Step into a wintery past at Avoncroft

Breadmaking at the Toll House. SP

Breadmaking at the Toll House. SP

First published in Local

VISITORS to Avoncroft Museum next weekend will be able to get an idea of how people survived the harsh winters of Tudor, Victorian and post-war times with a series of demonstrations by re-enactors, of some of the household tasks, which would have become harder in historic winters.

Food was hard to come by and often families lived with a monotonous a meagre diet throughout winter.

As part of the living history weekend, performers will be showing how to prepare seasonal food that would have kept families going through the harsh winter months, and showing some household chores such as building a fire for heating and cooking, which would have kept families alive.

Re-enactors will be taking up residence in several different eras with people moving into the town house, the toll house and the 1940s Arcon prefab, to live as the original occupants might have done.

Visitors will also be encouraged to chat to the re-enactors and find out more about their daily lives

The Bleak Midwinter Living History Weekend will be running on Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19 from 10.30am-4pm. Admission is £7.70 for adults and £4 for children with a discount for seniors. For more information visit


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