Heritage Events 2017

April

Tudor Times: Life in Stafford Under the Tudors
History Exhibition6_Tudor times - _25 Apr - 24 June
25 April to 24 June - Ancient High House, Stafford
ST16 2JA

A glimpse into daily life during the Tudor dynasty.  Rare documents, prints and artefacts help to tell the story of this fascinating era in Stafford's history.
Supported by Staffordshire County Council, The Trustees of the William Salt Library and by local collections.  


May

Annual Selected Exhibition
Stafford Art Group7_Annual selected exhibition - stafford art Group 9 - 20 May
9 May to 20 May - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

The best selected work in all media produced by members of Stafford Art Group.  The group was founded in 1963 and is open to anyone interested in the visual arts.

Mouse Hunt
20 May - 10.00am - 4.00pm - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

Children’s mouse trail, nursey rhyme sessions, and arts and crafts workshops.
Can you find the mice hidden in the museum mouse-holes?
Mouse Trail and nursery rhyme sessions free. Workshops £2
Free admission to museum
In support of the Stafford Cheese and Ale Festival

8a_Brighter colours - Pedro Ojeda 23 May - 3 June8_Brighter colours - Pedro Ojeda 21May - 3 JuneBrighter Colours
Pedro Ojeda
23 May to 3 June - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

An exciting eclectic collection of mixed media paintings by this Spanish artist.


June 

Bat Walk
3 June - 8.30pm start - Stafford Castle, Stafford ST16 1DJ

Search for bats in the Castle grounds with experts from Staffordshire Bat Group.
Pre-booking essential. Tel. (01785) 257 698
Adults £3, Children £2
Supported by Staffordshire Bat Group

Poisons and Potions
4 June - 1.00pm - 5.00pm - Izaak Walton's Cottage, Stone ST15 0PA

Learn about herbs and their uses in the 17th century
No booking necessary
Free admission

Food through the Ages
24 June - 10.00am - 4.00pm - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

Enjoy recipes, cooking and dining from medieval times to WWII. Experience Medieval, Tudor, Stuart, and Georgian, food and fare. Meet the costumed characters. Victorian and World Wars I and II displays. Talk to the cooks, learn the recipes and taste some food!
Pop up period team room. Demonstrations and hands on family fun activities.
Workshop prices apply
Free admission

Through My Eyes
Jo Watson
9_Through my eyes - Jo Watson 6 June - 1 July6 June to 1 July - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

A collection of original paintings and prints capturing moments that have inspired the artist.  Each one portrays her love of colour and the use of composition and detail to draw the viewer into the paintings.

The Splendour of Ancient Egypt
History Exhibition
27 June to 9 September - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

10_Splendour of ancient egypt - 27_June - 9 SeptRare artefacts combined with new research help unravel some of the secrets of Egypt in the time of the pharaohs.  Statuary, exquisite jewellery and religious amulets feature alongside domestic artefacts, helping to bring the past into vivid focus.
Supported by local collections.


July 

FotoCross
Margaret Cross and Rob Cross - Cross Culture Images
4 July - 29 July - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

11_FotoCross - Margaret & Rob Cross 4 - 29 July_v3Photography from around the world.  Stunning images of land, city and seascapes offer a diversity of perspective, detail, light, shade and movement.  An interest in wildlife beautifully expands on this skill, placing animals and birds within the context of their natural environment.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic
9 July - 12noon - 5.00pm - Izaak Walton's Cottage, Stone ST15 0PA

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.
Supported by the Izaak Walton Cottage Chapter.

Classic Car Show
30 July - 11.00am - 5.00pm - Stafford Castle, Stafford ST16 1DJ

A classic car treat and vintage fun for all the family. Classic, vintage and collectors cars on display, with trophies awarded 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.: rph.motor.repairs@hotmail.com (01785) 253999
 


August   

Assorted artworks of Tony Smith and Friends
1 August - 2 September - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA12_Assorted artworks of Tony Smith 1 Aug - 2 Sept_v2

A joint exhibition of mixed media artwork by military veterans who use painting as therapy, relaxation and enjoyment.  On display will be aviation, abstract and fine art.

 

August Summer Fun
From 2 August - Stafford Castle, Stafford ST16 1DJ

Wednesdays (5-7 years), Thursdays (8-12 years) | 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Children’s summer holiday workshops at Stafford Castle.
£5 per session incl. Refreshments. Pre-booking essential.
For details visit www.staffordbc.gov.uk/getout 

Birds, Bats and Bees
6 August - 1.00pm - 5.00pm - Izaak Walton's Cottage, Stone ST15 0PA

Enjoy the summer sights and sounds of a country cottage garden. Learn more about our flying friends from our wildlife experts.
Free admission

Rebellion!
20 August - 11.00am - 5.00pm - Stafford Castle, Stafford ST16 1DJ

Norman England - the natives are restless and rebellion if rife.
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


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.

History of the High House: Heritage Open Day event
9 September - 11.00am - 4.00pm - Ancient High House, Stafford ST16 2JA

Try on period costumes and learn about how the rich and poor dressed through the ages. See our stunning new period dress on display.
Free admission
In support of Heritage Open Days

Festival of Imagination: Storywalk
9 September - 11.30am - 1.00pm - Stafford Castle, Stafford ST16 1DJ

Join Sarah Rundle, famed for her humorous and irreverent tales, for a family ‘storywalk’ around the grounds and Keep at Stafford Castle. Part of the first Stafford Storytelling Festival programme.
No booking necessary
Free admission
Supported by Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

Hands on Arms and Armour: Heritage Open Day event
10 September - 11.00am - 4.00pm - Stafford Castle, Stafford ST16 1DJ

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

START: Stafford Arts Festival 2017
16 September - 10.00am - 4.00pm - Ancient High House, Stafford
ST16 2JA

Visit the Ancient High House during festival day for a programme of exhibitions, artists in residence, adult’s and children’s arts and crafts workshops. See the Borough Broderers working on the newly commissioned ‘Ancient High House Tapestry’ Now celebrating its 7th year the town’s arts festival has over 40 town centre venues with a full programme of arts, crafts, music and literary workshops and activities.
Free admission
Supported by Stafford Town Partnership

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


October

Puppet Play Day
1 October - 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.

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