Heritage Events 2016

 May

 

Have a Go Archery
Stafford Castle
May to October First Sunday of the Month 11am-4pm

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

Archery

 June

 

The Age of Sheridan History Exhibition
Ancient High House
Tuesday 7 June to Saturday 30 July 10am-4pm

A glimpse into the world of Stafford MP and playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Free admission.

 Age of Sheridan

 July

 

Treasure! The Discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard History Exhibition
Ancient High House
Tuesday 5 July to Saturday 10 September 10am-4pm

An interactive exhibition telling the fascinating story of how the Hoard was found and saved for the nation. Free admission.

 Treasure

Sheridan Weekend
Ancient High House

Friday 8 July 1-1.45pm
An illustrated talk by Fiona Sheridan 'Georgian Stafford'. Free admission.

Saturday 9 July 10am-4pm
Children's Georgian mask making workshops. Workshops £2.

 Sheridan Weekend

Live at the Castle
Stafford Castle
Sunday 10 July 12noon-9pm

Enjoy the very best of local live music on the main stage and in the acoustic marquee. Admission £2. Car Park £5. For details visit www.staffordfestival.co.uk

 Live at the Castle

Teddy Bears' Picnic
Izaak Walton's Cottage
Sunday 10 July 12noon-5pm

Enjoy family fun and games in the cottage garden, with puppet show, face painting, teddy making workshops, story telling, craft stalls and a bouncy castle for the younger family members. Bring along a picnic and don't forget your teddy! Free admission if accompanied by a teddy bear.

 Teddy Bears' Picnic

Classic Car Show
Stafford Castle
Sunday 31 July 11am-5pm

A classic car treat and vintage fun for all the family. Classic, vintage and collectors cars on display, with trophies for best car in class. With children's games, quizzes and activities, including mini Land Rover rides. Slot car racing, vintage cycles, auto mart and craft stalls. Free admission. Car park £3.

Sponsored by: RPH Motor Repairs Ltd www.rphmotorrepairs.co.uk, 01785 253 999 & AA Silencers www.aasilencers.co.uk, 01785 213 500

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 Classic Car Show

 August

 

Norman Re-enactment
Stafford Castle
Sunday 14 August 11am-5pm

An end to the Dark Ages - visit the dawn of Norman England with costumed characters and hands on activities. Witness the sights and sounds of the 11th century; with sword play, music, dancing and games. Meet peddlers, peasants, knights and damsels. Enjoy a 'hands on' history talk in the Visitor Centre and a guided tour of one of the largest surviving Norman fortifications in England. Free admission. Car parking £3.

 Norman Re-enactment

 September

 

History of the High House
Ancient High House
Saturday 10 September 10am-4pm

Try on period costumes and learn about how the rich and poor dressed through the ages. Free admission. In support of Heritage Open Days.

 History of the High House

Hands on Arms and Armour
Stafford Castle
Sunday 11 September 11am-4pm

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

 Hands on Arms and Armour

Stafford Arts and Crafts Day
Ancient High House
Saturday 17 September

Visit us for a programme of exhibitions, artists in residence, adult's and children's arts and crafts workshops. Free admission.

 Stafford Arts and Crafts Day

 October

 

Sewing Bee to Material Zee
Ancient High House
Saturday 1 October 10am-4pm

Meet the Borough Broderers, and other experts from the world of stitching and sewing, embroidery and knitting, and a range of other material crafts. Demonstrations and craft workshops. Free admission. Charges for workshops apply.

 Sewing Bee to Material Zee

Murder Mystery: Murder at Haywood Hall
Ancient High House
Saturday 7 October 7pm-9.30pm

Welcome to Hayward Hall, the country residence of Mrs Ringland, a wealthy widow, the occasion, her daughter Vanessa's birthday. The year is 1892 and the day is spoilt by a murder! £19.95 per person pre-booking essential. Reception 7pm with complimentary wine, two part performance, buffet supper, coffee and mints. Call 01785 616131 to book

Murder Mystery 

Hallowe'en Hands on Horror
Stafford Castle

Wednesday 26, Thursday 27 & Friday 28 October 11am-4pm
Creepy creations 'drop in' craft activities. £2 per session.

Saturday 29, Sunday 30 October 11am-4pm
Children's 'drop in' pumpkin carving workshops. £3 per session.

 Hands on Horror

Hallowe'en at the Haunted High House
Ancient High House
Saturday 29 October 10am-4pm

Go bats at our children's 'drop in' Hallowe'en workshops. £2 per session.

 Halowe'en

Ghost Hunt with Haunted Heritage: Hallowe'en Special
Ancient High House
Saturday 29 October 8pm-2am

Join us on this paranormal investigation in the run up to All Hallows Eve, the spookiest night of the year, at one of England's most haunted venues. Dating back to 1595 this house has seen many residents; but who is still walking the corridors at night? Tickets £40 per person (Strictly over 18's). Free refreshments. Pre-booking essential, book online at www.hauntedheritage.co.uk or call 07340 239294.

 Ghost Hunt

 November

 

Student Open Art Competition
Ancient High House
Tuesday 1 to Saturday 19 November 10am-4pm

Creative Industries students at Stafford College showcase selected artwork inspired by Stafford Town Centre.

 Open Art

Christmas Craft Fair
Ancient High House
Saturday 19 November 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 mulled fruit punch. Free admission.

 Christmas Craft Fair

Toy Town: from wooden blocks to lego
Ancient High House
Tuesday 29 November to Saturday 31 December

A colourful exhibition of building and construction toys from yesteryear. Displayed with associated memorabilia. Free admission

 Toy Town

 December

 

Christmas at the Castle
Stafford Castle
3 December to 24 December (Saturdays and Sundays) 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 Christmas 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.

 Christmas at the Castle

Christmas Through the Ages
Ancient High House
Saturday 3 December 10am-4pm

Meet our costumed characters and learn about Christmas in the Tudor, Stuart, Georgian and Victorian periods. Stir a traditional pudding and sign 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 fruit punch available in the Edwardian Shop. No booking necessary. Free admission.

 Christmas Through the Ages

The Holly and the Ivy
Stafford Castle
Sunday 4 December 11am-4pm

Adult holly wreath making and children's Christmas decoration making workshops. Drop in sessions throughout the day. Adults £10, Children £2. Cookies and hot chocolate available.

 Holly and the Ivy

Views of Stafford Castle
Ancient High House
Tuesday 6 December to Saturday 31 December

Images of one of Stafford's most important and iconic buildings; with paintings, prints, photographs and postcards. Free admission.

 Views of Stafford Castle