Worcestershire County Museum

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Worcestershire County Museum is housed in historic Hartlebury Castle, home to the Bishops of Worcester for 1000 years.

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences

Opening hours

10:00am - 5:00pm, Tuesday to Friday 11:00am- 5:00pm, Weekends & Bank Holidays.

Closed Mondays

Admission charges

Adults £4.50
Children & Concessions £2.25 Family Ticket £12 (2+2)

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Collection details

Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Land Transport, Social History, Toys and Hobbies

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
A Happy Convalescence

A Happy Convalescence

  • 2 May 2016 — 23 December 2018 *on now

Discover the stories of fun, friendship and romance that offered a brief respite
from the frontlines for injured soldiers sent to recover at Hartlebury Castle Hospital. Piece together the journeys of the ill and injured from the battlefield to ‘Blighty’ and back again. Meet the determined Worcestershire women who nursed them back to health.
Part of the Worcestershire World War One Hundred project, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £9, Concessions £8, Children £5, Family Ticket £25, under fives are free

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Castles & Knights

Medieval Mischief

  • 28 May 2018 11am-5pm

Take part in the tournament games, become a squire in the royal court, and meet the royal guests. Try out your archery and sword fighting skills, find out how to dress as a knight, learn about horrible plague cures, and get your face painted as dragon.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £9, Child £5 & Concess £8 under fives free and Family ticket £25.

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Marvellous May Day

  • 7 May 2018 11am-4pm

Join us for a traditional May Day festival, including gift, craft and food stalls, maypole dancing, children's craft activities and traditional entertainment. Cheer on the Green Man as he battles the Ice Queen to banish winter.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Where

Worcestershire County Museum Hartlebury

Admission

Adult £9, Concess £8, Child £5, Family ticket £25 & under fives free

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Curators talks at Hartlebury Castle

Curators Talks-Vesta Tilly

  • 17 May 2018 1-2pm

A monthly programme of fascinating talks by our team of Museum Curators, including a chance to get up close to some of our collection.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

.Tickets are £4 and must be pre-booked. For full details visit our website.

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Medieval Mischief

  • 29 — 31 May 2018

Children's craft activities including making coat of arms shields and royal crowns, plus an explorer trail.
An additional charge of £2 per child applies for the day's activities.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Adults £5, Child £5 & Concess £8, under fives free and Family ticket £25

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Family Theatre at the Castle- The Midnight Gang

  • 15 June 2018 6:30-9pm

Friday 15th June, gates open 5pm, performance begins 6.30pm
Pack a picnic and join us for an evening of family fun and laughter as Heartbreak Productions present their fabulous stage adaptation of David Walliams' book for children 'The Midnight Gang'

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Advanced tickets - Adults £14.50, Children £7.50. £1 booking fee applies - please call 01299 250416 to book. On the gate ticket prices – Adult, £15.50, Children - £8.50.
Gazebo pitches can also be 'hired' for a £5 charge, payable on booking.

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

A father and son enjoy the cider press at Hartlebury

Father's Day

  • 17 June 2018 11am-5pm

All Dad's admitted free (Dad's must be accompanied by a paying child).

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Where

Worcestershire County Museum Hartlebury

Admission

Free entry for fathers
Adult £9, Concess £8, Child £5, Family ticket £25 & under fives free

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Curators Talks

Curators Talks-Rediscovering Tickenhill

  • 21 June 2018 1-2pm

A monthly programme of fascinating talks by our team of Museum Curators, including a chance to get up close to some of our collection.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets are £4 and must be pre-booked. For full details visit our website.

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Curators Talks-Mammoths to musket balls

  • 19 July 2018 1-2pm

A monthly programme of fascinating talks by our team of Museum Curators, including a chance to get up close to some of our collection.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets are £4 and must be pre-booked. For full details visit our website.

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Archaeology Day at Hartlebury Castle

Dig It!

  • 22 July 2018 11am-5pm

Hands on activities as part of the national Festival of Archaeology including sand pit exploration, microscope identification and clay coil pots, follow the archaeology trail and explore our newly opened archaeology exhibition 'On Ancient Tracks'.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £9, Concess £8, Child £5, Family ticket £25 & under fives free

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Archery

Summer fun

  • 31 July — 2 August 2018
  • 7 — 9 August 2018
  • 14 — 16 August 2018
  • 21 — 23 August 2018
  • 28 — 30 August 2018

Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays throughout August, 10.30am – 4pm
Enjoy hands on craft activities with a different theme each week, and follow the Summer Explorer Trail.
Week 1 (31 July – 2 August) – Telling Tales
Week 2 – (7-9 August) – Art Attack
Week 3 – (14-16 August) – Castle & Fortifications
Week 4 – (21-23 August) – Eco Warriors
Week 5 – (28 – 30 August) – Feathered Friends
An additional charge of £2 per child applies for the day's activities.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Adult £9, Concess £8, Child £5, Family ticket £25 & under fives free
A charge of £2.00 per child, per day, applies to participate in the craft activities.

Website

http://www.whub.org.uk/cms/museums-worcestershire/hartlebury/activities-and-events/events.aspx

Family Theatre at the Castle -Pride & Prejudice

  • 17 August 2018 6:30-9pm

Pack a picnic and join us for an evening of family entertainment as Heartbreak Productions present their fabulous presentation of Pride & Prejudice.
Gazebo pitches can also be 'hired' for a £5 charge, payable on booking
There will be a bar, plus soft drinks and snacks available to buy on the night

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Where

Worcestershire County Museum Hartlebury

Admission

Advance Tickets - Adults £14.50, Children £7.50. School/Group Discounts available. Tickets can be pre-booked on 01299 250416. Tickets on the door – Adults £15.50, Children £8.50

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Awesome Owls & Fantastic Falconry

  • 27 August 2018 11am-4pm

Get up close to a fantastic host of owls and birds of prey and watch them soar over the Castle Carriage Circle. Make your own bird mobile and decorate a mini bird house to take home.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Where

Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury Castle, Hartlebury

Admission

Adult £9, Concess £8, Child £5, Family ticket £25 & under fives free

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

The Scullery Maid at Hartlebury

Heritage Open days

  • 14 September 2018 11am-3:30pm
  • 15 — 16 September 2018 11am-4pm

Heritage Open Days
Free Entry
Fri 14 – Join a free behind the scenes tours of our fascinating Collections Centre and discover more of the treasures we care for.Tours at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm, to book your place call 01299 250416.
Sat 15 & 16 September, 11am-4pm –A free family event where you can explore over 1000 years of history, meet some of the Castle's servants and get hands-on with the museum collections.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

Event is free

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Curators Talks-A rummage through our wardrobe

  • 20 September 2018 1-2pm

A monthly programme of fascinating talks by our team of Museum Curators, including a chance to get up close to some of our collection.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets are £4 and must be pre-booked. For full details visit our website.

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Archaeology finds in Worcestershire

Curators Talks-All that glitters and some that don't

  • 18 October 2018 1-2pm

A monthly programme of fascinating talks by our team of Museum Curators, including a chance to get up close to some of our collection. Tickets are £4 and must be pre-booked.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets are £4 and must be pre-booked. For full details visit our website.

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Half term Autumn craft activities

Autumn Magic

  • 23 October 2018 10:30am-4pm
  • 24 October 2018 10am-4pm
  • 25 — 26 October 2018 10:30am-4pm

Tuesday 23 - Friday 26 October, 10.30am-4pm
Four fun family days of autumn themed craft activities. 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 pumpkin.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Adult £9, Concess £8, Child £5, Family ticket £25 & under fives free

Website

http://museumsworcestershire.org.uk

History on VA hospital at Hartlebury Castle

Curators Talks-A Happy Convalescence

  • 15 November 2018 1-2pm

A monthly programme of fascinating talks by our team of Museum Curators, including a chance to get up close to some of our collection.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

. Tickets are £4 and must be pre-booked. For full details visit our website.

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Murder Mystery-Stirctly Charleston

  • 16 — 17 November 2018 6:30-10pm

It's 1927 and the hottest dance craze from over the pond has even reached the sleepy village of Hartlebury. The Castle will be hosting its first Charleston competition, attended by the great and the good of the county and beyond. But not everyone is there for the dancing, someone has murder on their mind

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Where

Worcestershire County Museum Hartlebury

Admission

Tickets are £39 to include a three-course meal. Tickets must be pre-booked on 01299 250416

Christmas at the Castle

Christmas at the Castle

  • 8 — 9 December 2018 11am-4pm

Join us for a traditional Christmas celebration including Father Christmas in a winter wonderland grotto, carriage rides, seasonal gifts, craft demonstrations, childrens activities and performances by local choirs and musical groups.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Where

Worcestershire County Museum Hartlebury

Admission

Adult £9, Concess £8, Child £5, Family ticket £25 & under fives free

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Worcestershire County Museum
Hartlebury Castle
Hartlebury
Kidderminster
Worcestershire
DY11 7XZ
England

Website

www.worcestershire.gov.uk/home/wccindex/wcc-museum-index.htm

E-mail

museum@worcestershire.gov.uk

Telephone

01299 250416

Fax

01299 251890

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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