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

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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