Christmas Fun at The Firs

Elgar in the snow

Did you know that our traditional Christmas today only really started to look how it did now around the Victorian era?

An Inventive Christmas at The Firs

Little Edward Elgar would have known a Christmas different to ours, everything we know was very new, trees, crackers and even Father Christmas himself.

Come and reinvent Christmas with us at The Firs. Christmas cards were expensive before Victorian times but with the new penny post and fast steam trains people could now send cards all over the country.  Explore the cosy cottage to spot traditional seasonal greetings ideas to colour in your own Christmas card. Ready for delivery, why not create your own postage stamp?  

Inside The Firs cottage
Inside The Firs cottage
Inside The Firs cottage

Christmas trees in houses were new too when Edward was born, what type of tree do you think the Elgar’s would have had? Do you have a tree at home?  Try and make a Christmas tree with our giant Jenga blocks and maybe start a new tree trend?

Father Christmas looked very different then too, dress our own Sir Nick to see what he dressed like through the ages and what might he dress like in the future?

Start your Christmas day with a bang and make your own Christmas cracker, another clever Victorian Christmas invention.  How will you decorate yours? And who will win the cracker pull?

Christmas Carols at The Firs

Music will fill the air across two weekends this Christmas. Come a’ carolling with Corinne on Saturday 8 December at 11.30am and 12.30pm, you can join Corinne on her cello playing Christmas themed carols.

On Sunday 9 December Corinne is joined by her fellow Volante Strings members Jennie Jones, Vicky Lee and Amanda Salmon with a cornucopia of Christmas classics for string quartet performing at 11.30am.

The Hills Singers
The Hills Singers
The Hills Singers

The same afternoon The Malvern Hills Singers are performing ‘A Celebration of Christmas’ at 1.45pm and 3.00pm for a feast of seasonal music including well-loved carols and popular Christmas songs. These talented musicians are holding these free concerts for the love of the music so donations are greatly appreciated and go directly to the artists.

The following weekend takes a historical turn as The Elgar School of Music presents Tiny Tunes a festive concert for babies and toddlers on Saturday 15 December. Andy brings along traditional victorian christmas instruments for you to play. A truly interactive family fun experience. Starting at 10.30am, adult tickets are £5 and children are free, the ticket entitles you to 10% off in the tea-room that day. No need to book, doors open from 10am.   

Medieval musican
Medieval musican
Medieval musican

The same day Tudor musician Terry Carter arrives with his hurdy gurdy and assortment of traditional Tudor instruments. Performing traditional carols as well as the ones we all know and love. A truly unique experience for all ages, Terry enjoys showing his audiences exactly how is instruments work from 11.30am.

On Sunday 16 December to carry on the historic theme The Ledbury Waytes will be performing medieval and Tudor music on contemporary instruments. Elgar was heavily inspired by church music from the medieval period so we are sure he would have been pleased to hear the dulcet tones swimming across the air of his birthplace.

The Carice Trio complete our cresendo of Christmas concerts on 22 December. Graham Longfils, Anita Porter and Dorothy Wilson-Longfils will offer a programme of trios,duets and solos all with a seasonal flavour. Performances from 11am and 12.30pm. 

All performances apart from Tiny Tunes are free (normal admission applies) but donations are greatly appreciated with all funds going directly to the performers. 

Have you met the fantastic Mr Phoebus?

Mr Phoebus and his very unique Penny Farthing Experience has seen thousands of people ride his Iconic Machine of the Victorian era. Now he rides to The Firs Elgar’s Birthplace twice a month for you to give it a go!

On special days throughout the year Mr Phoebus brings a plethora of Penny farthings for you to get to grips with.  Click here to see the dates.

Mr Phoebus with a visitor
Mr Phoebus with a visitor
Mr Phoebus with a visitor

Watch him climb to the top of ‘Carice’ his favourite farthing and show you just how a Victorian would do it before helping you master the technique. Will you take on the challenge?

This experience is truly for everyone and anyone 4 years old up with Penny Farthings of different sizes.  He brings with him a whole wardrobe of outfits to get into the spirit, even specially designed top hat helmets. 

So come along learn about these wonders of the past and give it a whirl.