Families enjoy a big bash at Banbury’s museum

There was a military display at Banbury Museum on Saturday to mark one year since it was formed a trust. Picture by Stu Allsopp. NNL-151117-150655001
There was a military display at Banbury Museum on Saturday to mark one year since it was formed a trust. Picture by Stu Allsopp. NNL-151117-150655001

Banbury got a flavour of the civil war when members of the Sealed Knot went on manoevres around the town on Saturday.

The Regiment of Foote, Cittie of London Brigade of the Sealed Knot were in town to provide a historical aspect to Banbury Museum’s second annual Story Bash.

Members of the reinactment society officially opened the bash, an event held in celebration of the inspiring stories of Banbury and its surrounds.

“Story Bash was packed full of free activities for all ages to enjoy and over 1,000 visitors joined us,” said Simon Townsend, museum director.

Younger visitors enjoyed an array of craft activities, had their faces painted and then entered the Down the Rabbit Hole zone. Families got creative painting and stencilling lots of Alice inspired characters which will form part of The Mill Arts Centre’s forthcoming celebration of 150 years of Alice in Wonderland.

Families joined Banbury Museum’s new Hobby Horse Club and received a limited edition Hobby Horse cotton shopper bag, personalised certificate and loyalty card. Some even became pirates for the day, searching for the hidden treasure left by The Pirates of Tooley Bay, a specially commissioned story just for Story Bash 2015.

Young and old loved spending time in the vintage pop up sitting room listening to memories of times gone by.

Mr Townsend said: “Thank you to all those who joined us to celebrate the rich mix of Banbury’s stories. A particular thank you to Banbury Charities for supporting Story Bash 2015. We are now planning next year’s bash which will be bigger, bolder and even more brilliant.”