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Festive weekend at The Museum in the Park

Where: The Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud GL5 4AF

When: Saturday, December 1 & Sunday, December 2

There's plenty to celebrate the start of the festive season at the Museum in the Park's final open weekend of 2018.

You can drop in for a glass of mulled wine or spiced berry cordial, enjoy family-friendly craft activities, have a go at old-fashioned parlour games, warm your vocal chords with carols, or follow an enchanted winter trail around the secret garden.

Special events include a drop-in family Christmas gift crafts workshop from 11am-3.30pm both days. Make some fun and thoughtful gifts to give to friends and loved ones.

There's also a free drop-in session where you can join in old-fashioned parlour games and discover what children did to entertain themselves on long, cold winter days before TV, tablets and all our modern-day digital devices. Step back in time to find out and enjoy some of our favourite old-fashioned games with Kim Baker in Victorian costume.

On the Saturday there's a wreath-making workshop where you can make a beautiful, traditional winter wreath to add a festive and welcoming touch to your door or table. Booking necessary.

Also on the Saturday at 4pm Eleanor Holliday and friends will be leading carol singing. Come and join in with some traditional carols. All ages welcome.

On the Sunday at 3pm, storyteller Kirsty Hartsiotis will be presenting Magical Winter Tales. Midwinter, the darkest time of the year, is the traditional time to gather round the fire and listen to tales of fantastical things. Join Kirsty for seasonal tales from around the world (and close to home!) that will take you into the dark forests and the snow to discover gift-givers and snow foresters, firebirds, princesses and bears! For ages 5+. Booking recommended.

After this festive weekend, the museum will be closed until January 1 for its annual 'deep clean'.

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