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Summer Holiday Activities – Week One

Each week over the summer holidays we will have different activities for our visitors to explore, learn and have fun!

In the week of the 24 – 28 July activities include:


Knucker the Dragon Nature School

Activities will run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week, these are drop-in activities that will be available from 11am to 4pm.

There will be 3 stations as follows:

Creation Station – have a go at making your own kite or pinwheel windmill, try your hand at modelling a mini-beast, weaving and other butterfly and dragon fly crafts.

Games Station – have fun playing with our giant mini beast dominoes game and other games, take the Knucker the Dragon marble challenge, kite flying and more.

Investigation Station – discover the life cycle of butterflies and dragonflies and how they fly, investigate how windmills work, learn how to track woodland creatures from their footprints, excavate forest trees and have a chance to see like a bug with our special glasses.

Whilst you’re here why not pick up our Museum Detective handbook too and see how many of the things you can find on our I-Spy trail.


Hands on Heritage Activities

Ever wondered how our ancient ancestors on the South Downs made tools and other objects by flint knapping?

Want to have a go at blacksmithing or find out how to take cuttings?

How about making a tile?

These are just some of the ‘have a go’ activities on offer during the summer holidays.

Activities vary throughout the week, please ask on arrival or take a look at the What’s On boards to find out about the activities on offer, Monday to Friday 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm


A Summer of Saxon Stories

Anglo- Saxon storytelling and activities. Travel back in time and experience history listening to ancient folktales, legends and myths told by professional storyteller Dawn Nelson. Discover the magic of hares. Who is the Queen of the Birds? What is Knucker the Dragon’s favourite pie? Take a journey with Thor across the nine worlds and stir the cauldron of Awen.

Throughout the day you’ll also find Dawn in our Saxon House where she will be solving riddles and uncovering the lore behind the ancient nine herbs charm.

Dawn Nelson is a performance storyteller based in the South Downs. Her passion is landscape, heritage and nature connection through the wonder of story, in all its forms. To find out more about her work please visit www.ddstoryteller.co.uk

During this week the Saxon Stories will be available on Monday 24th July, at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm under the tree near Market Square.


Victorian Punch & Judy Show, Toys and Games

From Monday 24 to Friday 28 July, you can meet Adrian Warrell and his Victorian Punch & Judy show, along with collection of toys and games. 10.30am to 5.00pm.


The Museum can get very busy during the holidays, so we recommended pre-booking your tickets to guarantee your visit!

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Mon–Fri 24–28 July 2023