Birchwood House residents travel back to medieval times


Our residents and staff travelled back in time to enjoy a medieval-themed summer party held within our 9 acres of picturesque, landscaped gardens on 30th June 2021.

Staff pulled out all the stops to ensure our residents felt like they had stepped back in time for a unique and authentic experience. All team members fully embraced the event by dressing up in period attire and themed entertainment including a medieval banquet, loot music and traditional pork hullis was offered.

Our garden was transformed into a real-life castle, which had been carefully crafted by our talented staff and their families along with a makeshift ‘hog roast’.

A large gothic table dressed in ivy filled the lawns of the care home. Residents were treated to a historic spread of vegetable pottage, pears in red wine, pulled pork rolls and custard tarts. All served by our care home chef, Anne. While the residents sipped from goblets and enjoyed the surroundings, staff got into the spirit by having rotten cabbages thrown at them in the stocks. Hobby horses, jousting and a pork jester were on offer for all to enjoy.

With the lifting of COVID restrictions now slowly coming into force, our residents can begin to look forward to many more events and hopefully with loved ones joining in with the fun.

“We are so pleased to be able to hold these events for our residents.  To be able to enjoy some socialising whilst getting into the spirit of theme; gives us all something to look forward to. The team here at Birchwood, always give their all to make sure the event is a success. After such an incredibly difficult year for all the residents and staff, it feels extra special now we can all celebrate together and enjoy the beautiful gardens along with the amazing attention to detail of our medieval themed summer party.” Niral Patel, owner of the care home, comments.

Claire Tye, Deputy Manager at Birchwood House, adds: “We had such a lovely day for the medieval garden party! Staff once again got fully into character and had such fun recreating scenes from the dark ages. The event lifted the spirits of our residents who have faced such a challenging year. To see them getting involved with the theme, enjoying the loot music and dining on the hog roast was great. It provided an opportunity to bring us all together and it finally feels like life is returning to some normality. We love to put on an event for the residents and like to think we go above and beyond to make sure its extra special.“

Find out more about Birchwood events and download a typical activity schedule in the home here.

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