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Christmas Light Night

Sunday 24th November

3:30pm - 6:00pm, Free

Late-night opening for the Lichfield Lights Switch-on with free activities and trails, mulled wine and mince pies available and a great view of the Market Square event.

Christ-mouse Trail

Saturday 30th November - Sunday 5th January

11:00am – 3.30pm Daily, Free

A fun festive trail for children to find ‘the smallest of all beasts’ around the house. Available every day throughout the holidays.

A Johnson Family Christmas

Saturday 30th November & Sunday 1st December

11:00am – 3.30pm, Free

A Christmas fair with something for all ages in historic surroundings including carol singing, hands-on activities, a magical display of fairy automata, festive refreshments and locally made crafts for sale.

Fairies and Fountains

Sunday 8th December

Fairy toy workshops (1hr) at 1:30pm. £3.50, accompanying adults £1, advance booking required

Storytelling sessions at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm, free events, just drop-in

A magical experience for families, inspired by Johnson’s fairytale ‘the Fountains’. Book a place at a hands-on craft session to make fairy decorations and toys to take home (4-12 years, must be accompanied) and enjoy storytelling sessions (all ages welcome!) throughout the day.

Regular Events

Words Alive!

Every Saturday from October 12th

10:30am – 11:45pm

£3.00 per session, £2.00 for siblings. Book a block of 5 sessions for £12 (£10 siblings)

A weekly club for 8-12 year olds who love words! Read, write, create, act and illustrate in the inspiring setting of the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. Try your first session free! 

Please Contact Us to book.


Birthplace Book Club

First Wednesday of the month, 1pm. Free. 

Friendly and informal group reading along with Radio 4’s Book Club show, new members welcome. 

Birthplace Writers Group

Second Saturday of the month September - June, 2pm, Free

Facilitated by an experienced teacher, both beginners and current writers are welcome to this friendly adult group to nurture and fulfil their writing aspirations in our inspiring venue.

Latin for Beginners

Tuesdays at 12:45pm (1 hr duration) from September 24th – December 3rd (no session on October 29th)

£5 per session, or book 5 sessions for £20

A friendly small-group course starting from the basics of the ancient language, led by an engaging and experienced life-long educator.


Poetry Group


Third Thursday of every month

2:00pm, Free

An informal poetry reading and discussion group with a different theme every week.

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