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Twice the festive fun at the Framework Knitters Museum


Join us for our Christmas events on 3 and 10 December

The Framework Knitters Museum will be hosting two Christmas events this year – each with their own little twist. On Saturday 3 December visitors can create a unique take on a Christmas stocking using historic hand-knitting machines, and on Saturday 10 December the museum’s annual Victorian Christmas experience will take place.

Paul Baker, museum manager, said, “We absolutely love Christmas at the Framework Knitters Museum. For us it is all about family, fun and festivity. The museum provides the perfect place to provide an intimate festive atmosphere for events, but of course we have to do things a bit differently!”

The first event, on Saturday 3 December, is the perfect way to start your family Christmas celebrations. Using the hand-powered knitting machines children will be able to knit their own tube of material which, with the help of the museum volunteers, will be sewn at one end. The children will then be able to personalise their stocking with festive sparkle.

The opportunity to create one of the unusual stockings will be available in the Chapel between 12 pm and 6 pm, and will cost £5 per stocking. Normal admissions prices for the museum apply which, along with the tea room and shop, will be open from 11 am to 4 pm. Please note that the Chapel Art Gallery will be closed to the general public during this event.

The event is part of a larger programme of activities planned for the Ruddington Christmas Fayre, which will take place across the village from 12 pm to 5 pm and culminate with the Christmas lights being switched on at St Peter’s Church. 


Carol singers at the museum’s Victorian Christmas event

The following Saturday (10 December) is the museum’s annual Victorian Christmas event. Step back in time and enjoy the Victorian surroundings as they are brought to life with traditional music, food and activities. There will be roast chestnuts and crumpets toasted on an open fire to enjoy, while you listen to Christmas carols and music from a traditional barrel organ. Children can even visit Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a special Christmas gift. After dark the museum site will be lit by lantern light to add to the magical atmosphere.

This popular event will take place from 10 am to 5 pm and is free to attend. If you wish to visit Father Christmas  there is a charge of £6 per child and it must be booked in advance by calling 0115 984 6914.

During both events The Textile Emporium, the museum’s shop, will be open selling a wide variety of unusual gift items made by local makers so you can find the perfect Christmas gift with a difference.

Museum Set for Special 45th Anniversary Garden Party

Garden PartyThe Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington is busy preparing for our fifth annual August Bank Holiday Garden Party – which this year marks an extra special occasion, as 2016 commemorates the 45th anniversary of the museum’s birth in 1971. The popular family event, which takes place on Monday 29 August from 11am to 4pm, includes live music from local artists, craft stalls and full access to the museum and Chapel Art gallery.

Visitors can relax in the museum’s beautiful garden surrounded by knitted flowers, insects and garden furniture. Homemade cakes and traditional refreshments will be available to enjoy, while listening to the varied musical acts, which include the popular return of the King Ned Ludd jazz band. 

On top of these entertainments, the museum will also be launching a very special beer at the Garden Party, created by corporate partner Nottingham Brewery in honour of the 45th anniversary celebrations. Dubbed ‘Frame Breaker’, the beer will be available for visitors to sample at the Garden Party and will also be on sale at the brewery’s three pubs, with 20p per pint donated to the museum.

The Garden Party at the Framework Knitters Museum (1)Paul Baker, museum manager, said “The Garden Party is one of the highlights of the year for the museum staff and volunteers, as well as the customers. The garden has already been transformed into a wonderland with knitted flowers and insects, and relaxing there listening to some great live music is the perfect way to spend the day.”

The event also offers visitors the opportunity to have-a-go on the circular knitting machines, see local craftspeople in action and buy locally-made textile gifts from the museum’s unique Textile Emporium. Further details of performers will be advertised on our Facebook and Twitter pages nearer the time.

For more information, please contact the museum on 0115 984 6914 or

Knitted Garden Blooms for Charity Open Garden Event

Part of the Knitted Garden at the Framework Knitters Museum  The enchanting knitted garden will return to the Framework Knitters Museum this summer, and is set to be bigger, better and even more unusual than before. Launching as part of the new Ruddington Charity Open Gardens event on 25 and 26 June, the knitted garden will then be available to explore all summer.

Paul Baker, Museum Manager, explained that “Our ‘secret’ knitted garden can be found in the museum’s picturesque courtyard garden, where woollen flowers and woollen bugs intersperse with the natural flora and fauna.” He added, “This year there is also going to be a knitted shed and a knitted deck chair to enhance the visual experience.”

Members of the public are invited to create knitted or crocheted flowers and insects, which they can donate to the museum to be included in the unique exhibition. They can be posted to the museum, or dropped in to the reception during the museum’s opening hours.

Part of the Knitted Garden at the Framework Knitters MuseumThe Framework Knitters Museum’s knitted garden will be one of over ten gardens open to the public during the Ruddington Charity Open Gardens event. The others include private gardens of residential dwellings, the Harewood Gardens allotments and the gardens at St. Peter’s School, as well as entertainment and refreshments at the Ruddington Methodist Church and church hall.

Refreshments, various stalls and entertainment will be available in some of the gardens; including music, face painting, and a children’s treasure hunt. In addition, the new art gallery at the Framework Knitters Museum, the Chapel Gallery, will be turned into a tea room during the event. A selection of refreshments and cakes will be for sale, as well as a selection of homemade savoury snack items provided by the museum’s partners, The Frame Breakers public house.

Part of the Knitted Garden at the Framework Knitters MuseumAccess to the knitted garden is included in the admission price for the museum, and a 50% discount is available to those who have an Open Garden booklet during the event.

For more information on the Ruddington Charity Open Gardens event email Jane Piggott on

Christmas Events at the Framework Knitters Museum

The Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington will be hosting two very special Christmas experiences this festive season.

Make a Knitted Sack for Christmas – 5 December 2015Make a christmas sack

On the 5th of December the museum will be offering visitors of all ages the chance to make their own Knitted sack for Christmas on our historic machines. The event will be held from 2.00-6.00 pm. This event offers the chance to make a unique addition to hang alongside your Christmas stocking.

Admission to the museum is free for this event and the sack making activity is £5 per person.


Victorian Christmas Extravaganza – 12 December 2015

Christmas Poster 2015Our popular annual Victorian Christmas event returns on Saturday 12th December 2015 from 10.00 – 5.00 pm. Admission is also free for this event.

This is the perfect start to your Christmas celebrations. Experience this unique Victorian setting and enjoy a day packed full of family festive fun. Santa will be in attendance to welcome children to his grotto with gifts for all. Our unique Santa experience ensures that your child has a personal and magical start to Christmas. Please note that it’s essential to book in advance in order to receive your personalised invitation from Santa’s elves.

Step back in time and explore this magical Victorian setting. Visitors after dark can enjoy the site by lantern. The Ruddington Community Choir, as well as traditional barrel organ and accordion players, will be in attendance to provide a day of festive family entertainments. Roasted chestnuts and hot crumpets will help keep you warm and refreshments will be available in the Chapel.

Demonstrators will also be on hand to bring the crafts of framework knitting to life and visitors are welcome to have a go on the circular knitting machines. As you’d expect, the museum’s Textile Emporium will be offering a wide range of Christmas gifts for all ages and budgets.

Paul Baker, the museum’s manager, said: “This will be our biggest and best Christmas event yet with a wide variety of activities and entertainments throughout the day. The museum’s Victorian buildings offer the ideal setting and our volunteers will be in period dress to make the experience all the more authentic.