Fun at The Firs during May half-term
There is always plenty to do at Elgar's birthplace, have a look at what we have to offer for the whole family this May half-term.
Trail and Crafts
Discover the fun and games Elgar and his siblings would have enjoyed in Victorian Worcestershire, in the very place where they played together. Learn about the history of Victorian toys and pastimes and experience the opportunity to play with them together in our beautiful sound garden.
Why not put your skills to the test and embark upon Ann Elgar’s trail of Victorian games? Trails cost £2 per person and a prize is included upon successful completion.
If you feel a bit crafty you can make your own thaumatrope, a thaumatrope is an optical toy that was popular in the 19th century. A disk with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to blend into one. £1.50 per craft.
Watch the birds
Quietly watch the birds feeding on our bird table, and spot the feeders hanging in the trees in the orchard. You’re likely to see Blue tits, Great tits and chaffinches, and if you’re really lucky, the green and the greater spotted woodpeckers.
David Birtwhistle’s art exhibition
David Birtwhistle’s art exhibition will be on display in the Visitor Centre, so we will be having lots more images of Worcestershire adorning the walls.
Fancy a cuppa?
Our tea-room will have a new menu to whet your appetite; the weather will warm enough for you to enjoy food and drinks outside in our courtyard seating area to enjoy the sights and sounds of Lower Broadheath.
Visit the inner sanctum of Edward Elgar’s study and explore what enabled him to write the music that would provide a soundtrack for much of the 20th Century. The personal affects that were the tools of a musical genius sit side by side with the finalised original manuscripts to some of the best-known and loved pieces in the English musical canon. All you need to write a symphony might just inspire you to take up a new creative outlet!
The Birthplace Cottage
Explore the origins of genius in the Birthplace cottage, where you’ll uncover the key early influences in Elgar’s life that went on to shape his personality and music – and what made this special place so special to him. Discover the creation of a museum and take in the story of how Elgar’s daughter, Carice, curated the objects that made up her father’s world to remember her father to the ages.
On your bike
If you prefer to get to The Firs ‘on your bike’ rather than by foot or car, we can provide cycle routes around the area and you can use our newly installed bike racks to park up. We have a special offer in the tea-room for cyclists to fuel your journey ahead. While you are there, you can see our latest addition our sunbeam bicycle suspended mid-air in the Visitor Centre alongside our brand new display on Elgar and his beloved cycling adventures.
Touring the Worcestershire countryside in search of inspiration might have taken a lot longer if it weren’t for Elgar’s trusty bicycle Mr Phoebus. Cycling up to 50 miles per day, friends who accompanied him would often recall how lengthy periods of silence on his part were sure-fire signs that his genius was in flow. The striking 1910 Sunbeam bicycle on display here, alongside original hand-marked cycle maps he used might put the modern casual cyclist to shame – but then again it might inspire you to take a ride for yourself.
Take a walk
Explore the surrounding walks around Lower Broadheath where you might catch a glimpse of summer wildlife along your route. .
Outdoor Sound Garden
Whilst the sun is shining why not make use of our outdoor sound garden. Give each instrument a whirl or grab a few bandmates and wow the other visitors. Fun for all ages. Who knows could you be the next Edward Elgar?
Built in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and made out of recycled materials these wonderful wooden instruments not only decorate our garden but give the Firs the right atmosphere which may just inspire the next musical genius. Come and fill the air with music.
Using our specially crafted music makers (also known as golf balls on sticks) create your own tune and share it on our social media use #soundgarden