Events & Activities 2015
Events at the County Museum include family fun days, murder
mystery evenings, children's activity weeks and much
Our exciting Spring Summer events programme for 2015 is
listed below. Later in the year we will be adding our Autumn &
Winter events to this list.
Please select a
March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December
- Entrance to events is included in the normal admission price
(excluding ticketed events which must be pre-booked). Once inside
an event some elements may require an additional charge (i.e.
pumpkin carving, presents from Father Christmas, archery,
- We regret that on the various Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays
when we hold events we may not be able to offer the usual
free entry to the Castle Kitchen Cafe.
Tuesday 17 – Friday 20 February,
Let's Celebrate! – Holiday
Join in with our craft activity days exploring
celebrations and festivals from around the world. A charge of
£1 per child, per day, applies to participate in the craft
Download out activity
timetable for February Half Term here.
Sunday 15 March, 11am-5pm
All Mum's admitted free plus tasty Mother's
Day treats in the Café. (Mum's must be accompanied by a paying
Country Capers – Holiday Activities
Bank Holiday Monday 6 April,
Join us for a country filled day including
traditional crafts & games, local produce, children's
activities and archery. Enjoy fantastic falconry displays, meet
alpacas, watch ferret racing and have a donkey ride.
Tue 31 Mar – Thurs 2 April and Tue 7 –
Fri 10 April
Join us for countryside themed craft
activities. An additional charge of £2 per child applies for the
Download our Easter activities
You can also find out more about our Bank
Holiday event here.
Wednesday 22 April
Learn & Lunch - 'Conserving the Bredon Hill Coin
Find out about the exciting discovery of Worcestershire's
largest coin hoard and watch Museums Worcestershire volunteers at
work cleaning and stabilising the hoard. Learn & Lunch talks
begin at 11am and are followed by a tasty lunch and a chance
to explore the museum in the afternoon. Tickets £16 - must be
pre-booked on 01299 250416.
Saturday 25 April, 7pm
Harvey's War Letters
An uplifting remembrance experience as the
Cavan Trio commemorate the First World War. Inspired by the letters
of the cellist's grandfather. Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions) are
can be booked on 01299 250416.
See here for more
Wednesday 13 May
Learn & Lunch - 'A Bishop & HIs
Christine Penney, the Hurd Librarian, will give an illustrated
talk on Bishop Hurd, the Hurd Library and some of the wonderful
books it holds. You will then be taken on a private tour of the
Castle's State Rooms and Library followed by a tasty lunch and
access to the Museum for the rest of the day. Learn & Lunch
talks begin at 11am and are followed by a tasty lunch and a
chance to explore the museum in the afternoon. Tickets £16 - must
be pre-booked on 01299 250416.
Gorgeous Georgians - Holiday Activities
Bank Holiday Mon 25 May,
Time travel back to 1788 and meet King George
& Queen Charlotte who are visiting Bishop Hurd here at
Hartlebury Castle. Learn more about the world of the Georgians and
make your own Georgian wig.
See here for more information about this
great day out!
Tue 26 – Fri 29 May, 10.30am –
More Gorgeous Georgians themed craft
activities. An additional charge of £2 per child applies for the
day's activities. Full details on the
Thursday 4 June
Learn & Lunch - 'From Hartlebury to
A fascinating talk by guest speaker Mary
Arden-Davies about some of the Bishops of Worcester who have lived
here at Hartlebury. After the talk you will be taken on a private
tour of the Castle's State Rooms and Library to see where the
Bishops themselves lived. Learn & Lunch talks begin
at 11am and are followed by a tasty lunch and a chance to
explore the museum in the afternoon. Tickets £16 - must be
pre-booked on 01299 250416.
Friday 12 June, gates open 6.30pm,
performance begins 7.30pm
Shakespeare at the Castle - Love's Labour's Lost
Bring a picnic and enjoy outdoor theatre at its best by Heartbreak
Productions, played in the round and set against the stunning back
drop of beautiful Hartlebury Castle.
Advance Tickets: Adults £14 Children £7.50. School/Group Discounts
are available. Tickets can be pre-booked on 01299 250416.
Wednesday 17 June,
Taster exhibition - Tea Party &
As a taster for our larger exhibition which will be coming next
year our partners the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust have
created a mini-exhibition which will be on display in the Great
Hall from Wed 17 June. The exhibition explores the use of
Hartlebury as a Voluntary Aid Detatchment hospital during World War
One. On this day, to launch the exhibition and commemorate this
important part of the castle's history, visitors can enjoy a
tea party and talk. Tickets are £7.50 including
afternoon tea and must be pre-booked on 01299 250416.
Sunday 21 June, 11am-5pm
All Dad's admitted free plus tasty Father's
Day treats in the Café. (Dad's must be accompanied by a paying
Wednesday 15 July, 11am and
Enjoy a tour around our Collections Centre
discovering the archaeological treasures we store. Visitors will
also see some of the Bredon Hill Coin Hoard being conserved. As
part of the national Festival of Archaeology
These tours are offered free but places are
limited and should be pre-booked on 01299 250416.
Sunday 19 July - Sunday 2 August
Follow the trail around the Castle to discover
the secrets of the past and the buildings and battlements that once
stood here. As part of the national Festival of
Thursday 30 July, gates open 5pm,
performance begins 6.30pm
Theatre at the Castle - Mr. Stink
Hartlebury welcomes the ‘the stinkiest stinker who ever
lived’ in our first ever outdoor theatre event for families.
Pack a picnic and join us for family fun and laughter as Heartbreak
Productions own version of David Walliams' celebrated children’s
Advance Tickets: Adults £14, Children £7.50
(5-16 years), Under 5s free. School/Group Discounts are also
available. Advanced tickets can be pre-booked on 01299
250416. Tickets can also be purchased on the door, prices to
Tuesdays to Fridays throughout
Holiday Funtime – Holiday Activities
Join us for four fun weeks of creative craft
activities for all the family. Three different activities will be
on offer each day and have-a-go archery will be available on
Tuesdays & Wednesdays. A charge of £2 per child, per day,
applies to participate in the craft activities.
For more information download our activities timetable
Tuesday 25 August, 1.30-3.30pm
Castle Tour with the Friends of Hartlebury Castle
& the Hurd Library
The Friends of Hartlebury Castle & the Hurd Library are
offering a guided tour of the Castle on 25 August. The tour
includes the nationally important Hurd Library, the two
magnificent State rooms, Chapel, Prince’s bedroom and the ground
floor of the Bishop’s House. They ask for donations
for the guided tours based on a minimum of £6 per head, the
tour proceeds are divided between the upkeep of the Library and
Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust. Tour places can be booked via
the Museum on 01299 250416.
Bank Holiday Monday 31 August,
Come aboard the good ship Hartlebury and learn how to be a
pirate including reading treasure maps, making pirate hats, jobs
aboard ship, cannon drill, singing sea-shanties and how to talk
'pirate'. To find out more click this
Please note this event does not need to be pre-booked.
Tuesday 8 September, 11am
'A Bishop & His Books' - Learn & Lunch
Christine Penney, the Hurd Librarian, will
give an illustrated talk on Bishop Hurd, the Hurd Library and some
of the wonderful books it holds. You will then be taken on a
private tour of the Castle's State Rooms and Library, before
receieving a tasty lunch and access to the museum for the rest of
the day. Tickets are £16 and must be pre-booked on 01299
Fri 11, Sat 12 & Sun
Heritage Open Days - FREE ENTRY
Friday 11 Sept – Join a free behind the
scenes tours of the museum's fascinating Collections Centre and
discover more of the treasures we care for. Three tours through the
day, tours are free but we advise you to book a place -
please call 01299 250416. Own transport is required for
the 2 mile journey to the store.
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13, 11am-5pm - A free family event –
explore 1000 years of history, board the mobile museum bus, meet
the Castle's Scullery Maid, get hands-on with our collections and
learn more about how we care for our objects. The Hartlebury Castle
Preservation Trust will also be providing access to the Bishop's
Chapel, not usually seen by the public.
Sunday 20 September,
Everything you need to help you plan your big
day! Join us in the Castle's State Rooms for our wedding fayre
(admission to the Fayre is free).
Thursday 1 October, 11am
'Legends of the Bow' - Learn & Lunch
Join Pheon Archery for a look at
how a simple bent stick has changed the world… Learn more
about the history of archery and have a go yourself. Afterwards you
will be given a tasty lunch in the Cafe and access to the
museum for the rest of the day. Tickets are £16 and must be
pre-booked on 01299
Sunday 4 October, 11am-5pm
Fashion Through the Ages
Join us for a 'fabulously vintage affair' at
the Castle, including fashion show, stalls, entertainment and
re-enactments. In conjunction with Choreographer, Nicci Forte, from
the Vintage Vanity shop in Stourport-on-Severn.
Sunday 11 October, 11am-4pm
The Guild of Model Wheelwrights
An exhibition of the work of the Guild of
Model Wheelwrights who create beautiful, intricate scale models of
horse drawn vehicles. Their models include carriages, commercial
vehicles, farm vehicles and many more. There will be over 40
hand-crafted models on display and the members of the Guild will be
on hand to talk about their work.
Tuesday 27 - Friday 30 October,
Four fun family days of Autumn craft
activities including owl masks, skeleton Jack's, autumn scrapbooks
and more. You can also carve a pumpkin for your Halloween
celebrations…. An additional charge of £2 per child applies for
the day's activities, plus a small charge for your
Friday 30 October,
Horror at Hartlebury
As part of MUSEUMS AT
NIGHT Join actor Jonathan Darby for an
evening of spine chilling gothic tales from Edgar Allan Poe.
Tickets £9 (over 16s only). Must be pre-booked on 01299 250416.
Saturday 14 & 21
Murder Mystery - Stayin' Alive?
It's the summer of 1977, punk rock is just
beginning and disco rules, but in sleepy Hartlebury everyone's mind
is on the forthcoming party to celebrate the Silver Jubilee…well,
almost everyone… Is there something odd in the cucumber sandwiches?
Was that a firework or a gun shot? And when it's time to cut the
cake, where has the knife gone? Join us for an evening of thrills,
surprises and fabulous food. Tickets £36.50 to include a
three-course meal. Tickets must be pre-booked on 01299 250416.
Wednesday 25 November,
'Searching for the Green Man' - Learn & Lunch
Who or what is the Green Man? What lies behind
the stories? Is the Green Man a figure of good, evil, or something
else? Join Rod Pomery, retired Head Forester for the National
Trust, in an exploration of the myths and legends surrounding the
Green Man. Afterwards you will be given a tasty lunch in the
Cafe and access to the museum for the rest of the day. Tickets are
£16 and must be pre-booked on 01299 250416.
Friday 4 & Saturday 5 December, 7.30pm (doors from
Scrooge - The Musical
Join us in the Great Hall for a truly magical
start to your Christmas season and be
transported back to Victorian England at Christmas time.
Tickets are £12.50 and include a glass of mulled wine and
a light supper. Please call 01299 250416 to book. Note: the
performance is not suitable for very young children.
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13
Christmas at the Castle
Join us for a traditional Christmas
celebration including Father Christmas in a winter wonderland
grotto, carriage rides, seasonal gifts & craft stalls, fun
children’s activities and performances by local choirs &
This page was last reviewed 27 August 2015 at 18:00 by Rachel Robinson.