half-term children's fun

Get Hands-On with History

Get Hands-On with History this Spring Half-Term!

Head to the Museum for some fantastic indoor and outdoor hands-on history fun this spring half-term.

From Bank Holiday Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June children can channel their energy into a range of historical tasks and challenges, which are located around the Museum’s site. Wet weather will not spoil play as we have plenty of areas under cover.

The theme for spring half-term is hands-on history – collect a card at the Museum entrance for your series of historical tasks and challenges! Tasks will vary daily but include:

  • Mint a ‘coin’
  • Learn to say an Anglo-Saxon phrase
  • Have a go at writing with a quill pen and guess the famous signatures
  • ‘Cure or…?’ – a presentation on medicine from the past
  • ‘Dress as a …?’ – find out what people would have worn in Saxon, Tudor and Victorian times
  • Try a horrible historical job
  • Take the historical agility test
  • Create a family crest

A programme of activities will be posted on this website (and our social media channels) each morning.

The Museum’s historic buildings are fascinating places to explore. Learn how food was prepared without modern technology in the Tudor kitchen. See how our watermill works and buy a bag of grain for the hungry ducks on the mill pond! Look out for the pigs and piglets, heavy horses and oxen, and other traditional farm animals including sheep, chickens and geese.

Many activities are under cover and will run from 11am-4pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Dogs on leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. Please wear clothes and shoes that are suitable for playing outdoors. Regular admission charges apply and the Museum will open at 10.30am and close at 6.00pm.