Christmas at Cliffe Castle will be extra special this year as alongside the festive celebrations we will be holding the Grand Opening of the Heritage Lottery Funded Cliffe Castle Park.
The 4.5 million restoration of the park has been going on since July last year. Bradford Council successfully bid £3.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Parks for the People programme, and provided the rest of the funding itself. The project has seen the restoration of original buildings, features and statues in the park, which have all been brought back to their original Victorian splendour.
There will be a wonderful range of festive activities and exciting entertainment taking place throughout the museum and the park including a community Christmas market, Herr Jens Brass Oomph Band, carol service, stilt walking Christmas trees, a barrel organ, a DJ and a visit from Father Christmas! The day will be the first time the doors of the new glasshouse range will be open for public viewings.
Inside the museum there will be a Rudolph peg making activity, Festive trails and Father Christmas will be in the museum between 11am - 12.30 pm and 1.30 - 3.30pm. It will cost £2.50 per child to visit Father Christmas and receive a present.
We will also be giving you the chance to explore Cliffe Castle with 21st century technology. You will be able to take a virtual walk around the museum and explore areas that aren't always easily accessible to visitors. Viewers can discover new facts about the collection by finding interactive tags attached to objects throughout the virtual museum. The VR tour company CONVERTS, who have scanned a number of Yorkshire museums and institutions, will also be on hand to tell you how they created the tour.
You'll also get to see behind the scenes as we showcase our new 3D printer at the launch, allowing you to have a sneaky peak at the printing process involved in re-creating museum artefacts.