Victorian fun this summer at Aberdulais

Try your hand at traditional crafts when visiting Aberdulais, Neath

Why not try your hand this summer at some traditional Victorian crafts and past times, from making sweet treats in the kitchen to creating crafty decor for your home.

25 July - 2 September 2018

As part of our Woman's Work theme this summer, we're discovering the roles of women behind the workforce at Aberdulais, including their home and family life, and offering you the chance to get stuck in.

Every weekday throughout the summer holidays we'll be running self-led activities for all the family to enjoy. A chance to sample Victorian life and see how families spent time together. Have a go at playing hopscotch, quoits or see who's got the skill for cup and ball.

There's also the opportunity to join in with one of our many in-house workshops over the summer holiday weekends. 

A Woman's Wardrobe

28 - 29 July & 18 - 19 August 2018

The Victorian tin workers may have dressed in leather aprons and caps, but the ladies of the house also had to "make do and mend" when it came to their attire. 

Learn how Victorian women created their own clothes for themselves and their families using fabrics, rags and offcuts. Don't miss this chance to become a Victorian seamstress at our textile workshop.

The Working Woman's Home

4 - 5 & 25 - 26 August 2018

Use your imagination to peek behind the blinds at Number 2 Waterfall Cottage to explore the home-life behind the workforce. 

Come and learn how to brighten up your home the good ol' fashioned way by creating some hand-made traditional crafts at our Victorian home workshop.

Victorian Cooking

11 - 12 August & 1 - 2 September 2018

Forget gruel and oatmeal, we're stirring up something a bit sweeter for our Victorian workshop. 

Try your hand at making some traditional sweet treats, learn how to make a "proper" cup of tea, take home some Victorian recipes to try or get green fingered learning how to grow your own garden.

A Woman's Work Exhibition

Tin worker, seamstress, home-maker, mother, cook, teacher…the roles of Women behind the workforce at Aberdulais.

Within the ‘Woman’s Work’ exhibition, discover the women behind the workforce and their crucial role to the rise of the tinworks industry. The exhibition will give you a flavour of the daily demands facing women during the tinworks boom and decline

The exhibition runs daily until 2 September 2018 in our exhibition room.

Top tips 

  • Our car park is a bit on the small side, so if it's full when you arrive, there is free parking on the road (3 hour time limit). There's limited space in the disabled section in the lay-by (approx 2 cars).

  • We have a lovely little tea-room, full of history and character (the Old School House tea-room), serving hot and cold food, as well as cakes, snacks and refreshments. The tea-room serves hot food between 12-3pm, but there's an array of sandwiches and snacks served outside of these times. There's also take-away options if you wish to grab something and go.

  • Picnic tables are located around the site, and if you bring a blanket (if the weather is good) why not relax on the lawn.

And finally....thank you...

Every time you come to visit us, you're helping to keep Aberdulais special for future generations.