Discover something surprising at The Workhouse this spring

Girl looks through magnifying glass at pest trap

With The Workhouse now open seven days a week there’s plenty of opportunity to discover more about what goes on behind the scenes, as well as our plans for the future. Make the most of spring and plan a visit.

Cast your vote

Have you voted for your favourite Workhouse object yet?  Selection of five objects, which will change every two months, will be on display and visitors can vote for their favourite and add their personal reasons for their choices. Look out for the objects on social media too. Will your choice make it to the final selection which will be revealed at Christmas?

Any pestions?

Pests come under the microscope this spring as The Good, the Bug and the Ugly, the popular conservation display and trail returns during the Easter holidays (1-17 April). Children can try out the new ‘Friend or foe’ trail, become a bug detective and everyone can ask resident experts ‘Any Pestions’ about pests and the damage they cause. It’s not just indoors, spring weather is bringing pests to life in the garden too. See what you can spot and enter it on our ‘Bug board’. Children’s trail £1.50 including prize.

It's a bug's life, conservation officer Fiona Lewin with hand crafted pests
Conservation officer Fiona Lewin with hand-crafted pests made by volunteers

Future plans

Visitors can find out more about the plans for The Workhouse’s future as, 20 years after the National Trust acquired the building there are changes afoot to the site, facilities and how the building’s story is told. There will be some rooms undergoing re-presentation, so please expect some disruption, and you will able to learn more in about our plans in the ‘Then, now and next exhibition’.

Serving a visitor at the new Workhouse cafe
Serving a visitor at the counter in the new Workhouse cafe

Tea for two or more

One especially welcome addition is the new café, located in Firbeck, the old infirmary building. It makes an ideal stop for some hot soup, drinks or even a cup of tea and homemade scones. Rest assured that although the male paupers made bread in the bakery for The Workhouse residents in times past, they have been nowhere near today’s offering!

So why not get a date in your diary now?