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What’s On January - May 2019

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ge Page l Thu 10 Happy Café Wellbeing Evening: l Introduction to Mindfulness 17 l Herbs for Health 17 l Mindset & Emotional Wellbeing 17 Workshop for Mums 18 l Fri 11 Fox & Cubs Forest School 9 l Sun 13 Introduction to Crochet Course 14 l Tue 15 Memory Lane 12 l Wed 16 Volunteer Open Day 7 l Fri 18 Tiny Talk Time 9 l Sat 19 Let’s Cook: Winter Warmers 21 l Fri 25 Fox & Cubs Forest School l Tue 29 Behind the Scenes: 9 The Mayor’s Chamber January


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9 l Fri 1 Tiny Talk Time 14 l Sat 2 Willow Basket Making 14 l Sun 3 Willow Basket Making 12 l Tue 5 Memory Lane 12 l Wed 6 Archaeological Finds Surgery 9 l Fri 8 Fox & Cubs Forest School 14 l Sun 10 Next Steps Crochet 12 l Tue 12 Moats, Mottes & Castles l Thu 14 Happy Café Wellbeing Evening: l Introduction to Mindfulness 17 l Mindset & Emotional Wellbeing 18 Workshop for Mums 17 18 l Book Making Workshop 9 l Fri 15 Tiny Talk Time 11 l Sun 17 Kids Learn to Crochet 15 l Sun 17 Raku Ceramics Workshop 11 l Mon 18 Let’s Cook for Kids 10 l Tue 19 Discover & Make: Fossil Fun 11 l Wed 20 Become a Master Maths Sorcerer l Wed 20 A Knight’s Journey to the 11 King’s Throne 10 l Thu 21 Discover & Make: Fossil Fun 9 l Fri 22 Fox & Cubs Forest School 10 l Sat 23 Pop Up Play Village 8 l Sun 24 Den Building & Fire Lighting 15 l Sun 24 Raku Ceramics Workshop l Tue 26 Action for Happiness: 16 Exploring What Matters starts

Den Building & Fire Lighting

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ge Page 9 l Fri 1 Tiny Talk Time l Sat 2 Beginners and Improvers 15 Photography Course 15 l Sun 3 Bitesize Introduction to Crochet 12 l Tue 5 Memory Lane 9 l Fri 8 Fox & Cubs Forest School 8 l Fri 8 International Women’s Day Tea l Thu 14 Happy Café Wellbeing Evening: l Introduction to Mindfulness 17 l Mindset & Emotional Wellbeing 18 Workshop for Mums 17 18 l Indian Hand Embroidery 9 l Fri 15 Tiny Talk Time l Sat 16 Walking Wycombe with Willie: 13 Town Walk 8 l Sun 17 Mad Science! 9 l Fri 22 Fox & Cubs Forest School l Sat 23 Action for Happiness: 16 The Art of Relating 14 l Sun 24 Next Steps Crochet 7 l Tue 26 Volunteer Open Day 9 l Fri 29 Tiny Talk Time l Fri 29 A Tasting History of Gin 2: 13 The Gin Craze 8 l Sun 31 Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea March


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ge Page 12 l Tue 2 Memory Lane l Thu 4 Happy Café Wellbeing Evening: l Garland Making Workshop 18 l Herbs for Health 17 l Mindset & Emotional Wellbeing 18 17 Workshop for Mums 9 l Fri 5 Fox & Cubs Forest School 10 l Fri 5 Easter Egg Hunt starts l Sat 6 Walking Wycombe with Willie: 13 Town Walk 8 l Sun 7 Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting l Mon 8 Walking Wycombe with Willie: 13 Short Town Walk 7 l Mon 8 Stargazing Evening: The Moon 10 l Tue 9 Discover & Make: Clay Creatures 10 l Thu 11 Discover & Make: Clay Creatures 10 l Sat 13 Pop Up Play Village 10 l Tue 16 Discover & Make: Easter Crafts 10 l Thu 18 Discover & Make: Easter Crafts 11 l Tue 23 Kids Easter Crochet 9 l Fri 26 Tiny Talk Time 15 l Sun 28 Introduction to Crochet Course ge May Page l Mon 6 Walking Wycombe with Willie: 13 Road, Rail, River & Riots Walk 12 l Tue 7 Memory Lane l Thu 9 Happy Café Wellbeing Evening: l Introduction to Mindfulness 17 18 l Vegan Cooking Class 9 l Fri 10 Tiny Talk Time l Sat 18 Walking Wycombe with Willie: 13 Town Walk l Mon 20 Walking Wycombe with Willie: 13 Short Town Walk 9 l Fri 24 Tiny Talk Time 10 l Tue 28 Discover & Make: Terrific Tiles 10 l Thu 30 Discover & Make: Terrific Tiles

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Fox & Cubs Forest School

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The Small Print Please note that our events have minimum capacity requirements, and we reserve the right to cancel at short notice should an event not reach capacity. Following cancellations you will have the option to reschedule, transfer or refund your booking. Please note that Wycombe Museum does not usually offer refunds on bookings. We will transfer your booking to another session with 7 days notice if applicable.

Terrific Tiles

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Upstairs temporary exhibition space

l A History of Wycombe in 7 Drinks Take a light-hearted look at the history of Wycombe District and drinking. Experience history presented through seven artefacts and seven historic-style drinks, and get a real taste of history ranging from prehistory to the modern day. Explore and experience the history of gin. From Dutch courage and Gin Palaces to the modern gin revival. If you enjoy gin, this evening could be just the tonic for you! Prices vary depending on numbers. Please send enquiries to or call us on 01494 957210.

Our reconstructed World War 1 trench is open again by popular demand for the whole of 2018 – the centenary year of the end of WW1. The terrifying trench gives an idea of what life was like on the front - enter if you dare, to hear the sounds of artillery and spot the trench terrors such as rats and flies and learn what you would need to help you survive.

20th Century Furniture

This mini exhibition is an introduction to Wycombe’s furniture industry in the 20th century, especially how the two World Wars influenced chair designs. It is also an opportunity to find out about plans for our furniture project. Working with Bucks New University we want to talk to people about their memories of the local industry, create new exhibitions and celebrate our unique local furniture heritage in new ways. Get in touch if you have memories to share we would love to hear from you.

In addition to our Talks programme, we also offer bespoke drinks-based talk packages, ideal for corporate events.

l A Tasting History of Gin

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Traditional and New Food in Wycombe District

Tasting Histories

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Terrifying Trench

Walk through a history of Wycombe with our permanent collection. See our internationallyknown chairs and the history of Wycombe District’s furniture-making heritage. View our Art Gallery, featuring works of local significance and visit our old kitchen, and imagine how it was used when Castle Hill House was a family home.

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Permanent displays

This exhibition celebrates everything edible and delicious in Wycombe District from prehistory to the present day. Did you know that Wycombe District had its own chocolate factory and that cherries were once a local speciality? Or that Tudor dinner guests were expected to bring their own cutlery? Find out all about local specialities such as Bucks bacon badgers and lardy cakes, as well as newer menu options from the Caribbean and Pakistan. With lots of hands-on activities for all.


Big Days Out Volunteer Open Day Tuesday 26 March 10am-4.30pm

Interested in volunteering at the Museum? Why not drop in to our informal open day to have a chat with our Volunteering Manager about the kind of opportunities we can offer and the ways in which you can get involved with supporting the Museum. Free l Drop In

Archery & Den Building Sunday 24 February

Den Building & Fire Lighting 11am-12.15pm; 12.45-2pm; 2.30-3.45pm Perfect your forest hideout with a den making session complete with a campfire and hot chocolate to keep you warm! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults do not need tickets. Recommended age: 5+ but all are welcome Book l £6.50

Archery sessions Starting 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm Aim for a bulls eye in an archery workshop! For adults and children aged 7+ (Children must be accompanied by an adult - adults only need buy tickets if they are participating). Book l £12


For All Children to be accompanied by an adult

Big Days Out

For All Children to be accompanied by an adult

International Women’s Day Tea

Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting

An Introduction to Wycombe Arts Festival

Friday 8 March 1-3.30pm

Sunday 7 April 12-4pm (sessions start every 30 mins)

Saturday 27 April 2-4pm

We love celebrating women at Wycombe Museum - they’re so important to our town, to our history, and they currently make up the majority of our staff and volunteers! We’d like to invite you all (men and women alike) to join us for an informal cuppa and a piece of cake to chat and appreciate the women in our community and in our lives!

A taster of the many varied events that will take place in the area during the month of May. Wycombe Choral Society members will sing at intervals during the afternoon.

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Mad Science! Sunday 17 March 12.30-1.30pm; 1.30-2.30pm; 2.30-3.30pm Bubbling potions, yummy sweets, spectacular experiments, and gooey slime to take home and treasure! Join our mad scientist’s workshops to celebrate British Science Week. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults do not need tickets.

Test your aim in these 30-minute laser clay pigeon shooting workshops - a realistic but environmentally friendly version of real clay shooting. Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting is suitable for all ages and abilities above 8yrs old (there is no kick back from the guns). Book l £12

Stargazing Evenings: The Moon

Recommended age: 6+ Book l £10 or 3 for £25

Monday 8 April 7-9.30pm

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

Get to know the night sky! This evening will feature a talk from Dr Sandy Giles on different themes, some time spent looking at the stars through telescopes from the museum grounds with local Wycombe Astro experts, and dinner. Please make sure to dress appropriately as some time will be spent outside.

Sunday 31 March 11.30am-1pm; 1.30-3pm; 3.30-5pm A family-friendly afternoon tea to celebrate all wonderful mums. Indulge in a selection of sweet and savoury treats including sandwiches, scones and cakes. Accompanied by The Lulalas, performing popular songs from the 1900s-1960s. Please let us know about any dietary requirements by Sunday 24 March. Book l £25 Adults, £18 Children 15 & Under

Players from Fourways Theatre Group will promote their open air production of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado about Nothing’. Teatro Unfortunato bring you their usual blend of chaos and mayhem. ‘A hundred and one things to do with Tissue Paper’ Silly, thought provoking and interactive clowning.

Save the date!

Theatre & Opera on the Lawn Coming June We’ll be running open air theatre and opera performances in June – keep an eye out from the Spring for dates and titles!

Your ticket will include a Wycombe Museum beer, alcoholic hot chocolate or a soft drink alternative, and dinner. (meat or veg biryani with flatbreads) Book l Adults £17.50, Under 15’s £10.00, Under 5’s £3.00 Please state any dietary requirements when booking and at the latest a week before the event. After this point, it may be possible to book tickets without food. Please contact the Museum directly to enquire.


Regulars Tiny Talk Time 10.15-11am; 11.15am-12pm; 1.15-2pm Come along for stories, crafts and museum fun in this special time for 2 - 5 year olds. Each session is themed on a different story, rhyme, or song!

For Children Children to be accompanied by an adult

9.30-10.45am; 11.15am-12.30pm

Discover & Make:

Fossil Fun

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Tuesday 19 February; Thursday 21 February 10.30am; 11.30am; 1.15pm; 2.15pm; 3.15pm

February 1

Row, Row, Row Your Boat February 15

Kipper’s Toy Box March 1

Billy’s Beetle March 15 March 29

The Tiger Who Came to Tea April 26

Old MacDonald’s Farm May 10

The Runaway Train

A toddler & pre-school group out in nature. Come along with your little one and join in the outdoor fun! We meet in any weather and enjoy exploring, playing, building, finding bugs, mixing mud, cooking on the campfire and much more. Please dress appropriately for the weather! Recommended age: 2 - 5 years

Friday 11 January Friday 25 January Friday 8 February Friday 22 February* Rub-a-Dub-Dub Friday 8 March Friday 22 March Friday 5 April Friday 12 April* Recommended age: 2 - 5 years Friday 3 May Friday 17 May Book l £3.50 Wednesday 29 May* or block book any 4 dates for £12 *Holiday session for ages 2 - 7 Sessions run 10-11.15am and 12.30-1.45pm May 24

Book l £6.50 Block book 3 consecutive sessions and receive a free hot drink in our café at each session! As well as our event programme, we have lots of activities and things to do daily at the museum including:

l Activity Trails l Cafe Board Games l Dressing Up l Garden Games l Interactive Gallery Displays l Art Cart 9

Children to be accompanied by an adult

Discover & Make runs every Tuesday and Thursday during the school holidays and is an opportunity to play, create and learn. Sessions run for 45 minute and have a different theme each week. Best for primary school aged children. Smaller ones are welcome but may need a helping hand!

Fox & Cubs Forest School

January 18


Holiday Activities

For Children

To celebrate Darwin Day come and handle some real fossils, make a pterodactyl mobile and create your own fossil to take home. Book l £4

Pop Up Play Village Saturday 23 February, 13 April 10.30-11.45am An exciting play experience for children who love to role play in a miniature village – visit the supermarket, vets, library, hospital and more! Children should wear socks or indoor shoes. Adults and children not yet walking are free. Best for 3 – 7s, but all ages welcome. Book l £6.50, £5.50 for additional siblings

Easter Egg Hunt Friday 5 - Tuesday 23 April All day Hunt around the Museum and Garden for Easter clues to solve a puzzle and claim your chocolate prize! We’ve got two egg hunts planned - one inside and one outside - so whatever the weather we’ve got your Easter fun sorted. Available all day throughout the Easter period - just pick up your activity sheet from reception. Recommended age: 2 - 11 years Drop In l £2.50 (includes a prize)

Discover & Make:

Clay Creatures Tuesday 9 April; Thursday 11 April 10.30am; 11.30am; 1.15pm; 2.15pm; 3.15pm Get crafty and create a springtime clay creature! Recommended age: 4+ l Book l £3.50

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Easter Crafts Tuesday 16 April; Thursday 18 April 10.30am; 11.30am; 1.15pm; 2.15pm; 3.15pm Get set for some Easter Bunny fun and create your own pop-up hopping bunny to take home. Recommended age: 4+ l Book l £3

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Terrific Tiles Tuesday 28 May l 10.30, 11.30am, 12.30pm Thursday 30 May l 1.15, 2.15, 3.15pm Be inspired by the beautiful locally-made medieval tiles from Penn and learn how they were made. Decorate your own tile coaster to take home. Recommended age: 4+ l Book l £3.50


Holiday Activities Kids Learn to Crochet Sunday 17 February 12-2pm Bring your crafty kids to lean to crochet using bright yarn. Work on a fun project – a bracelet or a keyring – and take home whatever you make!

For Children Children to be accompanied by an adult

A Knights Journey to the King’s Throne!

History and Talks Memory Lane 11-11.45am

Wednesday 20 February 12-1pm

This exclusive event for Friends of Wycombe Museum will take you behind the scenes into the mayor’s chambers. To become a Friend see page 3 or go to Free and exclusive to Friends of the Museum Please book - places are limited

Let’s Cook for Kids Monday 18 February 10am-3pm

Recommended age: 8 - 14 Book l £5

All knights go through many quests and this journey to the king’s throne is no different. We travel back to medieval times and children will joust their way through many grammar tournaments. With Explore Learning. Recommended age: 7 - 9 Book l Free

Kids Easter Crochet Tuesday 23 April 10.30am-12.30pm

Become a Master Maths Sorcerer! Wednesday 20 February 10.30am-11.30am Take the steps to becoming a maths whiz(ard) with this workshop with Explore Learning! Recommended age: 5 - 7 Book l Free


Behind the Scenes: The Mayor’s Chamber Tuesday 29 January 6.30pm

Recommended age: 4+ Book l £5

This fun class is aimed at showing children how to prepare their own tasty snacks in conjuction with the Let’s Cook Project. The project is simple: teaching the basics of simple food preparation and kitchen safety, along with educating on reducing food waste, with lots of tasty food! Let us know about any dietary requirements when booking and by Monday 11 February. All materials provided.

For Adults

An opportunity to meet socially and share stories of the past. These drop-in sessions are free and last about 45 minutes. All are welcome. Tuesday 15 January: Keeping Warm Tuesday 5 February: Famous Faces Tuesday 5 March: Moving About Tuesday 2 April: Sunday Best Tuesday 7 May: Fetes and Festivities

Moats, Mottes and Castles: Status and Defence in Medieval Buckinghamshire Tuesday 12 February Doors open at 7pm

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Archaeological Finds Surgery Wednesday 6 February 11am-3pm Bring along your archaeological finds to be identified and recorded by Arwen James, the Bucks and Milton Keynes Finds Liaison Officer. Your find could add to our knowledge of the past on the Portable Antiquities Website.

Bring your crafty kids to lean to crochet using bright yarn. Work on a fun Easter-themed project and take home whatever you make!

For more info email or call 01296 624519.

Recommended age: 4+ Book l £5

Book l Free

No single memorable battle is recorded in Buckinghamshire and the county has only one surviving stone-built defence – Boarstall Tower. Nevertheless, the sites of several castles and a considerable number of lesser defensive works do survive. We may not have enough evidence to finally decide where Desborough ‘Castle’ and the large mound in Wycombe Museum’s garden fit in, but perhaps consideration of the overall county picture might help? Hear Mike Farley, former Bucks County Archaeologist, speak and make your own mind up! Doors at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Free glass of wine on arrival. Book l £7 of £4 for Friends


For Adults

History and Talks

Arts & Crafts

A Tasting History of Gin 2: The Gin Craze

Walking Wycombe with Willie

Introduction to Crochet Course

Friday 29 March 7.30-9.30pm

Town Walks

Sunday 13, 20, 27 January & 2 February; Sunday 28 April, 5, 12 and 19 May 11.30am-1.30pm

Following last year’s hugely successful gin event, we present to you our all-new Tasting History of Gin, show-casing historic v contemporary styles of gin. Featuring fresh, light and juniper-scented gin history, six different gins for your delectation and enjoyment and specially selected snacks to complement the gins. Drinking ‘mother’s ruin’ with your mum at this event would make the perfect Mother’s Day Gift. Please leave your car at home. Strictly 18+ Book l £28 Sponsored by Griffiths Brothers

Save the date!

Beers, Bevvies and Brewing Friday 28 June 2019 Save the date for our ever-popular annual beer tasting with the usual side serving of cheese, biscuits and light-hearted beer history. Further details including this year’s breweries and themes will be announced in April, so look out on our website and Facebook page or call into the Museum for further details. Bookings will also open in April so book early to avoid disappointment. Over 18s only.


Saturday 16 March; Saturday 6 April and Saturday 18 May 10am-12.45pm

For Adults Basket Making Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 February Saturday 10am-4.30pm and Sunday 2-4.30pm Contemporary basket maker Christine Brewster returns for a repeat of this popular weekend workshop. You will learn how to use traditional basket-making methods to make a quality English willow basket that you take home and use for years to come. All materials provided. Refreshments included.

Join Willie for a 2.5 mile, 2.5 hour, walking history tour around the centre of the town, departing and returning to Wycombe Museum. The walk is mainly along roads with one short, steep climb. The Museum will be open at 10am for a 10.15am departure, so pick up your drinks to take away before you go! The walks are free but any donations will go to our partner organisation No need to book - just turn up!

Short Town Walks Monday 8 April and Monday 20 May 10-11am Join Willie for a new, shorter one mile walk round the centre of the town which is suitable for motorised buggies and is completely flat. It will start at Pann Mill on The Rye at 10.00 and thread its way through the town to finish at Frogmoor at 11.00. The walk is free but any donations will go to our partner organisation No need to book - just turn up!

Road, Rail, River & Riots Walk Monday 6 May 10am-12.30pm Join Willie for a new 2.5 hour walk starting from the car park at Wycombe Rye Lido at 10.00 which follows a rectangular route to Loudwater and back. The walk is free but any donations will go to our partner organisation

This course consists of four weekly fun and sociable classes to help complete beginners get to grips with crochet through mini-projects. All materials are provided, including take-home howto guides. Refreshments included. Recommended age: 14+ Book l £88

Bitesize Introduction to Crochet Sunday 3 March 11.30am-2.30pm Do you want to learn to crochet? Aimed at complete beginners, this class will get you started on your own projects. All materials provided, including take-home how-to guides. Refreshments included.

Recommended age: 14+ Book l £85

Next Steps Crochet Sunday 10 February; Sunday 24 March 11.30am-2.30pm Already know how to chain stitch, double stitch and treble stitch? In this session, you will learn new techniques to get started on more advanced projects. All materials provided, including takehome how-to guides. Refreshments included. Recommended age: 14+ Book l £22

Recommended age: 14+ Book l £33

No need to book - just turn up!


Arts & Crafts

For Adults

For Adults

Health & Wellbeing

Raku Ceramics Workshop

Beginners and Improvers Photography Course

Let’s Cook: Winter Warmers

Sunday 17 February 10am-1pm and Sunday 24 February 11am-5pm

Saturday 2, 9, 16, 23 March 10am-1.30pm

Saturday 19 January 10am-3pm

Action For Happiness: Exploring What Matters Tuesday 26 February - 16 April 7-9pm Exploring What Matters is a secular, sciencebased course created by Action for Happiness for people who want to learn how to live happily and spread happiness to those around them. Each week is based around a big question.

Create strikingly glazed ceramic pieces with raku, a unique Japanese ceramic technique, in this two-session workshop. Spend the first session crafting your design in clay, and then return a week later to fire them. Unlike conventional firings, Raku is a firing technique that pulls ceramics from the kiln at temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees centigrade. The pots are then immediately placed in burning sawdust before being dramatically plunged into water, creating patterns in the glaze. Recommended for 16+ Book l £75

This popular four-week course, led by members of Wycombe Photographic Society, will help you get to know your digital SLR camera and learn various techniques to produce quality images. The sessions will introduce you to landscape, portrait and macro photography. This is a practical taught course and you will need your own SLR camera. Refreshments included. Recommended age: 14+ Book l £86

Learn some basic cooking techniques along with how to maximise store-cupboard ingredients and reduce waste with lots of cooking and tasting. Whether you’re on a low budget or just want to learn some new skills whilst promoting a healthier lifestyle let Let’s Cook help you out! Let us know about any dietary requirements you have by Saturday 12 January. Let’s Cook is a project working in conjunction with the Buckinghamshire Waste Partnership to promote healthy eating, home cooking and reducing food waste. Sessions will also touch on menu planning, smart shopping, portion sizing, batch cooking and freezing. Let’s get the community cooking! Instructors have been trained and certified by the Let’s Cook Project. Recommended age: 18+ Book l £5

Week 1: What really matters in life? Week 2: What actually makes us happy? Week 3: Can we find peace of mind? Week 4: How should we treat others? Week 5: What makes for great relationships? Week 6: Can we be happier at work? Week 7: Can we build happier communities? Week 8: How can we create a happier world? Age 18+ Book l £90 suggested donation - available at http://afh-high-wycombe-26-feb.eventbrite.

The Art of Relating Saturday 23 March 10am-1pm Join us as we explore the importance of practising positive relating: having good relationships with ourselves, our intimate family, neighbours and colleagues, as well as the bigger picture of our lives. A three-hour workshop, run by Karen Matovu, an accredited couples therapist and covering four of Action for Happiness’s 10 Keys to Happier Living – Relating, Giving, Meaning and Acceptance. Places limited – booking essential. Age: 18+ Book l £12 suggested donation



For Adults

Health & Wellbeing Happy Café Wellbeing Evenings 2nd Thursdays of the month (except April) Wycombe Museum is teaming up with Action for Happiness to become a Happy Café. The idea is simple and inspiring: a friendly and welcome place to meet other people with shared interests in promoting happiness and wellbeing.

For Adults

Health & Wellbeing

Herbs for Health

Book Making

Garland Making Workshop

Thursday 10 January; Thursday 4 April 7-8pm

Thursday 14 February 7-9pm

Thursday 4 April 7-9pm

Understand the benefits of herbs and how they can be used to target particular health concerns, and learn the art of blending simple infusions to combat them. Talks are delivered by Alice Nugent of Hippopot Herbs, a qualified Medical Herbalist. 10 January - Herbs for Coughs and Colds

Introduction to Mindfulness

4 April - Herbs for Sleep

Thursday 10 January, 14 February, 14 March, 9 May 7- 9pm

Recommended age: 18+ Book l £11

Mindset & Emotional Wellbeing Workshop for Mums Thursday 10 January, 14 February, 14 March, 4 April 7-9pm

Using a variety of glitter felt and woollen felt, make your own personalised garland to decorate your home. Using hand dyed and recycled papers, make a simple book and decorate using wooden printing blocks and embellishments. All materials included. Recommended age: 16+ Book l £10

Book l £16.50

Vegan Cooking Class Thursday 9 May 7-9pm

Indian Hand Embroidery Mindfulness helps you to find peace of mind, improves your health, is cost effective and everyone can do it! These five evenings work individually or as a series – come to one or all. Session titles are below – see online for more details.

Thursday 14 March 7-9pm

14 March: Connecting with your Body-Mind

These sessions aim to equip you with the tools and insights you need as a mum in order to move beyond survival mode and feeling overwhelmed into adopting a grounded and centred state so that you can parent from a rock solid foundation of love and kindness.

9 May: The Art of Compassion

You will learn how to:

Age 18+

l Develop a mindset that works for you rather than against you.

8 November: Managing Stress and Anxiety 10 January: Life is in the Moment 14 February: The Art of Self-Love

Book l £20 Block book all 5 sessions l £90

Recommended 16+ Book l £15

l Have more energy, health and vitality. l Consistently embody the values and behaviours you wish to pass on to your children. Each session will be based around a different topic. Come along to just one or to al four as a series. Book l £11


Get some ideas for new dishes from this vegan cooking and food prep class with Charmaine from Khepera Org ahead of National Vegan and Vegetarian Week. Learn how to make your own homemade milks, juices, snack bites, salads and desserts that will contribute to a healthy and wellnourished vegan and vegetarian lifestyle.

Learn how to decorate a block printed image using simple Indian hand embroidery. All materials included. Recommended age: 16+ Book l £10


In Partnership With Sunday Assembly

Wycombe Lotto

Second Sunday of every month

Set up to support community projects in the local area, Wycombe Lotto raises money within the community for the community. A ticket from Wycombe Lotto costs £1 per week - 50p of each ticket will go directly to your chosen cause!

Live better, help often, wonder more! Everyone’s welcome at Sunday Assembly - High Wycombe’s secular congregation, celebrating life with speakers, song, poems and more. Find out more at Wycombe Sunday Assembly’s Facebook page or @S_Assembly_HW on Twitter!

Heart of Bucks First Monday of every month

To support the Museum go to wycombe-museum

Action for Happiness Bucks Meetups 2nd Saturday of the month 10.15am-12pm

Free funding consultations at Wycombe Museum. Consultations are aimed at non-profit charitable organisations working to benefit the communities of Bucks. To book an appointment call 01296 330134.

Dosti Ladies Group Tuesdays during term time l 10am - 12pm

Castle Hill House & Gardens

Interested in Happiness and Well-Being? Come along and connect with like-minded people in the relaxed and friendly environment of Wycombe Museum’s Happy Café, as we chat over a cup of coffee and learn from each other. With a different topic each month, based on the AfH 10 Keys to Happier Living. Age: 18+

Castle Hill House & Gardens – home of Wycombe Museum, is a unique venue for weddings and events in the heart of High Wycombe

For more details go to https://www.meetup. com/High-Wycombe-Happiness-Meetup/

La Leche League 2nd Friday of the month

Dosti is an Independent Voluntary organisation that thrives on promoting, educating & engaging Women Dosti is an independent voluntary organisation in the Community to empower their Individuality. that thrives on promoting, educating and engaging women in the community from all faiths to empower their individuality. Come along for refreshments, exercise and activities.

Contact: 07894347039 Well established (10th birthday coming up) - we offer a vast range of Diverse & culturally aware services:


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Phone: 0789 434 7039 Nabeela,Neha,Naz Email:

La Leche League Chilterns offer mother to mother support for breastfeeding. Come along for free support, encouragement and information from trained breastfeeding counsellors. All welcome, at any stage of pregnancy or breastfeeding with no need to book in advance. Get support or find out more at https://www.

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Venue Hire & Birthday Parties

Projects & Updates

Hosting an event? From weddings to birthday parties, business meetings to community groups, host your event against the backdrop of our beautiful listed building and grounds. Wycombe Museum offers various parts of our site for community, charity and corporate hire.

Red Kite

Go to for more information and prices.

The Museum was successful in winning a pot of money from Red Kite Housing Building Blocks fund to help improve our gardens for events and general use. We have already installed a new shed that will enable us to more easily facilitate outdoor events, and will be installing some picnic tables in the near future.

NEW Sensory Garden! Wycombe Museum has been funded by the #iwill Programme to create a sensory garden in our grounds. #iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. We will be working closely with Toolshed over the coming months to transform the area behind the motte to a sensory garden full of herbs, flowers and foliage – watch this space!

Collections Audit

Wycombe Museum offer a number of led birthday party sessions including a fun mix of games, activities, and crafts inspired by the Museum, ideal for children aged between 5 – 8 years old. All sessions are led by Museum staff and include a break for a birthday tea. Our birthday party themes are:

Knights and Princesses Make your own crowns, have a knighting or coronation for the birthday boy or girl, go on a quest to find hidden treasure, and play a game of pin the sword on the knight!

Time Travellers Travel back in time and have a go at a historic craft of your choice – make mosaics, clay pots, or carve soap – play a game of musical time zones, and race to find some Museum objects before they’re stolen by time travellers!

With help from funding granted to the Museum by the South East Museums MDO, we are currently undertaking a project to help us audit and reorganise our on-site collection storage. During refurbishments in 2015, the Museum’s collection had to be moved a number of times without us being able to record all of our objects’ new locations. This has affected our ability to plan and organise exhibitions, and generally manage our collection. With the help of this funding, we have been able to train staff and volunteers to make better use of our collections software, and to plan and resource this ongoing project. We’re so grateful to our team of volunteers involved, and are thankful for their ongoing time and effort!

Nature Detectives Embark on a bug hunt in the Museum gardens, make creepy crawly bug masks, play a fun game of nature bingo, and get creative to make a fantasy bug out of clay!

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CafÊ and Shop Don’t forget to visit our cafe and shop. Enjoy a range of sandwiches, home-made cakes and hot and cold drinks in a unique environment. Why not pick up a souvenir of your visit or a gift?

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Nearest bus stop in Castle Street on routes: 1, 1A, 27, 31, 33, 36C, 48, 306, 647, PR1, PR2

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Wycombe Museum operates on varying seasonal hours. Please check our Facebook page of website for our current opening times. The Museum is open some bank holidays. Please check online for details. In partnership with

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Charity no: 1155456 / Company no: 0878 3933 Wycombe Museum is managed by Wycombe Heritage & Arts Trust

What's On at Wycombe Museum January - May 2019  

Events, exhibitions, services and projects happening at Wycombe Museum between January - April 2019.

What's On at Wycombe Museum January - May 2019  

Events, exhibitions, services and projects happening at Wycombe Museum between January - April 2019.