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Have a Go at Candle Making

Join a member of our staff at Pockerley Old Hall and make candles and rush lights in an 1820s home. Learn who had what lighting and why (and why you might be breaking the law!).

Spend time at Pockerley Old Hall in this unique experience making real period candles and rush lights.  Learn how important they were to the people of the time and afterwards take them home as a special souvenir of your experience.

While candles were available from chandlers in the 1820s, many people made candles in their own homes using fat residue from cooking. With our Have a Go Candle Making Traditional Experience, you will learn more about the history of candle making and try your hand at making your own candle.

Included in your experience:

  • Guidance from staff at Pockerley Old Hall, who will take you through the history of rush lights and period candles. 
  • Opportunity to take home what you have made. 
  • Bottled water.
  • Explore Beamish Museum – day admission to the Museum included.

 Please note: Courses are only available for those aged 18 and over unless otherwise stated.

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  • Have a Go at Candle Making £35.00 0 30 max
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Join a member of our staff at Pockerley Old Hall and make candles and rush lights in an 1820s home. Learn who had what lighting and why (and why you might be breaking the law!).

Spend time at Pockerley Old Hall in this unique experience making real period candles and rush lights.  Learn how important they were to the people of the time and afterwards take them home as a special souvenir of your experience.

While candles were available from chandlers in the 1820s, many people made candles in their own homes using fat residue from cooking. With our Have a Go Candle Making Traditional Experience, you will learn more about the history of candle making and try your hand at making your own candle.

Included in your experience:

  • Guidance from staff at Pockerley Old Hall, who will take you through the history of rush lights and period candles. 
  • Opportunity to take home what you have made. 
  • Bottled water.
  • Explore Beamish Museum – day admission to the Museum included.

 Please note: Courses are only available for those aged 18 and over unless otherwise stated.