Culture, colour and creativity at The Workhouse this autumn

Bramley apples on tree in Workhouse garden

Autumn at The Workhouse brings a splash of colour to the gardens as squash and pumpkins ripen and the ancient Bramley apple trees start to bear fruit. Today, visitors can celebrate the season of plenty but historically little of the produce would have been grown for the paupers' benefit.

Did you know that the famous Bramley apple originates from the town of Southwell in Nottinghamshire? To celebrate the heritage of this local variety, we're joining with the Southwel Bramley Festival 21 October, when you'll be able to experience special storytelling and apple tours at The Workhouse.

Pumpkins and squashes decorated for Hallowe'en
Pumkins and squahes decorated with rats, bats and cats created by children

Half-term activities

Younger visitors can get ready for Hallowe’en by getting hands-on at the popular Spooky Critters Craft event on Wednesday 25 October. During half term week Saturday 21 - Sunday 29 October they can also seek out the darkest corners of The Workhouse on a special children’s trail. Look out for some unexpected surprises in the cellars and tell us what you think.

George Shaw and Mrs Herring
Master and Matron standing back to back in front of The Workhouse

The second Museums at Night event of the year continues the story of Masters and Matrons behaving badly, this time during the later years of The Workhouse’s history 1860-1900. More scandalous secrets are unearthed by costumed characters on this storytelling tour on the evening of Saturday 28 October. Booking is essential and tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children, suitable for over 12 years, please call 0344 249 1895. Tickets selling fast, don't delay.