Christmas Treats At Corinium Museum and VIC

Come and celebrate the festive season at the Corinium Museum and Cirencester Visitor Information Centre.

A range of fun-filled activities have been planned for the young and old alike at the Park Street museum, and tied in with the gifts and goodies on offer at the Information Centre, a treat is truly in store for locals and visitors.

Once again, the Information Centre will be selling the popular charity Christmas cards on behalf of “Cards for Good Causes”. They are currently on sale from now until December 19th and are supporting more than 25 national and local charities, including the British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support and the NSPCC. Charities will receive at least 75p in every pound from their card sales.

In the run up to Christmas, the Corinium Museum will be hosting a Christmas Trail costing £1. From December 1st, you can help Dannicus Dog search for his missing Christmas present. When you find it, collect your reward, and enter a draw to win a museum season ticket. There is also a free ‘In The Night Garden Trail’ for the under fives.

The shop also has a fantastic array of gift ideas to inspire visitors to celebrate a Cotswold Christmas. These include beautiful glass decorations from local artist Sue Jack, lovely candles from Box Farm in South Cerney and a wide range of Cotswold Lavender and Bramble products. There are also excellent stocking fillers and a trove of present ideas which are both educational and fun.

The Museum is proud to be supporting the Cotswold Care Hospice (www.cotswoldcare.org.uk). From December 5th visitors can add a star decoration to the Corinium Christmas tree in memory of a loved one, or with a Christmas wish, in exchange for a donation to the Cotswold Care Hospice. The tree has kindly been donated by Cirencester Christmas Trees (www.cirencesterchristmastrees.co.uk)

On Monday December 21st and Tuesday December 22nd, join in with the museum’s festive events. Book your children on to an activity from 10am-11.30am (costing £4) whilst you do that last minute shopping. Or between 2pm-3pm, you can all drop in for more festive fun, making tree decorations (£1).

One way to keep the family amused between Christmas and New Year is via a fun-filled adventure session with Minerva and Markus Annoyus, the Mosaic Mad Romans, who will be visiting the Cirencester museum on December 28th and 29th.

The pair will give visitors the unique opportunity to have a go at the ancient art form, allowing you to make a Roman-style mosaic with traditional materials, or a modern mosaic with beads and glitter, which you can take away as a keepsake. This event costs £3.50 each, or £6 for two people.

There will also be an Artefact Adventurer Trail (£1) running from December 28th to January 3rd, where you can help Indiana Jones find his treasure, which has been hidden around the museum. Should you find it all, you will get your own bit of treasure to take home with you.

The museum will be open all over the festive period from 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday and 2pm-5pm on Sunday (it is closed from December 23rd-27th and on New Year’s Day).

Please see our website www.cotswold.gov.uk/go/museums or call the venue on 01285 655611 for more details on how the Corinium Museum will be celebrating Christmas this year, and prices for activities

Posted: 28/11/2009 21:52:55

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