A Victorian Christmas

The Players Theatre and Thame Museum are staging a Victorian Christmas event between November and December featuring Victorian imagery and displays, Christmas-related activities for children, and readings of festive stories and poems by members of Thame Players (pictured).

All the events and activities being held are free to take part in and entry to the museum is also free.

Thame Museum, recently named as Oxfordshire Museum of the Year 2020, has put together a Victorian-themed Christmas event with creative activities for all the family to enjoy. These include a festive fun day for children during which they are invited to try their hand at making Christmas decorations, traditional pomanders and bagging up reindeer food.

Other events include hand-bell ringing and painting for Christmas, while Father Christmas himself will appear at the Museum on Saturday 14 and Saturday 21 December.

A centrepiece of the Victorian Christmas event will be a series of Victorian and festive readings by members of Thame Players at the Museum between 30 November and 11 December.

Ten actors from the Players Theatre, suitably costumed in Victorian attire, will be reading stories, poems and extracts by famous authors, including Charles Dickens, Joyce Grenfell, Laurie Lee and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Readings will be made on the half hour and people can listen to recitations from seasonal pieces such as ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, ‘Letters from Father Christmas’, ’A Child’s View of Christmas’, ‘Queen Victoria’s Christmas’, and readings to amuse including contemporary pieces such as Pam Ayres on ‘Goodwill to Men’, ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ and many more.

To get fully into the Christmas spirit and take part in all the Victorian-themed festive jollity, come to Thame Museum between 30 November and 21 December (check opening times at www.thamemuseum.org).

‘A Victorian Christmas’ is being staged at Thame Museum between 30 November and 22 December. There is free entry to the museum and opening hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays can be found on the website www.thamemuseum.org – check before setting out. The museum is located at 79 High Street, Thame OX9 3AE.