Denby Bottles held a Christmas Walk-Through again this year, with an added 'escape room' dimension, where visitors had to solve a series of puzzles as they travelled through the Nativity Story, leading to a password with which they gained access to the stable.
Helped along the way by characters from the Bible story (and a few others), there was a lot to engage with, including: lighting up a constellation; breaking a secret code; building an arm-rest for Herod; following the shepherds' barefoot sensory walk (see photo); and taking in the smells and tastes of the Market Place.
The final destination was the stable, where Mary and Joseph led a reflective prayer activity (see photo). Then, at the Passport Office, every visitor received a gift to take home.
Ilkeston Methodist Church was invited to use an indoor room at the Erewash Museum to display a manger, complete with straw and a baby. Visitors were encouraged to write a thank you note for their 'best Christmas present' and make angel Christmas tree decorations.
Sixty Year 3 pupils from Chaucer Junior School shared in the Christmas Labyrinth. They took part in a series of workshops based around the events of the first Christmas, including: God chooses ordinary people to do his work (The Annunciation); and the significance of the gifts brought by the wise men. Activities included drama, discussion, crafts and games.
Stay and Play for parents and toddlers takes place at Marehay and Waingroves each week. During school holidays it 'goes large' and invites school age children as well.
See our photo of the Nativity Story.