17 November—9 December 2022

Workshop: Victorian Christmas at Blaise

Explore the traditions and customs of a Victorian Christmas through a series of interactive role-play activities.

You will be welcomed to Blaise Castle House by housekeeper Mrs Hester Fenn and take part in different role-play, object handling and discovery activities. The session ends with the singing of traditional carols. An additional self-guided activity will introduce your class to other aspects of Victorian life.

Children will:

  • Handle real and replica Victorian artefacts
  • Create a Christmas craft to take home
  • Learn about traditional Victorian Christmas food and identify the different spices used in cooking
  • Learn the significance of, and practice singing, Victorian carols

Suitable for: Year 1 – 4
Duration: 90 minutes
Group size: Up to 35 pupils – you can book more than one session

Session availability 

We have a limited number of Victorian Christmas school workshops available over the festive season. These workshops run on Thursdays and Fridays in November and December.

We have two sessions available at 11am-12.30pm and 12.30pm-2pm.

Planning on having a picnic as part of your visit? Enjoy it in Blaise Castle Estate. In wet weather, an indoor lunch space is available for groups booking this workshop.


Learning enquiry form

Please complete this form to start the booking process.

Your name
Providing a range of dates will help us find a suitable workshop as they book up quickly
Available at M Shed and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery only. Complimentary use when booking a workshop. Charged at £1 per child for independent visits.

Additional information

Children will work in four groups. To get the most from your visit, please organise children into groups before your workshop begins.

Each group will require support from at least one adult. Recommended ratio: one adult for every six children.

We encourage adults and pupils to come dressed as Victorian servants.
Boys/men: plain shirt, short or knee length trousers, waistcoat and cap.
Girls/women: knee or full length dress or skirt and plain top, pinafore or apron, shawl, hat or headscarf.

You are welcome to take photographs. We’d love you to share pictures of your school trip with us on social media.

Eating and drinking is not permitted in the museum. Crumbs attract pests and our collections are far too precious to be attacked!

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