Play like a Victorian at The Workhouse this summer

Pauper children at The Workhouse had few opportunities to play but today there’s plenty for children and families to experience at the National Trust property this summer.

During August there is a packed programme of activities which occur on the same days each week. Mondays see pauper inmates going about their daily duties, on Fridays visitors can join a family-focussed ‘Pauper’s yarn’ tour and hear more about life in the institution. On Saturdays, paupers will be outside in the recreated vegetable garden and can help visitors select fresh produce to purchase from amongst the wealth of heritage varieties.

Wednesdays during August are 50 things themed craft days with many new activities being introduced this year. Children can have a go at making needlepoint bracelets, flower buttons, create a Victorian star chart, make a kite to fly on the field and construct homes for wildlife, different themes and activities apply each week.

During the school holidays, a new Victorian activity trail will challenge younger visitors to complete a series of traditional games such as hopscotch, the game of life, sack races and much more. There’s a grass maze on the front field provides a challenge too.

Over 2000 votes have been cast so far as part of the popular exhibition ‘The History of The Workhouse in 20 objects’ which has been updated with the latest selection of artefacts, so why not visit and select your favourite. The births and deaths register was the standout winner from the last round gaining over half the votes.

A new approach to interpreting the cellars and several other rooms is being tested as part of the Re-imagining The Workhouse initiative during the summer, so why not visit and tell us what you think?