Heritage Open Days 9-18 September 2022 - What will you discover?

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!

Large group of children looking at an old manuscript laid out on an archival support© Devon and Exeter Institution - There'll be lots of astounding things to discover this September!

Create a little invention

Make a Kaleidoscope / Bookworms Make Astounding Inventions, Exeter, Devon

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+.

Display of military medals

Make a medal for someone special / © The Royal Logistics Corps Museum

Make a medal

Royal Logistics Corp Museum, Winchester, Hampshire    

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

Colne Valley Postal History Museum, Halstead, Essex

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!

Beige teddy bear sat on grassland

Help Ted become Super flying Ted this September! / © Creative Commons - Pixabay

Help teddy fly

St Laurence and the Ark, Alvechurch, Birmingham, Worcestershire

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

Secret Berwick, Northumberland (Online event)

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.

Old illustration of three people playing quoits in a park, with a close up view of a lady in a straw boater hat and striped costume in the foreground

Have a go at the curious games of yesteryear in South Cliff Park / © Metropolitan Museum of Art, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Play Victorian and Edwardian games

South Cliff Gardens, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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

Moor Pool Heritage Festival, Birmingham, West Midlands

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.

Red garage doors open to reveal front view of FireEngine inside

Meet Dennis the famous fire engine and discover what it takes to be a firefighter © Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum

Be a firefighter for a day

Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, London

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

Festival of Chatham Reach, Chatham, Kent

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.

Collage of three images. 1. Front view of sailboat with children aboard. 2. Two children climbing a climbing wall. 3. Three groups in canoes paddling down a canal towards a stone bridge

Get active outdoors this September / © Rikard Osterlund for Chatham Reach + Ashley Franklin for Tapton Lock

Have a go at canoeing or climbing

Tapton Lock Festival, Chesterfield, Derbyshire

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

Richard Jefferies Museum, Swindon, Wiltshire

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.

Collage of three images. 1 Young girl with a snail on her nose. 2. A newt 3. A woman working a traditional craft machine in woodland

Meet the local wildlife and discover how we care for their wild spaces / © The Intact Centre + Richard Jeffries Museum

Explore 2,000 years of tech at a secret nature reserve

The Intact Centre, Preston, Lancashire

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.

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