Stafford Museum Events 2017

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  • Arrows and archery at Stafford Castle
    Sun 2nd Apr to Sun 2nd Oct

    Have a Go Archery

    Stafford Castle 11am - 4pm

    April to October First Sunday of the Month. Learn the ancient skills of the bowman. No booking necessary. Six arrows for £2. Supported by Stafford Archers.

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    Sat 16th Sep

    Stafford Arts Festival 2017

    Ancient High House 10am - 4pm

    Visit the Ancient High House during festival day for a programme of exhibitions, artists in residence, adult’s and children’s arts and crafts workshops. See the Borough Broderers working on the newly commissioned ‘Ancient High House Tapestry’ Now celebrating its 7th year the town’s arts festival has over 40 town centre venues with a full programme of arts, crafts, music and literary workshops and activities. Free admission.

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    Sat 30th Sep

    Puppet Play Day

    Ancient High House 10am - 4pm

    See our string, shadow and glove puppets. Enjoy puppet show performances throughout the day. See our shadow puppet demonstrations and make your own character to take home. With children’s craft workshops, craft stalls and face painting.

    Free admission Charges for workshops apply.

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    Fri 6th Oct

    Murder Below Stairs: Murder Mystery

    Ancient High House 7pm - 9:30pm

    A country house in Staffordshire in the 1900’s. Our Lord and Lady with their two darling daughters enjoy their life of ease, oblivious to the turmoil taking place below stairs. The newly appointed House Keeper is not too popular with the Butler, the Cook and their stick in the mud kitchen staff. Feelings run high, a rebellion looms, and a murder takes place! £19.95 per person pre-booking essential. Reception 7pm with complimentary wine, two part performance, buffet supper, coffee and mints.

    Performed by the Creative Arts Theatre.

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    Wed 25th Oct to Sun 29th Oct

    Cats, Bats and Rats

    Stafford Castle 11am - 4pm

    Hallowe’en Hands on Horror at Stafford Castle

    Creepy creations ‘drop in’ craft activities. £2 per session.

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    Thu 26th Oct

    Hallowe’en Family Fun

    Ancient High House 5pm - 9pm

    Hallowe’en Family Fun at the Haunted High House
    Join us for an evening of spooktacular fun. See the House decorated in glorious, gruesome fashion. Hear spine-tingling tales of terror; and make your own haunted house to take home. With face painting and spooky family quiz.
    Free admission. Children’s ‘drop in’ Halloween workshops £2 per session.

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    Sat 28th Oct to Sun 29th Oct

    Cats, Bats and Rats

    Stafford Castle 11am - 4pm

    Hallowe’en Hands on Horror at Stafford Castle

    Follow the pumpkin trail and make a paper pumpkin. Children’s ‘drop in’ workshops. £2 per session.

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    Sat 28th Oct

    Hallowe’en Heebie Jeebie

    Ancient High House 10am - 4pm

    Join the funny bones to build your own skellywag – then watch him dance!
    Children’s ‘drop in’ Halloween workshops. £2 per session.

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    Sat 28th Oct

    Ghost Hunt

    Ancient High House 8pm - 2am

    Ghost Hunt with Haunted Heritage: Hallowe’en Special Ancient High House

    Join us on this paranormal investigation in the run up to All Hallows Eve, the spookiest night of the year, at one of England’s most haunted venues. Dating back to 1595 this house has seen many residents; but who is still walking its corridors at night?

    Tickets £40 per person (Strictly over 18’s). Free refreshments.
    Pre-booking essential. Visit www.hauntedheritage.co.uk
    or call 07340 239 294.

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    Sat 18th Nov

    Christmas Craft Fair

    Ancient High House 10am - 6pm

    Browse the wide range of traditional craft stalls for that exclusive festive gift. Visit Santa in his grotto and try our mince pies and mulled fruit punch. Free admission.

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    Sat 18th Nov

    Christmas Craft Fair

    Ancient High House 10am - 6pm

    Browse the wide range of traditional craft stalls for that exclusive festive gift. Visit Santa in his grotto and try our mince pies and mulled fruit punch. Free admission.

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    Tue 21st Nov to Sat 30th Dec

    To Die For?

    Ancient High House 10am - 4pm

    Have you ever considered what you are wearing may be bad for your health? Over the centuries many fashions have led to serious and often deadly health problems for the people who wore them. Discover whether there really was such a thing as a fashion victim in this fascinating and deadly exhibition. Free admission.

    Supported by Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service.

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    Tue 21st Nov to Sat 23rd Dec

    It’s a Small World

    Ancient High House 10am - 4pm

    Tin Soldiers and Dainty Dolls
    A nostalgic look at miniature gures from times gone by.

    Supported by Staffordshire Arts & Heritage Service, Newcastle Borough Museum and local collections.

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    Fri 24th Nov

    Comic Capers in the King’s Christmas Court

    Stafford Castle 7pm - 9:30pm

    Murder Mystery Stafford Castle

    Welcome to the King’s Castle somewhere in middle England. Philippe de Gaul, the Queen’s Brother, decides to visit King Henry at Christmas. He has brought the King a present, a Christmas tree! What is a Christmas tree? Is the cry!

    The celebrations don’t go well and chaos ensues. Followed by a murder most foul. £19.95 per person. Pre-booking essential. Reception 7pm with complimentary wine, two part performance, buffet supper, coffee and mints.

    Performed by the Creative Arts Theatre.

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    Sat 2nd Dec

    Christmas Through the Ages

    Ancient High House 10am - 4pm

    Meet our costumed characters and learn about Christmas in the Tudor, Stuart, Georgian and Victorian periods. Stir a traditional pudding and sing carols in the Victorian Room. Meet Father Christmas in his grotto. Children’s and adults Christmas craft workshops and family entertainment. Mince pies and hot fruit punch available in the Edwardian shop. No booking necessary. Free admission.

  • Sat 2nd Dec to Sun 24th Sep

    Christmas at the Castle Stafford Castle

    Stafford Castle 11am - 4pm

    Take a walk through the castle woodland and solve our Christmas riddle (answers can be entered into a free prize draw). Children’s Christmas decoration workshops £2. Cookies and hot chocolate available in the visitor centre throughout this period. See the wide range of traditional and unusual gifts in our shop. Free admission to museum and Castle site.

  • Sat 2nd Dec

    Christmas Past

    Ancient High House 10am - 4pm

    Meet our costumed characters and learn about Christmas in the Tudor, Stuart, Georgian and Victorian periods. Stir a traditional pudding and sing carols in the Victorian Room. Meet Father Christmas in his grotto. Children’s and adults Christmas craft workshops and family entertainment. Mince pies and hot fruit punch available in the Edwardian Shop. No booking necessary. Free admission.

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    Sat 9th Dec

    The Holly and the Ivy Workshop

    Ancient High House 10am - 4pm

    Christmas Workshops Ancient High House

    Adult holly wreath making and children’s Christmas decoration making workshops.‘Drop in’ sessions throughout the day. Adults £12, Children £2. Hot

    fruit punch and mince pies available.

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    Sat 9th Dec

    Christmas Tree Sales

    Stafford Castle 11am - 4pm

    Saturdays and Sundays 9, 10, 16 and 17 December

    Combine a visit to the Castle with choosing your Christmas tree from the dozens of ‘real’ examples on display at the visitor centre. See the wide range of traditional and unusual gifts in the Visitor Centre. Free admission to museum and Castle site.

    Tree sales supported by Greenways – All trees from sustainable sources.

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    Sun 10th Dec

    Christmas Wreath Making Workshops

    Stafford Castle 11am - 4pm

    Adult holly wreath making and children’s Christmas decoration making workshops.

    ‘Drop in’ sessions throughout the day. Adults £12, Children £2. Cookies and hot chocolate available.

Exhibitions