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Tenbury Wells Library joins in the Mistletoe Festivities with mistletoe, magic and mayhem.

Mistletoe berries Published Monday, 2nd December 2019

Magical tales and Christmas crafts are on offer at Tenbury library to celebrate the town’s mistletoe festival.

Tenbury Library will be staying open for an extra two hours on Saturday 7th December so that it can take part in the Mistletoe Festival activities.

The town’s library normally closes at 1pm on Saturdays but will extend its opening hours until 3pm for the Mistletoe Festival activities to take place.

Each year the Town of Tenbury celebrates its historic and cultural links to mistletoe at the beginning of December with a Mistletoe Festival.

According to fayre organisers, holly and mistletoe sales have been held for around 160 years in Tenbury Wells and continue to this day, with two auctions taking place on the last Tuesday of November and the first Tuesday of December at Burford House Garden Stores.

Mistletoe grows on fruit trees, mainly apple trees or oak trees, so it is easy to see why the area, with its abundance of orchards also became one of the country’s centre for buying and selling the plant during the Christmas season for over a century. 

This year the festival has a full programme of events including crowning the Mistletoe Queen, a mistletoe shop and mistletoe sales in the town, giving visitors the chance to buy mistletoe locally harvested by the area’s Druids.

Activities taking place in the library are:

10.15am  - Children’s author, illustrator and CITV judge, Helen Wendy Cooper, will read from her own books and lead lots of creative Christmas Fun! Hear the first, ever reading of ‘The Christmas Frog’, before publication!

10am to 3pm – Willowmaking: Have fun learning willow weaving and make your own Christmas Decorations with Zoe Disley.

12.30 to 1pm and 2.30pm to 3pm - Join Amy Douglas for stories of miracles, marvels and a little bit of mayhem! Midwinter is a magical time.  At midnight on Christmas Eve, animals can talk and apple trees can walk. 

Jacky Passey, Tenbury Wells Library Manager said: “The Mistletoe Festival in Tenbury is a big community event with national profile and we are delighted that the library is playing a part in the festival”

“This year we are extending our opening hours until 3pm to host events including storytelling and willow weaving.”

The festival is organised by Tenbury Mistletoe Association. Visit their website http://tenburymistletoe.org/ for more information.