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Stir Up Sunday

26 November 2017

Stir Up Sunday

26 November 2017

‘Stir up Sunday’ is the last Sunday before advent, so therefore this year it is 26th November. It is the traditional day for everyone in the family to take a turn at stirring the Christmas pudding, whilst making a wish.

Start the festive season with some traditional pudding activities!

Find out how the Christmas pudding changed through wartime rationing, watch the table being set in a 1930s kitchen and sample the Christmas classics, including traditional Victorian plum pudding.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Stroll around 26 acres of shops and houses and get a snapshot of at everyday life during the festive period over the past 300 years.

From its Victorian beginnings to a wartime Christmas on the ration, visitors can step into the homes of the past as characters prepare for the big day.

Step inside an ornately-decorated Victorian house and take in the sights and smells of Yuletide over a century ago as characters cook and decorate their way to what we would now recognise as a modern Christmas.

See plum-puddings being made the traditional way, and catch costumed characters penning beautifully written Christmas cards as you take in the wonderful smells of fresh wreaths and fragrant pomanders.

Don’t forget to explore the Museum’s back-to-backs and see what life was like for the less fortunate. A peek inside the stocking reveals modest presents including peg dolls, nuts and often a single lump of coal – a reality for the majority of the Black Country working class.

Skip forward to the 1940s and see for yourself what life was like during a wartime Christmas. Listen to nostalgic festive tunes on the wireless, and watch as thrifty characters put together Christmas on the ration, scrimping on the lavish decorations in favour newspaper chains and an ‘alternative’ Christmas tree.

And finally relax in our 1920s Limelight Cinema with a classic Christmas film.


What’s more, if you purchase a daytime ticket, you’ll automatically receive a BCLM UnChained Pass, granting you unlimited access to the Museum during the day for 12 months! 

Entry to this event is part of normal admission and qualifies for BCLM’s Unchained Pass where you’ll pay for one day and visit for a whole year. You do not need to pre-book for this event. Buy online and beat the queue




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