Christmas at Salford Museums

Christmas at Salford Museums

Get in the festive spirit and join us for a programme of great event and activities at Salford Museum & Art Gallery and Ordsall Hall.

Explore the fascinating heritage of both attractions and discover why visiting this winter makes for an ideal festive day out.

There's all this, plus our existing exhibitions to discover...

Salford Museum & Art Gallery (SMAG)

Ordsall Hall (OH)

Garden Sponsorship Scheme

Ordsall Hall gardens have launched an exciting NEW sponsorship scheme. Support the gardens and give a unique Christmas gift to yourself, friends and family or in memory of a loved one. 

Your support will help us develop the garden and its wildlife over the coming years suh as wildflower beds, wildlife-friendly hedging, bird and bat nesting sites, new floral and historical planting schemes and bed with winter colour and interest. Find out more.

Download our Christmas booklet now




Festive Afternoon Tea at Salford Museum & Art Gallery

Traditional Afternoon Tea

Available everyday, 12.00 - 3.00pm.

Enjoy Afternoon Tea at Salford Museum & Art Gallery and indulge in a selection of delicious sandwiches, homemade scones, cakes and pastries, served with loose leaf tea or fresh ground coffee. Or why not upgrade and enjoy a glass of Prosecco for an additional £5.00.

Festive Afternoon Tea

Available throughout December, 12.00 - 3.00pm

For a special treat, enjoy a delicious selection of sandwiches including turkey and stuffing, pigs in blankets and brie with cranberry. Tempting sweet treats follow, with scones, stollen, Christmas cake and yule log, all served with loose leaf tea or fresh ground coffee.

£12.95 per person or upgrade and enjoy a glass of festive fizz for an additional £5. 

 All bookings must be made in advance. Once booked, our catering manager will phone to confirm a date and time to suit you

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Mrs Tomlinson's Sweet Shop - every Sunday (SMAG)

Every Sunday, 12:30 - 3:00pm, Salford Museum & Art Gallery
Free, drop-in, no booking required

Visit thw famous Mr Tomlinson's Sweet Shop on our recreated Victorian street, Lark Hill Place and pick up some sweet treats. Ideal for picking up traditional sweet stocking fillers! View full event.

Christmas Carols with Salford Music & Performing Arts Service (MAPAS) - 03/12/17 (OH)

Sunday 3 December, 2:00 - 4:00pm, Ordsall Hall
FREE, no booking required

Come and enjoy some festive favourites performed in the Great Hall by the Brass Quartet from the Salford Music and Performing Arts Service (MAPAS). View full event.

Dr Sketchy - 07/12/17 (SMAG)

Thursday 7 December, 6:00 - 9:00pm, Salford Museum & Art Gallery
£12 (plus booking fee), booking required

Don't miss the return of Dr Sketchy for another show stopping drawing workshop. With live acts followed by short poses, drawing competitions, music and the bar this is a great way to start the festive season! View full event.

Suitable for over 18 + only.

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Meet the Artist: David Coulter - 10/12/17 (SMAG)

Sunday 10 December, 12:30 - 3:30pm, Salford Museum & Art Gallery
FREE, booking required

Local artist David Coulter will be working on one of his iconic paintings in the gallery. His paintings set the scene of Salford in the 1950s in 'Four Miles from Manchester: Tony Warren's Coronation Street'.

This is a chance to find out about his technique, see him at work and ask him any questions. View full event.

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Monton Voices Choir - 10/12/17 (SMAG)

Sunday 10 December 2017, 1:30 - 2:15pm & 2:45 - 3:30pm, Salford Museum & Art Gallery
Free, no booking required

Start your Christmas celebrations early as we welcome back Monton Voices Choir to sing us into the festive season. We will also have Christmas crafts for all the family and festive treats available in our cafe. View full event.

Christmas Grotto - 10/12/17 & 17/12/17 (OH)

Sunday 10 and 17 December, 1:00 - 3:00pm, Ordsall Hall
£4.50 per child (plus booking fee), time slots will be confirmed after booking

Once again don't miss this special festive experience. Come and meet Father Christmas in his magical grotto at Ordsall Hall and receive a gift! View full event.


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Alteri Choir - 10/12/17 (OH)

Sunday 10 December, 7:30 - 9:00pm, Ordsall Hall
£10 (plus booking fee), booking required

Alteri returns to present performances of Benjamin Britten's magical Ceremony of Carols, with harpist Angelina Warburton, and other Christmas music by Peter Warlock, Palestrina, Byrd, Victoria and Marenzio. 

A warming glass of hot mulled apple and a mince pie is included in the ticket price. Perfect for a cold winter evening! View full event.

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BBC Philharmonic Christmas Concert - 11/12/17 (OH)

Monday 11 December, 6:00 - 7:00pm, Ordsall Hall
£2.50 (plus booking fee), booking required

We're delighted to welcome back an ensemble from the world renowned BBC Philharmonic to perform some festive favourites in the Great Hall. 

Ticket price includes a hot drink and a mince pie. View full event.


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Craft Social: Pine Cone Decorations

Wednesday 13 December 2017, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
£5.50, includes all materials and a hot drink, no booking required

Find out how to make cute decorations from pine cones.  Turn your cone in to an owl or a mini tree for inside your house or a cute bird feeder for outside!  There will also be an opportunity for anyone who can crochet to make use of some decoration patterns, hooks and wool. View full event.

Materials and equipment provided but feel free to bring pine cones, wool or crochet hooks with you. 

Suitable for ages 16 and over.

Christmas Wreath Making - 17/12/17 (OH)

Sunday 17 December, 9:30am - 12:30pm, Ordsall Hall
£25 (plus booking fee), booking required

Get creative and make a festive wreath to take home using natural materials such as chillies, oranges and pine ones. Great to keep or use as a gift! View full event.

Free mince pie and all materials included.

Suitable for aged 14 and over.

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Textiles Workshop: Colour onto Cloth - 24/01/18 (OH)

Wednesday 24 January 2018, 10:00am - 4:00pm, Ordsall Hall
£45 (plus booking fee), booking required

Improve your technique with textile artists, Norma Hopkins and Teresa Jones from the Textiles 21 group on this day long workshop. Learn how to prepare fabrics for embroidery or other textile projects and apply colour onto cloth with block printing, rubbing, stencilling and foiling. View full event.

Suitable for ages 14 and over.

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