Have A Go at Candle Making

£35 per person

Join a member of our staff at Pockerley Old Hall have a go at candle making in an 1820s home. Learn who had what lighting and why (and discover how 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.

During the experience, you’ll also learn about rush lights. In 1709 an Act of Parliament imposed a tax on candles and banned the making of candles in the home unless a licence was purchased. Rush lights, however, were excluded from the terms of the act and became the cheapest form of lighting; a halfpenny candle gave up to two hours light, whilst a farthings-worth of rush lights provided up to five and a half hours of light.

Cost: £35 per person.


The museum is temporarily closed in response to the Government’s guidance on coronavirus. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will keep everyone updated about future dates for our Traditional Experiences.

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

Please click here to view Booking Terms & Conditions for Traditional Experiences at Beamish Museum.


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