I’m always looking out for new places to explore with Monkey; even better if there is a good mix of outdoor space, educational aspects and lots of fun to be had. We certainly found all of those elements recently when we were enjoying a day out at Avoncroft Museum.
Avoncroft Museum of Historic buildings can be found 2 miles south of Bromsgrove and is easily reached from the A38. It took us exactly one hour to drive there from North Oxfordshire. Set in the Worcestershire countryside, the museum showcases buildings which cover 700 years of history. It makes it a great place to really bring history alive for children. From the phone boxes of my own childhood to a wonderful Tudor house, there is all sorts to explore and inspire.
The National Telephone Kiosk Collection is great fun to explore. The children had great fun ringing each other and it gave Monkey his first experience of the telephones I remember from my own childhood.
We even got to see a ‘Tardis’ style phone. It’s so hard for children to understand a life without mobile phones and instant access to anyone at any time.
The various buildings have all been saved from various locations across the country and have been carefully restored at Avoncroft so we can all enjoy them. There are information points across the site explaining the history of each building,
Some buildings have helpers on hand and we got the chance to write with a quill pen – a first for us both. Everyone was very friendly and happy to answer questions.
There’s something about a windmill isn’t there. The windmill at Avoncroft does work on specific days during the year, but was undergoing some TLC whilst we visited. It didn’t stop us admiring it and just enjoying the scenery. One of our ancestors was a Miller in Buckinghamshire in the 1700’s so it was lovely to get up close to one and explain the process to Monkey.
There is a wonderful feeling of space at Avoncroft and Monkey and his Redpeffer buddies ran free and had a great time exploring.
There were pony rides available for a small charge but the lure of the Miniature Railway was too much for us all. Tickets cost 50p each and you can see the model railway from a distance too.
During the school holidays there are different free activities running each day at Avoncroft. Tuesday is Forest School day, we booked in at the main entrance when we arrived and joined the 11am session. Putting our bush craft skills from our trip to Conkers to good use, we set to work building a den and imaginary fire.
You know you are having fun when the playground doesn’t even spark a moment of interest. It looked lovely, but we just had too much else to do.
There are picnic tables spread out across the grounds although the only toilets are close to the entrance. I hadn’t been very organised so we enjoyed lunch in the Edwardian Tea Room. Freshly made sandwiches and a lovely coffee in relaxed surroundings.
The Back to Blighty exhibition showcases life at home during the First World War and panels can be found across Avoncroft explaining the impact the war had on every aspect of life.
The Anderson shelter and air raid siren brought us to the Second World War and the prefab house showed us how life could have been lived.
We really did have an actioned packed day out enjoying the day at Avoncroft Museum, and it’s somewhere I can see us returning to again in the future. We certainly can recommend the museum as a good family day out, with lots of educational content.
disclaimer: we have been given an annual family pass in exchange for an honest review