Lanterns at the tree dressing

Tree Dressing

Sunday 06 December 2020
10.30am - 4.30pm (procession from 3.45pm)

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

On Sunday, 6 December we will be holding an adapted, social distanced, version of the Museum’s annual Tree Dressing event. This year, we invite you to bring a pre-decorated jam jar lantern and a greenery headdress* before you arrive.

At 3.45pm join us in the market square for a procession around the Museum led by musicians.

After the procession, you will be invited to place your lantern on some trees underneath the aspen trees in the market square area, or you can choose to keep your lantern with you. As dusk falls, enjoy listening to the music and watching the lanterns flicker on the trees.


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*Due to the pandemic, sadly visitors won’t be able to make the usual greenery headdress and lantern jam jars from inside the Gridshell building this year. We appreciate your continued support whilst we work to adapt our events and activities within the current restrictions. 

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, in normal years, visitors to the Tree Dressing day can enjoy (and join in with) traditional songs, dances and plays which celebrate trees and the natural world.

Even in this extra-ordinary 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.

“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

Entry is by pre-booked tickets only.

We open at 10.30am on Sunday, 6 December. 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) .