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The Historic Ghost walk of Worcester

Friday 31st August The Battle of Worcester Society invites you to spend an evening in discussion with Charles II. Includes buffet and refreshments.Tickets available from www.thebattleofworcestersociety.org.uk

Regular walks Friday and Saturday from September until December 2012 at & 8.30 pm Please contact Worcester Live box office for details 01905 611427

Steampunk at the Commandery Remember – 3rd September 1651 Saturday 1st – Monday 3rd September A weekend dedicated to this significant day in history with talks, theatre, drills, activities, puppet shows, music and the Drumhead Ceremony. Supported by The Battle of Worcester Society.

Heritage Open Days Weekend – Building The Commandery Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September As part of this annual celebration of our heritage, find out how The Commandery was built through a series of hands on activities, talks and demonstrations.

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October See displays of strange curiosities, exciting contraptions with fashion and design. Goggles, pocket watches, corsets, mad scientists, contraptions, top hats, airships and more! Experience a history that never was!

Big Draw Saturday 27th October Join us for a Dedicated Drawing day.

Room Hire Whether for a party, wedding reception, corporate event or prom, the Commandery can be hired to make your special occasion one to remember. Contact us for details & prices

Halloween Happenings and Focus on Fawkes Monday 29th October – Sunday 4th November Half-Term activities and crafts full of haunting horrors, alarming alchemy and gory goings on.

A Christmas Commandery Saturday 15th December and Sunday 16th December Celebrate in style as you take a trip back to the Commandery in Victorian times and by twinkling candlelight. Meet the Household Servants, the Ghosts of A Christmas Carol and Father Christmas. Visit the Courtyard Market, watch the magic lantern and puppet shows and enjoy trails, treasure hunts and crafts.

The Commandery Sidbury,Worcester WR1 2HU. Tel: 01905 361821 email: commandery@worcestershire.gov.uk The Commandery - Worcester

The Commandery is located in the heart of Worcester City centre on the main A44 just three minutes walk from the Cathedral and Elgar Statue on the high street.

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Opening Times Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm Sundays 1.30pm – 5pm (Before making a special trip please call or check the current opening hours on the website) Admission Charges Adults £5.50 counts is D p Concessions £4.25 u o r G Available Children £2.50 Family Ticket £13.00 (admits 2 adults and up to 3 children) Season Ticket (valid for 12 months) £6.00 Worcester City Residents are entitled to FREE ADMISSION until March 31st 2013. Please bring a copy of your Council Tax Bill/Exemption Certificate as proof of residency to obtain your FREE Commandery Card. Disabled Access There is a disabled lift to all floors and fully accessible toilets. Guide and assistance dogs are welcome. For more information visit

www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk Museums Worcestershire is a partnership between Worcester City and Worcestershire County Councils

Worcester City residents get in free – see back cover for details Designed by blackberry. www.blackberry.uk.com

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“A Jewel in Worcester” Visitor Comment 2011

Events and Family Activities 2012

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peeling back the layers of history


peeling back the layers of history

Events & Family Activities

Rubbish: Talking With Our Ancestors

Just Art A range of special events from mediaeval times to the 1950’s, ghost hunts and open air theatre are held throughout the year. Check our website for the latest information and details. Six eras – one fascinating building... How will you explore it?

Peel back the layers of history and unravel the secrets of one of England's oldest buildings.

The Commandery is a unique Grade I listed site dating back to the 13th century. Explore our historic rooms, discover our fascinating stories and enjoy our charming gardens. Bring a picnic and spend all day long.

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Medieval Painted Chamber Oliver Cromwell's death mask Intricate wood carvings

Using state of the art audio interpretation and hands on family activities and events, The Commandery's long-hidden history comes vividly to life.

The Historic Ghost walk of Worcester Regular walks Friday and Saturday until 31st March at 8.30 pm Please contact Worcester Live box office for details 01905 611427 Starting at Elgar statue and finishing at the Commandery.

Knit one for Worcester Saturday17th and Sunday 18th March Discover the Commandery’s association with Worcester’s wool industry of long ago and adorn the Commandery tree with Knitted or crocheted flowers and leaves to create a piece of public art. Materials provided. Ongoing throughout the year.

Knitted with Love

Make a mother’s day gift for someone special this weekend with wonderful wool.

Monday 2nd April – Friday 6th April MOM bus visits the Commandery with their new exhibition “Just Art”. Create some fantastic work to take home.

Flora, Fauna and Folklore Saturday 31st March – Sunday 15th April Enjoy an Easter holiday of green men, nature, myth and legend and a bank holiday of songs, music, crafts, talk’s and trails.

VE Memories Sunday 6th May and Monday 7th May How did Worcester Celebrate VE day in 1945? The Commandery, Berrows Journal, Worcester Reenactors and Wave invite you to a Bank holiday weekend of 1940’s nostalgia and memories with soldiers, civilians and make do and mend (40’s fashion show and vintage fair on Monday only).

A Jubilee Jamboree Saturday 2nd June Come dressed in red, white and blue or something typically 1952! Celebrate the Jubilee with a tea party, games and crafts. Half term Activities to make a Jubilee to remember with plenty to make and do.

Shakespeare at the Commandery – ‘As You Like It’. Tuesday 12th June – Saturday 23rd June Free pre show entry to the Medieval Great Hall. For further details and booking please contact Worcester Live box Office 01905 611427 William Shakespeare challenges the rules of romance in this classic comedy. With amusing exploits and unexpected friendships, ‘As You like It’ illustrates how bewildering, yet utterly pleasurable life can be – another must-see comic romance within the walls of the Commandery’s atmospheric gardens.

Visit The Commandery gift shop for a selection of gifts, souvenirs, traditional toys along with a range of books and locally sourced handmade gifts to suit all ages.

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July Learn how everyday objects give a voice to people from the past. Join us for a Festival of British Archaeology weekend.

Summer Holiday Family Fun Monday 30th July – Friday 31st August Drop in Crafts and Games from 11.00 – 4.00pm. Have fun in the Commandery and its gardens this summer with plenty of activities for all.

Worcester Festival at the Commandery

Friday 17th August – Sunday 26th August Enjoy concerts, ghost walks and summer family activities at The Commandery as part of the Worcester Festival. Events include: Monday 20th Worcester Singer/songwriter Claire Boswell 5.00–6.00 followed by Thursday 23rd Granny’s Attic 5.00–6.00. £7.50 including glass of wine. Visit www.worceserfestival.co.uk for further details.


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