6 August 2012

Wind Power to be explored at Avoncroft Museum

Harness wind power at AvoncroftFOLLOWING recent repairs after the dramatic damage to Avoncroft Museum’s windmill in January, the mill will be at the centre of a special summer holiday Wind Power event for children.

Wind permitting, the windmill will be in sailing operation on Wednesday, August 8 and Thursday, August 9.

Wind Power helps visitors understand the power that can be harnessed from the wind; children can make their own kites and windmills and go inside the early 19th century windmill. Volunteers will be on hand to show how flour was produced and run the windmill.

As well as the wind-themed activities, the miniature railway will be open for rides and there will be face painting on Wednesday.

There’s a chance for children to win over £100 worth of Avoncroft Museum goodies too by completing a trail. The free trail requires visitors to find hidden Golden Jubilee tokens around the museum’s historic buildings. The golden token represents the Merchant’s House which was rescued 50 years ago this summer.

The windmill, rescued from Danzey Green, Warwickshire in 1969, is one of Avoncroft’s most popular exhibits and is operated by a team of volunteers.

The museum is recruiting for further people to act as building stewards to talk to visitors about the buildings including people to join the team of volunteer millers. For more information please contact 01527 831363 and ask for a volunteer application form.

Wind Power is one of many events during the summer holidays to keep children amused. Coming up is Pirate Academy on August 15 and 16, Knights’ Academy on August 22 and 23, Life as a Victorian Child on August 29 and 30, plus open air cinema and War of the Roses on the bank holiday weekend.

Visit www.avoncroft.org.uk for more details

Article reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser