At Home with the Georgians! Family Fun Day in Olney

July 14 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Free with your current valid Annual Pass or £6.00 on the day (to include an Annual Pass)

Children 15 and under £2.00

Come and join us to Relive Georgian life in Olney as we celebrate the 250th anniversary of our Cowper & Newton story

Immerse yourself in the life and past times of the Georgians. Take a guided tour with William Cowper, see demonstrations of Georgian cookery, learn a Georgian dance and promenade like a Georgian. Have a go at traditional crafts and see local experts in action. A full day of fascinating demonstrations, informative talks, entertaining children’s activities and sweet refreshment. You’ll feel right at home with the Georgians.

NEW THIS YEAR  –    Talks, Demonstrations &  Activities in our 30 seater marquee in the Fruit & Veg Garden

  • Georgian Cookery demonstrations: salads, medicine & decorations  at 11.00, 1.00 & 2.00

The 18th century was a time of discovery and extravagance and especially within the kitchen! Come and meet our Georgian cook as she turns an ordinary dish into something spectacular, makes sure she has all the latest fashionable food colourings to hand, and how food can help with those who are feeling a little ‘under the weather’ or have over indulged.

  • Bobbin Lace Making  at 12.30
  • Poetry Workshop –  help us be inspired to create poems to describe the day and maybe enter our poetry competition  –  12.00 & 1.30
  • Georgian Dress & Undress  – 11.30 & 2.30
  • Georgian Social Dancing  – 3.45
  • How to play the Dulcimer – 3.00


Guided Tours of the house:  At home with William & Mary   11.00

Calligraphy – the art of letter writing – at times throughout the day

Refreshments in the Courtyard Marquee from 12.00

Join our Georgian Dancers of Amazing Grace 12.00, 2.00 & 3.00 and take a lesson yourself

Splat the Rat & other ‘traditional’ games – throughout the day

Printing & Crafts Activities and a Trail for the children – throughout the day

Children’s Dressing Up & photograph:  In Napoleon’s navy, a pirate on the 7 seas, Lord, Lady or Olney trades … – throughout the day

Become a member of the Knitting Circle – just how do you knit on needles in the round? –  throughout the day

Traditional bee skep making – throughout the day

Do join us in your own period costume to add to the atmosphere ….. we look forward to welcoming you.


Event price: Free for visitors with an Annual Pass or when paying for entry to the Museum & Gardens on the day.  £2.00 for children 15 and under

Please note:  Entry via Garden only & 2 for 1 offers is not available for this event (Gardeners World, Art Fund, Museum Association, CPRE)


A full day of demonstrations, talks, activities & refreshments all day and in all weathers …