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 £9.00
Children- £5 & Concessions £8 Family Ticket £25 (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.
May Bank Holiday

Terrific Teddies & Toys

  • 25 May 2020 11am-4pm

Bank Holiday Monday
25th May, 11am – 4pm
Bring along your favourite teddy for a fantastic day of traditional games, competitions & stories.
Make your own teddy bear puppet, watch puppet theatre and enjoy a picnic in the grounds.
Bear hunt around the Castle

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.50, Children (aged 5-17) £5.50, Family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) £26 & under 5s Free.

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

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.
Easter hols

Birds & Beasts-Cancelled

  • 7 — 10 April 2020
  • 14 — 17 April 2020

7th - 10th April & 14th - 17th April, 11am – 4pm
Following advice regarding Covid-19 (coronavirus) we have taken the decision to close our museums until further notice, which sadly means Worcestershire County Museum’s events for at least the next month will be cancelled, and events beyond this may also be affected. For an update on visitor information at Hartlebury Castle please see www.hartleburycastle.com/covid-19/.
Our priority is to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff. Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels as we will provide ways for you to keep engaged with our museums and collections through this difficult time. Please follow advice and stay safe - Worcestershire County Council’s advice can be found at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/coronavirus.
We look forward to welcoming you back in happier times. Love from the Museums Worcestershire team x

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
  • Any age

Admission

Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.50, Children (aged 5-17) £5.50, Family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) £26 & under 5s Free.

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

Good Friday Event

Easter Egg Hunt-Cancelled

  • 10 April 2019 — 10 April 2020 *on now

We take our social responsibility seriously and following the government’s recommendation of social distancing we have decided to postpone this event until further notice-HCPT

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Where

Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury Castle, Hartlebury

Admission

Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.50, Children (aged 5-17) £5.50, Family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) £26 & under 5s Free.

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

Food Festival

Spring Craft Fair-Cancelled

  • 5 April 2020 11am-4pm *on now

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th April, 11am – 4pm
We take our social responsibility seriously and following the government’s recommendation of social distancing we have decided to postpone this event until further notice-HCPT

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.50, Children (aged 5-17) £5.50, Family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) £26 & under 5s Free.

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

Bank Holiday Monday Event

Birds & Beasts-Cancelled

  • 13 April 2020 11am-4pm

Following advice regarding Covid-19 (coronavirus) we have taken the decision to close our museums until further notice, which sadly means Worcestershire County Museum’s events for at least the next month will be cancelled, and events beyond this may also be affected. For an update on visitor information at Hartlebury Castle please see www.hartleburycastle.com/covid-19/.
Our priority is to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff. Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels as we will provide ways for you to keep engaged with our museums and collections through this difficult time. Please follow advice and stay safe - Worcestershire County Council’s advice can be found at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/coronavirus.
We look forward to welcoming you back in happier times. Love from the Museums Worcestershire team x

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.50, Children (aged 5-17) £5.50, Family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) £26 & under 5s Free.

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

Hartlebury Castle

Themed Store Tours-Travel the World

  • 4 May 2020 11am-12pm

Come and enjoy a tour of Museums Worcestershire’s Collections Centre and learn all about travel. Each tour lasts approx. an hour, starting at 11am.
Tickets must be pre-booked

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets cost £8 & must be pre-booked. Full details can be seen on our website.

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

May Bank holiday event

VE Day Commemorations

  • 8 May 2020 11am-4pm

Commemorate VE day with our fun party and picnic in the Carriage Circle. Enjoy historic displays, re-enactors, stalls and music.
Free entry for WW2 Veterans

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.50, Children (aged 5-17) £5.50, Family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) £26 & under 5s Free.

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

Hartlebury Castle

Curators Talks-The Bromsgrove Guild- an Introduction

  • 21 May 2020 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. Enjoy a fascinating insight into the history of the Bromsgrove Guild and their work which included the gates to Buckingham Palace and the Liver Birds

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

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

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

May Half Term Activities

Terrific Teddies & Toys

  • 26 — 29 May 2020

Tues 26th - Fri 29th May, 11am – 4pm
Make a dancing peg doll and a teddy bear puppet and go on a bear hunt around the Castle
£2 additional charge for activities

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.50, Children (aged 5-17) £5.50, Family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) £26 & under 5s Free.

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

Hartlebury Castle

Outdoor Cinema-Beauty and the Beast

  • 30 May 2020 3-3:30pm

Bring a chair and blanket, grab a cinema snack and settle in for a popular movie in the Carriage Circle.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
  • Any age

Where

Worcestershire County Museum Hartlebury

Admission

Standard Tickets
Adults: £10
Child: £8
VIP Tickets (with hot dog or vegetarian option and a drink)
Adults: £14
Child: £12
Family (2 adults & 2 children): £42
To book visit www.priorbooking.com or call 01299 250416. (Booking fees apply)

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

Themed Store Tours-Magical History Tour

  • 4 June 2020 11am-12pm

Come and enjoy a tour of Museums Worcestershire’s Collections Centre and follow the magical history tour. Each tour lasts approx. an hour, starting at 11am.
Tickets must be pre-booked

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets cost £8 and must be pre-booked.

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

outdoor entertainment

Outdoor Concert: TFO Community Orchestras & Bands

  • 13 June 2020 6:30-8:30pm

Join The Film Orchestra’s community orchestras & bands for an evening of wonderful music written for film and TV.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults: £8
Children: £5
To book visit www.priorbooking.com or call 01299 250416. (Booking fees apply)

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

curators talks

Curators Talks-A Rummage through our knicker drawer

  • 18 June 2020 1-2pm

Museums Worcestershire’s costume collection includes a rather fascinating collection of under garments. Come for a (virtual) rummage through our knicker drawer and learn more about the development of underwear

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

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

Website

http://hartleburycastle.com

Outdoor theatre

Outdoor Theatre at the Castle -Emma

  • 19 June 2020 7:30pm-9:30am

Friday 19th June, 7.30pm
Bring your picnic and chairs and enjoy Chapterhouse’s delightful theatrical adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Where

Worcestershire County Museum Hartlebury

Admission

Adults: £17
Child & NUS card-holders: £10
Family (2 adults & 2 children): £48

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

A father and son enjoy the cider press at Hartlebury

Father's Day

  • 21 June 2020 11am-5pm

Enjoy free entry for dads (with paying child) and listen to a variety of musical performances as part of National Make Music Day.
Plus, dad can enjoy a free bottle of beer in the café.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Where

Worcestershire County Museum Hartlebury

Admission

Free entry for fathers
Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.50, Children (aged 5-17) £5.50, Family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) £26 & under 5s Free.

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

Costume

Themed Store Tours-A Hidden Gem

  • 13 July 2020 11am-1pm

Come and enjoy a tour of Museums Worcestershire’s Collections Centre and learn all about our hidden gem. Each tour lasts approx. an hour, starting at 11am.
Tickets must be pre-booked

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets cost £8 and must be pre-booked.

Transport Day

Transport at the Castle

  • 18 July 2020 11am-4pm

Come and see a variety of transport, both modern and historical, in the magnificent Castle setting.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.50, Children (aged 5-17) £5.50, Family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) £26 & under 5s Free.

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

Summer Fun

Summer fun

  • 28 — 29 July 2020 11am-4pm
  • 4 — 7 August 2020
  • 11 — 14 August 2020
  • 18 — 21 August 2020
  • 25 — 28 August 2020
  • 30 — 31 August 2020 11am-4pm

Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 4pm
Enjoy fun hands-on craft activities and a Castle trail throughout the summer holidays.
28th – 31st July: Nature Explorers
4th – 7th August: Super Heroes
11th – 14th August: Messy Science
18th – 21st August: Discover Dinosaurs
25th – 28th August: Pirate Fun
£2 additional charge for activities
Archery Have a go at archery with Pheon Archery every Tuesday in August.
Additional charge

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.50, Children (aged 5-17) £5.50, Family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) £26 & under 5s Free.

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

Outdoor theatre

Outdoor Theatre: Alice in Wonderland

  • 31 July 2020 6:30-8:30pm

Alice in Wonderland
Friday 31st July, 6.30pm
Enjoy Chapterhouse’s wonderful performance of this beloved children’s tale.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults: £17
Child & NUS card-holder: £10
Family (2 adults & 2 children ) £48
To book visit www.priorbooking.com or call 01299 250416. (Booking fees apply)

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

outdoor theatre

Outdoor Theatre: Treasure Island

  • 21 August 2020 6:30-8:30pm

Treasure Island-Friday 21st August, 6.30pm
Come along for swashbuckling fun in Quantum Theatre’s adaptation of this exciting adventure.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Advanced tickets – Adults: £15, Child £9
To book visit www.priorbooking.com or call 01299 250416. (Booking fees apply)

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

Bank Holiday Monday

Swashbuckling Fun

  • 31 August 2020 11am-4pm

Put on your best pirate costume and join us as you hunt for treasure, learn cannon drills, sea shanties and how to talk Pirate. Plus make your own pirate puppet.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Where

Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury Castle, Hartlebury

Admission

Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.50, Children (aged 5-17) £5.50, Family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) £26 & under 5s Free.

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

Food

Food & Drink Festival

  • 5 — 6 September 2020 11am-4pm

Explore a variety of food & drink stalls and enjoy live music, as you discover tasty treats to enjoy on site or to take home.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.50, Children (aged 5-17) £5.50, Family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) £26 & under 5s Free.

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open days

  • 13 September 2020 11am-4pm
  • 20 September 2020 11am-4pm

Sunday 13th & Sunday 20th September, 11am – 4pm
Discover the Castle’s history and collections, browse lovely craft stalls, meet costumed characters and enjoy children’s craft activities.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

FREE ENTRY

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

Wagons

Curators Talks-Vardos!

  • 17 September 2020 1-2pm

Take a closer look at the beautiful and nationally significant gypsy caravan collection and find out about new conservation work and research we’ve been undertaking.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

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

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

Themed Store Tours-A Glove Affair

  • 1 October 2020 11am-12pm

Come and enjoy a tour of Museums Worcestershire’s Collections Centre and learn all about Worcestershire Gloving Collection. Each tour lasts approx. an hour, starting at 11am..

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets cost £8 & must be pre-booked

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

Curators Talks-‘Just for Fun’

  • 15 October 2020 1-2pm

Explore the evolution of spare time and how we spend it, as we prepare for our upcoming new Leisure exhibition, Time on Your Hands.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

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

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

Witches & Wizards

Witch & Wizard School

  • 27 — 30 October 2020

Join in with fun potion mixing, make your own wizard school badge and follow the Castle spell hunt. You can also carve a spooky Halloween pumpkin
£2 additional charge for activities + £3 pumpkin carving
Castle spell hunt free

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.50, Children (aged 5-17) £5.50, Family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) £26 & under 5s Free.

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

Christmas at the Castle

Christmas at the Castle

  • 5 — 6 December 2020 11am-4pm
  • 6 December 2020 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 £9.50, Concess £8.50, Child £5.50, Family ticket £26 & under fives free

Website

http://www.hartleburycastle.com

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

Website

http://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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