Activities

Try these recipes

We still have jars of jam made by the Straws in our food cupboard © Geoffrey Frosh

We still have jars of jam made by the Straws in our food cupboard

Hand picked straight from Florence Straw's own recipe book, have a go at these recipes from the past.

Be careful with your cooking times, as Florence wasn't very specific.

Florence collected hundreds of recipes over the years - look out for special events throughout the year where you can come and taste some for yourself.
 

Victorian gingerbread

Try out this Victorian recipe for gingerbread © David McClenaghan

Try out this Victorian recipe for gingerbread

Try out this Victorian recipe for gingerbread - let us know what you think.

Cut your gingerbread into any shape you like.

Be careful as all cooking times are estimated, so keep an eye on your gingerbread in the oven.
 

Apple chutney

Our apples are organic and available to buy © Colin Davidson

Our apples are organic and available to buy

Pick some apples, then try your hand at this recipe for apple chutney.

The Straws made lots of their own preserves, from produce grown in their orchard or the allotment they had across town.

We still have their apple trees today, so why not come along and pick a bag of apples for 50p? Take them home and try turning them into this chutney.

Have fun, and share your creations on our Facebook page.

Colour in Mr Straw's House

Download our colouring in sheet and bring it with you on your visit, or give it a go at home. Let your imagination run wild, or stick to real life, it's up to you - then come and show us your picture.

Can you spot the difference?

Can you spot the six differences? Download and print the sheet to bring with you to Mr Straw's House, or try it at home. Then colour it in afterwards.

Don't miss these...

Make sure you spot these objects in Mr Straw's House. From a 19th-century vacuum cleaner to an intricate hand-stitched sampler, these fascinating things all have a story to tell.

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