their own woes with the group, (this is optional!) and the Wise Woman will help to solve their sexual problems with her centuries of knowledge of ‘naughty bits’! Sit back and enjoy an evening of hilarity as you travel through time talking about all the good things and the bad things that may be, for those in the Middle Ages. The Wise Woman will make you glad we live in the 21st Century! This event is strictly for those aged 18 and over and definitely not for those who are easily offended, but it is historically accurate and very funny! Perfect for couples and groups of friends. There will be a bar and snacks available too. Tickets are available now by scrolling to the bottom of this page. Pre-booking is essential, so get your ticket now to secure your spot! February Half Term Tuesday 18th – Thursday 20th February, 11am – 3pm Join our resident Tudor for daily presentations* on the gooey, gory, gruesome truths of yesteryear. We will be looking into the history of medieval medicine, hygiene, execution and torture. There will also be crafts, a trail, gooey feel boxes and make your own slime, as well as miniature train and pony rides* (weather permitting). Our costumed interpreters will be in our houses to take you back in time and talk about medicine and hygiene through the ages, from medieval times to the post-war era. Be sure to get involved and find out all the horrible details! Normal admission applies. *Some activities may incur additional charges March Wedding Fayre Sunday 8th March, 11am -3pm Calling all future brides and grooms… come and join us for our wedding fayre in our stunning Guesten Hall this March. Meet suppliers and the team here, book a viewing, pick up your goody bag and discuss your big day with our dedicated team. For further details or to book a viewing, email Amy on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01527 831363. Mums go free this Mother’s Day Sunday 22nd March, 10.30am – 5pm Looking for something different to do this Mother’s Day? Why not treat her to a day out at Avoncroft Museum and take her on a stroll through 700 years of history! All mothers get free admission (with a paying child or adult) so there’s even more reason to come and explore everything Avoncroft has to offer. Exclusive for Mother’s Day: Pre-book an Afternoon Tea in our Edwardian Tea Room and mums can enjoy a free glass of Prosecco! Soak up the atmosphere of the Edwardian Tea Room whilst you treat mum to our dainty finger sandwiches, scones and homemade cake all served with our award-winning loose leaf tea and a glass of Prosecco for that extra special Mother’s Day treat! To take advantage of this offer, pre-booking is essential as places are limited – Please call the Tea Room on 01527 889768. April Easter School Holidays Tuesday 7th – Friday 10th & Tuesday 14th – Friday 17th April Join us for a fun-filled Easter fortnight this year, with Easter egg hunts, crafts, activities and trails to keep the kids entertained in the great outdoors. Further details will follow shortly, so keep an eye on our website and social media for updates! Family Fun Days Easter Sunday, 12th April & Easter Monday, 13th April, 10.30am – 5pm We will also be hosting our renowned family fun days this Easter – further details will follow shortly, so keep checking in for updates! Medieval St George’s Day Celebrations with the War of the Roses Federation Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th April, 10.30am – 5pm Join us and delve into the legend of St George as the War 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 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) related activities this year. There will be plenty to see and do for children of all ages, activities, crafts, experiments and trails that will continue throughout the half term week. Half Term Tuesday 26th – Thursday 28th May Join us for a week of STEM related fun! Further information will follow soon! June Dads go free on 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 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!