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Summer 2013

Welcome to the Summer edition of our ‘What’s On’ at Preston Park Museum & Grounds. In addition to the regular ongoing activities throughout the season, this summer sees a host of new events. Highlights include 1960’s memories of local clubs and theatres in a new exhibition ‘Stars Fell on Stockton’, whilst FolkTastic offers a season of events celebrating a range of traditional and contemporary folk music. With the ever changing range of ParkMade craft taster courses and a jam-packed kids holiday activity programme, Summer 2013 promises days of fun for the whole family.

Exhibitions The Gallery Made with Pride Tuesday 2 April - Sunday 30 June Made with Pride tells the story of furniture in Stockton over three hundred years. Visitors will have the opportunity to see objects from the quirky to the sublime including a chair with an inbuilt trouser press and furniture made for Queen Victoria!

Stars Fell on Stockton Tuesday 16 July - Sunday 15 September Did you know that The Beatles played in Stockton? Or that Mick Jagger got hit by a coin when The Rolling Stones played the Globe? Come and discover the story of Stockton’s clubs and theatres and the world-famous touring acts who played them.

The poster from The Rolling Stones’ appearance at the Globe, 1964


The Shadows

Community Curated Who are the Stockton Brethren? Tuesday 2 April - Sunday 30 June Delve into one of Stockton’s oldest organisations to see how local gentlemen once kept up to date with scientific and social changes and entertained themselves in times gone by.

Stockton & District Motor Club Tuesday 2 July - Sunday 29 September Find out more about Stockton and District Motor Club, which has been active for over 80 years and is still going strong!! The members organise and participate in a number of motoring and social activities, the most popular of which are rallying and karting. Please contact the Collections Team on if your group is interested in being part of the Community Curated programme.

Museums on the Move If you are interested in having one of our touring exhibitions at your venue please contact the Exhibitions Team on (01642) 527980 or email

Events and Activities Vintage Family Photography With Charles Twist Sunday 2 June • £15per group (up to 5people) 10.00am - 3.00pm, booking advised as spaces are limited A fantastic opportunity for getting dressed up in traditional costume and having a family or group photo! A CD will be supplied on the day of your group image for you to take away with you. Contact the Museum to book on 01642 527375. 2

Tea & Tango Sunday 9 June • 2.00pm — 4.00pm • £5 per adult (incl refreshments) Calling all dancers, beginners and pro’s! Enjoy an afternoon of dance in the elegant surroundings of the recently restored Music Room. Everyone is welcome, with or without partners. There will be a short interval for tea and cake. Numbers are limited so early booking is advised. Tickets available at the Museum reception desk, or call 01642 527375

THE UNTHANKS: Songs from the Shipyards Friday 14 June Two Performances: 7.15pm & 9.00pm (approx 1hour) • Tickets: £15pp As part of the Festival of the North East, Northumbrian folk-stars The Unthanks perform their latest project: a magical and haunting live soundtrack to director Richard Fenwick's documentary film, 'Songs From The Shipyards'. Blending traditional and contemporary songs together with new material written especially for the show, The Unthanks deliver a deeply moving elegy for a lost industry and the people who worked in it. Tickets available from the Museum or the ARC Stockton on 01642 525199

Bookstart Library Take Over Tuesday 25 June • 1.00pm - 3.00pm Free with normal admission, drop in Stockton Libraries takes over Making a Mess for National Bookstart Week. Come along and celebrate the wonder of Fairytales and get a free book to take home. There will be story time, rhyme time and crafts suitable for under 5’s. This year’s book is the much loved children’s classic, the Ugly Duckling.

Fire Engine & Vintage Vehicle Show Saturday 29 - Sunday 30 June Adults £4, Children £2 (5-16yrs), Under 5s Free Contact the Events Team on 01642 526733 Please note that normal Museum admission still applies for visits to the Museum.

ParkMade Live! 2013 Sunday 7 July • 10.00am - 4.00pm Free with normal admission Join us for our third annual celebration of traditional crafts and the skilful people that keep them alive. Visit the bustling Victorian Street full of trades’ people showcasing the very best the region has to offer. Some items will be available to purchase on the day. 3

Reminisce 70’s Saturday 13 July • 5.00pm - 11.00pm • £20pp Live music concert at Preston Park For tickets and more information please contact Maskerade Costumes on 01642 670077 or via

On Your Bike! Saturday 27 July • 10.00am - 4.00pm Free with normal admission Come along and see the Northern Counties Veteran & Classic Cycle Club in action as they display and demonstrate a large variety of early cycles around the museum and grounds.

The Agents of Decay Tuesday 30 July • 10.00am - 4.00pm • Free with normal admission, drop-in Find out about the range of gruesome things which can affect museum objects and learn about the ongoing battle the museum Collections team face in preventing damage to objects.

DO NOT TOUCH! Thursday 1 August • 10.00am - 4.00pm • Free with normal admission, drop in Why do we have ‘Do not Touch’ signs around the Museum? Find out how people affect museum objects and peek inside the museum’s store.

Ridewell Sunday 11 August • Free outdoor event For more information, please visit Please note that normal Museum admission still applies for visits to the museum.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic Sunday 18 August • 11.00am - 3.00pm Join us at the museum for a fun filled family event, with something for all kids big and small! Activities include arts and crafts, storyteller, tasty treats, Teddy Bear’s Doctor, trails, Funky Feet and more! Most activities are free with normal admission, some small charges may apply.

Stockton Summer Show & Food Festival Sunday 25 — Monday 26 August • Adults £4, Children £2 (5-16yrs), Under 5s Free Contact the Events Team on 01642 527345 Please note that normal admission still applies for visits to the museum.


Harvest Home Saturday 28 September • 10.00am - 4.00pm Free with normal admission Harvest Home returns for its second year, showcasing the delicious produce from the Walled Kitchen Garden and celebrating the start of the Harvest season with a range of activities and demonstrations. Please note there will be items to purchase on the day.

In the Garden Taste & Compare Keep an eye out around the museum throughout the summer for our pop-up Taster Tables; try old heritage varieties of fruit and vegetables and compare them against new or supermarket varieties on our ‘Gardeners Tally Chart’.

Grow & Share Join us at our regular plant and produce stalls throughout the summer, for an opportunity to buy seasonal heritage fruit and vegetables grown in the Kitchen Garden & Orchard.

Regular Activities Highlights Tours Every Wednesday & Thursday (excl school holidays) 2.00pm (meet at the main desk) Free with normal admission — donations welcome Encounter the highlights of our galleries; from exploring the history of the Grade II listed Hall, to stepping back to 1895 in our Victorian Street. Please note that the tour will visit a number of galleries on different floors of the Museum and involves walking and standing for around 45 minutes. No booking necessary, however spaces are limited.


Garden Tours Available for group bookings, throughout spring and summer 2013 From £5 per person, incl entry to museum, garden tour and light refreshments. Enjoy a stroll through the beautiful restored Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden with our gardener as your guide. Booking essential, Please call the main reception for information on how to book: 01642 527375

Home Grown Join us in the F3 Kitchen for a delicious selection of quality food freshly picked and prepared from the Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden. Drop in and sample some seasonal treats and recipes; maybe you can share some of your recipe ideas with us. Sunday 30 June Sunday 28 July Sunday 29 September The Home Grown programme is free with normal admission between 11.00am — 3.00pm in the Demonstration Kitchen located on the 1st Floor. Please see for more information.

Behinds the Scenes Tours A fantastic opportunity to peek inside our purpose built collections store and meet a member of the Collections Team as you discover what goes on behind the scenes at the Museum! Thursday 20 June Friday 19 July Tuesday 13 August Thursday 19 September These tours are free with normal admission although booking required as spaces are limited, all tours run from 10.00am-12.00noon. Please contact the Collections Team on 01642 524274 for more information and bookings.

Making a Mess! Under 5s Club Tuesdays • 1.00pm - 3.00pm Join us each week for messy crafts, stories and play time based on a different theme around the Museum & Garden displays. Fruit and biscuits are available as well as tea and coffee for the grown ups! Please note: Making a Mess! is on every week except 16 & 23 July. Contact the Learning Team on 01642 527820/8842 for more information. 6

Theatre in the Park 2013 Following the success of our open air theatre programmes over the last three years we are pleased to present two more wonderful and exciting productions! So bring your picnics and enjoy another leisurely evening in the relaxing surrounds of the Bandstand Garden.

BABE THE SHEEP-PIG by Dick King-Smith, adapted by David Wood. Thursday 25 July • 6.00pm Dick King-Smith's heart-warming tale of friendship, courage and determination is vividly brought to life by the same creative team behind Illyria's sensational record-breaking 2012 production of The Twits. Suitable for all ages 5+.

As You Like It by William Shakespeare Saturday 17 August • 7.30pm As You Like It is, Shakespeare's ultimate romantic comedy. Its many pearls of wisdom, glittering repartee and gloriously happy ending make this only one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies. For authenticity the production is performed on a stage based on those used by 16th-century touring companies. For more information about the individual plays this year please visit our websites: or

Theatre tickets on sale now and available from: Stockton Visitor Information Centre: Rediscover Stockton, 134b High Street, Stockton Town Centre, TS18 1LP, 01642 528130 (payments can be made over the phone). Museum’s Gift Shop: (Tuesday-Sunday: 10.00am-4.00pm) 01642 527375. Online:

Standard Tickets: Adults: £12, Concessions: £9 (NUS, Unwaged or over 60s), Children: £6 (5-16year olds) Under 5s: Free Group Tickets: Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children): £30 10+ Adults booking together: £9pp 10+ Children booking together: £5pp

Please note: All children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the performance and we recommend a minimum of 2 adults per group of 10. Tickets are non refundable or exchangeable unless show is cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. 7

ParkMade Traditional Taster Days Try something new or rekindle an old hobby here at Preston Park in our ParkMade Taster Days! All classes are suitable for adults, no experience is necessary and everything including your lunch is provided (unless otherwise stated). Our taster days also make the perfect unique gift for someone special! Please visit our website to book via our new online booking system: (within the Events & Activities/Learning tabs) or alternatively contact the Learning Team on (01642) 527820/528842. NEW! ParkMade: Pottery Workshop Saturday 20 July Saturday 14 September 10.00am - 12.30pm 1.30pm - 4.00pm £20 includes refreshments, tools and materials Make your very own piece of local W.S & Co Pottery with potter Graham Taylor from Potted History. Through a project funded by the Arts Council England, the Museum has replicated original century old local pottery moulds for use today.

NEW! Floriculture Friday 19 July 1.30pm - 3.30pm £10 (includes light refreshments) Join our gardener as he explains the duties of the Head Gardener within his Master’s home. Finish the afternoon by making a floral head band which can be used for parties and other social events.

Traditional Wood Carving

Rag Rug Making

Saturday 8 June Saturday 27 July 10.00am 4.00pm • £35 Create a unique hand carved piece such as a spoon or butter knife. A complete start to finish experience from splitting logs to designing and producing the finished item to take away on the day.

Friday 6 September 10.00am - 3.00pm • £20 Design and make your own mini rag rug to take away with you on the day. Learn about recycling old fabrics and the history of this sociable and versatile craft.

Blacksmithing Saturday 22 June Saturday 20 July Saturday 7 September 10.00am - 4.00pm • £80 Learn about the history of the craft and make a pair of beautiful handcrafted candlesticks to take away with you on the day!

Stained Glass Saturday 21 September 10.00am - 4.00pm • £60 An exciting opportunity to work with a professional glass worker to produce a beautiful glass panel to take away with you on the day!

Codes and Corsages Saturday 10 August 1.00pm - 3.30pm • £10 (includes light refreshments) Join our gardener in exploring the secret meanings of Victorian flower adornment, and get involved in creating a bespoke seasonal buttonhole, perfect for weddings and celebrations.

Coming Soon! New dates and courses are being added for the autumn and winter season including hand stitched patchwork, felting and seasonal willow working. For updates and bookings please visit our website: www.prestonpark


Volunteering Opportunities Here at the Museum and Park we are always pleased to hear from people who would like to get involved in volunteering with us. We are currently keen to hear from anyone who is interested in Costumed Interpretation within the Victorian Street. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on: 01642 526474 for more information.

CREATIVE KIDS Holiday Activity Programme Activities are free with normal admission (unless otherwise stated), however there is a 50p per child suggested donation to help with material costs. Please note: Our children’s workshops are suitable for ages 5+ (unless otherwise stated); younger children are welcome however they will need some help from their adult during the workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult during their visit and activities. Please be aware that for drop-in workshops, when the session is full, tickets will be issued for the later slots. Call the Learning Team on (01642) 528842/527820 for group bookings.

Arts & Crafts Workshop Times:

Create; Traditional Toys

10.30am - 11.30am (organised groups, booking required) 11.30am - 12.30pm (Families, drop-in) 1.30pm - 2.30pm (Families, drop-in) 2.30pm - 3.30pm (Families, drop-in)

Wednesday 31 July Discover how to make some old fashioned toys in this arts and craft workshop including whizzers and turning wonders!

Summer Holidays

Make; A Tumbling acrobat

Make; Peg Dolls

Friday 2 August Construct this clever toy that will tumble on its own! Once completed why not see if it really works?

Friday 26 July Make your own little peg doll friend to take away with you on the day.


Do; Planting Seeds!

Make; Traditional Games

Wednesday 7 August Decorate your own pot, plant some seeds, water them and watch them grow at home. Perfect for little green fingers!

Wednesday 28 August Are you as skilful as the Victorian children were? Make and decorate your own Cup & Ball game and see if you can make it work!

Create; Flower Power

Make; Colourful Badges

Friday 9 August Create your own colourful flowers in this fun arts and craft workshop.

Friday 30 August Design and decorate images ready to be made into your own personal badges.

Make; A Jubilee Tea Party!

Making MORE Mess!

Wednesday 14 August Celebrate the Museum’s 60th birthday with this fun craft activity making 3D tea pots (and maybe enjoy a little treat!)

Make; Royal Crowns Friday 16 August Decorate your very own crown to dazzle all others!

Make; Stained Glass Windows Wednesday 21 August Decorate your own stunning stained glass window based on the ones on display in the Museum. Please note that we won’t be using real glass during the workshop for safety reasons.

Under 5s Club Tuesday 30 July, Tuesday 6, 13, 20 & 27 August • 1.00pm - 3.00pm Each week there will be a messy craft, story and play time based on a different theme around the new Museum & Garden displays. Please note: Please note: Drop in activity, free with normal admission, suggested donation of 50p per child to help cover materials. Making MORE Mess! is suitable or under 5s although older brothers and sisters are welcome during the holidays. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. For more information please contact the Learning Team on 01642 527820.

Create; Clay Pots Friday 23 August Make a mess in this fun clay workshop! Create your own pinch or coil pot out of air drying clay and paint it in any design. Please bring something to take this home in as the paint/clay will be a little wet.


How to find us Travel information For information about local public transport links, please contact: Stockton Tourist Information Centre (01642) 528130 or Traveline North East on 0871 200 2233.

On your bike

Museum Open Tuesday to Sunday • 10.00am — 4.00pm Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays • Last admission 3.30pm

Entry Price: Adult £2, Concession/Child £1, Family Ticket £4 (2A+4C) All tickets are valid for multiple visits for one year from date of issue.

Learning Team: for all ParkMade Taster Day bookings and enquiries call (01642) 527820/528842

Contact Us:

Butterfly World Tel: (01642) 791414 Web: Teesside Small Gauge Railway Tel: (01642) 582903

Preston Park Museum & Grounds, Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 3RH Tel: (01642) 527375 Email: Web: or

Also at Preston Park

Please note: Preston Park Museum & Grounds operates a No Smoking Policy

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Designated cycle parking facilities are available in the car park, close to the café (bikes left at owners’ risk).

Preston Park Museum and Grounds - Summer 2013 Events Guide  
Preston Park Museum and Grounds - Summer 2013 Events Guide  

Welcome to the Summer edition of our ‘What’s On’ at Preston Park Museum & Grounds. In addition to the regular ongoing activities throughout...