Lanterns at the tree dressing

Tree Dressing

Sunday 06 December 2020
10.30am - 4.30pm (activities from 12.30pm)

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

  • Make a greenery headdress and 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. Winter warmers on offer will include mulled apple juice and spiced biscuits, for which we request donations. Please note that all activities are subject to change.

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.

“Lovely Tree Dressing at the Museum yesterday – unmissable holiday tradition for us, and one of our favourite places at any time.”
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Opening times

We open at 10.30am on Sunday 1 December, with the 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.

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

There is free parking and dogs on leads are welcome (including in our café) .