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.

All the Fun at the Circus

  • 29 May 2017 11am-4pm

Try your hand at circus skills including juggling, spinning plates and stilt walking, make a paper tiger and design a clown's mask.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £5, Child & Concess £2.50 under fives free and Family ticket £13.

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.
Painting by David Cox showing a man on horseback at crossroads

David Cox and his Contemporaries

  • 11 February — 3 June 2017 *on now

This exhibition will explore the work of one of the West Midland's greatest artists, David Cox, as well as the artists who influenced him, the people who collected his work and how his painting and teaching shaped the art world around him.

From the 1840s, Cox's had established a strong enough reputation for watercolour painting to give up teaching and paint full-time. During these last two decades of his life Cox experimented with oil paint, colour and different kinds of paper, creating the breathtaking landscape artworks that he has become best known for. In the 21st century, Cox is widely considered as one of Britain's best water colourists and has even been named as a precursor to the impressionist movement.

David Cox and his Contemporaries will explore Cox's work, the artists who influenced him and the influence his own work and writing had on watercolour painting, landscape art and the vibrant artistic communities of the Midlands in the nineteenth-century.

Bringing together paintings from local and national museums, as well as Worcester's own collection that are rarely put on public display due to their fragile nature, this exhibition will offer a unique opportunity to see a large body of David Cox's work and the unique chance to see Cox's work next to the painters that influenced him and to explore his own influence on British art.

Bringing the exhibition into the 21st century, part of the watercolour gallery will be dedicated to recent graduate work selected for New Art West Midlands 2017. The celebration of the best graduate art in the West Midlands will demonstrate the Midland's long history of art, from creating to collecting it.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum
Foregate Street
Worcester
Worcestershire
WR1 1DT
England

Admission

FREE

Website

https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/info/2/city_art_gallery_and_museum

All the Fun at the Circus

  • 30 May — 1 June 2017

Enjoy circus themed craft activities and a museum explorer trail.
An additional charge of £2 per child applies for the day's activities.
Tues-Thurs

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Adults £5, Child & Concess £2.50, under fives free and Family ticket £13

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

A father and son enjoy the cider press at Hartlebury

Father's Day

  • 18 June 2017 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
Adults £5, Child & Concess £2.50, under fives free and Family ticket £13

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Dig It!

  • 16 July 2017 11am-2pm

Sunday 16 July, 11am-4pm
Hands on activities including sand pit exploration, metal detecting, microscope identification and fossil fun, as part of the national Festival of Archaeology.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £5, Child & Concession £2.50, under fives free & Family ticket £13

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Archery

Summer fun

  • 1 — 3 August 2017
  • 8 — 10 August 2017
  • 15 — 17 August 2017
  • 22 — 24 August 2017
  • 29 — 31 August 2017

Family-friendly summer activities at Worcestershire County Museum.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays throughout August, 10.30am – 4pm
Week 1 – Battles & Sieges
Week 2 – Nature Rangers
Week 3 - Creative Construction
Week 4 - Space
Week 5 – Storytime

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Adults £5, Concessions & Child £2.50 & Family ticket £13
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- Billionaire Boy

  • 11 August 2017 6:30-9pm

Friday 11 August, 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 'Billionaire Boy'.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Advanced tickets - Adults £14, Children £7.50. £1 booking fee applies - please call 01299 250416 to book. On the gate ticket prices – Adult, £15.50, Children - £850.

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Storytime

  • 28 August 2017 11am-4pm

Meet characters from your favourite stories, join in our interactive storytelling sessions, write your own poem, enjoy games and competitions and create your own fairytale character

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury Castle, Hartlebury

Admission

Adults £5, Child/Concessions £2.50, under fives free and Family Ticket £13
Tel: 01299 250416

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

The Scullery Maid at Hartlebury

Heritage Open days

  • 8 September 2017 11am-3:30pm
  • 9 — 10 September 2017 11am-4pm

Heritage Open Days
Free Entry
Fri 8 – 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 9 & 10 September, 11am-4pm – A free family event at Hartlebury – explore 1000 years of history, meet the Castle's Housekeeper, get hands-on with our collections and learn more about the Hartlebury Castle project through tours and bite-sized talks.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

Event is free

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Giant Willow Sculpture

  • 23 — 24 September 2017 11am-4pm

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 Sept, 11am-4pm
Work with our artist to create a giant willow rabbit! This is a free, drop-in event (donations welcome) but does not include access to the Museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission to museum-Adults £5, Conc & Children £2.50, Family ticket £13 & under fives free.

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.gov.uk

Stone Masonry

  • 21 October 2017 From 11am

Learn traditional techniques such as pointing with the Worcester Stonemasons.
For more information contact Penelope on 01299 250797 or email activities@hartleburycastle.com

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Workshops are £60 including lunch (subsidised by the HLF).

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Hartlebury Halloween

  • 24 — 27 October 2017

Four fun family days of Autumn & Halloween 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

Adults £5, Child & Concessions £2.50, under fives free & Family ticket £13.

Website

http://museumsworcestershire.org.uk

The Big Draw-Stars & Lights

  • 25 October 2017 7-9pm

Wednesday 25 October, 7-9pm
Use torches and lights to create light pictures in front of the Castle and join in with a stargazing session.

For more information contact Penelope on 01299 250797 or email activities@hartleburycastle.com

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets must be reserved on 01299 250797 and cost £3 per child

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Hartlebury Explorers-The History of Chocolate

  • 18 November 2017 2-4pm

Saturday 18 November, 2-4pm
A fun, family event exploring the history of chocolate, including a chance to taste chocolate recipes from the past.

For more information contact Penelope on 01299 250797 or email activities@hartleburycastle.com

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets must be reserved on 01299 250797 and cost £5 per child.

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Stained Glass

  • 25 November 2017 11am-4pm

Join artist Frans Wesselman for an introductory day of stained glass decorating and create your own painted glass piece.
For more information contact Penelope on 01299 250797 or email activities@hartleburycastle.com

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Workshops are £60 including lunch (subsidised by the HLF).

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Christmas at the Castle

Christmas at the Castle

  • 9 — 10 December 2017 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

Adults £5 Children 5+ £2.50 (under 5's free) Family Ticket £13
Additional charge for Father Christmas

Website

http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Candlelit Christmas

  • 16 December 2017 7-9pm

Saturday 16 December, 7-9pm.
Get in the Christmas spirit at this evening of seasonal festivities. Enjoy listening to carol singers in the candlelit Chapel and to period musicians, A Merrie Noyse, in the medieval Great Hall. Tickets include mince pies and mulled wine.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets must be pre-booked on 01299 250416 and cost £12.50, plus a £1 booking fee.

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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