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Events at the Dean Heritage Centre

December 2017

Saturday 18th November- Friday 15th December

Mischievous elves and some favourite friends

New Exhibition in Gallery 1

Father Christmas has lost some of his elves here at the Dean Heritage Centre. He needs you, this Christmas, to help find these mischievous elves and send them home, to the North Pole, to help Father Christmas and the rest of the elves prepare for Christmas. Join us for a Christmas treasure hunt to find these elves, every child will receive a gift included in their admission price.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy Christmas themed crafts, our woodland Gruffalo trail and also a unique opportunity to meet the Gruffalo and Gruffalo's child for a selfie or two with our favourite friend.

We're confident our visitors will manage to find these mischievous elves in time, so we'll keep the 'home fires burning'. The Foresters Cottage will be nice and cosy for when Father Christmas re-joins us all in 2017 in time to wish us all a very Merry Christmas.

Children who help us to send the mischievous elves back to help Father Christmas will receive a coupon for 50% of their admission to come back and join Father Christmas and his elf by our fireside. Coupons valid between Saturday 16th December to Sunday 24th December.

New Exhibition in Gallery 1

Dean Heritage Centre Events

Sunday 10th December

Our Secret Forest performance and Sarah franklin's Book launch

What is Our Secret Forest?

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by The Dean Heritage Centre 'Our Secret Forest' is a project delivered by Arts in Rural Gloucestershire's 'Found in the Forest' Youth Theatre.

During 2017 young people from the youth theatre have been collecting oral histories from local residents who lived through WW2 in the Forest of Dean. Using these recordings as a foundation the youth theatre will develop these recordings into a live performance to be performed at the Miners Welfare Hall in Cinderford in November. Following this young people will create a pop-up performance here at the Dean Heritage Centre in December, launching an exhibition which will document the project; open to the public from December 2017 to March 2018.

Click here to see a video of the project so far.

Click here to see the blog about the project .

For more information on the project contact Jamie Lee on Jamie@actorsworkshop.co.uk

New Exhibition in Gallery 1

Dean Heritage Centre Events

Shelter by Sarah Franklin; book launch;Sunday 10th December

Sarah Franklin lectures in publishing at Oxford Brookes, is the host of Short Stories Aloud and a judge for the Costa Short Story Award. She has written for the Guardian, Psychologies magazine, The Pool, the Sunday Express and the Seattle Times.

In 2014, Sarah was awarded a Jerwood/Arvon Mentorship on the strength of her opening pages of SHELTER, and worked on the novel for a year with Jenn Ashworth, amongst others.

To research her debut novel, Sarah spent a lot of time in the archives of the Dean Heritage Museum in the Forest of Dean which provided invaluable material for her research.

Shelter is a beautiful, unique and deeply engrossing novel about finding solace in the most troubled of times, about love, hope and renewal after devastation.

New Exhibition in Gallery 1

'Life-affirming and compelling #Shelter is a must-read, and Sarah Franklin is a breath of fresh air.'
Clare Mackintosh


'Beautiful.'
Adele Parks

'Set far from the rumble of bombs and blare of sirens, the deeply profound effects of war still quietly resonate through Sarah Franklin's gentle but delightful debut. Filled with characters armed with little more than their steadfast resolve and plucky humour, Shelter casts a light on the often forgotten work of the Women's Timber Corps and presents it with charm and delicately refreshing warmth.' Jason Hewitt 'Powerful and moving. Connie and Seppe are amazing characters. So well nuanced. I loved her feisty courage. And such heartbreak! This compelling debut shows how outsiders in a time of war seek to rebuild their lives again.'
Essie Fox

'A tender and illuminating novel, written with warmth and eloquence.'
Carys Bray

'Such a treat … a super sense of place … Inspiring.'
Rachael Beale, London Review Bookshop

'A lovely hymn to the woods and the men and women who worked there during the Second World War.'
Lissa Evans
Dean Heritage Centre Events

Saturday 16th December- Sunday 24th December

Father Christmas's cosy grotto in the Forester's Cottage

New Exhibition in Gallery 1

Thanks to the help of our treasure hunters we are sure Father Christmas and his elves will be reunited in time to wish us a merry Christmas. Our Foresters Cottage will be nice and cosy for Father Christmas and his elf who will be looking forward to wishing you a Merry Christmas with a HO HO HO and a special present for every child.

Whilst at the centre visitors will also be able to enjoy Christmas themed crafts, our woodland Gruffalo trail and also a unique opportunity to meet the Gruffalo and Gruffalo's child for a selfie or two with our favourite friend.

Children who helped us to reunite Father Christmas with his mischievous elves, in addition to a prize will receive a receive a coupon for 50% of their admission to come back and join Father Christmas and his elf by our fireside. Coupons valid between Saturday 16th December to Sunday 24th December.

Dean Heritage Centre Events

Monday 25th December- Tuesday 26th December; CLOSED Dean Heritage Centre Events

Wednesday 27th December- Sunday 31st December; Open 10am-4pm

Monday 1st January; Open 11am-4pm

Father Christmas has returned home for a well deserved rest. But those mischievous elves have still left a puzzle for our visitors to solve in an activity trail.

The Centre is a great starting point for a Winter walk in the woods,whether you want to enjoy the Gruffalo trail within the Centre grounds, or head off into the local woodlands around Soudley. There are lots of trail leaflets availble to buy from the shop.

Visitors will be able to enjoy Festive themed crafts, our woodland Gruffalo trail and also a unique opportunity to meet the Gruffalo and Gruffalo's child for a selfie or two with our favourite friend.