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.

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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.

A Taste of Summer at Watford Museum

Making paper dragons at Watford Museum

On Thursday 13 August, Watford Museum was filled with Chinese Printing Dragons made in our crafty workshop. The dragons were inspired by the green dragons swirling and curling on our Columbian Press on display in the museum’s Printing Gallery.

Families made some brilliant, ferocious examples – decorated in Rainbow colours and Lizard green!

Fancy joining in? Thursday 20th August we will be making Coronets, the Earl of Essex crowns and Thursday 27 August we will be making pop up cards! Workshops run from 10.30am – 12.30pm and cost £1 per child. No booking necessary!

Pirates to Dinosaurs: Summer at Royston Museum

Vikings at Royston Museum

We’ve been having a great Summer Holiday with our Crafty Wednesdays. From pirates to dinosaurs, we’ve seen some wonderfully creative families getting their hands covered in paint and clay!

Clay DinosaurIn the last two weeks we’ve been shivering timbers with some pirates, being invaded by Vikings and being ROARED at by dinosaurs!

Lots of families were out in force making pirate hats and eye patches and designing their very own treasure map…who knows what treasure they’ve might find.

In between fighting each other, our Viking visitors spoke to everyone about life for them.  We found about what they wore, ate and even the games they played.

We went all prehistoric with dinosaurs too.  Kids and adults made some brilliant model dinosaurs and there were lots of roaring dinosaur impressions!

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.

Best of the Summer Vol 2

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

Week Beginning Saturday 15th August

The Doctor and a Dalek
All the events taking place in our museums over the next week, all in one handy list!

  • All Week

All this week, the British Schools Museum are hosting a Doctor Who exhibition. This is for one week only, so don’t miss it!

  • Saturday 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.

  • Monday 17th August

“Deadly Creatures” week starts today at Barleylands and runs through till Friday. It’s also the first of two days of “Secret Garden” activities at Shuttleworth Museum.

  • Archery School at Colchester CastleTuesday 18th August

Today you can make a dream-catcher at Braintree Museum, decorate a mug at the Higgins or take part in the Arts and Crafts Day at Stotfold Mill. Colchester Castle are hosting an Archery School and it’s the final day of Secret Garden activities at Shuttleworth Museum. Mill Green Museum have an Under the Sea theme and you can make your own crafty fish. Harlow Museum have Making Fossils, Making Waterwheels and Toys in a Jar every day until Friday. There’s also a full day of fun at Verulamium Museum with The Treasures of Sutton Hoo in the morning and Make Your Own Roman Fridge Magnet in the afternoon.

  • Wednesday 19th August

Explore Old Town Maps with Braintree Museum, take part in Victorian Craft Activities at Chelmsford Museum or make Fingerprint Art at Essex Police Museum. There’s a second opportunity to decorate a mug at the Higgins and there’s a stencil workshop at Hollytrees Museum. Mill Green Museum are continuing their Under the Sea theme and you can make a paper plate port hole and create an ocean scene. There’s a Dinosaur workshop at Royston Museum, Roman Coins at Verulamium Museum or you can make a Roman Hanging Door Sign at Welwyn Roman Baths.

  • Thursday 20th August

Braintree Museum has an Egyptian cartouches workshop today, Chelmsford Museum has a second day of Victorian Craft Activities or you can meet some furry and feathery animals at Colchester Natural History Museum. The John Bunyan Museum has children’s craft activities and Lowewood Museum has a Family Fun: Animal Sketches with James Ward workshop. Mill Green Museum concludes their Under the Sea theme with an opportunity to make a clay model of your favourite underwater creature. There’s a performance of the children’s classic “The Secret Garden” at the Shuttleworth Museum, creative crafts at Watford Museum or you can make your own Roman fridge magnet at Verulamium Museum.

  • Family craftsFriday 21st August

Today you can learn about African masks at Braintree Museum. It’s the final day of Deadly Creatures at Barleylands and the last chance to enjoy Making Fossils, Making Waterwheels and Toys in a Jar at Harlow Museum.

  • Saturday 22nd August

Pop over to Braintree Museum today for their Record Breaking day.

  • Sunday 23rd August

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

Summer So Far…

We thought we’d share some pictures from events that have taken place so far this summer. We’d love to have some more though, so please feel free to send them to us!

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.

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 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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