The Fun Doesn’t Stop at Royston Museum

There’s no stopping just because the summer holidays are over!

Children at Royston Museum's Arts Festival

From 18th – 27th September, Royston will be “lit up” with activities as part of the annual Arts Festival.  This year the theme is “Illumination”.  The museum will be joining in by asking you to get involved with its Big Make.  Join us on Saturday 19th to help paint some giant light bulbs which will brighten up and illuminate the museum.

Then come back on Saturday 26th for more illuminating craft activities.  Events are taking place across Royston so why not plan a day trip and see more of the town.

For more information about the festival, check out

Our hugely popular Toddler Dance Workshops start up again after a summer break. Led by a professional dance teacher, the group of youngsters and their carers take inspiration from objects in the museum.  One recent workshop got them hunting for animals before imagining how the animals might dance around.  Demand for these is so great that we’ve added a second date each month!  This month the dates are Friday 11th and 25th September.

Following the success of our summer Crafty Wednesdays, we’ll be getting creative again during October half term.  On Wednesday 28th we’ll be leaving Earth far behind and blasting off into space! Create your own rocket, imagine what alien life you might discover and design an alien flying saucer.

Then on Saturday 31st we come back to Earth for some spooky Halloween crafts. Our museum is said to be haunted. Dare you join us to see what you might discover lurking in dark corners!

For the latest up to date information on our events, follow us on Twitter: @roystonmuseum, like us on Facebook: Royston & District Museum & Art Gallery, and take a look at our website

Week Beginning 29th August


Have you completed all five of the missions in your passport? Don’t forget to ask for your Museum Explorer certificate!

  • Saturday 29th August

Today Braintree Museum has a “Snakes Alive!” session.

  • Sunday 30th August

Many local museums are open today. Check our list of museums to see what’s happening near you.

  • Monday 31st August

Barleylands start their Ultimate Inflatables week today, there’s wood-turning at Mill Green Museum and “Little Diggers” at Welwyn Roman Baths.

  • Tuesday 1st September

Create your very own comic books at Braintree Museum today

  • Wednesday 2nd September

Pop over to Braintree Museum and get stuck into some super science activities

  • Thursday 3rd September

It’s Disney Day over at Braintree Museum. Come dressed as your favourite Disney character and create Disney themed crafts.

  • Crime Scene Photography at Essex Police MuseumFriday 4th September

Braintree Museum are holding a jewellery workshop, where you can create your own bracelet and necklace set using beads, clay and buttons. Today is also the last day of Ultimate Inflatables at Barleylands.

  • Saturday 5th September

Go back to school Victorian-style at Braintree Museum.

  • Sunday 6th September

The British Schools Museum have free Victorian Lesson at 2:30pm and 3:30pm, or visit Mill Green Museum for handmade jewellery.

Week Beginning 22nd August

Young CSI Officers at Essex Police Museum

Our weekly list of up-coming family events in your local museums:

  • Saturday 22nd August

Pop over to Braintree Museum today for their Record Breaking day. Also, this weekend is you last opportunity to see the Doctor Who exhibition at the British Schools Museum.

  • Sunday 23rd August

Today there’s a story-time session for under-7’s at Verulamium Museum.

  • Monday 24th August

Barleylands start a week of “Crazy Entertainer” themed activities today.

  • Tuesday 25th August

Braintree Museum are having fun with Dragons and at Colchester Castle you can attend an audience with the ancient British King Caractacus. Harlow Museum has a range of activities available from Tuesday to Friday including an Archaeological Dig, Making Paddle Boats and Coiled Clay Pots. The Higgins has the first of two Arctic Explorer days and at Mill Green Museum you can make a Jungle animal mask. Verulamium Museum has activities about the Mildenhall Treasure in the morning and Badge Making in the afternoon.

  • Children taking photographsWednesday 26th August

You can make Greek Mosaics at Braintree Museum or visit the British Schools Museum to get “Creative with Science”. Essex Police Museum has a “Make a Zeppelin” workshop and it’s the final Arctic Explorer session at the Higgins. There is a Pop-Up Poems session at Hollytrees Museum or you can make a Safari Scrapbook at Hylands House. Royston Museum has a painting workshop, you can learn the legend of The Wicked Lady at Verulamium Museum or make an Owl of Minerva Pencil Pot at Welwyn Roman Baths.

  • Thursday 27th August

There’s a Pirate-themed workshop at Braintree Museum or you can meet Reptiles and Mini-Beasts at Colchester Natural History Museum. The John Bunyan Museum has children’s craft activities and Lowewood Museum has an Art in Clay workshop. At Mill Green Museum you can make a clay model of your favourite jungle animal, Verulamium Museum has a badge making workshop and there are Creative Crafts at Watford Museum.

  • Friday 28th August

Braintree Museum have a Pyramids-themed workshop, it’s the final day of Barleylands “Crazy Entertainer” week and it’s your last chance to enjoy Harlow Museum’s Archaeological Dig, Making Paddle Boats and Coiled Clay Pots sessions.

  • Saturday 29th August

Today Braintree Museum has a “Snakes Alive!” session.

Colchester Castle – August Flash Sale!

Colchester CastleColchester Castle will give families the opportunity to explore its recent £4.3m revamp for less, as it lowers its admission prices until the end of August.

The Castle has delighted thousands of families with its exciting new displays since reopening to the public following the revamp last year, positioning it as one of the country’s leading heritage attractions.
Its mix of hands-on activities such as virtual Roman Circus chariot racing, digital app reconstructions of the Castle and incredible archaeological finds really bring history to life.

To allow more families easier access to Europe’s biggest Norman Keep, admission prices will be lowered by up to 26%.

The lower prices go live at 10am Monday 17 August and end 5pm on Monday 31 August.

Adult general admission WAS: £7.60 NOW: £6
Child general admission WAS: £4.75 NOW: £3.50
Reduced rate general admission WAS: £4.75 NOW: £3.50
For more informayion, please visit:

Best of the Summer Vol 2

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

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.

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.

Welcome to the Museum Explorer Passport!

John Bunyan Museum

Family activities at the John Bunyan Museum in Bedford

If you are looking for something fun to do this summer, love visiting museums or have never been to a museum before this is your chance to go exploring and visit some of the fantastic museums on your doorstep in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex.

Once you have your passport, get exploring and collect stamps at all the museums listed in the passport. You can even complete five exciting missions and receive a certificate. So why not take this chance to visit your local museum or one you have never been to before and complete your Museum Explorer Passport.

To find out more about the passport, where you can get one or sign up to our mailing list then click here