The Museum is participating in the National Museums at Night event, with two evening promenades with fireside smuggling stories, plus a family-friendly tale trail.
Museum at Night, 26–27 October
On Friday, 26 and Saturday, 27 October, the Museum will open its doors from 6.45pm for pre-booked visitors to experience its atmospheric Museum at Night guided story walks.
Museum at Night walks offer a truly out of the ordinary experience. You will be guided by lamplight to different spaces around the Museum, to hear a series of short night-time stories with a smuggling theme.
Some will be amusing, some mysterious and some downright odd. Some are definitely not the stuff to ensure sweet dreams. Each story has a historical root, as truth is far stranger than fiction.
At the end of the evening, gather around an open fire for a calming spiced warm drink and a biscuit.
Not for the under 16s or the faint of heart! Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are £25 each and can be booked online. Tickets are strictly limited and must be booked in advance.
Dogs are not permitted at this event (except assistance dogs). We ask everyone on this evening not to film or take photos of other participants or the storytellers. We encourage you simply to sit back and listen.
Walks last approximately two hours. Please note that there is limited seating in the Museum’s historic houses and the evening will involve walking on uneven surfaces.
Family Tale Trail, 25 October
At 5pm on Thursday, 25 October, the Museum will host a special evening event designed for families to enjoy enchanting walks.
As part of a small group, guided by one of the Museum team, walk to different spaces to hear a series of five folklore and historical tales of mysterious places, magnificent creatures, spooky happenings and magical adventures!
Suitable for children aged 7+. Adults must be accompanied by a child responsible for them, and vice versa. Meet at 4.45pm, for a prompt 5pm start. Event lasts until approximately 7.15pm.
Please wear good shoes and expect to walk up and down hill. Bring a torch to explore the buildings if you would like to.
Two stories will be told outdoors (moved inside only if very wet) and the others will be inside, around an open fire, which may be smoky.
There will be space to sit down and you will be in a small group. In one location you will be offered warm apple juice and warm flapjack to enjoy whilst listening to the story.
We ask everyone on this evening not to film or take photos of other participants or the storytellers. We encourage you simply to sit back and listen.
Please note that dogs are not permitted at this event (with the exception of assistance dogs).
Photo credit: Anna Walls Photography