Tree dressing

Tree Dressing

Sunday 03 December 2017
10.30am - 4.00pm

Tree Dressing is a magical occasion for all the family, celebrating the importance of trees in our lives.

  • Turn a jam jar into a lantern
  • Join the procession illuminated by hundreds of lanterns
  • Dress the aspen trees as darkness falls
  • Join in with traditional songs and dances around the trees

The day’s finale takes place as darkness falls, with a spiral dance around the aspen trees, which are dressed with hundreds of lanterns. Younger visitors are well catered for, with lantern making, headdress making and crafts.

Winter warmers on offer will include mulled apple juice and spiced biscuits, for which we request donations.

What is Tree Dressing day?

Based on an ancient custom that celebrates the life-giving properties of trees, Tree Dressing takes place during National Tree Week. With its origins in the Green Man legends and other ancient customs, visitors to the Tree Dressing day can enjoy (and join in with) traditional songs, dances and plays which celebrate trees and the natural world.

Opening times

We open at 10.30am on Sunday 3 December, with the Tree Dressing event starting at 12.30pm. Visitors wishing to make a lantern should aim to arrive promptly in order to participate in the final procession, which starts at 3.45pm and closes the day.

Regular Museum admission prices apply (free for Annual Members of the Museum).

Dogs on leads are welcome.