October 1st, 2016

Summer and winter fun at Avoncroft this half-term

Updated: 11:26 am, May 07, 2015

THERE will be plenty for youngsters to do at Avoncroft Museum this half-term when the venue centres its activities around summer and winter.

From Tuesday (February 17) to next Sunday (February 22), the venue will have an ‘inside seaside’ which will feature a variety of traditional holiday fun, from building sand castles and beach games to Punch and Judy shows and even free ice cream.

For those brave enough to go outside, there will be a free beachcomber trail and pony trails (extra charges).

Then next Saturday and Sunday (February 21 and 22), there is the Bleak Midwinter event where re-enactors will show how residents in years gone by survived the harsh winters.

Food was often scarce and monotonous and even lighting a fire was hard work.

Those who go along can find out more about how those living in Tudor, Victorian and post-war England dealt with the cold conditions.

Re-enactors in period costume will be living in the Town House, the Toll House and the 1940s Arcon prefab as they would have done in these eras and visitors can quiz them about what life was like.

Next weekend will also be the first time this year that Aconcroft’s iconic 19th century windmill has been sailed.

Visitors will also be able to see a traditional bread-making demonstration and film footage of the rescue of the windmill from its original home in Danzey Green, Warwickshre, in 1969.

Visit www.avoncroft.org.uk or call 01527 831363 for more information.

The Inside Seaside is expected to be busy so booking is essential. Sessions take place from 11am to 1pm each morning and between 1.30pm and 3.30pm each afternoon.

Winter admission charges to the museum apply and there is an additional £3 charge per child for the seaside holiday activities in the Guesten Hall.