Special events

Check out what special events we have planned at the Castle in the coming year.

Hope to see you there!

Detail of young boy blowing trumpet

Black History Events

This October for Black History Month, enjoy our fantastic programme of events, highlighting the significant contribution black people have made in Haringey, the UK and beyond.

Explore our What’s On and see how you can take part in one or more of our special events, talks and walks, art and craft activities for families and adults as well as our fascinating exhibitions.


Drawing of All Hallow's Church in Tottenham

Curator’s Tour of 400 years of Black History - In and Around Bruce Castle

  • Saturday 8 October, 10.30am - Free

Visit our Walks page to find out more about the walk around Tottenham, lead by Deborah Hedgecock, Curator of Bruce Castle Museum, exploring 400 years of Black History around Bruce Castle.


The Storytelling Chair, part of the Hi! Culture project.

Tell Us Your Story - The Story Telling Chair @ The Castle

  • Saturday 8 October  - 1.30 to 4pm

The Story Telling Chair designed by local artist Christelle Mutombo-Cartier is at Bruce Castle Museum and Archive for the afternoon - and waiting for your story to be added to the Hi CULTURE! Story Collection about Tottenham High Road.

Have you got a story to share about a business working on the High Road, a community history, or memories of the area? Intrigued? We want to hear your story - so come along and share!

All welcome. Just turn up! 


Logo for 'Vivienne Sometimes' with blue flowers and images of Vivienne Haigh-Wood
Arts Council UK logo

Vivienne Sometimes: A Life of Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot - live performance

  • Saturday 15 October, 2pm

Booking essential

Performed in the Sir Rowland Hill Lecture Hall at Bruce Castle, the free performance lasts around 1 hour
Written by Donna Fitzgerald, this live show offers a creative exploration of the life of Vivienne Haigh-Wood, the first wife of poet T. S. Eliot, and her final years at Northumberland House Private Mental Hospital, Green Lanes, Harringay.  

The show uses live music, projection and performance to tell Vivienne's story.  It also draws on local residents' memories of the hospital site as a way of reviving the lost hospital building (Northumberland House was demolished in 1955).   

The role of Vivienne will be performed by Rosanna Lowe.

To book your free place, please email the Museum - museum.services@haringey.gov.uk.  

The performance highlights World Mental Health Day (10 October) (external link).


A floral design by Althea McNish

Draw With Susan - Art Morning for Beginners (Adults)

  • Saturday 15 October 2022 - 10.30am to 12pm

Want to start drawing but don’t have the confidence? Well, this free beginners’ session with local artist Susan Bryan is the one for you!

Taking inspiration from the objects in the Museum’s galleries or the original sketches and drawings of Althea McNish in our exhibition, Susan will guide you through the processes to help you on your way.

All materials are supplied. Just relax and have fun drawing!

Session is aimed for adult learners. Spaces are limited, so booking is essential. Please book your place by emailing the Museum at museum.services@haringey.gov.uk.


Poster for the Creepy Castle event at the museum

Creepy Castle - New for this year!

  • Friday 28 October 1 – 5pm
  • Saturday 29 October 1 – 5pm

As All Hallow’s Eve approaches dress up in costume and head for Bruce Castle, one of London’s most haunted buildings….

In this family friendly event, see the mysterious manor house of Bruce Castle taken over by the spirits. Peek through the glass of the potion lab, step inside the spooky tower, and watch out for the ghost of Constantia Lucy wandering around her former home. Then take the kids to our activity room to make a spooky spider web or haunted house picture. 

This is a free event open to all, but most suited to families with children aged 6-10 years old. The craft activity will run between 1.30 - 4.30pm Suggested donation of £2 per child.

Please dress up for the occasion! 


Portrait of Sandie Powell by Sadie Lee

Art 2 Inspire @ The Tower #1

Sadie Does Sandy – Paintings of Sandy Powell by Sadie Lee

Catch the first exhibition in our newly restored Tudor Tower, featuring the work of local artist Sadie Lee.