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St Fagans: National History Museum What’s On Autumn and Winter Guide

November 2011 – February 2012 (029) 2057 3500

Exhibitions Family Fun Talks & Films

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Daily Activities Traditional Farming 10am-5pm Look out for ongoing or seasonal tasks at the Museum like milking, feeding, haymaking or harvest.

Freshly Made Bread For Sale 10am-4pm Buy and try the famous bread made in the wood fired ovens at the Derwen Bakehouse.

Throw a Pot Blacksmith, Miller, Weaver, Saddler and Clog Maker 10am-5pm Visit the craftsmen and learn about life in days gone by!

Make your own pot at St Fagans pottery.

Victorian Portrait Studio 11am-4.30pm Have your picture taken in period costume at MossVernon's Photographic Studio.


For more details on all events visit or call (029) 2057 3500

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Exhibitions Making History 1500-1700 Until Sun 4 March, 10am-5pm An exciting exhibition about Wales 1500-1700: the time of the Tudors and Stuarts, the Act of Union, the first Welsh Bible and the British Civil Wars.

Tregwynt Treasure Hoard

Events for All Meet the Woodcarvers

Remembrance Service

Meet the Woodcarvers

Sat 5 November, 10am-5pm

Sat 12 November, 10.50am-11.20am

Sat 26 November, 10am-5pm

Annual service to remember the fallen at the Trecelyn war memorial.

See 5 November for details.

Drop in to meet the friendly woodcarvers at Oakdale Workmen’s Institute.

Go Green

Winter Foods in the Iron Age

Sat 5 November, 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm

Sat 12 & Sun 13 November, 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm

Visit Tyˆ Gwyrdd to find out about the little changes that you can make that will help you save energy and money!

How did people survive the winter in the Iron Age? A chance to learn more about self sufficiency and foraging in 700BC.




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Stir Up Sunday

Christmas Nights

Sun 27 November, 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm

Wed 7, Thu 8 & Fri 9 December, 6pm-9pm

The stirring of the Christmas pudding, traditionally made on the last Sunday before advent at Llwyn-yr-Eos Farmhouse.

Christmas starts here! Come along and celebrate one of the biggest events of the year at St Fagans. A varied programme including Father Christmas, carol singing, brass bands, Welsh Christmas customs, children’s activities, old fashioned fair, food and drink and craft stalls. Don't forget to wrap up warm and bring your torch!

Sustainable Christmas Sat 3 December, 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm Come to the Tyˆ Gwyrdd for hints and tips on how to make your Christmas more eco-friendly and have a go at making your own Christmas decorations!

Fire-making Skills Demonstration Sat 3 December, 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm Building a warming fire was a key skill for our Iron Age ancestors – how hard can it be?


Art Cart: Christmas Decorations Sat 17 December, 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm Drop in to this family workshop to make Christmas decorations for your tree inspired by the 1950s. This activity is suitable for adults too!

Adults £8 / Children £4 / Family Ticket £20 / Concessions £6 Group booking line (for 20+) will be open from 1 November: (029) 2057 3466.

Winter Solstice Feast Sat 17 & Sun 18 December, 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm Celebrate the turning of the seasons with our Iron Age interpreter. Come and join him by the fire to smell the ancient recipes bubbling in the cauldron, ready for the Winter Solstice Feast.

Meet the Woodcarvers Sat 21 January, 10am-5pm Call into Oakdale Workmen’s Institute to chat to see how a lovespoon is made.

For more details on all events visit or call (029) 2057 3500

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Hungry and Cold? The Spring Gap in Iron Age Wales

Celebrating Dwynwen: Heart Cart

Sat 21 January, 11am-1pm (Welsh) & 2pm-4pm (English)

Sat 21 & Sun 22 January, 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm

The ‘Spring gap’ was difficult time of year for people in the Iron Age, as food supplies ran very low. How did they survive?

Come and make a card to celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day at this family art session or make a romantic chocolate box after visiting Tyˆ Gwyrdd.

Go Green, Celebrating Dwynwen: Chocolate House Sat 21 & Sun 22 January, 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm What better to give your loved one than chocolate! Chocolate House takes over Tyˆ Gwyrdd to demonstrate how it's made and hand pick volunteer tasters!

Sat 4 February 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm Visit Tyˆ Gwyrdd to find out about the little changes that you can make to your everyday life that will help you save energy and money!

Love Valentine Sat 11 & Sun 12 February, 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm Get ready for the most romantic day of the year. Learn how to make chocolate, arrange a beautiful bunch of flowers or make a card at the Heart Cart!

Heart Cart Sat 11-Tue 14 February, 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm Come and make a beautiful Valentine’s card.

Fireside Stories Sun 5 February, 11am-3pm Take part in National Storytelling Week by joining us by the fireside at Abernodwydd farmhouse.

Art Cart Wed 15-Mon 19 February, 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm Join this fun family session of arts and crafts in Oriel 1.

Meet the Woodcarvers Sat 11 February, 10am-5pm See 21 January for details.




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Life in the Iron Age Sat 18 February, 11am-1pm (Welsh) & 2pm-4pm (English) The Iron Age way of life seems very different to how we live now – explore the roundhouse, and learn about everyday life from our Iron Age interpreter.

Flip out at St Fagans!

Stories of Wales

Sat 18 & Sun 19 February, 11am-1pm & 2pm- 4pm Learn how to make delicious pancakes ahead of Shrove Tuesday – how high can you can flip yours?

Sat 25 & Sun 26 February, 11am-4pm

National Nest Box Week Sat 18-Fri 24 February, 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm Over half term we will be looking at what you can do to help the bird-life in your area, which includes making bird food, putting up nest boxes and learning how to tell them all apart!

Come and meet the characters around the site and hear the voices of the past. A snapshot of Welsh history ahead of the most important day in the Welsh calendar. See the Rebecca Rioters at the Tollhouse and much more across the site.

Spring Foods Sun 25 February, 11am-1pm (Welsh) & 2pm-4pm (English) Find out what’s sprouting at St Fagans, and how our Iron Age ancestors used them to create tasty treats.


For more details on all events visit or call (029) 2057 3500

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Ask the Gardener Pruning Apple Trees

Pegging down Roses

Tue 8 & Thu 10 November, 2pm-3pm

Wed 25 January, 2pm-3pm

Llwyn-yr-eos Farmhouse orchard.

Castle Rosery.

The Shady Border

Pruning Lime Trees

Wed 8 February, 2pm-3pm

Tue 14 December, 2pm-3pm

Drop by the border by the Cider Exhibition in the Castle Gardens to find out more about what plants grow well in shade.

Castle Rosery.

Winter pruning of Grapevines

Making a Hot Bed Wed 15 February, 2pm-3pm In the past, hot beds were used for making an early start on seed sowing. Kennixton Farmhouse Garden.

Winter in the Veg Patch Sat 18 February, 2pm-3pm Abernodwydd Farmhouse Gardens.

Wed 15 December, 2pm-3pm

Winter in the Veg Patch

Castle Vinery.

Sat 25 February, 2pm-3pm

Winter pruning of Fruit Trees

Rhyd-y-car Gardens.

Wed 18 January, 2pm-3pm Kennixton Farmhouse Garden.



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Links with landmark television series commissioned by BBC Cymru Wales and the Open University in Wales


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Tours & Talks Quilting Club Sat 5 November, 11am-12.30pm

A Tudor Holiday Sat 3 & Sun 4 December, 1pm-1.30pm & 3pm-3.30pm (English) 2pm-2.30pm (Welsh) Visit St Teilo's Church to hear and discuss what the December holidays were like some five hundred years ago for people at the time of the Tudors.

Join our new quilting club! Bring your own projects or start something brand new. Samantha Jenkins will be on hand to help you out and offer handy tips for patch working quilts. Some materials will be provided, with thanks to Ikea for donating off cuts. Age 16+. Booking essential: (029) 2057 3424.

Protecting Treasures Sat 26 November, 2pm-3pm

Christmas Decorations Tour Wed 14 December, 2pm Christmas decorations old and new: guided tour around Rhyd-y-car, the Prefab and Cilewent buildings with curator Emma Lile.

Love Customs

Christmas Customs Wed 7 December, 2pm-3pm Carol Singing, Mari Lwyd, Hunting the Wren - a talk about Christmas traditions old and new, concentrating on the Museum's rich and colourful collections.

Sat 21 January, 2pm-3pm Curator Emma Lile discusses love spoons and love customs from the Museum’s collections as part of ‘Dathlu Dwynwen’ weekend.

Come and see how we look after five hundred year old objects! A discussion with Conservator, Sue Renault.


For more details on all events visit or call (029) 2057 3500

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Learning from Sabrina - The Great Severn Flood of 1607 Sat 28 January, 2pm-3pm One of Britain's greatest natural disasters, this flood affected south Wales from Carmarthen to Chepstow on 30 January, 1607. What happened? Had there been earlier floods? Have there been floods since? Dr Mark Lewis, Curatorial Officer, will consider the evidence.

Love @ St Fagans

St Teilo’s Day

Sun 5 February, 10am-5pm

Sun 12 February, 2pm-3pm

Wander hand-in-hand along the leafy paths of St Fagans, and learn more about love through the ages.

Following the St Teilo’s Day celebration on 9 February come and listen to stories about the life of St Teilo in our beautiful medieval church. Age 5+.

Rainbow Day Sat 4 February, 1.30pm-4pm

Music, talk and film in association with LGBT History Month. Special appearance by the phenomenal South Wales Gay Men's Chorus.



Booking by telephone

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Behind the Scenes: Love Tokens

The Rebecca Riots Life Stories

Tue 14 February, 11am-12pm & 2pm-3pm

Sat 18 February, 11am-4pm

From lovespoons to Valentines – an opportunity to visit the Museum's storeroom to see a selection of love tokens from the collection.

Explore the immense value life stories have for our society, for communities and for individuals in fun interactive workshops and more formal talks.

Sat 25 February, 2pm-3pm The Rebecca Riots were a series of protests by local farmers and agricultural workers in response to perceived unfair taxation. Hear more about the Riots and see some fascinating objects from the Museum’s collection.

Find out more about all of these events and sign up for our e-newsletter at Open: Daily 10am-5pm. Please note that the Museum will be closed on the following dates: 23 December, 2pm-5pm, 24, 25, 26 December, 1 January & 11 January, 10am-5pm. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. How to find us: Follow the brown signs for Museum of Welsh Life. Located approx 4 miles west of Cardiff City Centre. From Cardiff Central bus and train station, take bus 32 or 320. For Sat Nav enter CF5 6XB. Details correct at time of printing. Please check before making a special journey.




Booking by telephone

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For more details on all events visit or call (029) 2057 3500

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