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Birmingham’s Heritage Sites reopen this weekend after a winter break

Birmingham’s Heritage Sites reopen this weekend after a winter break

26th March 2013

After a long winter break, some of Birmingham’s most valuable ‘treasures’ will be available to the public again as a number of Birmingham Museum Trust’s Heritage Site venues reopen this Easter weekend.

Families can enjoy a whole host of fun activities at Sarehole Mill, Blakesley Hall, Aston Hall, Soho House and the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter as they reopen this Saturday, 30th March. All the sites have been closed since last November but will be flinging their doors open again and a world of history and excitement can be found by all.

There will be a weekend of celebration on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March as Sarehole Mill opens its doors to visitors again after a major development project. The mill pond has been dredged and the mill machinery restored. On Saturday, bread will be baked for the first time in the restored bake house using the Victorian bread oven while on Sunday the waterwheel and mill stones will be used to produce stone ground flour. All activity will take place from 12noon-4pm and there will be an admission charge. See the website for further details.

Easter-themed treasure hunts will take place each day at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter from Saturday 30 March to Saturday 13th April inclusive. The weekend of 30 and 31 March is also full of craft fun at Blakesley Hall for Yardley Arts Weekend. From 12noon – 4pm on each day Arts in the Yard (Yardley Arts Forum) and Blakesley Hall are working in partnership to offer a FREE arts weekend. Visitors will enjoy arts and craft activities alongside dance, drama and storytelling performances. Local artists, photographers and schools will be exhibiting their work and offering artistic advice.

At Soho House there will be Easter craft sessions during the holidays where you can make a bunny hop or a mouse in a cup. At Aston Hall, you can create mosaics or weave tapestries inspired by those found in magnificent building.

To find out more about events, entrance fees and opening times at each of the Heritage Sites visit http://www.bmag.org.uk/events

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