The morning was cold with a biting wind, which was not ideal as our first visit was mainly in the open-air. Sensibly we were all wrapped up warm. We had a very good journey to the Museum and arrived before they opened. The staff however were very pleasant and allowed us to enter the booking office and shop to stay in the warm. By the time we had used the facilities the café was open where we enjoyed pastries and tea or coffee which had been ordered before the visit.
Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings is an open-air museum of rescued buildings which have been relocated to its site in Stoke Heath in Worcestershire. All of the buildings were threatened with demolition or neglect. In moving them to the Avoncroft Museum grounds, every effort has been made to retain as much of the original structure as possible. It now has over 30 different structures and buildings which have been salvaged and re-built. The Museum is spread over a large site and includes period gardens, a wild flower meadow and a Perry orchard. A mission Church, Threshing barn, Windmill, Ice house, Showman’s wagon, a Spire, and a Cottage and Forge, were are just a few of the buildings and structures to be seen.
Our second venue was Webbs of Wychbold which was only a 5-minute journey away. This is where most people queued up to buy and enjoy lunch.
Webbs is one of the biggest garden centres in the UK. They cater for all garden and home needs; and at this time of the year they have a fabulous and extensive Christmas range of goods and Christmas displays. Everything for an inspirational visit. Situated within and adjoining is a large Lakelands and Hobbycraft. They were in the process of constructing a Christmas Grotto and ice-rink.
For half-term, at both venues, children were well catered for with pumpkin trails and competitions things to find Halloween related items. The gardens alongside the river, at Webbs, although not a lot of colour left were pleasant to walk through.
Returning to our coach at 4pm it was an opportunity to rest our feet and legs on our very good journey home. Two very different locations visited which had something for everyone. Pam