Events for adults and young people

Regular Events at Market Hall Museum

All events require booking in advance unless otherwise stated. Book at Heritage and Culture Warwickshire Eventbrite page.

Sketch in the Museum

Market Hall Museum

Third Thursday of the month 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Join us to sketch in or outside Market Hall Museum. Artist supplies are provided and all abilities are welcome.

Just drop in, no need to book. This is a free event, donations are welcomed. Afterwards, you are welcome to stay and visit the cafe to enjoy 10% off.

Knit and Natter

Market Hall Museum

First and third Tuesday of the month. 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Have a go at knitting or crochet for a good cause. Join fellow crafters for an afternoon to develop your skills and make friends. All are welcome from beginners to experts.

It is a free event with no need to book, simply drop in and also enjoy 10% off in the cafe.

Market Hall Museum Highlight Tours

Market Hall Museum

Hear about the history of the building and the highlights of its collection, from the infamous Warwickshire Bear to the amazing South Warwickshire Roman Hoards. You are also welcome to browse our museum shop and treat yourself to some refreshments in our Museum Café. Tours last between 30 to 45 minutes and are provided by our team of Volunteer Tour Guides.

Free, donations welcomed.

June 

The Great War Women’s Land Army 

Market Hall 

Tuesday 7th June, talk starts at 7.30pm, museum open 7pm to 9pm 

Be enthralled by this new army doing their National Service; one that made such an incredible contribution to the war effort at home, but that have, in the intervening decades been all but forgotten. The pioneering Women's Land Army of the Great War years aimed to recruit women largely from wealthier backgrounds for the first time although this was not always the case! For the many women who worked in mainly towns and cities in well-paid jobs or didn't work at all prior to the war, they were strongly encouraged to come and work on the land, (often for the first time) in large numbers. Officially formed in February 1917, the women that eventually went on to join the Women's Land Army during the First World War enabled vital food production to continue on the Home Front. Their efforts attempted to fill the enormous void left by men who had gone to serve overseas; men who had previously worked in farming and agriculture. 

£8

Show and Tell: Warwickshire Hats 

Market Hall 

Thursday 9th June, 1pm to 1.30pm 

Commercial hat manufacture was a significant industry in Warwickshire until the mid-twentieth century. The museum collection contains several fine examples of hats and this talk will use items from the collection and some of our dressing up hats to explore the history of hat making from homemade to the work of local milliners and hat makers. 

Free 

Show and Tell: Warwickshire Tithe Maps 

County Record Office 

Tuesday 14th June, 1 to 1.30pm 

Tithe maps are often the earliest detailed maps we hold for Warwickshire parishes. Find out what information they hold, from land owners to turnpike roads, and get a close look at some examples from our collection. 

Free 

July 

On yer bike! Off-road Cycle Ride

Market Hall

Sunday 3rd July, 9.15am – 10.45am (approximate finish time)

To celebrate the Commonwealth Games Cycling Road Race Events coming to Warwickshire, and to coincide with the ‘On yer bike! our summer of cycling’ exhibition at Market Hall Museum, take part in this supported off-road cycle ride. Volunteers from Warwick Lanterne Rouge Cycling Club will lead participants on this 25k off-road cycle route (starting and finishing at Market Hall Museum) around Warwickshire. The ticket price includes a coffee and a cake or pastry from Dough & Brew*.

Please note: this ride is suitable for off-road and hybrid bikes with wider tyres. Please ensure your bike is well maintained with brakes and gears functioning correctly. You will also be required to wear a helmet, Warwick Lanterne Rouge Cycling club operates a strict No Helmet = No Ride policy. Dress for the conditions and bring a bottle of water and any snacks for the ride.

Tickets £7.50 *Dough & Brew voucher must be redeemed on the day of the event.

Co-produced by Heritage and Culture Warwickshire and Warwick Lanterne Rouge Cycling Club in partnership with Dough & Brew; Part of CultureFest; Part of the On yer bike! Our summer of cycling exhibition sponsored by The Transportation Consultancy (ttc)

Show and Tell: What the Wagebooks Tell Us: Working for the Grevilles of Warwick Castle 

County Record Office 

Tuesday 12th July, 1pm to 1.30pm 

With enterprises across England and Wales, the Greville family have employed thousands of people throughout their tenure at Warwick Castle. Take a look at some of the wagebooks and accounts to find out more about the work these people did, both in Warwickshire and further afield. 

Free 

Watercolour Workshop 

Market Hall 

Thursday 14th July, 7pm to 9pm 

Come and learn how to paint with watercolour.  Based on the delightful watercolour works by Dorothy Cadbury, currently exhibited in the museum, learn how to paint the flowers of Warwickshire.  The session will be led by Ann Loscombe and will cover wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry application of paint.  You will be using Dorothy Cadbury's paintings as inspiration for your own work.  Ann will also show you how to make a mini portfolio. All materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own paints and paper if you wish. All abilities welcome, no previous painting experience required, just come and have some fun being creative. 

£20 

August

The On yer bike! On-road Cycle Ride

Market Hall

Sunday 14th August, 9.15am – 10.45am (approximate finish time)

Join us for the second supported cycle ride to celebrate the Commonwealth Games Cycling Road Race Events coming to Warwickshire, and to coincide with the On yer bike! Our summer of cycling exhibition at Market Hall Museum. Volunteers from Warwick Lanterne Rouge Cycling Club will lead participants on this 25k on-road cycle route (starting and finishing at Market Hall Museum) around Warwickshire. The ticket price includes a coffee and a cake or pastry from Dough & Brew*. 

Please note: this ride is suitable for road bikes and hybrid bikes. Please ensure your bike is well maintained with brakes and gears functioning correctly. You will also be required to wear a helmet, Warwick Lanterne Rouge Cycling club operates a strict No Helmet = No Ride policy. Dress for the conditions, bring a bottle of water and any snacks for the ride.

Tickets £7.50 *Dough & Brew voucher must be redeemed on the day of the event.

Co-produced by Heritage and Culture Warwickshire and Warwick Lanterne Rouge Cycling Club in partnership with Dough & Brew; Part of CultureFest; Part of the On yer bike! Our summer of cycling exhibition sponsored by The Transportation Consultancy (ttc)