Events for adults and young adults


Join us for a range of talks, walks and workshops.

Places must be booked in advance unless stated by calling or visiting at the County Record Office on 01926 738959 or Market Hall Museum on 01926 412501. Some events may be booked online



Show and Tell FREE talk: How to Protect your Documents and Books

Warwickshire County Record Office – Wednesday 26th April 1.00 pm to 1.30 pm

Come and see our conservation team at work at Warwickshire County Record Office and learn about some of the techniques for conserving our precious documents. FREE drop in, no need to book.

Museum Lates: Oisin The Deer

Market Hall Museum – Thursday 27th April 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm

Come and browse our museum and enjoy late night opening of the cafe and shop.  For over 18s only.

Optional events for you to visit:

Show and Tell FREE talk: Oisin the Deer  (7.30 pm and 8.30 pm)

Find out about Oisin, our Irish Deer, with Curator of Natural Sciences Jon Radley.

Crochet Workshop

Crochet your very own Oisin the Deer in this exclusive workshop with the TOFT team. This workshop includes everything you need to crochet Oisin, as well as demonstrations of the skills and techniques used in amigurumi crochet. The TOFT team will be on-hand to help you learn how to read a crochet pattern, how to start and finish each body part and how to sew them all together along with any special stitches or techniques to complete the design. This workshop is perfect for all crafters from the age of 16, whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced crocheter. Workshops 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm and 8.30 pm to 10.00 pm; places limited please book and pay in advance by phone or click here to book online.  Entrance to museum and to the Show and Tell event is free; TOFT workshop is £25 (Subsidised by the Heritage Lottery Fund.) 20% discount in our shop and cafe for all visitors. 

Evening Chorus at Ryton Pools

Saturday 13th May 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Have you ever wanted to enjoy the sound of birdsong but have been put off by the early start?  If so, this event is for you!  From early Spring through to Summer as the sun sets, song birds live up to their names and fill the air with music.  Get the chance to see specimens from Heritage and Culture Warwickshire’s Natural History Collections first with Laura McCoy, Collections Assistant, then come along and enjoy this incredible natural spectacle first hand.   Please wear suitable clothing and bring binoculars.

Cost: Adults £4, Concessions: £2.50, Family (up to 2 Adults and 2 Children) £10.50 Booking: Essential on 02476 305592


Behind the Scenes at the County Record Office
Warwickshire County Record Office

Monday 15th May 10.30 am to 12 noon
Learn how to use the record office, tour the strongrooms, view original records and discover how we care for Warwickshire’s records. Cost: £5


Show and Tell: The Sandstone of Market Hall

Market Hall Museum

Tuesday 16th May 1 pm to 1.30 pm

The historic Market Hall is constructed largely from locally quarried sandstone that formed nearly a quarter of a billion years ago, as river sand in an arid, subtropical climate. This talk explores the stone of the museum, its origins, and some of the different stones that have been used for the recent restoration. FREE, no need to book.


Felting Workshop

Market Hall Museum

Tuesday 23rd May 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm

Make a small panel of felt using the collections in our museum as inspiration.  Jacqui Smithson, mixed media artist and experienced workshop leader, will help you with a simple design, using pre dyed Merino wool. This can be embellished at a later date if you wish.  All materials will be provided but attendees are asked to bring rubber gloves as you will be working with hot water. Cost: £30 This event can be booked online


Show and Tell: Workhouse plans

Warwickshire County Record Office

Thursday 25th May 1 pm to 1.30 pm
Come and view some of the surviving workhouse plans and discover what they can tell us about the treatment of the poor in the 19th century. FREE, no need to book.


Image courtesy of Colin Underhill

Show and Tell After Hours

Market Hall Museum

Thursday 8th June 6 pm to 8 pm

Browse the museum after hours and talk to our curators, who will be available throughout the museum this evening.  Find out more about the museum collections, including historical costume and The World’s Largest Nut. Refreshments available in our cafe. FREE, no need to book.​


Family History: Emigration in the 19th and 20th Century

Warwickshire County Record Office

Saturday 10th June 10.15 am to 12.45 pm

This Family History workshop with Family Historian Jennifer Cranfield will show you how to track down those elusive relatives who emigrated and take a look at what records are available on-line. Cost: £12


Archives Online

Warwickshire County Record Office

Thursday 15th June 10.30 am to 11.30 am

Find out how you can use Warwickshire’s Past Unlocked, the County Record Office’s own online catalogue. FREE


Show and Tell: Meet the Paper Conservation Team

Warwickshire County Record Office

Wednesday 28th June 1 pm to 1.30 pm

Meet the Conservation Team at the Record Office and find out how to create your basic tool kit to do paper conservation at home and try out a few conservation techniques.  There will also be the option to purchase a starter material pack for £10.00 including some Japanese Paper, methyl-cellulose glue, synthetic tissue and acid-free blotting paper. FREE, no need to book.

Make Cuthbert the Rabbit
Market Hall Museum

Saturday 17th June 10 am to 4 pm
Make Cuthbert the Rabbit, a felt toy based on a Women’s Institute pattern from the First World War, with seamstress Sue Applebey.  All materials and resources provided. Cost: £35 This event can be booked online

Warwickshire Open Studios
Market Hall Museum

Friday 23rd June to Sunday 25th June 10.30 am to 4.30 pm
Browse Warwickshire’s finest quality paintings, ceramics, sculptures, jewellery, textiles, glass, furniture and more in the unique surroundings of our historic museum.  An event to support Warwickshire Open Studios.  Refreshments available in our cafe.  An event for adults, families and children. FREE drop in, no need to book.  To book a stall, contact

Familysearch Website

Warwickshire County Record Office

Saturday 1st July 10.15 am to 12.45 pm

Come and learn how to get the best out of the Familysearch website which is useful for Family History and free to use, with Family Historian Jennifer Cranfield. Cost: £12


Archaeology Festival: Show and Tell: The Ancient Craft of Metalworking

Market Hall Museum

Wednesday 19th July 1 pm to 1.30 pm

F​ind out more about the ancient craft of metalworking. Our Curator of Human History will take you back in time to explore the creative skills of the bronzesmith in Prehistoric Warwickshire.​  FREE, no need to book.


Archaeology Festival: Bidford on Avon: Where Else Would you Find a Stone Age Cult Centre?

Market Hall Museum

Thursday 20th July 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

The recent excavation and ongoing analysis of a 4000 year old henge complex has important ramifications for the study of Neolithic communities, religion and ceremonial practises. This session with Stuart Palmer, Manager of Archaeology Warwickshire, will explore what we knew beforehand, what was found and what the implications for future research might be. Cost: £5 This event can be booked online


Moth and Bat Hunt

St John’s Museum

Friday 21st July 8.30 pm to 10 pm

The gardens at St John’s Museum, Warwick come alive in the evening with flying moths and bats.  Bring your torches and see what you can find, with professional bat hunters from Warwickshire Country Parks.  See bats and moths up close with specimens from our natural history collections.  Join us for hot chocolate before you go home. Suitable for adults and families. Cost: £5 each This event can be booked online


Kill off Your Ancestors

Warwickshire County Record Office

Saturday 22nd July 10.15 am to 12.45 pm

This Family History workshop looks at the records of death and burial, how to find them and how they can help with your Family History research, with Family Historian Jennifer Cranfield. Cost: £12


Archaeology Festival: St John’s Hospital, Lichfield: a Black and White Medieval Cemetery

Market Hall Museum

Monday 24th July 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Recent building work encountered part of a medieval cemetery at St John’s Almshouses in Lichfield, which included at least two black people of African descent. This fascinating discovery challenges many preconceptions about medieval society and even perhaps what it is to be British. Find out more with Dr Cathy Coutts: Senior Archaeologist with Archaeology Warwickshire. Cost: £5 This event can be booked online


Archaeology Festival: Ashlawn Road, Hillmorton: 3000 years at Ridgeway Farm

Market Hall Museum

Thursday 27th July 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Excavations have revealed a complex landscape of Bronze Age pit-alignment boundaries, Iron Age settlement and Roman enclosures. The site is remarkable for the preservation of organic remains which will provide a unique glimpse of the changing local environment in the later prehistoric and Roman periods and a series of Roman pottery kilns which were in use in the First Century AD.  Come and hear more from Nigel Page, Archaeological Project Officer with Archaeology Warwickshire. Cost: £5  This event can be booked online


Crazy Patchwork Workshop

Market Hall Museum

Tuesday 1st August 7 pm to 9 pm

Combine pretty fabrics with basic embroidery stitches to make beautiful and individual seasonal projects with experienced textile artist and workshop leader, Jane Cobbett.

At this small and friendly workshop there will be time to study a selection of vintage patchwork clothes and accessories, try a variety of hand patchwork techniques and make a selection of stitched projects. Cost: £20 This event can be booked online

Unless otherwise stated, all places for our events must be booked in advance by calling or visiting during opening hours: Warwickshire County Record Office on 01926 738959 or Market Hall Museum on 01926 412501.