Harvest Festival celebrations

October 10th 2017
By: Melanie Hollidge
Harvest Festival celebrations

Harvest festival celebrations in and around St Albans and Harpenden can be a real joy reminding us how close to the countryside we are but just half an hour to the heart of London.  Over the weekend of Sat 14th October 2017 - Sun 15th October 2017 at Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, HP8 4AB the Museum's Henton chapel will be home to a beautiful display of harvest produce, most of which has been grown in the Museum's beautiful historic gardens.
 
The popular annual harvest event also provides a unique opportunity to explore the sights, sounds and smells of harvest past, with the Museum's restored 1947 threshing machine working hard to process the year's rye crop. Celebrating the seasonal harvest can really bring people together and nurture the feeling of community that is in and around St Albans.
 
It’s also a really good time of year to encourage the children to think about where their food comes from.  Alongside enjoying the displays at the museum there are also opportunities to get involved with some family friendly Harvest themed craft activities. Thoughtful decorations drawn from the ideas of community, nature and abundance really can enhance the joyous atmosphere of Autumn.
 
At home you could even create an informational display that doubles as a decoration, celebrating the local harvest, with vintage photos depicting the harvest in your area in years gone by and then add in some fallen leaves, acorns and conkers for a bit of natural colour and celebrate.