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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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.

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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Family Events at Lowewood Museum this summer

Lowewood Museum runs a fantastic programme of events and activities. Along with great exhibition and education programmes, the Museum hosts a number of special events during the year, as well as family activities, specialist study days, community events and much more.

Lowewood Museum

Summer Events in 2015

Family Fun
Thursdays during school holidays
12noon – 3pm
£1 per child
Join us for fun family crafts – no need to book just drop in during the times stated.


Over the summer you can create your own mini version of Lowewood Museum. Each week you will complete one side of the museum and on the other side get creative making your own artwork inspired by different artists connected to the local area.

You can also sign up to take part in Discover Arts Award over the summer holidays. The pack costs a £10 one off fee per child.

23 July –  Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge Paintings

30 July – Print making inspired by Spradbery

6 August – Weaving with William Morris

13 August – Sculpture with Henry Moore

20 August – Animal Sketches with James Ward

27 August – Art in clay with Androulla Theochari

Along with the craft activities there are lots of trails and the Museum’s explorer kits to use on your visit.

Family Fun Day
Saturday 8 August
11am – 4pm

Lowewood Museum family fun day

Join us at the Museum for a day of family fun including puppet shows, willow weaving and more. No need to book just drop in.

Lowewood Museum is open Wednesday to Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm.

Twitter: @lowewood