Join us for a Royal Visit to Hartlebury Castle this Bank Holiday

Jonathan Darby and Claire Worboys as King George and Queen Charlotte in the Castle's Georgian Saloon
Jonathan Darby and Claire Worboys as King George and Queen Charlotte
Published Tuesday, 12th May 2015

There's plenty to keep the family occupied this half term at Worcestershire County Museum housed in historic Hartlebury Castle.

Our 'Gorgeous Georgians' event will take place on Bank Holiday Monday May 25 (11am-5pm) when King George and Queen Charlotte will be visiting the Castle. The main event day is then followed by four days of Georgian themed children's craft activities.

In 1788 King George III, Queen Charlotte and their children visited Bishop Hurd at his home at Hartlebury Castle. They visited Hurd's magnificent new Library, strolled around the Castle grounds and enjoyed a breakfast of tea, coffee, chocolate, fruit and jellies. On Bank Holiday Monday (25 May) visitors to the Castle and Museum will time travel back to this moment in history and see for themselves how it would have been.

Visitors will get a chance to meet King George, Queen Charlotte and Bishop Hurd and learn more about their visit, and about life in the Georgian era. There will also be Georgian musicians playing in the Great Hall and demonstrations of Georgian dancing for people to have a go at.

Families can also play Georgian style games including archery in the Carriage Circle, design their own Georgian teapot, find out about Georgian medicine, make their own Georgian wig or ladies fan, and dress up as a Georgian.

The costumes which the actors will be wearing on the day have been re-created by the historic costume team at the Ironbridge institute and are based on the clothes worn by George and Charlotte in their portraits which hang in the Castle's Saloon.

There will also be a BBQ and the Castle Kitchen Café will be serving up special dishes alongside their usual range of tasty treats.

Pippa Ashmore, Museum Events Officer said: "This is our first Georgian themed event and we are really excited to have this chance to bring to life such an important event in the Castle's history. The King and Queen's costumes are absolutely stunning and the Georgian music and dance will also bring the Castle to life in a new way. There are plenty of hands on activities to get involved with and for just £13 for a family of four it's a great low cost way to spend a Bank Holiday!"

Following our big bank holiday event the museum is also offering four days of fun Georgian themed children's craft activities (26-29 May) and of course there is over 1000 years of history to explore inside the museum.

The main event takes place 11am-5pm Monday 25 May, craft activities take place 10.30-4.30, 26-29 May.

Normal admission charges apply every day: £5 adults, £2.50 children and £13 for a family ticket. On craft activity days an additional £2 per child is payable for the day's three activities and trail.

For more information contact the museum on 01299 250416 or visit http://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk/