Tree dressing

Tree Dressing Celebration, 4 December

Our annual Tree Dressing celebration is a magical occasion for visitors of all ages.

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 Museum are invited to make a lantern during the afternoon, which is then lit for a procession. Younger visitors are well catered for, with lantern and headdress making, crafts and storytelling.

The lanterns are hung in two aspen trees near our Market Square, making a spectacular display of colour and light to brighten the winter afternoon. The day’s finale takes place as darkness falls, with a spiral dance around the aspen trees, which are dressed with hundreds of lanterns.

Information for visitors

The Museum is open from 10.30am until 4pm on Sunday 4 December with Tree Dressing activities beginning 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. Winter warmers on offer include mulled cider, mulled apple juice and spiced biscuits, for which the Museum requests donations.

Regular Museum admission prices apply (free for Annual Members). Dogs on short leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. Visitors with disabilities are advised to contact the Museum on 01243 811363 in advance of their visit to discuss the easiest way to access the site.

The Museum is open at weekends only throughout December (closed 24 – 25 December) and open for Christmas at the Museum on Boxing Day and Tuesday 27 December. We hope you can join us!