Norton Priory Museum & Gardens hosts numerous events throughout the year, from family activities to lectures and tours.
Treasure Island Wed 17 6.30pm Fun and frolics on the high seas as Cambridge Touring Theatre bring the outdoor performance of Treasure Island. Bring picnics and blankets or low seating for some family entertainment.
Victorian Fun Day Sun 21 11am – 4pm Traditional games, stalls and summer fun with the Norton Priory Victorians. £1 entry.
Light fantastic! Mon 5 & Tues 6 11am – 4pm Lots of fun exploring moving images, and make some optical illusions! Normal admission prices apply.
Romeo & Juliet Folksy Theatre return with another Shakespearean classic. Open air performance in the walled garden, picnics welcome.
Out of this world! Mon 12 & Tues 13 11am – 4pm Make a clay creature. Normal admission prices apply.
Ahoy there matey! Mon 19 & Tues 20 11am – 4pm Make a miniature raft to race along the water. Normal admission prices apply.
Creatures of the Night! Thurs 22 Join the rangers to look for bats in the woodlands and enjoy bat related fun. Booking essential. £3 per child.
The Big Treasure Hunt! Bank Hol Mon 26 & Tues 27 11am – 4pm Pirates have landed at Norton Priory. Enjoy family activities and join the Treasure Hunt! Normal admission prices apply.
Battle of Norton Priory Sat 14 & Sun 15 11am – 4pm The thunder of cannon and musket will sound again with this dramatic civil war re-enactment of the siege of Norton Priory.
Heritage Open Days Sun 15 Halton Castle will be open for guided tours. Free entry to Halton Castle.
Quince & Apple Day Sun 13 11am – 4pm Celebrate Autumn in the walled garden. Tastings, tours, stalls and traditional crafts. Normal admission prices apply.
Hairy Scary Halloween Mon 21 & Tues 22 11am – 4pm Halloween witchcraft and wizardry with potion making and crafts. Normal admission prices apply.
Spooky Stories Tues 22 & Thurs 24 6pm – 8pm An evening of spooky storytelling, potions and pumpkin carving. Booking essential. £3 per child.
Christmas Fair Sun 24 11am – 4pm Gifts, local produce and crafts in the Medieval undercroft. £2 entry.
Carol Service Sun 8 4pm – 6pm Carol Service in the Medieval undercroft. Booking essential. £3 per person.
New for 2013!
Cheshire Levy Meet an abbess, apothecary and an archer, and experience medieval life with the Cheshire Levy re-enactors. Normal admission prices apply. Sat 4 & Sun 5 May Sat 6 & Sun 7 July
Traditional Skills Courses Local experts will be sharing their knowledge and techniques on a wide range of traditional skills. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. Call 01928 569 895 or check the website. www.nortonpriory.org Tues 19 or Sun 24 Feb – Fruit tree grafting with Cheshire Landscape Trust Sun 24 Mar – Hurdle making Sun 28 Apr – Bird of Prey experience with Vale Royal Falconry Sun 26 May – Introduction to bee keeping with Cheshire Bee Keepers Training Officer Sat 22 & Sun 23 June – Basket making with Caroline Gregson Sat 27 or Sun 28 July – Stained glass workshop Sat 24 & Sun 25 Aug – Pottery workshop with John Ayling
Wildlife Discovery Kids Club Children can join us one Saturday afternoon a month from March to September for wildlife related fun and learning. 1pm – 3pm, £3 a child per session or £20 for the year. Call 01928 569 895 or see the website for details www.nortonpriory.org
Sat 23 Mar – National Science & Engineering Week Sat 27 Apr – Brilliant Birds Sat 25 May – Pond Life Sat 22 June – Bug Life Sat 27 July – Buzzy Bees Sat 24 Aug – Wildlife photography Sat 21 Sep – Ladybirds Sat 26 Oct – Mammals
Norton Priory Talks A series of talks on a range of historical and archaeological themes by local experts and researchers. Monday evenings 7pm, £3 per person. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. Mon 8 Apr – A Medieval Murder Mystery Mon 13 May – The Dutton family and Norton Priory Mon 10 June – Cheshire’s Military Contribution in the 14th century Mon 8 July – The history of the Georgian walled garden Mon 9 Sep –Archaeological work in Cheshire Mon 14 Oct – ****
Wildlife Workshops A series of workshops exploring the diverse wildlife and habitats at Norton Priory. £3 per person. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. Sat 11 May – Garden bees 10am – 4pm Sat 13 July – Garden bees 10am – 4pm Sun14 July – Meet the birds at Oxmoor nature reserves 6am Wed 14 Aug – Bat walk & talk 7pm Wed 28 Aug – Bat walk at the walled garden 8pm Thurs 24 Oct – Meet a mammal 10am
Norton Priory Museum & Gardens
Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 1SX
Tel: 01928 569895