3 reasons to visit Oakwell Hall this Christmas

Even though the hall itself is closed for refurbishment there is still lots going on at Oakwell, to entice you to visit during Christmas 2016.

Get festive with fondant

angels made of icing on a cake - Christmas 2016

Got your Christmas cake baked and wishing you had the skills to finish it off with professional-looking decoration? Well, Bagshaw Museum in Batley is holding a master class on Sunday, 11 December, that will help amateur bakers turn a plain fruit cake into a Christmas 2016 centrepiece.

Being run by bespoke cake-makers Jennie’s Cakes, the master class will teach participants icing techniques such as ‘smocking’ and ‘garrett frills’ so they can create their own beautiful Christmas cake at home.

There are two sessions – 12noon to 1.30pm and 2pm to 3.30pm – each costing £8 per person. Each participant will be provided with a ready iced hand-baked mini fruit cake to work on. All other materials and equipment will also be provided.

Due to limited numbers per session, places must be booked in advance by Sunday, 27 November. To book or for further information contact Bagshaw Museum, Wilton Park, Batley, tel: 01924 324765.

For further information contact Linda Levick, Heritage Manager, Bagshaw Museum, tel: 01924 324765, email: linda.levick@kirklees.gov.uk

Christmas crafts for kids

If you are looking for ways to contain children’s excitement in the run up to Christmas 2016, Oakwell Hall Country Park in Birstall might just have the answer with environmental themed activities in the fresh air.

At Bush Babies on Tuesday, 20 December, 10am-11.30am, under 5s will be making Christmas crafts and enjoying stories and games. The cost is £3 per child, including a juice drink. Children must be accompanied.

Then, at Bushcraft Wednesday, 21 December, over 5s will be building a Rudolph.  The session, from 10.30am to 12noon, costs £5 per child. Children aged eight and under must be accompanied.

Places on both sessions must be booked in advance by calling in to the Visitor Centre shop, next to the car park at the top of Nova Lane, Birstall, or telephoning 01924 324761.

Free festive fairs

The first of three Christmas craft fairs is being held at Oakwell Hall Country Park, Birstall, on Sunday, 27 November.

The fair, being held in the Visitor Centre Barn next to the car park at the top of Nova Lane, will have lots of festive gift ideas from local crafts people and food producers.

There is free admission to the fair which will run from 11am to 4pm.

Further Christmas fairs are being held on Sundays 4 and 11 December.

For further information telephone 01924 324761.

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