HLW Midsummer

Celebrations Of Midsummer – Solstice & Superstitions

Midsummer and the time around the summer solstice had traditionally signaled a time of celebration at a point in the year, with processions or parades and greenery decorating the home. In this season of 2022 the Museum will be looking at various celebrations, with Midsummer as a highlight. See decorations and the food that would have been prepared at this time, as well as finding out what people would also have feared around midsummer and later superstitions. Traditional songs give a flavour of this time of celebration, with different groups across the two days

During this weekend the stages of preparing for a Tudor wedding will be shown, from the decorations in the home on the Saturday to different elements of the ceremony itself outside on the Sunday. This will include an outdoor procession that visitors can join and there will be talks about wedding traditions, the religious upheaval of the era and how ordinary people celebrated and had fun.

The historic gardens look particularly spectacular at this time of year, and the gardens team will be on hand to discuss plants and their uses. In addition, there will be seasonal floral displays by local growers and experts on the different historical eras of the Museum.

A full programme of the talks and demonstrations can be viewed below (subject to change) –

Saturday 18th June

Sunday 19th June

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Information for Visitors

The Museum’s historic buildings are fascinating places to explore, plus you can learn how food was prepared in the Tudor kitchen and how flour is milled in the watermill – where you can buy grain and feed the hungry ducks on the mill pond. Also enjoy the fresh air and see the heavy horses and the other traditional breed farm animals including chickens and geese. There are lovely woodland walks and children can explore our woodland play area and family activity barn.

Our waterside café will be open (serving 9.30am–3pm), plus there are indoor and outdoor picnic areas. Dogs on leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. Please note that the Museum is a no-smoking site. Visitors with access needs are advised to read our accessibility page in advance of their visit.

All activities are subject to change.

Historic Life Weekends

For 2022 we have new topics in our popular series of Historic Life weekends. There will be a chance to chat to experts, see demonstrations and displays as well as explore the Museum. These are ideal for people specifically interested in the subject areas, as well as those generally interested in a topic and looking for an enjoyable, relaxing day out with a difference.


Sat–Sun 18–19 June 2022