Autumnal Activities at the Museum

Head to the Museum this autumn for a fun-packed season of activities as the nights draw in.

Hallowe’en Half-Term Activities
23-27 October

From Monday 23rd – Friday 27th October, children can get hands-on with a great range of Hallowe’en themed activities around the Museum’s beautiful 40-acre site. Activities vary daily and include: pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, face painting, hear a spine-tingling fireside story, create dancing skeleton paper puppets, plus more make and take home activities. Children are encouraged to wear fancy dress for their visit. Activities run from 11am – 3pm daily and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Museum at Night Story Walks
26 October (family friendly for 7+ years)
27-28 October

“It was the best bedtime story EVER!”
Customer quote, October 2016

Tickets are now on sale for enchanting Museum at Night walks, which offer a truly out of the ordinary experience – guests will be guided by lamplight to different spaces around the Museum to hear a series of short night-time stories; some amusing, some mysterious and some downright odd. Some will definitely not ensure sweet dreams. Each story has a historical root, as truth is far stranger than fiction. Gather around an open fire at the end of the evening for a spiced warm drink and biscuit. Not for the under 16s or the faint of heart!

New for 2017: Museum at Night Family Tale Trail, 26 October

Book now for this special evening is designed for families to enjoy enchanting walks with spooky happenings! Join a walk by lamplight to hear a series of folklore and historical tales of mysterious places, magnificent creatures and magical adventures. Suitable for ages 7+, accompanied children will join a small group to walk to different spaces to hear five twilight tales.

Tickets for Museum at Night events must be booked in advance. All profits benefit the Museum, which is a registered charity.

Guy Fawkes Day Family Activities
5 November

Visitors to the Museum on Sunday 5 November can watch and participate in a number of traditional and craft activities with a Bonfire Night theme.

Hear the 1605 story of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, see the bonfires lit in celebration of King James I’s survival and take part in the 5th November Act (known as Gunpowder Treason Day) celebrations – an enforced annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure. Enjoy a range of crafts and activities, including make a mini Guy Fawkes, learn to light a fire with flint and steel, draw a firework picture and many more before the bonfire is lit. Join in with singing and dancing around the bonfire from 3pm.

For further information, opening times and pricing please visit our what’s on pages. Tickets for Museum at Night events are strictly limited and must be booked in advance. Dogs on leads are welcome at the Museum’s daytime events only but cannot be accepted at evening events for safety reasons.

Visitors with access needs are advised to contact the Museum on 01243 81363 in advance of their visit, to discuss the best way to access the site and exhibits.