Homestead Special Events

We offer a variety of special events all year. Learn more below.  Call us for more information.

Holiday Bake Sale and Tea

The Exchange Cafe and volunteers are baking up a storm so you don't have to! New this year, you can pre-order your baked goodies! Simply choose from the list of goodies below and call us or email us to place your order by Saturday, November 21. Payment is required on Saturday, November 28 at the Bell Homestead Visitor Centre when you pick up your treats. Payments accepted are Interac, Visa or Master Card only please.

Cookies - mix and match a baker's dozen $8.00
  • cherry Christmas slices
  • chocolate chip
  • cranberry white chocolate chip
  • oatmeal
  • old fashioned gingersnaps
  • peanut butter chocolate chip
  • pumpkin orange
  • shortbread
  • skor butterscotch chip
  • triple chocolate chip 

Gluten-free option-sugar and chocolate chip 

Squares and tarts - mix and match half dozen $6.00 
  • brownies
  • butter tarts
  • confetti squares
  • date squares
  • hello dollies
  • lemon squares
  • raspberry coconut squares
  • Rice Krispie squares 

Gluten-free option-brownies

Candlelight Christmas Celebration

Join us for a holiday feast for the senses. Pre-book your exclusive, one-hour tour of the Bell Homestead decorated for a Victorian Christmas amidst the soft glow of candles and oil lamps. Your yuletide spirit will be enlivened! 

Each tour includes; seasonal music in the drawing room, treats in Eliza Bell's kitchen and a children's Christmas scavenger hunt. After the tour scrumptious desserts are available for purchase in The Exchange Cafe or do some holiday shopping at The Phone Booth Museum Store.

Tours are available Saturday, December 5 and 12 in one-hour pre-booked  time slots from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.mAdmission by donation. Tours are limited to a maximum of five people are scheduled on the hour. Call us to pre-book your tour. Admission is by donation. 

Guests will be pre-screened upon entry and asked to use the provided hand sanitizer upon entry. Face masks are required while inside the museum as per the City face coverings by-law

Loonie Family Day

Bring your family to visit the Bell Family's home for the special admission price of $1.00 per person. Children 6 and under are free.

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Victorian High Tea

Enjoy an elegant afternoon at The Exchange Cafe including period music and a scrumptious assortment of tea sandwiches, scones and desserts. $40.00 per person. This event sells out quickly so call us for your tickets.

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Eliza's Mother's Day Afternoon Tea

Join us at the Exchange Cafe as we celebrate Alexander Graham Bell's mother along with all of our moms! This event is a unique experience featuring delectable petit fours, sandwiches, and scones and entertaining tours of Eliza Bell's 1870s home. Call us or email us for tickets. 

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May is Museum Month Open House

Join us for a complimentary tour of the Bell Homestead as we celebrate International Museums Day!

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26th  Annual Barn Sale

You'll find lots of great bargains at our annual rummage sale. Proceeds from the sale benefit our annual community special events. Have items to donate? Call us or email us

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Summer Serenade with the Brantford Memorial Concert Band

Join us for an evening of exceptional live music with director, Paul Nicholson conducting Brantford's concert band. Bring your favourite lawn chair or blanket to enjoy this summer outdoor performance. Admission by donation. 

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Bell Summer Theatre Festival

The Bell family's front verandah will provide the stage for Brant Theatre Workshops 12th season at the Homestead. You'll want to see all three productions-Beatrix Potter, Brantford's Johnny Cash and Ancient Roots. Bring your favourite lawn chair and/or blanket for these pay-what-you-can performances. For specific dates and showtimes visit branttheatre.com

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Symphony Under the Stars

The Brantford Community Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor, Deb McLoughlin, brings classical and a bit of contemporary music to the Homestead with this second program in our outdoor Summer Music Series. Bring your lawn chair, admission by donation. 

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Coffee House at the Cafe

The Bell Homestead welcomes the fall at the Exchange Cafe in 1960s fashion with an evening of smooth music and good eats. Prepare to be jazzed by the groovy sounds of Brantford's Pleasant Ridge. Tickets $25.00 per person. Call us to purchase your tickets.

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Hallowe'en Fun Fair

Join us for this family-friendly old fashions penny carnival. Come in costume or just as you are to play spooktacular games, have your face painted or fortune told, or take a pony and wagon ride. At 12:30 p.m. join Little Ray's Reptile Zoo for an amazing show in our Visitor Centre. Admission by donation.

  • cancelled due to COVID-19