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- Only the Flame Remains: A Collection of Poems
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Garden to open soon..
Spread the word ... Stroud's very own Secret Garden will soon be open!
For decades the Walled Garden behind the Museum at the heart of Stratford Park was abandoned and overgrown, a lost and forgotten space. Now, after years of hard work, we are nearly, finally ready to open the doors to this enchanting place. Here's a list of opening events, we hope you can come and explore this special new garden soon!
Walled Garden Open Afternoons:
A chance to enjoy the early autumn garden ahead of full opening on Saturday 8th October:
Sunday 18th September, 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 25th September, 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 2nd October, 2pm – 4pm
Museum Friends Lecture in the Garden Pavilion:
‘Within Garden Walls …' with historian Cherry Knott Saturday 24th September, 2pm Some glimpses of what (and who) might be found within garden walls in the 17th and 18th centuries; from fruit trees, flowers and vegetables to tools, equipment, people and more.
Cost £7 (£5 for Museum Friends) including tea and cake and a chance to explore the Walled Garden.
Booking necessary – call 01453 763394.
‘The Dream of the Plant Collector' Walled Garden Opening Celebration Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 October, 11am – 4pm (drop in anytime) Come celebrate the opening of Stroud's Secret Garden and take part in creative activities inside this special place. All ages welcome to come and draw, play or simply see and explore. Creative and playful activities facilitated by local ‘Periscope' artists Alison Cockcroft and Emily Joy, part of the UK-wide Big Draw Festival.
Friday 14 October | 4pm – 7pm
Early Evening Gallery & Walled Garden Opening View the new ‘Momentum' exhibition in the Art Gallery inside and then enjoy a walk around the Garden outside as twilight falls.
Wednesday 26 October | 2pm – 4pm | Free
Bulb Planting in Stroud's Secret Garden.
Help plant Spring flowering bulbs in the Walled Garden! All welcome.
Sunday 30 October | 11am – 4pm
Apple Day in Stroud's Secret Garden
Admire displays of heritage Gloucestershire apples from Days Cottage or have a go at apple pressing and make your own juice to take home. Delicious apple teas will be served in the Walled Garden Pavilion, making this a great day to visit for all the family. In the evening, join us for our annual Pumpkin lantern parade! In collaboration with Stroud Valleys Project.
Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 December | 11am – 5pm Museum in the Park Christmas Weekend A medley of traditional Winter delights will be on offer before the Museum closes for its December Deep Clean. Look out for wreath making workshops in the Garden Pavilion, a Secret Garden Robin Trail and more! Further details available nearer the time.
And last but not least ...
We are delighted to reveal that Gallery Pangolin will soon unveil an exhibition of sculptures by West Country artists in the Walled Garden, including pieces which have never been displayed before. More details to follow soon!
For more on the Walled Garden project please visit click here
The first Stroud Shakespeare Festival
Get ready to enjoy the first Stroud Shakespeare Festival from 31st May - 2nd June 2018!
Art Lovers Weekend at the Museum
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March are packed full of artistic exploration at the Museum in the Park!
Cathedral of Cloth: Celebrating 600 years of Ebley Mill
Thanks to a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, visitors will be able to step back in time to the sights and sounds of Ebley Mill for a dramatic new exhibition at The Museum in the Park in February 2018.
December Deep Clean
It’s almost December and we’re once again getting that deep-clean feeling. The Museum will be closing its doors for 2017 from December 4, when we’ll be sprucing the place up for a reopening on New Year’s Day. Read on to find out more about exactly what we get up in this month of closing.
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