Please Note: Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, all of our events are temporarily suspended until further notice. Our top priority has always been the well-being of our visitors, volunteers and staff, so we hope you understand our decision.

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.

Half Term Fun

Thursday 20th February

11:00am & 2:00pm, £2.50 per child

Hands-on craft activities for the school holidays. All children must be accompanied by an adult. To book online, please click here.

World Poetry Day

Saturday 21st March

3:00pm – 3:30pm, Free

Readings from the Lichfield Poets in the Museum’s inspiring historic setting.

Lichfield Literature Festival: Word Café at Lichfield Library

Saturday 28th March

1:00pm – 3:00pm, Free

Find our book club and writing group amongst the many organisations at this fair for word lovers. For more information about this event, please click here.

Lichfield Literature Festival: Mel Wardle Woodend – Fairy Tales Re-imagined

Sunday 29th March

10:30am – 12 noon, £5.00 per child

Creative writing workshop for 7-11 Year olds with Staffordshire Poet Laureate, Mel Wardle Woodend. Tickets for this event cost £5 per child and can be booked here.

Lichfield Literature Festival: The Word Poetry Competition – Winners’ Showcase

Sunday 29th March

1:00pm – 2:30pm, Free

Come and hear the winners of all 3 categories for the 2019 competition. For more information, click here.

Easter Trail

Saturday 4th – Sunday 19th April

10:30am – 4:30pm, £1 per trail pack

Easter-themed family fun for the school holidays.

Spy School

Thursday 9th April

11:00am, £3.50 per child & £1 for accompanying adults

Have you got what it takes to become a top-secret agent? Find out in the return of this fun code-breaking word workshop for the Easter holidays. Booking is advised and tickets can be found here. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

City Curios and Collectables

Sunday 17th May

12:00pm - 3:30pm, Free

Join local historian and tour guide Jono Oates for a free pop-up exhibition of Lichfield memorabilia, postcards and curios!

Half Term Fun

Thursday 28th May

11:00am & 2:00pm, £2.50 per child

Hands on craft activities for the school holidays. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Design & Variation: Lichfield Calligraphers Explore Contrast

Saturday 13th June – Sunday 6th September

10:30am – 4:30pm, Daily, Free

Beautiful word-based art exhibited around the historic house.

House of Games

Tuesday 21st July – Monday 31st August

10:30am – 4:30pm, Daily, Free

Traditional toys and games throughout the Museum for the summer holidays.

Summer Fun at Sam’s House

Every Thursday in the School Holidays

11:00am & 2:00pm, £2.50 per child

Hands-on arts and craft activities with a different activity each week. Tickets cost £2.50 and can be booked here. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Samuel Johnson’s 311th Birthday Celebrations

Saturday 19th September

10:30am – 4:30pm, Free

Our annual day of celebrations, cake and ceremony to honour Lichfield’s famous son.

Regular Events

Words Alive!

Every Saturday from January 11th

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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