Easter holidays at The Workhouse

Young girl at The Workhouse picking up a doll

Spring is in the air and there is plenty to interest all the family at The Workhouse. From Good Friday 25 March until the end of the school holidays on 17 April there is lots going on. We are also open on Bank Holiday Monday 28 March.

Good Friday was a special day for the paupers at The Workhouse, as it was one of only two days of rest each year, the other being Christmas Day. But someone had to do the work, so on 25 March it was the visitors who were getting their hands dirty. The paupers watched over the apprentices, giving helpful advice, with a closeful watch from Master.

During the afternoon on Bank holiday Monday, we are running special outside tours of some buildings and areas not normally open to the public. These half-hour guided tours include a view inside the mortuary, vagrants' yard and a look at buildings used during The Workhouse's later history. They are included in normal admission and please ask at reception on the day for exact timings.

Over the Easter holidays up until 17 April, younger visitors can also enjoy following the Mary Mouse trail, exploring the building’s nooks and crannies while trying to escape George the Master’s cat. Trails cost £1.50 and include a special prize.

At the end of the school holidays, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April 12noon-4pm, there is an opportunity to find out more about why people ended up in The Workhouse. Speak to inmates about their outside lives and their hopes for the future. Find out more about the staff and their backgrounds and why they chose to work at this austere institution.

For more information please call 01636 817260 and please check our opening times before you make a journey to us.