12 Great Family Friendly Events
It’s time for some family fun. Bring your little ones to our fantastic events from teddy bear parachuting and wall climbing to grass cutting and craft making!
Create a little invention
Explore fun-filled free workshops of early science or special book collections and make an astounding invention yourself! The kaleidoscope-making session is open for children 8+, and the book event welcomes bookworms 5+.
Make a medal
Discover medals in different colours and patterns in the military and try your hand at making one. Medals are usually awarded to the brave and the great in the army. Who will win the medal in the family?
Send a letter or make a call
What’s more iconic on the British streets than the red phone booths and pillar boxes? Here are lots of hands-on opportunities on everything related to post and telephone. Dress up in a postman’s uniform, work the Stamp vending machines and post your own letters!
Help teddy fly
Make a parachute and watch a brave Teddy leap from the tower's top. Watch performances from morning to evening, from bellringers and storytelling to yoga demonstrations and Morris dancers. Barbeque and cakes will also be available for refreshments.
Host a family quiz
How well do you know Berwick, Tweedmouth and Spittal? Let’s see how many places you can spot from the photos. There are three levels from easy to hard. All ages and abilities are welcome.
Play Victorian and Edwardian games
Have you wondered what kids in Victorian and Edwardian times play? Come and join the games at South Cliff Gardens! Throw your arms for quoits, play cards and make your own toy to take home.
Discover your next favourite activity
So, your little one wants to try out something new? Come to Moor Pool Heritage Festival and join taster sessions for a range of activities: Baby Ballet, Capoeira, Mezzo dance, BilinguaSing and OneDay Theatre and more! Enjoy live music and handmade cake, and start your next new hobby from here.
Be a firefighter for a day
Experience a day as a firefighter at the interactive fire station! Immerse yourself in the amazing collection built by an ex-firefighter, from Victorian house-drawn Leyton fire engines to modern-day vehicles. You’ll see the famous Dennis fire engine featured in many films. And can meet real firefighters from London Fire Brigade - be ready with your questions!
Go on a boat adventure
Are you ready, kids? Let’s take a river trip aboard a Thames sailing barge! Step onto the deck of an authentic 1908 Whitstable oyster smack and watch shipwrights’ clinker boat building demo. The next sailor is you.
Have a go at canoeing or climbing
Looking for a weekend of outdoor fun? Chill by the river at Tapton Lock Festival. Paddle a canoe, watch a performance, climb a wall, and take a walk by the beautiful Chesterfield Canal. Refresh and energise your body in the autumn breeze.
Go wild with nature under your nose
Take a walk in the wild and explore nature right under our noses. Then, step into the museum, take your own DIY sheet, and join more activities on the theme of a sustainable future. A great way to inspire your little ones on how to take care of our world.
Explore 2,000 years of tech at a secret nature reserve
Step into the Intact Centre’s not-normally-open nature reserve, to explore 2,000 years of nature-related technology. Let’s go back in time, learn how to cut grass with a scythe, weave willow with jigs, turn wood on a pole lathe, and go pond dipping with magnification pots. Then, we can jump back to 2022, and join a tour of the reserve in virtual reality!
PLEASE NOTE - These events were accurate at the time of publication but the details may change. Some events require pre-booking. Please check the individual entries for updates and details.