Week Beginning Saturday 8th August

Craft Activities at Braintree Museum

There are fun family activities taking place every day across our 21 museums. Here’s what’s coming up over the next week:

  • Saturday 8th August

Pop over to Braintree Museum  for a spot of hula-hooping or visit the Family Fun Day at Lowewood Museum.

  • Sunday 9th August

Mill Green Museum are hosting an event with the Welwyn Bee Keeping Association today.

  • Monday 10th August

Today is the start of Barleylands’ “Birds and the Bees” week and Shuttleworth is being invaded by the Vikings.

  • Tuesday 11th August

From Tuesday to Saturday, Braintree Museum are having a week of drama activities. Harlow Museum has a range of activities available from Tuesday to Friday including an Archaeological Dig, Making Paddle Boats and Coiled Clay Pots. Today, Colchester Castle has Roman Food, you can make a moving gladiator picture at Verulamium Museum and Mill Green Museum starts their “Week of Weather” with the opportunity to design and make a colourful rain stick.

  • Wednesday 12th August

There are “Crafty Capers” at the British Schools Museum, Gliders and Fans at Chelmsford Museum and you can photograph a crime scene at Essex Police Museum. At Hollytrees Museum you can create your own kite or at Mill Green Museum you can make a stunning lightning picture and a noisy thunder clapper. Royston Museum has a pirate-themed workshop, Verulamium Museum are hosting Tots Tales and at Welwyn Roman Baths you can make Crazy Clay Face Pot.

  • Thursday 13th August

There’s a second opportunity to attend Chelmsford Museum’s Gliders and Fans workshop or you can learn about Fantastic Fossils at Colchester Natural History Museum. The John Bunyan Museum has children’s craft activities and Lowewood Museum had a “Family Fun” workshop explore the sculptures of Henry Moore. Mill Green Museum’s “Week of Weather” concludes with an opportunity to make your own sun-catcher. At Verulamium Museum you can make a moving gladiator picture, or you can enjoy “Creative Crafts” at Watford Museum.

  • Friday 14th August

The final day of the Archaeological Dig, Making Paddle Boats and Coiled Clay Pots at Harlow Museum and Barleylands “Birds and the Bees Week”. Braintree Museum’s Drama Week continues until Saturday.

  • The Doctor and a DalekSaturday 15th August

Today “The Vikings are Coming” to Royston Museum and the British Schools Museum open their week-long Doctor Who exhibition..

  • Sunday 16th August

Learn about Love Spoons at Mill Green Museum or become an archaeological apprentice at Verulamium Museum.

It’s All Happening in Welwyn and Hatfield

If you live in the Welwyn and Hatfield area, you’re spoilt for choice by the activities at your two local museums:

Welwyn Roman Baths

Welwyn Roman Baths

Activities take place between 2-4pm, no booking required.  Suitable for ages 4+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  £3.50 standard admission applies for adults entering the bath house during their visit, children go free.

  • Wednesday 5 August, Pocket Money Pouches

Make your own pocket money pouch in the form of a ‘bulla’ a small Roman bag. £3 per child

  • Wednesday 12 August, Crazy Clay Face Pots

Design your very own Roman Clay Pot with a funny face! £3 per child

  • Wednesday 19 August, Roman Door Hanging Signs

Create your very own Roman inspired bedroom door hanging name sign.  £3 per child

  • Wednesday 26 August, Owl of Minerva Pencil Pots

Create your own pencil pot decorated with the wise Owl of Minerva. £3 per child

  • Monday 31 August, Little Diggers!

Be an archaeologist for an afternoon!  Excavate our skeleton, and discover amazing finds. £3 per child

mill-green-2Mill Green Museum & Mill

Art & Craft workshop times 10.00 am, 11.15am, 1.15pm & 2.30pm. They last for one hour. No booking required, just come along but please come at the start of the session as you will need a full hour to make your creations. Suitable for 4 years and over. Cost: £3.00 per child per workshop

  • In the Jungle

Tuesday 4 August, Make a fantastic Jungle animal mask.

Wednesday 5 August, Create a 3D Jungle scene picture.

Thursday 6 August, Make a clay model of your favourite Jungle Animal.

  • A Week of Weather

Tuesday 11 August, Design and make a colourful rain stick

Wednesday 12 August, Make a stunning lightning picture and a noisy thunder clapper.

Thursday 13 August, Create a beautiful sun catcher to hang in your window.

  • Under the Sea

Tuesday 18 August, Design and make your very own crafty fish.

Wednesday 19 August, Make a paper plate port hole and create an ocean scene.

Thursday 20 August, Make a clay model of your favourite sea creature.

  • In the Jungle

Tuesday 25 August, Make a fantastic Jungle animal mask.

Thursday 27 August, Make a clay model of your favourite Jungle Animal.

Week Beginning Saturday 1st August

Boy with a Museum Explorer PassportThere are fun family activities taking place every day across our 21 museums. Here’s what’s coming up over the next week:

  • Saturday 1stAugust

Braintree Museum are holding a WW2 workshop and Royston Museum are hosting a one-day exhibition about the High Street by their Youth Members.

  • Sunday 2ndAugust

Pop along to the British School Museum to see what lessons were like in Victorian classrooms,Hylands House are hosting a performance of Robin Hood and Mill Green Museum has a demonstration of natural decorative arts.

  • Monday 3rd August

Barleylands have a Treasure Hunters theme this week, with activities starting today and running through till Friday.

  • Tuesday 4th August

Today you can get creative with clay at Braintree Museum  or learn about Medieval Medicine at Colchester Castle. Harlow Museum have a range of activities available from Tuesday to Friday including Making Fossils, Making Waterwheels and Toys in a Jar. Mill Green Museum have a Jungle theme and you can make your own animal mask. Shuttleworth have a Carnival of the Animals theme today and at Verulamium Museum you make a Roman Keyring.

  • Wednesday 5th August

The British School Museum is hosting an “Educating Teddy” event and at Chelmsford Museum you can meet a Medieval Nun. Essex Police Museum have an “Artists Impression” workshop and at Hollytrees Museum you can make a periscope. At Mill Green Museum  you can create a 3D jungle scene and Royston Museum has a Collage and Printing workshop. Stotfold Mill have pond-dipping today or you can make your own Roman-style pocket money pouch at Welwyn Roman Baths.

  • Thursday 6th August

Braintree Museum are running a kite-making workshop today, the Medieval Nun is back at Chelmsford Museum or there is a “Big Bug Experience” at Colchester Natural History Museum. The Bunyan Museum is offering children’s craft activities and Lowewood Museum has Weaving with William Morris. At Mill Green Museum  you can make a clay model of your favourite Jungle Animal or at Verulamium Museum you make a Roman Keyring. Watford Museum are having a creative crafts day.

  • Friday 7th August

Today you can make a Victorian Death Locket at Braintree Museum  and Barleylands and Harlow Museum are both still offering their previously described activities.

  • Saturday 8th August

Pop over to Braintree Museum  for a spot of hula-hooping or visit the Family Fun Day at Lowewood Museum.

  • Sunday 9th August

Mill Green Museum are hosting an event with the Welwyn Bee Keeping Association today.

Colchester: One Town, Three Museums

Artist Alison Stockmarr making Face Books at Hollytrees Museum

There is so much to do at Colchester Museums this summer; with the new Castle displays and a variety of events it couldn’t be a better time to visit and use the Explorer Passport!

Meet a Medieval NunTuesdays are Castle event days, most of these are storyteller events (free after Castle admission) but we also have the Castle Archery School on 18th August (see www.cimuseums.org.uk for prices)

Wednesdays are craft event days at Hollytrees Museum. Join us for kite-making, pop-up poems, stencil postcards and periscopes. These fun, arty activities are £3 per person.

Thursdays are Go Live! days at the Natural History Museum in Colchester. See snakes, giant insects, lizards, parrots, meerkats and more! £3 per person but 2s and under are free! If fossils are more your thing we have a FREE Fantastic Fossil event on 12th August where you can hold a meteorite, touch a mammoth tooth and even have your own fossil finds identified by an expert!

Colchester archeryOur Museum Summer Club Card provides great value. For just £10 the cardholder can attend any of the events at Hollytrees and the Natural History Museum this summer (if places are available). You can buy a Summer Club Card at Hollytrees Museum, Colchester Castle and the Natural History Museum.

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Wednesday Activities at Essex Police Museum

Essex Police Museum

Dressing-up at Essex Police Museum

Essex Police Museum, at HQ, Chelmsford, is open every Wednesday during the school holidays and there’s plenty to do!

Ever wondered how heavy a police officer’s hat really is? Or how easy is it to take your fingerprints?

Over the summer the museum is open every Wednesday in addition to its regular Saturday opening hours. As well as special craft activities, visitors can try a cell out for size, give evidence in the witness box, and solve puzzles on the police box.

The museum is open from 10am to 4pm and admission to the museum is free, however there is a charge of £2 to take part in the craft events.

The summer events are:

Wednesday July 29

Police Peg Officers

Use dolly pegs to create your own characters. All ages.   No need to book.

 

Wednesday August 5

An Artist’s Impression

Police Artist Chris Macintosh will show us how to draw faces from just a description.

11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.  Ages 7+. BOOKING ESSENTIAL

 

 

Wednesday August 12

Police Photography

With Scenes of Crime officer Chris Farndell

11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.  Ages 7+. BOOKING ESSENTIAL

 

 

Wednesday August 19

Fingerprint Art

Create a work of art with your fingertips! All ages. No need to book.

 

Wednesday August 26

Make a Zeppelin

Commemorate our officers that shot down a German airship in Essex during the First World War by making your own replica model. Ages 5+. No need to book


Essex Police Museum is open every Saturday from 10am to 4pm, and every Wednesday from10am to 4pm during the school holidays

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Week Beginning 26th July

Chelmsford Museum

There are so many great things to do in local museums this summer, here’s a list of whats happening over the next week so that you don’t miss out!

  • Sunday 26th July

Welwyn Roman Baths are “Potty About Pre-History” and Mill Green Museum has a Handmade Jewellery demonstration.

  • Monday 27th July

Barleylands in Essex launch their Art Attack themed week on Monday 27th and it runs through to Friday 31st. Shuttleworth in Bedfordshire are holding the first of two Glamourous Georgians days.

  • Tuesday 28th July

Braintree Museum are holding a Gardening workshop, Shuttleworth have their second Glamourous Georgians day and at the Higgins you can create your own indenti-brick. At Colchester Castle you can visit the “Astrodome” and learn about the solar system. Mill Green Museum have the first of three “Under the Sea” theme days – today you can design and make your very own crafty fish. Verulamium Museum in St Albans has Roman Mask Making.

  • Wednesday 29th July

Braintree Museum are holding an Egyptian Headdresses workshop and the British Schools Museum have a Paper Play Session. Chelmsford Museum are celebrating all-things sea-side and Essex Police Museum have a Police Officer Peg-Doll workshop. The Higgins are having a second “Create your own indenti-brick” and at Hollytrees Museum you can make your own “Face Book”. Hylands House has a Scrapbook Safari workshop and at Mill Green Museum you can make a paper plate port hole and create an ocean scene. Royston Museum are doing Animal Art and at Welwyn Roman Baths you can make “Amazing Mosaic Picture Frames”.

  • Thursday 30th July

Braintree Museum are holding a Puppets workshop and Colchester Natural History Museum is being visited by some living snakes. Lowewood Museum has a print-making workshop and at Mill Green Museum you can make a clay model of your favourite sea creature. There’s also a second opportunity to make a Roman mask at Verulamium Museum

  • Friday 31st July

Braintree Museum are holding a Kings and Queens workshop and Royston Museum are hosting a Toddler Music and Dance session.

  • Saturday 1st August

Braintree Museum are holding a WW2 workshop and Royston Museum are hosting a one-day exhibition about the High Street by their Youth Members.

  • Sunday 2nd August

Pop along to the British School Museum to see what lessons were like in Victorian classrooms, Hylands House are hosting a performance of Robin Hood and Mill Green Museum has a demonstration of natural decorative arts.

Plenty to Do at Woburn Heritage Centre

Woburn Heritage Centre

Armed with your new Museum Explorer passport, are you looking for a place to visit, now that the summer holidays are here? Why not give Woburn Heritage Centre museum a go? Don’t be fooled by our size! We may be a small museum, tucked away in the quiet picturesque village of Woburn, but we have plenty to entertain, educate and enlighten our visitors – of all ages!

Housed in Old St Mary’s church on Woburn’s main street, Bedford Street, Woburn Heritage Centre makes the most of its rich surroundings. The museum, full of fascinating displays and artefacts, the mapped graveyard with well over a thousand graves, and even the village itself, are all used in the quizzes, trails and worksheets on offer in the museum.

“The Woburn Backpack Trail” is an opportunity to find out more about the Georgian village of Woburn. For a £5 refundable deposit, our younger visitors can take out a backpack full of useful detective equipment, such as binoculars and a magnifying glass, and use them to discover fascinating facts about the village. (Perhaps accompanying adults might like to take a “Woburn Village Trail” leaflet and discover a few things for themselves.)

The recently mapped graveyard is a fascinating resource for children and adults alike. Our “Graveyard Detective” worksheet helps to focus children’s attention as they wander around the graves, some of which are hundreds of years old.

In the museum itself, there’s plenty to keep children amused. Our “Mouse Trail”, now in its second year, is very popular. Many adult visitors also enjoy taking part – even insisting on getting their certificates when they have successfully completed the trail! In addition, we have on offer quizzes called “Find the Face” and  “Museum I-Spy”, plus word searches, crosswords and colouring activities.

So – a trip to Woburn Heritage Centre is about as far removed from the image of stuffy, boring museums as you can get. It is a fun day out for all, with plenty to keep children of all ages interested, amused and occupied. And best of all – it is free!

Why not grab your Museum Explorer passport and come and find us at Old St. Mary’s Church, Bedford Street, Woburn? We have our passport stamp all ready.

Open April-October. Weekdays 2pm-4pm. Weekends and Bank Holidays 10am -5pm.

Summer Fun at Stotfold Watermill

Stotford Watermill

Now that Summer is really here, there is lots for young people to enjoy at Stotfold Watermill and Nature Reserve – from pond dipping to craft workshops, from grinding their own flour with a hand quern, to picnicking in the Nature Reserve and watching the creatures and plants that live there.  Young visitors can also follow the Milly Mouse Trail and discover the secrets of the Mill.  The season culminates in September with the Annual Haymaking Day, now in its third year.

One exciting new venture is the Mill’s participation in the Museum Passport scheme.  This aims to encourage visits to the Mill and to other museums in the area by showcasing the activities on offer.

Each child is given a passport at the first museum they visit, with a special stamp.  Every time they visit one of the museums on the list, or take part in one of the Children’s Challenges, they get another stamp. They can do as many challenges as they wish at each place!  And, once all the challenges have been completed, your child will get a special certificate recording the achievement.

So, come along with your children, to pick up a free passport and find out more about Summer fun for kids of all ages, in Stotfold and across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex.

Details of events at Stotfold Watermill and Nature Reserve:

  • Pond dipping in the Nature Reserve, Wednesday, 5th August, Session 1: 10-12 am; Session 2: 2-4 pm. 

Find out about the exciting creatures that live in our ponds.  All equipment provided.  Suitable for children over 5, who must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  FREE, but must be pre-booked. 

  • Arts and Crafts Day, Tuesday 18th August, 10-4 pm

Create beautiful and ingenious art and craft items under expert guidance. Session 1: 10-12 am; Session 2:  2-4 pm  Pre-booking essential.  Cost: £2 per child.

  • Make hay while the sun shines.Saturday 26th September, 1-4 pm

Enjoy the traditional country craft of hay raking and making haystacks in the Nature Reserve. Come along earlier and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy before you start.  Suitable for children over 7, who must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  Suitable clothing and footwear required and bring a rake, if possible.  Free admission.

***Book via events@stotfoldmill.com or by telephoning 01462 734541 (answerphone).

Family Fun at Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery

We have an exciting programme of activities for the summer holidays planned, which have been designed with children and families in mind:

Royston Stone Age Day

  • Stone Age Fun Day Saturday 18th July, 10.30am-3.30pm

Step back in time and make your own coil and thumb clay pots as our prehistoric ancestors would have.  Create your own cave painting.  Part of the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology.

Free Admission, £2 per child for craft activities.  Drop-in session, no need to book in advance.

  • Crafty Wednesday: Animal Art, Wednesday 29nd July, 10.30-12 noon        

Animal themed craft activities for kids.

Drop-in session, no need to book in advance.  £2 per child.

 

  • Toddler Music and Dance, Friday 31st July, 10.30am -11.30am

Carrie Washington from Dance Digital leads a toddler music and dance workshop themed around the collections.

Free Admission, but spaces limited so please book with the Museum in advance.

  • High Street Exhibition (1-day exhibition): Youth Members, Saturday 1st August, 10.30am-4pm

Craft activities at Royston MuseumPut together by the museum’s Youth Members, this one-day exhibition will look at what shops used to be on the High Street and how it has changed over the years.  Old photos, collection items and more will be available to look at.

Free Admission.

  • Kite Festival @Royston Heath Sunday 2nd August, 10.30am-4.30pm

Come and visit us at our Friends of the Museum stall at the Kite Festival and have a go at the treasure hunt game and lucky dip.  Stunt Kite demonstrations on the Heath and lots more activities.  For more information go to www.roystonkitefestival.com

  • Crafty Wednesday: Collage and Printing, Wednesday 5th August, 10.30am-12.30noon  

Create collages and use a range of printing techniques.

Drop-in session, no need to book in advance.  £2 per child

 

  • Crafty Wednesday: Pirates, Wednesday 12th August, 10.30am-12noon

Pirate themed craft activities for kids.

Drop-in session, no need to book in advance.  £2 per child

  • The Vikings are Coming! Saturday 15th August 10.30am-3.30pm

Royston MuseumViking re-enactor group and Viking themed hands-on activities and crafts to take part in.  Grind flour using the rotary quern, make a Viking longboat model, write your name in runes and produce your own Viking style brooch to take home.

Admission Free, £2 for craft activities.  Drop-in session, no need to book in advance.

  • Crafty Wednesday: Dinosaurs, Wednesday 19th August, 10.30-12.30 noon

Dinosaur themed craft activities for kids.

Drop-in session, no need to book in advance.  £2 per child

  • Crafty Wednesday: Painting, Wednesday 26th August, 10.30-12.30noon

Splat the paint and get artistic with our paints and assorted craft materials.

Drop-in session, no need to book in advance.  £2 per child

Royston Museum is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 10am – 5pm

Royston MuseumThe Museum is located on 5 Lower King Street in Royston.  The Museum is a 5-10 minute walk from both Royston Town Centre and Royston Train Station.  By car it can easily be accessed from the A505 or A10.  The nearest car park to the museum is on Princes Mews, with further car parks at the Town Hall (King James Way) and the Warren.

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Summer activities at the British Schools Museum, Hitchin

Victorians at the British Schools Museum

There is lots to see and do at the British Schools Museum this summer. In addition to our historic classrooms, late Victorian style Headmaster’s house, sampler collection and permanent exhibitions we have two new exhibitions, children’s discovery days and the chance to experience a Victorian lesson in the Gallery classroom.

  • Victorian lessons: First Sunday of the month 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Booking recommended.
  • Family Fun: Third Saturday of the month except August. Drop in during regular opening hours (10am – 1pm). 18th July 2015 – Toys and Games. 19th September 2015 – Teach your parents.
  • 100 years of Ladybird: 21st July – 24th November 2015.

We will be celebrating 100 years of Ladybird books with an exhibition about these colourful classics. With over 200 Ladybird books in the museum’s collection you can explore a range of titles including Bunnikin’s Picnic Party, What to Look for in Summer, and the iconic Key Words Reading Scheme.

  • Doctor Who at the Museum: 15th – 23rd August 2015

The Doctor and a DalekOur visitors are used to travelling back in time but, this year, time travel will know no bounds as Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels and more take over the Museum for a week. Special opening times and admission prices apply.

Monday to Saturday 10am to 2pm (Last entry 1.30pm), Sundays 2pm to 5pm (Last entry 4.30pm)

Entrance is just £2 for all ages that means toddlers, teens, parents and grandparents. Please note that the rest of the Museum will not be open during this exhibition and there is no parking available on site.

 

  • Children’s Discovery Days 2015

Family activities at the British Schools MuseumWe will be open every Wednesday during the school holidays except the 19th August for Children’s Discovery Days. Drop in between 11am and 3pm with last admission 2pm.

– Wednesday 22nd July – Ladybird Larks (100 years of Ladybird books)

– Wednesday 29th July – Paper Play

– Wednesday 5th August – Educating Teddy

– Wednesday 12th August – Crafty Capers

There is no Children’s Discovery Day on Wednesday 19th August but why not Visit our Dr Who exhibition?

– Wednesday 26th August – Be Creative with Science

Cost is £3.50 for children aged 4 and above. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult, but adult admission is free. Children’s Discovery Days take place in the Monitorial Schoolroom. Please note the museum is only open for the children’s activities on these days, not for regular museum visits.

The British Schools Museum is open Tuesday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 1pm and Sunday 2pm – 5pm except during the Dr Who exhibition. Please see website for additional information and entry process.

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