Lantern on a tree at Tree Dressing

Tree Dressing

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

On Sunday, 5 December we will be holding a slightly adapted version of the Museum’s annual Tree Dressing event. We invite you to bring a pre-decorated jam jar lantern and an optional headdress* before you arrive.

This year there are a few changes – we will have a long procession around the Museum starting at 3.45pm. We would suggest you bring a means to light your jam jar lantern, or perhaps put a small torch in the lantern to light it for you as you walk.

Musicians will lead the procession and a drum will help us all keep the beat whilst keeping a distance. Expect to walk a longer route than previous years, but we will not rush.

When we return to the market square there will be some lanterns already around the Aspen trees and anyone who would like to, can add their own lantern to a circle of light on benches that will encircle the Aspen trees.

As dusk falls, enjoy listening to the music and watching the lanterns flicker.

A programme for Tree Dressing, subject to change, is here: Daily Programme

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Instructions to Make Your Own Jam Jar Lantern

For the jam jar lantern you need:

  • a clean jam jar
  • some string (for a handle)
  • tissue paper, and
  • glue

Please visit our YouTube channel to watch a tutorial on how to make your own Jam Jar Lantern with Lucy Hockley: Jam Jar Lantern Tutorial 

For the Headdress

Why not use a hat as a basis of it and decorate either with a piece of green ribbon or scarf, and either make some paper leaves to adorn it or if you have access at home to a garden where you can pick some greenery perhaps you could add that in.

Please note there will be no materials available at the Museum for either activity this year.

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 (27 Nov – 5 Dec 2021). With its origins in the Green Man legends and other ancient customs, these days, we will celebrate trees and the natural world.

Even in this extraordinary year, we would like you to join us, in a socially distanced way, to take time to appreciate and to notice some of the different trees at the Museum, as part of National Tree Week

Opening Times

Entry is by pre-booked tickets only.

Visitors wishing to join the procession 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).


Sun 5 December 2021