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Red House Museum and Gardens Rockbourne Roman Villa


Red House Museum

Rockbourne Roman Villa


RED HOUSE MUSEUM AND GARDENS QUAY ROAD, CHRISTCHURCH, BH23 1BU 01202 482860 Tuesday to Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm. Saturday 10:00am to 4.00pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Admission free.

Diverse Forms 6 May to 15 July A showcase of works by Southern Contemporaries, which celebrates the diversity of two and three dimensional art with a rich and varied exhibition. This contemporary show will provide a visual delight. FREE

Inspired by the Word

Diverse Forms

10 June to 2 September This county-wide exhibition by contemporary artists celebrates the literature of three great Hampshire writers; Jane Austen, Edward Thomas and Gilbert White. The museum’s beautiful gardens are host to a small exhibition of sculptural works marking 200 years since Jane Austen’s death. To find about more about Inspired by the Word, visit FREE

Gizmobots 22 July to 2 September Gizmobots are robots that start life as finds from skips, secondhand shops, car boot sales and scrapyards. Each gizmobot is carefully crafted so that all the parts come together to create a very desirable, quirky robot, each with their own distinct personality. Visit our familyfriendly exhibition and spend time recognising the bits and pieces from familiar home appliances and everyday objects that make our amazing gizmobots. FREE

Red House Museum Garden Party 10 June, 12noon - 3:00pm The Friends of the Red House Museum annual Garden Party with stalls, tombola and plant sales from the garden. See our website and Facebook page for more information nearer the time. FREE, all donations and proceeds to Friends of the Red House Museum

RNLI Garden Fete 15 July, 1:00pm – 4:00pm The Christchurch RNLI returns for another year of fundraising in the gardens. Lots of stalls, refreshments and activities for children. FREE

Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Party 12 August, 11:00am - 2:30pm Show your support for the Christchurch and Highcliffe branch at the Great Tea Party with a raffle, tombola, plants and books. There will be games to enjoy and music from Curly the Busker. Refreshments and cream teas will also be available. FREE

The Friends of Stanpit Marsh Summer Fayre 19 August, 11:00am - 3:30pm Join us for our Summer Fayre. We have plenty to entertain, including craft stalls, games, a book stall, bric-a-brac, tombola and raffle. We’ll also have hot dogs, cream teas and lovely homemade cakes for you to enjoy. See our website for more information nearer the date. FREE

Family Summer Festival 8 August to 11 August, 10:30am to 3:30pm A funpacked week of events, workshops and shows for children and families inspired by our exhibition, Gizmobots. Check our website for more information nearer the date. FREE

Special Sunday Openings 2017 23 and 30 July; 6, 13, 20 and 27 August; 12noon to 4:00pm

Red House Museum and Gardens Relax in our coffee shop or tranquil gardens and enjoy a beanto-cup coffee or speciality tea with a slice of cake. Pick up our loyalty card and enjoy your sixth hot drink on us! Browse our pre-loved books, and pop into the museum shop for gifts inspired by our collections and made by local crafts people. Both the gardens and museum are available for hire for meetings, functions or receptions. The south gardens make an excellent space for special events, while our upstairs education room is suitable for groups of up to 30 with presentation facilities including Wi-Fi. For more details, visit our website or call us on 01202 482860.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON TALKS AT THE RED HOUSE MUSEUM AND GARDENS ARRANGED BY THE FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM All talks begin at 2:00pm and last 45 minutes to one hour. Ticket price includes refreshments. Tickets are bookable in advance from Red House Museum.

‘Puppetry’ with John Ley Flurrie 10 May Cost: £4.50/£2.50 to Friends

‘Roses of No Man’s Land’ with Dorothy Gill 24 May Cost: £4.50/£2.50 to Friends

‘Silk Stockings and Spitfires’ with John Smith 14 June Cost: £4.50/£2.50 to Friends

‘My Life and Times at Harrods’ with Robin Cook 28 June Cost: £4.50/£2.50 to Friends

Some talks may take place on the second floor, accessible only by flights of stairs.

ROCKBOURNE ROMAN VILLA ROCKBOURNE, FORDINGBRIDGE, SP6 3PG 01725 518541 Make-and-take Thursdays Until 31 August Trails, brass rubbing and colouring activities free of charge, make-and-takes £2.00 per make. Cost: £2.00 per make

Squashbox Theatre 17 June, 11:30am – 12:30pm Suitable for children aged over five, Tales from the Trees is a terrific tangle of puppetry, storytelling, live music and comedy, with a theme that embraces natural history, folklore and ecology. Tickets available from Forest Arts Centre on 01425 612393. Listen! The trees have tales to tell... Cost: £6.00 per person, includes entry to the villa

Teddies in Togas 10 August, 12noon – 2:00pm When you go down to the villa today, you are sure for a big surprise! Bring along your favourite teddy and have fun dressing them up in laurel wreaths and togas for a special teddy bears’ picnic. Bring a picnic and blanket, and join us for some fantastic storytelling fun! Outdoor event. Stories suitable for 3 – 8 year olds. Cost: £1.00 per child for activities in addition to normal admission charge

Rockbourne Roman Villa Opening Times

2017 Entry Prices

11:00am – 4:00pm

Child: £2.70/£3.00*

Last entry 3:30pm 1 April to 25 July/ 4 to 30 September Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 26 July to 3 September Open seven days a week 1 to 30 October Open Sundays only

Adult: £3.85/£4.25* Concessions: £3.60/£4.00* Family: £10.90/£12.00* (2+2 or 1+3) Discount for pre-booked groups Free to members of the Association of Roman Archaeology, Young Archaeology Club and the Art Fund * Entry price with Gift Aid

ABOUT HAMPSHIRE CULTURAL TRUST 01962 678140 or /rockbournevilla @HantsCulture @RedHouseMuseum

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Hampshire Cultural Trust manages 23 venues working in partnership with local authorities and communities in Hampshire and Dorset. We are a registered charity (no. 1158583) and rely on charitable donations. We hope you enjoy your visit, please donate to help us give the past a future. To find out more, visit: Details correct at time of going to press but subject to change.

Red House and Rockbourne What's On May-Aug 2017  
Red House and Rockbourne What's On May-Aug 2017