Best of the Summer Vol 2

Can you spot yourself in these pictures from across our museums this summer?

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

  • 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.

Telephone: 01763 242587


Twitter: @roystonmuseum


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Museum Explorer Passport Missions

As well as collecting stamps for visiting the different museums in the passport there is also the chance to complete five exciting missions along your journey and receive a certificate.


The five missions can be completed at different museums or the same one so here is a little bit more about the missions.

Mission 1: Visit one museum you haven’t been to before


Whether you visit lots of museums or you are new to the world of museums this mission is the chance to discover one museum that you have never been to before. Take a look at our distance chart to see the nearest museums to you or to your local museum.

Mission 2: Complete a trail at one museum

PR photo (2)

Many of the 21 museums listed in our passport have trails for you to complete. There are trails for special exhibitions, garden trails, trails around the museum as well s trails that help you discover the exciting towns that the museums live in.

Mission 3: Join in one craft activity

John Bunyan Museum

From making mini museums to creating rainbow kites nearly all the museums featured in the passport are running activities for you to enjoy and gain a stamp in your passport. visit the museum page on our website or the museums’ own websites to find out more about their arts and crafts sessions.

Mission 4: Visit a museum with a garden

Harlow Museum

Hopefully this summer sun will continue so why not take this chance to visit a museum with a garden. There are museums with gardens and outdoor spaces in each of the three counties so plenty of chances to complete mission 4!

Mission 5: Draw your favourite object from one museum in your passport

Essex Police Museum

When you pick up your passport you will notice there are some blank pages at the back for you to get creative. Why not document your journey around the museums by drawing your favourite objects and sticking in photographs of your visits. Find out more about sharing these drawing and photographs with us on our photographs page.

We really hope you enjoy your visits to the museums this summer and remember you can complete more than one mission at a museum!





Strike a Pose!

Essex Police Museum

Dressing-up at Essex Police Museum

At Museum Explorer, we love photographs. When you’re visiting museums over the summer they can capture the fun of family day out, show off your children’s artistic talent as they work on a masterpiece in a workshop or you can work together to recreate scenes in paintings or poses of statues*.

Photographs are a great way for families to be creative together. We would love to see any snaps, Vines or other images and films you take while visiting our museums over the summer, especially if you include your passport in the picture.

What will we do with your photos? We may share them here on our website, on Twitter, Facebook and in our future publicity. Full details are available here

Sharing your pictures with us is easy. Simply tweet them to @explorerpass, post them on our Facebook page or send them over in an email.

*Please be aware that some museums may not allow photography inside their galleries due to conservation or security issues. We ask you respect their rules during your visit.