AHEAD of its temporary closure there were parlour games, tea duelling and storytelling at the Museum in the Park’s Victorian-inspired weekend.

The Stroud District Council-run Museum in the Park will close for two months from today, Monday, December 4 until Saturday, January, 27 2024 for the installation of a low carbon heating system, and its usual conservation clean.

Parlour games, tea duelling, storytelling and community carol singing were among the free-of-charge activities at the Museum in the Park’s Victorian-inspired weekend.

The Festive Winter Weekend took place on Saturday 2, December and Sunday 3 December from 11am to 4pm.

There was decoration and gift making, quiz trails plus a dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Visitors who attend in Victorian style dress will receive a complimentary hot drink or gift.

The Museum shop will be open during the weekend, stocked with a variety of unique gifts, wrapping paper, Christmas decorations, books, and plants many of which are made locally or curated from the museum’s exhibitions.

Cllr Beki Aldam, Chair of Stroud District Council Community Services & Licensing Committee said: “This was a lovely way to get into the Christmas spirit.

"We are committed to ensuring everyone has access to good quality leisure opportunities, and to ensuring the museum remains at the heart of the wider community.”

Cllr Trevor Hall, vice chair said: “The renewable heating project helps towards achieving a number of objectives in our council plan and 2030 Strategy: to be a carbon neutral and ecologically sound district by 2030 and invest in our leisure provision to make it fit for the future.”

All pictures taken by photographer Simon Pizzey.