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Twelve Days of Headstone Festive Weekend

We are excited to announce that on the weekend of the 8th & 9th Dec we will be holding our free Twelve Days of Headstone Festive Weekend!


Embrace the festive spirit and join us for our sparkling winter trail! Can you find all of baubles to complete the ’12 Days of Headstone’ song? Then colour in your own paper bauble to decorate the HMM tree!

Christmas Wishes and Coffee Kisses
In the Visitor Centre

If after all that fun you find yourself a little peckish and in need of a warm drink, be sure to visit our Moat Café and make the most of our Cake & Drink Christmas offer for only £3
While you’re in our cosy café, why not fill in a Christmas Wish and post it in our box. The Santa’s elves here at Headstone will choose a favourite wish to win a prize!

Extra Special Festive Fun!
Winter Lights
Sunday 9th Dec 11-3
In the Granary Learning Centre
Discover all there is to know about winter festivals and make a sparkly candle holder to brighten up the cold, dark wintery nights!

Takeover Day!

Wednesday 14th & 21st November


Year 5 pupils from St John Fisher will be taking over the museum as welcome and room guides!

Come along and find out about the objects and history they have chosen to tell our visitors.


Part of Kids in Museums Takeover Day

Women marching with suffragette banners in London

‘Bold Bad Ones’ Exhibition

18th September – 30th December

It’s 100 years since Parliament passed the Act which allowed some women, and all men, to vote for the first time. Discover how people in Harrow over 100 years ago responded to the suffrage movement. On display for the first time is a tablecloth embroidered with signatures of members from the Harrow WSPU and it also features some famous suffragette names

FREE Family Workshops

11am-3pm drop-in

Suitable for ages 5+ and their grown ups!

Sunday 30th September – Women’s Suffrage Badges

Sunday 14th October – ‘Votes for Women!’ Hailer

Sunday 18th November – Suffragette Posters



Tuesday Talks Celebrating Women

2pm – 3pm, Doors open at 1:30pm


Tuesday 6th November – Women’t Auxiliary Corps in WW1

Tuesday 20th November – Gutsy Women

Tuesday 4th December – Pinner Suffragettes

Tuesday 18th December – Mrs Marshall; Pinner’s Other Domestic Goddess

Whitefriars: Behind the Glass Website

Whitefriars was just one of many factories in Harrow which is still recognised globally today.

We have created an online tool for people who are interested in Whitefriars to share and search all glass produced at the factory.

Is there a Whitefriars stained glass window near you? Do you own a collection of tableware that you would like to share? Did you ever visit the factory or know someone who worked there?

You can easily contribute this information to the website to help further the understanding of this internally renowned glassworks.

Headstone Horrors Halloween Spooktacular returns!


Celebrate Halloween in style with our annual, family friendly, Halloween Spooktacular event inside our 500-year-old Great Barn! A perfect trick-or-treat alternative for children aged 1-11 years.

Come along and enjoy an array of FREE themed children’s activities including Spooky Storytelling, Meet a Friendly Ghost, Potty Potion Brewing, Creative Crafts, Headstone Trail Hunt and plenty more. It will be a barrel of laughs (or squeals)!

New for 2018, Are you brave enough to take a spooky guided tour of the 14th century Manor House and brand-new museum? (Suitable for ages 7+)

Delicious hot food, drinks and sweet treats will be available plus many other themed activities (at a small charge). Finally, why not embrace the spooky spirit and attend in fancy dress to receive a free edible eye ball on entry!

Entry is only £2 per person (free entry for children under 12 months) gates open at 12pm and the event will finish at 5pm. Parking is available but is limited so please try to travel using alternative public transport.

Headstone Village Show

Nothing says bank holiday like a magnificent village fair – especially in the beautiful historic grounds of Headstone Manor & Museum! This August Bank Holiday you are cordially invited to the great annual Headstone Village Show – guaranteed to make the holiday unforgettable for the whole family!

Headstone Village show welcomes back Harrow in LEAF to present their 14th Annual Horticultural & Craft Show along with Harrow Beekeepers. Explore the show’s diverse and remarkable entries, culminating in an exciting award ceremony to round off the day.

Wonder across the beautiful grounds of Headstone Manor and discover an array of brilliant FREE entertainment for the whole family such as a magic show, children’s circus workshop, a classic car show, a petting farm, fairground games, live music and donkey riding! There really is something for everyone!

Nurture your creativity with a variety of artisan arts and craft stalls, face painting and FREEcraft activities for children! If after all the excitement you find yourself a little peckish be sure to make the most of the delicious food and drink available including (new for 2018) a fully stocked bar of summery beers, ciders and wines.

So make this August Bank Holiday the best yet and head down to Headstone Manor & Museum for a day of unforgettable FUN!

Adults: £3.50, Children (Aged 4 – 12): £2.00, Under 4s: FREE, Family (2 adults, 2 children OR 1 adult, 3 children): £9.00. FREE PARKING.

If you would like to enter an exhibit in the Harrow in LEAF horticultural show, please visit


Headstone Village Show – Stallholder Registration Now Open!

Are you a local business or individual who wants to engage with your community?

We are looking to hear from new stallholders from the community of Harrow and beyond to be a part of our next public event, Headstone Village Show on 27th August, 12:00-17:00. As well as attractions for children, a horticultural show from Harrow In Leaf and other family activities the event includes a market place which showcases a variety of artisan, information & charity stalls.

We are looking to hear from stallholders who can offer any of the following:

  • Artisan & Bespoke Gifts
  • Activities for children
  • Local charities
  • Home-made crafts
  • Anything creative & Fun!

Sorry, we are currently not accepting any more food stalls!

For a small fee you will receive a 3m x 3m pitch at the event which was attended by 1,800 people last year. Please note: You will need your own PLI insurance to have a stall at this event.

If you are interested in being a stallholder at this event, please fill in a quick form HERE and somebody from our events team will be in touch.




May Day Festival returns to the newly restored Headstone Manor & Museum!


Come down to Headstone Manor & Museum and enjoy a day of fabulous family fun including a Punch and Judy puppet show, Reptile Displays and lots of Children’s activities. Experience traditional Morris Dancing, professional Maypole dancing lessons, craft activities and captivating performances by local musical talent. All of which are free and included in the ticket price!

Between the busy programme of activities, treat yourself to homemade cakes, specialty foods, handmade crafts and gifts from the many market stalls that will be there on the day. Meet people from the local community of Harrow and find out more about what they do and how you can get involved.

Explore the rest of the heritage site and discover the brand new Museum, Bouncy Castles, Face Painting and a Classic Car Show. There are plenty of ways to keep you and your family busy for the whole afternoon!

Attractions include:
• Brand New Museum Now Open!
• Reptile Displays & Handling
• Punch and Judy Puppetry Show
• Live Music Performances
• Professional May Pole Dancing Lessons
• Morris Dancing
• Delicious Food & Drink
• Classic Car Show
• Arts & Crafts
• Local Charity and Community Stalls
• Children’s entertainment
• Music from Radio Harrow
• And Much Much More!

Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018, 12-5

Join the Facebook event here and keep up to date as new attractions are announced!

Gates Open at 12:00pm. Tickets available on the door!
Adults: £3.50 Children(4-12years): £2.00 Under 4: FREE

The Great Barn: Now Taking 2018 Bookings


The Great Barn at Headstone Manor combines grandeur, unique charm and the character of a 16th century building with 20th century amenities just forty minutes from the heart of London.

Now taking bookings for 2018 and beyond. Please visit HERE for more information or call us today on 0208 863 6720 (EXT6)

Headstone Manor & Museum is now OPEN!

Four years feels like a long time to wait for something to be ready. Then again, if you’re 1,200 years old, perhaps it isn’t so very long, after all!

Headstone Manor, in the heart of Harrow, has been going through the kind of makeover that only the very finest Grade I historical treasures ever get.

When you visit you’ll be taken back in time as guides in historic costume appear from thin air, telling tales of their lives in the Dark Ages, the Middle Ages and the Age of Enlightenment.

You can see what your ancestors saw and do as they did in the Great Barn, Granary and Manor. And once you’re done with the interactive collection in the Visitors Centre, it’ll be time to enjoy the Moat Cafe and the resculpted gardens.

Thousands of people have already visited the restored buildings, with more than 1,700 people celebrating the reopening at December’s Frost Fair.

So before you travel half way across Britain for a country house day out, a slice of history and a breath of fresh air – remember you have all that sitting right here on your own doorstep, free of charge. You’ll be glad you came!

Opening Hours:

The Museum: Tuesday to Sunday 10am till 4pm.

The Moat Cafe & Visitor Centre: Every day 8:30am till 4:30pm