Eskbank House heats up for the January holidays with children’s picnic theatre, art sessions, conservation displays, an exhibition by John Barnes and a Ghost Hunt.
Blast Furnace Theatre will be holding their first picnic theatre season in the gardens at Eskbank House featuring the children’s play Hansel and Gretel. This adaption of the famous fairytale will provide excitement for the little ones and laughter for adults. Tickets are $15 (adults at children’s prices and children under 4 are free) or $50 for a family of four and can be pre-purchased from High Street Music, or at the gate on the day. Performances will be held on 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, and 24 January at 10am, and 2.30pm on Saturdays and 2.30pm on Sundays.
On Thursdays, 14 and 21 January 2016 from 11am – 1pm, there will be art sessions for children focusing on water colour painting and pastel skills. For $5 children will be shown how to use the mediums and encouraged to experiment with creating art works of the buildings and objects of this historic house and gardens.
Over January the team at Eskbank House will be undertaking a conservation clean of the exhibitions throughout the property. Visitors are encouraged to come and see the team at work from 12-3pm and ask questions about how the museum and its objects are conserved and learn how to clean and preserve their own precious items at home. On Wednesdays Maggie will be cleaning the objects from the Bracey Collection including silver, ceramic and glass items. Jenny, Jan and Vaughan will be cleaning the furniture and fittings in the Bracey collection on Thursdays and Fred will be working on the items in the stables on Fridays. Museum entry fees apply.
Throughout January 2016, the John Barnes exhibition Lithgow Stories will be up in the Courtyard Gallery and at 2pm on Wednesday, 20 January 2016, John will be giving a talk on his drawings and the stories behind them. Join us for this free event and some light refreshments.
Paranormal Pete from Blue Mountains Mystery Tours will be running a Lithgow Ghost Tour at Eskbank House and Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park on Saturday 16 January 2016, starting at 6.30pm (cost will be $75). Call Pete on 02 4751 2622 to book in and explore the spooky side of Eskbank House.
For more information on Eskbank House and Museum and its programs visit http://eskbank.lithgow.com or call 6351 3557 and talk to the friendly staff.