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Events

Nights in the Museum - Devils, Death and a Hessian Sack
Oct
31
7:30 PM19:30

Nights in the Museum - Devils, Death and a Hessian Sack

Devils, Death and a Hessian Sack and other scary stories

Join the museums very own professional storyteller,
Tom ‘the Tale Teller’ Phillips, as he brings you an evening of scary stories, just right for Halloween.
What price a lifetime of loyalty?
What price a generous, true heart?
What price love? All worth a farthing or more?
A weary soldier, on his way home from war, with a big heart but an empty belly, finds luck and fortune in the most unlikely of places.
A classic tale retold for today by this super Midlands storyteller.
Drawing on over a decade in the business, Tom will bring his stories to life with little more than his voice, a few props and your ears. Experience storytelling within a truly awe inspiring setting.
Warning: This one is not for kids!

Tickets are £4 and can be reserved or booked before hand (recommended)
Refreshments available on the nights

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Festive evening - Nights in the Museum
Nov
28
6:00 PM18:00

Festive evening - Nights in the Museum

To mark the start of the festive period, join us at Moira Furnace for a night of festive music and shopping as we take 'Nights in the Furnace' outside the furnace!
This event will be held in the courtyard with all the shops open for business.
The furnace volunteers will be running a bar with mulled wine and beer for sale, a long with furnace themed gifts available to buy for that special someone.
The Hub Cafe will be selling hot drinks and food and the other shops will be open for business.
Alongside all this, we will be welcoming the Roots Community Singers to the event who will be performing some season folk songs for all to enjoy. Even the children from Kimbles Music and Movement will take a turn to entertain you all.
Finally, why not have a trip on the boat in the dark, mulled wine in hand (charges apply).
This event is free to enter although we will be asking for a donation towards the Furnace Trust to help support us to run future events.

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SOLD OUT - Nights in the Museum - The Coal Tits
Sep
26
7:30 PM19:30

SOLD OUT - Nights in the Museum - The Coal Tits

SOLD OUT

The Coal Tits

Starting as a ‘Black to Green’ project, 'The Coal Tits' have written a series of traditional sounding folk songs all based on local stories from the Ashby Woulds area.
Join them in the museum as they tell you the stories behind the songs and perform them beneath the arches of the bridge.
This is an evening not to be missed, full of fun and laughter.

Tickets are sold out
Refreshments available on the nights

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HELLO HERITAGE - FREE MUSEUM ENTRY + DROP-IN SESSION
Sep
14
to Sep 15

HELLO HERITAGE - FREE MUSEUM ENTRY + DROP-IN SESSION

To celebrate Hello Heritage, this year, our museum will be open FREE for everyone to explore!

Take this chance to look around our museum and discover the rich and diverse past the furnace and the site has to offer.

We will also be running a drop-in on the Sunday for anyone who has any memories of the houses in the Crescent. Memories, stories, pictures, all welcome. Come and have a cuppa and a chat and help us create a new museum display.

The boat will be running as normal but this will not be free, usual charges apply.


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Hello Heritage - Free museum entry
Sep
7
to Sep 8

Hello Heritage - Free museum entry

To celebrate Hello Heritage, this year, our museum will be open FREE for everyone to explore!

Take this chance to look around our museum and discover the rich and diverse past the furnace and the site has to offer.

The boat will be running as normal but this will not be free, usual charges apply.

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Moira Motors - Box Motor Club Rally
Aug
11
11:00 AM11:00

Moira Motors - Box Motor Club Rally

Calling all car enthusiasts and petrol heads!

Come along to the Furnace and see a wide range of vehicles old and new, original and modified as the Box Motor Club gather for the day at Moira Furnace.

Free parking and entry to the rally with barbecue food available during the day.

The museum will be open and the boat will be running. Take this chance to use your unlimited return ticket to the museum or purchase one on the day.

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Films @ the Furnace
Jun
20
7:30 PM19:30

Films @ the Furnace

Pudding Bag Productions brings a duo of locally made films celebrating the history of the area.
Each film is around 30 minutes long and there will be tea, coffee and cake available to purchase during the screening.

A Step on the Ladder

This drama is set around the time of the General Election of December 1918, the first in which some women were allowed to vote.

The Ferrers Murder

This period drama tells the true story of Lawrence Shirley, 4th Earl Ferrers of Staunton Harold Hall.

Thursday 20th June
7:30pm - 9pm
£4 entry on the night, limited to 25 people
Refreshments available to purchase.
Inside Moira Furnace Museum
Furnace Lane, Moira DE12 6AT
Book tickets on: 01283 224667 or office@moirafurnace.org

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Summer Safari @ MFMT
Jun
16
1:00 PM13:00

Summer Safari @ MFMT

An event for all of the family. OK so we won’t be seeing any of the ‘Big 5’!! But there is still plenty of wildlife to be found around the woodlands and country park here at Moira Furnace. So … ‘We’re Going on a Bug Hunt’.

Join us either on Saturday 15th June 1pm or Sunday 16th June 1pm when we will take a guided walk to see what we can find and learn a little about some of the common minibeast species and their habitats.

This could prove to be a popular activity so contact us to book your place if you don’t want to be disappointed. You can call, email or message us.

There will be a charge of £1 per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The event will go ahead whatever the weather.

REMEMBER: There’s no wrong weather conditions, you just need to wear the right clothes!

We look forward to seeing all of you brave Nature Detectives and issuing you with your certificate.

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Summer Safari @ MFMT
Jun
15
1:00 PM13:00

Summer Safari @ MFMT

An event for all of the family. OK so we won’t be seeing any of the ‘Big 5’!! But there is still plenty of wildlife to be found around the woodlands and country park here at Moira Furnace. So … ‘We’re Going on a Bug Hunt’.

Join us either on Saturday 15th June 1pm or Sunday 16th June 1pm when we will take a guided walk to see what we can find and learn a little about some of the common minibeast species and their habitats.

This could prove to be a popular activity so contact us to book your place if you don’t want to be disappointed. You can call, email or message us.

There will be a charge of £1 per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The event will go ahead whatever the weather.

REMEMBER: There’s no wrong weather conditions, you just need to wear the right clothes!

We look forward to seeing all of you brave Nature Detectives and issuing you with your certificate.

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Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
Apr
21
11:00 AM11:00

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

Sunday Fun for all the family. Come and sign up for our Easter Scavenger Hunt and win yourselves a mystery egg. A simple activity for everyone to enjoy. Call in at the Museum and purchase an entry form (50p each), then simply hunt out the numbers on the Easter pictures posted around the Furnace site. On your return you will receive your mystery egg - what you will find inside?

We look forward to seeing you.

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Costumed Interpretation Day
Apr
13
11:00 AM11:00

Costumed Interpretation Day

Join us as we welcome the Right Honourable Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings, 2nd Earl of Moira and his wife as they pay a very rare visit to the site their fortune gave birth to.
Interact with him and his wife and find out more about his fascinating life and his connection with the furnace. Then, take some time to read the new board in the museum that tells his story and how he is linked to the furnace.
The staff and volunteers will be joining in the fun, dressing in period costume to complement the new sounds in the museum helping our vivid history to come alive!


The museum and boat trips will be open from 11 am until 4 pm.


We hope you can join us and begin the Easter holidays off in style.

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Opening Weekend
Apr
6
to Apr 7

Opening Weekend

Join us for our official opening weekend!

Take the chance to buy your ticket for the museum that will grant you unlimited return entries for the rest of the 2019 season.

Take a trip on our boat, maybe even trying our new, longer, lunchtime cruise. Bring a picnic and dine in style on the boat whilst enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the Ashby canal.

Our new museum redesign will be officially revealed for everyone to enjoy and, for the children, our new and improved Moira Mice trail will help guide them through the museum. They will get a Moira Furnace pencil and a sticker for all their hard work, easily worth £1 don’t you think? We do.

After all that, treat yourselves to a pot of our all new ice cream from our shop.

See you then!

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Coldstream Guards 1815 Re-enactment Day
Mar
23
11:00 AM11:00

Coldstream Guards 1815 Re-enactment Day

Join us as we welcome the Coldstream Guards 1815 re-enactment group to Moira Furnace for their training weekend. 

All day Saturday you will have the chance to explore their authentic Napoleonic War camp, watch as they train and interact with them, a chance to ask questions and get to know more about a fascinating piece of history. Find out more about them here:

www.coldstreamguards1815.org.uk/home 

During the day, we will be running a BBQ and refreshments tent so bring some pennies and treat yourself to a hot-dog, burger and more.

The Boat will be running with our new timetable as well as the museum opening for the first time since the redesign! Come and be the first to see the changes and experience the new features AND, new for 2019, when you buy entry into the museum, you can return for FREE as many times as you like for the rest of the year! The earlier you buy your ticket, the more times you can come!

Well, guess we will see you there then!

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Hello Heritage Events at Moira Furnace Museum
Sep
1
to Sep 30

Hello Heritage Events at Moira Furnace Museum

September is a busy month for local tourist attractions and we are joining in with the Heritage events at Moira Furnace Museum & Country Park.

Some of the 'Famous 50' will take up residence at the Museum celebrating the first 50 Coalville volunteers set foot on French soil. Each life sized wooden soldier is unique and specially designed to represent one of the men.

There will be free entry to the Museum on 8th/9th and 15th/16th September.

On Saturday 8th September there will be bookable Museum tours, a refreshments tent and table top sale during the day along with the usual Joseph Wilkes boat trips. Also on site will be the Heart of the Forest Heritage group with an exhibition of photos telling the story of the Industrial Heritage of the area.

Why not bring the family along with a picnic and celebrate your heritage with us - don't forget those great value ice creams, cool drinks, snacks and souvenirs in the Museum shop.

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Curly Magpie Vintage and Handmade Fair - RESCHEDULED
Aug
26
11:00 AM11:00

Curly Magpie Vintage and Handmade Fair - RESCHEDULED

  • Moira Furnace Museum & Country Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

UNFORTUNATELY THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED DUE TO THE FORECAST OF BAD WEATHER

Curly Magpie propose to reschedule the Vintage and Handmade crafts event for Sunday 9th September. More details to be posted on this website and Facebook.

Please note that Museum will be open throughout the Bank Holiday weekend 11am-4pm as usual.

 

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Wildlife Scavenger Hunt Activities
Jul
29
11:30 AM11:30

Wildlife Scavenger Hunt Activities

Yet another free to enter activity. A Family Fun Day suitable for all ages. Become a Nature Detective hunting for bugs, leaves and flowers in the Country Park surrounding the Furnace and receive a certificate for your efforts. All the usual fun at the Furnace with the Museum open and Joseph Wilkes boat rides throughout the day. Bring a picnic for a great day out.

 

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Moira by the Sea
Jun
24
11:00 AM11:00

Moira by the Sea

Our June Family Fun Day has a seaside theme. Fingers crossed that the weather is kind. Bring your picnic, play in the sandpit, enjoy an ice-cream. We can now confirm that there will be a children's entertainer with us throughout the day. He will be performing Punch and Judy shows, Juggling and Balloon Modelling. Museum open and boat trips available every hour from 11:30.

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Summer Half Term Opening
May
28
to Jun 3

Summer Half Term Opening

The Museum is open every day this week (Sunday 27th May - Sunday 3rd June). Families can continue to take part in our 'Matchbox Challenge' whilst we still have matchboxes and prizes.

Joseph Wilkes boat trips will be running every hour from 11:30am - 3pm - a rare opportunity to see the Coot chicks hatched over the weekend.

Buy your tickets, souvenirs and refreshments from the Museum shop by the canal bridge.

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