Special Events

Saturday 25 November, 11.00 - 15.00

Join us for a fun filled day of activities to celebrate St Catherine's Day, the lacemakers' holiday. St Catherine is the patron saint of spinners, lace-makers and spinsters. See lace being made by local lacemakers and have a go at making some. Oxford historian and lace expert David Hopkin will be on hand to talk about lace making customs and traditions. Take a closer look at lace making paraphernalia, including a 'dick pot' used to keep lace makers warm, beautifully crafted lace bobbins engraved with messages to loved ones and modern day painted bobbins on the lace makers pillow. The speciality of the day, 'Cattern cakes' spiced with cinnamon, lightly fruited and flavoured with caraway seeds will be on offer to taste.