Christmas has come to the Castle…

Hartlebury museum in the snow Published Friday, 2nd December 2016

Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle is getting into the festive spirit this December with its annual 'Christmas at the Castle' weekend.

Christmas at the Castle will take place on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December (11am-4.30pm). 

One of the highlights of the day will be the chance to follow the Elf Trail and find our magical new grotto to meet Santa and receive a special gift.

Children can take part in a variety of craft activities including making Christmas tree decorations, designing a mosaic coaster and writing their letter to Santa

In the Castle's Scullery the housemaid will be busy with Christmas preparations and needs some help to make the pomanders and stir the Christmas pudding. Outside the Castle Coachman will be offering horse & carriage rides around the Carriage Circle, and the Blacksmith will be working away in the Forge.

Children will be able to jingle sleigh bells and join in with interactive storytelling and Christmas songs in the Castle's Georgian Saloon with Noel and Carol Christmas.

Looby Lou will be painting faces while Joey the Juggler will be here to entertain families with his juggling skills.

Adults can take time to browse a greater choice of craft and gift stalls in the Great Hall this year, and the whole family can enjoy the changing programme of entertainment from local choirs and musical groups.

Families wanting their money to go further this Christmas will be pleased to hear that entrance to the event is just £13 for a family of four. And visitors can make it a full day out with a visit to the CafĂ© which will be offering a variety of homemade meals and snacks and other festive treats.

Pippa Ashmore, Events Officer, said: "Christmas is all about enjoying ourselves and spending time with loved ones. The County Museum offers the perfect atmosphere for some traditional festive fun and entertainment. With family tickets at an affordable £13 our Christmas at the Castle weekend is a great way to have a full, fun, family day out."

Admission to the museum costs £5 for adults, £2.50 for children and concessions and £13 for a family ticket. Visits to Santa's Grotto are an additional £3.50 per child.

For more information about the festive weekends or about the County Museum, contact 01299 250416 or see