If you like the idea of stepping back in time, finding out about interesting history and taking part in some great activities for both children and adults then visit Holst Birthplace Museum in Cheltenham.
After paying for your admission which is only £6 for adults, £2 for children and under 5s free, you have an annual pass and can return at any time. We now have this and plan to return as there’s so much going on!
This Easter there are lots of events for children including Easter Basket Making on Tuesday 16th April. Later in April, they have a Victorian Spring Clean event for adults where you can find out how Victorians cleaned their homes and a Victorian floristry workshop.
It’s a lovely little museum to walk around as it’s set out like a traditional Victorian home. It includes the history and objects associated and owned by the composer Gustav Holst who was born in the 1930s townhouse in 1874. You can learn about the history of The Planets composer and his family along with their involvement in Cheltenham.
For children, there are lots of things to discover including interactive exhibits and a great ‘nursery’ room at the top of the house full of Victorian toy such as spinning tops, dolls house and Jack-in-the-box. There is also a cosy kitchen at the bottom of the house where the museum often holds baking events such as making drop scones.
We loved it and I can’t believe we haven’t been there before!
The museum is a registered charity and is mainly staffed by volunteers. The main season (2 Apr – 14 Dec) opening times are: Tues – Sat 10.30 – 4pm. Check out the website for more details here.