Heritage Events 2017

September   

Up Close and Personal
Julia Humphreys and Egle Gelaziute-Petrauskiene
5 September - 14 October - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

13a_Up Close and Personal - Egle Gelaziute-Petrauskiene 5 September - 14 October13_Up close and personal - Julia Humphreys 5 September - 14 OctoberA joint exhibition featuring animals in two very different art styles.  Julia's artwork focuses on animal portraits with the attention being on the eyes of a subject and capturing personality.  Egle is an illustrator and creates her images using pencil, pen, inks and watercolour.  She also includes the use of digital pencils and brushes.

Puppets from the Douglas Hayward Collection
12 September - 11 November - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

14_Puppets 12 Sept - 11 NovDouglas Hayward spent a lifetime making and collecting puppets and his collection is now in the care of the Staffordshire County Museum.  This fun and interactive exhibition features the whole puppet family including marionettes and shadow, rod and glove puppets - and of course, there would be no show without Mr Punch!  Supported by Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service

Puppet Play Day
30 September - 10.00am - 4.00pm - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

See our string, shadow and glove puppets.
Enjoy puppet show performances throughout the day.
See our shadow puppet demonstrations and make your own character to take home. With children’s craft workshops, craft stalls and face painting.
Free admission Charges for workshops apply.


October

Murder Below Stairs: Murder Mystery
6 October - 7.00pm - 9.30pm - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

A country house in Staffordshire in the 1900's.  Our Lord and Lady with their two darling daughters enjoy their life of ease, oblivious to the turmoil taking place below stairs. The newly appointed House Keeper is not too popular with the Butler, the Cook and their stick in the mud kitchen staff. Feelings run high, a rebellion looms, and a murder takes place!
£19.95 per person pre-booking essential
Reception 7pm with complimentary wine, two part performance, buffet supper, coffee and mints.
Performed by the Creative Arts Theatre

Cats, Bats and Rats - Hallowe’en Hands on Horror
Wednesday 25, Thursday 26, Friday 27 October 11.00am - 4.00pm -
Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

Creepy creations ‘drop in’ craft activities
£2 per session
Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October 11.00am - 4.00pm
Follow the pumpkin trail and make a paper pumpkin.
Children’s ‘drop in’ workshops
£2 per session

Hallowe’en at the Haunted High House
26 October - 10.00am - 4.00pm - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

Join us for an evening of spooktacular fun. See the House decorated in glorious, gruesome fashion. Hear spine-tingling tales of terror and make your own Haunted High House to take home.
Free admission
Children’s ‘drop in’ Halloween workshops.
£2 per session
In support of Museums at Night

Hallowe’en Heebie Jeebie
28 October - 10.00am - 4.00pm - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

Join the funny bones to build your own skellywag - then watch him dance!
Children’s ‘drop in’ Halloween workshops.
£2 per session

Ghost Hunt with Haunted Heritage: Halloween Special
28 October - 8.00pm - 2.00am

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 its corridors at night?
Tickets £40 per person (Strictly over 18’s). Free refreshments
Pre - booking essential book online: www.hauntedheritage.co.uk or tel. 07340239294


November   

Christmas Craft Fair at the Ancient High House
18 November - 10.00am - 6.00pm - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

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

To Die For?
21 November - 30 December - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

15_To Die For - 21 November - 30 DecemberHave you ever considered what you are wearing may be bad for your health? Over the centuries many fashions have led to serious and often deadly health problems for the people who wore them. Discover whether there really was such a thing as a fashion victim in this fascinating and deadly exhibition.
Supported by Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service

Looking Back16_Looking Back - Matt Sayers 21 Nov - 31 Dec
Matt Sayers
21 November - 30 December -
Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

A collection of paintings looking back at the hard working people who made up the character rich streets of working class Britain.

It's a Small World: Tin Soldiers and Dainty Dolls
21 November - 30 December - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

It’s a Small World: tin soldiers and dainty dolls
A nostalgic look at miniature figures from times gone by.
Supported by Staffordshire Arts and Heritage Service, Newcastle Borough Museum and local collections

Comic Capers in the King’s Christmas Court: Murder Mystery
24 November - 7.00pm - 9.30pm - Stafford Castle, Stafford ST16 1DJ

Welcome to the King’s Castle somewhere in middle England. Philippe de Gaul, the Queen’s Brother, decides to visit King Henry at Christmas. He has brought the King a present, a Christmas tree! What is a Christmas tree? Is the cry! The celebrations don’t go well and chaos ensues. Followed by a murder most fowl.
£19.95 per person pre-booking essential
Reception 7pm with complimentary wine, two part performance, buffet supper, coffee and mints.
Performed by the Creative Arts Theatre


December

Christmas at the Castle
Saturdays and Sundays 2 December to 24 December - 11.00am - 4.00pm -
Stafford Castle, Stafford ST16 1DJ

Take a walk through the castle woodland and solve our Christmas riddle (answers can be entered into a free prize draw).
Children’s Xmas 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 Tree Sales
Saturdays and Sunday 9/10 December and 16/17 December - 11.00am - 4.00pm - Stafford Castle, Stafford ST16 1DJ

Combine a visit to the Castle with choosing your Christmas tree from the dozens of ‘real’ examples on display at the visitor centre. See the wide range of traditional and unusual gifts in the Visitor Centre.
Free admission to museum and Castle site
Tree sales supported by Greenways - All trees are from sustainable sources

Christmas Past
2 December - 10.00am - 4.00pm - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

Meet our costumed characters and learn about Christmas in the Tudor, Stuart, Georgian and Victorian periods. Stir a traditional pudding and sing 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

The Holly and the Ivy: Christmas Workshops at the Ancient High House
9 December - 10.00am - 4.00pm - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

Adult holly wreath making and children’s Christmas decoration making workshops.
‘Drop in’ sessions throughout the day.
Adults £12, Children £2
Hot Fruit punch and mince pies available

Christmas Wreaths Making Workshops
10 December - 11.00am - 4.00pm - Stafford Castle, Stafford ST16 1DJ

Adult holly wreath making and children’s Christmas decoration making workshops.
‘Drop in’ sessions throughout the day.
Adults £12, Children £2
Cookies and hot chocolate available