Stafford Museum Events 2018

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    Thu 28th Jun to Sat 14th Jul

    MACBETH – Stafford Festival Shakespeare

    Stafford Castle Various Times


    Stafford Gatehouse Theatre together with Freedom Leisure are pleased to present the Stafford Festival Shakespeare 2018 production of The Bard’s horrific tragedy, Macbeth.

    Following the critically-acclaimed, award-winning production of The Tempest, Stafford Festival Shakespeare will return to the atmospheric surroundings of Stafford Castle next year and transport audiences to a fictional medieval Scotland where diabolical dark deeds wreak havoc across the land.

    Something wicked this way comes.


  • Sun 1st Jul

    Have a Go Archery

    Stafford Castle

    Learn the ancient skills of the bowman.
    Six arrows for £2. No booking necessary.
    Supported by Stafford Archers

  • Wed 4th Jul

    Louis Taylor Antique Valuation Days

    Ancient High House 10am - 2pm

    First Wed of the month January to December 10am – 2pm [Museum open to 4pm]
    Learn more about your treasures and trinkets and what they are worth.
    Free admission. No booking necessary
    Supported by Louis Taylor Auctioneers 01782 214111
    Visit Louis Taylor Fine Art

  • Sun 5th Aug

    Classic Car Show

    Stafford Castle 11am – 5pm

    A classic car treat and vintage fun for all the family. Classic, vintage and collectors cars on display, with trophies awarded for best car in class. With children’s games, quizzes and activities. See the Motor Museum in Miniature display, vintage cycles, auto mart and craft stalls.
    Free admission. Car Park £3
    Sponsored by: Broadspeed Classics

  • Sun 12th Aug

    Izaak Walton Day: Country Pursuits

    Izaak Walton’s Cottage 1pm - 5pm

    A celebration of the life and times of Izaak, Stafford’s most famous son. View rarely seen items of Walton memorabilia, and a range of angling equipment from days gone by.
    Free admission.

  • Thu 16th Aug

    Hands on Arms and Armour: Heritage Open Day event

    Stafford Castle 11am – 4pm

    Try on armour and costumes from the medieval period. With guided tours of Stafford Castle’s Keep.
    Free admission. No booking necessary.
    In support of Heritage Open Days

  • Wed 22nd Aug

    Arts and Crafts Day

    Ancient High House 10am – 4pm

    Visit the Ancient High House for a programme of exhibitions, artists in residence, adult’s and children’s arts and crafts workshops.
    Free admission.

  • Sun 9th Sep

    The Siege of Stafford Castle

    Stafford Castle 11am – 5pm

    Parliamentarians versus Royalists; costumed characters and hands on activities – witness the sights and sounds of the 17th Century with sword play and ‘living history craft displays representing life during the period’. Who will you decide to support, the ‘Roundheads’ or ‘Cavaliers? Enjoy a ‘hands on’ history talk in the Visitor Centre and a guided tour of the Castle Keep to learn the story of Lady Isobel Stafford.
    Free admission. Car parking £3

  • Tue 11th Sep to Thu 27th Sep

    Through the Eyes of a Child History Exhibition

    Ancient High House 10am – 4pm

    An exciting and interactive new touring exhibition from Staffordshire Museum Service. From work and play to school and times of need, explore the lives of children past and present through the museum objects that tell their stories.
    Free admission
    Supported by Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service

  • Sat 15th Sep

    History of the High House: Heritage Open Day event

    Ancient High House 10am – 4pm

    A guided tour of the Through the Eyes of a Child exhibition; with children’s workshops and dressing up costumes.
    Free admission
    In support of Heritage Open Days

  • Fri 5th Oct

    Comedy Murder Mystery

    Ancient High House 7pm – 9.30pm

    The Ghosts of Westwick Hall: Comedy Murder Mystery
    Picture the scene; during a wild and windy night on the Yorkshire moors a group of travellers are lost. They stumble across an eerie and uninhabited Elizabethan mansion where they hope to rest overnight. But when things start to go bump in the night they begin to wonder if they will all survive their stay?
    £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

  • Wed 24th Oct

    Cats, Bats and Rats – Hallowe’en Hands on Horror

    Stafford Castle 11am – 4pm

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

  • Sat 27th Oct to Sun 28th Oct

    Cats, Bats and Rats – Hallowe’en Hands on Horror

    Stafford Castle 11am – 4pm

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

  • Sat 27th Oct

    Hallowe’en Heebie Jeebie

    Ancient High House 10am – 4pm

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

  • Wed 31st Oct

    Hallowe’en Heebie Jeebie

    Stafford Castle 11am – 4pm

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

  • Tue 6th Nov to Thu 29th Nov

    Stafford and the Great War – History Exhibition

    Ancient High House 10am – 4pm

    Marking the one hundredth anniversary of the 1918 Armistice. This exhibition brings into sharp focus the impact of four years of bloody conflict. Photos, medals and militaria illustrate the poignant stories of Staffordians who served in all theatres of the war and on the Home Front.
    Free admission
    Supported by Staffordshire Arts & Heritage Service, The Trustees of the William Salt Library and local collections

  • Tue 6th Nov to Sat 29th Dec

    Best Foot Forward: Celebrating the Shoe Industry in Stafford

    Ancient High House 10am – 4pm

    The story of shoe manufacture in Stafford through the objects and people associated with the industry including, Lotus, Mason and Marson, Bostocks and Evode. Put your best foot forward and explore the history of shoes in our town.
    Free admission
    Supported by Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service

  • Sat 17th Nov

    Christmas Craft Fair at the Ancient High House

    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 hot drinks.
    Free admission.

  • Tue 27th Nov to Sat 29th Dec

    Return to Toytown

    Ancient High House

    A colourful display of building and construction toys from yesteryear. With examples of advertising memorabilia and built models.
    Supported by Staffordshire Arts & Heritage Service, Newcastle Borough Museum and local collections

  • Sat 1st Dec

    Christmas in Days Gone By

    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 drinks available in the Edwardian Shop
    Free admission. No booking necessary.

  • Sat 1st Dec to Sun 23rd Dec

    Christmas at the 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 Xmas 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.

  • Sun 9th Dec

    Christmas Wreaths Making Workshops

    Stafford Castle 11am – 4pm

    Adult holly wreath making and children’s Christmas decoration making workshops.
    ‘Drop in’ sessions throughout the day.
    Cookies and hot chocolate available.
    Adults £15, Children £2

Exhibitions 2018