Family Friendly Events

Schools may be back but that doesn’t mean family fun has to stop. This year Heritage Open Days has a whole range of activities for parents and children of all ages to enjoy. Here are just a few highlights! And of course, in Heritage Open Days fashion, they are all absolutely free.

Uncover gems of Hidden Nature in a special family trail at the Treasure House Museum and Beverley Art Gallery, the East Riding’s centre for culture and heritage, and home to a whole array of objects, documents and pictures. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the local area – and have fun doing so! 

How are real bricks made? / © The Brick Museum

Put down your Lego – here’s some real bricks. The last remaining steam driven brickworks in the UK now a museum of bricks and brickmaking – that’s The Brickworks Museum in Swanwick. They are hoping to fire up their steam engine and have the old machinery working.

Who doesn’t love a bit of a dance – and even better when it’s combined with bingo? Carboot Disco Bingo brings together two popular family activities, bingo and disco dancing, in a special, socially distanced version of interactive extravaganza on the Italian Gardens in Weston-super-Mare. A collaboration between artist Megan Clark-Bagnall and Jasmine Loveys, players cross the numbers off the bingo card and learn the disco dance moves attributed to each number drawn throughout the game, in a part dance lesson, part bingo performance guaranteed to be lots of fun.

Story time... Are you sitting comfortably? Then let's begin... growl along with the Gruffalo at Torquay Museum's special session.

Buzz along to Buxton for the festival / © Friends of Buxton Station

Wildlife wonders…

Bzzzzzz....Who doesn’t love bees? They do so much good for our world, but not many folk know about our special resident insect. Why not take part in a self-guided bumblebee safari? The leaflet, produced Friends of Buxton Station guides you up onto nearby moorland at Light Wood to view bee species, including the rare and endangered Bilberry bumblebee native to the High Peak. 

Help build "bug hotels" Start construction in The Artists' Garden, and enjoy guided tours of Brock Keep in Reading, a historic former armoury and gatehouse to Brock Barracks. It’s now a studios and art gallery, where parents can enjoy a special exhibition inspired by its garden.

Back to (forest) school... Explore the wildlife garden at the Old School in Old Wolverton near Milton Keynes, with drop-in Forest School activities for families to enjoy together. It’s a great opportunity to discover the world of nature all around us with the hidden nature themed scavenger hunt.

Rainy days…

Of course, this being the UK, there’s guaranteed to be some wet weather days, so you might want to prepare some indoor activities. For the first time, Heritage Open Days has gone digital. Here’s a few picks...

Get crafty with Norfolk Heritage Centre

Unlock the Archive... In Norfolk Heritage Centre's creative workshop you can explore books from the first centuries of print - an extraordinary time of invention and innovation - and have a go at continuing these experiments at home!

Discover creatures in the cathedral.... Every day throughout the festival join Bradford Cathedral as they bring daily videos exploring the Hidden Nature you can find in in the cathedral, whether that's the animal trail, their bee hotels, or links with Arctic explorer William Scoresby.

Check out our festival family fun stage for more digital events!

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PLEASE NOTE - These events were accurate at the time of publication but this year more than ever the details are subject to change. Please check the individual entries for more.