Man and woman Victorian-style peg dolls on wicker basket


May Half-Term at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

3rd May 2023
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Bring the kids along for creative craft this May – June half-term inspired by Victorian peg dolls at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. Make your own peg doll character to take home using felt, paper and pens – and the best bit is that there’s no mess to clear up!

Visit the House with lots of hands-on activities and dressing up. A brand new exhibition A Tale of Manchester Life – Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester looks at Elizabeth’s life and work in the city. Then let the kids get stuck in making their own crafty masterpiece in the Servants’ Hall. There’s craft and colouring to enjoy, plus our Cranford the cat trail around the house – all included in admission.

When you’ve finished crafting you’ll find more to do with the Family Garden Trail to follow on fine summer days. With the garden full of flowers it’s the perfect time of year to visit the home of Victorian author Elizabeth Gaskell and to be inspired by the world that inspired her. You could stop by in the lovely Tea Room for some delicious tea, coffee and cake too.

Summer activities at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House will be taking place from 11am to 4.30pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays 28 May -Sun 4 June.

Entry is £7.00 for adults and free for children under 16, when accompanied by an adult. All Family Friendly activities are included within the ticket price. Tickets are valid for 12 months from purchase and can be pre-booked by clicking this link. You can get a taste of the House if you click this link and for further information visit this link.

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We've got a certainly is a beauty...I must try and make the house give as much pleasure to others as I can.’

Elizabeth Gaskell, in a letter to her friend Eliza Fox in 1850.