23 March 2013

Bromsgrove open air museum prepares for Viking invasion this Easter


A BROMSGROVE open air museum is being invaded by Viking warriors this Easter.Open air museum: Peter Caffrey, six, prepares for a Viking invasion at Avoncroft Museum this Easter. Ref:s

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, in Redditch Road, is being invaded by Vikings who will be showing off their combat skills as part of the museum’s events this Easter.

As well as Vikings, on Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, (March 31-April 1), Tudors and Victorians will be giving demonstrations in historical buildings at the Stoke Heath museum.

To keep all the family entertained activities have been organised for children including archery, pony rides, swing boats, miniature train rides and a wild goose trail.

Chocolate prizes will be handed out to those who can wallop the striker hammer and knock them for six at the coconut shy.

There will also be a traditional Easter service being held at the Mission Church, a chick making craft activity, and an egg and spoon race.

From Tuesday, April 2 through to April 4, youngsters can put their survival skills to the test.

A forest school leader will be appearing to teach children essential bushcraft skills, how to hunt minibeasts and cook food needed to survive in the wild, on an open fire.


In the second week of the Easter break, between April 9-11, children can get creative using nature, including making woodland jewellery.

Tracey Ayre, from the museum, said: “Our seasonal activities are a great alternative to the usual Easter activities.

“Kids love forest school, it’s great for them to get out into the fresh air, embrace the natural environment and at the same time have loads of fun.”

To pre-book for the forest school sessions call 01527 831363.

For more information about Avoncroft’sEaster events visit avoncroft.org.uk.