Family Friendly Favourites
The Summer Holidays are finally here! Yes, the sun might be taking a little longer to arrive, but as usual, Heritage Open Days have a whole raft of family friendly events. To help you choose, here are some of our favourites, whether it is toddlers, tweens, or teens you have in tow…
For the animal lovers…
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Learn about the Old School’s resident hedgehog, Brian, and his spiky friends. Discover the eating habits of Britain’s favourite mammal and make a hedgehog feeder for your garden.
Meet former racehorses and find out how they are retrained on a ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour of the museum. And you can’t say ‘neigh’ to riding the famous racehorse simulator in the King’s Yard Galleries (age limits may apply).
For the story lovers…
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Gather around the fire for an evening of storytelling under the stars. Experience the magic of the twilight hour, sharing tales as the (almost) full harvest moon rises.
Discover why George Cadbury’s marvellous chocolate factory was built and how it transformed the lives of factory workers. This children’s storytelling and craft workshop is suitable for under-12s.
For the motor fans…
Visit the Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, and hop aboard these famous green and cream Provincial buses. The vehicles faithfully served the area from the 1940s to the 2000’s, so you might even have some memories of your own to share with your family!
North Shields, Tyne & Wear
All aboard! Catch a vintage locomotive for a return trip to the glory days of steam. Settle inside a 1950s passenger carriage to retrace the all-important route taken by coal trains as they hauled freight from the collieries to the River Tyne.
For the crafty kids…
Learn about fantastic beasts and where to find them… in the architecture of historic churches. Create your own scary clay beastie to take home, and design medieval heraldry using animal symbolism. Activities are open to all but most suitable for children aged 6-12.
Make your own medal in the surroundings of the brand new Royal Logistic Corps Museum. Take inspiration from the uniforms, medals and badges on display then set about designing your own. Suitable for children of all ages.
For the intrepid explorers…
‘Check in’ to the Tavistock Information Centre on the 11th of September and receive your very own heritage passport card! From there, embark on a quest to find all the historic buildings on the trail. Don’t forget to get your passport stamped at each of the six locations, as the keenest detectives will be in for a certificate!
Fancy learning new facts about Gloucester? Get in the know on this guided walk specifically for children. The walk lasts approximately 1 hour and is suitable for children aged 9-12 (accompanied by an adult).
For those who might prefer the comfort of home…
Mixing bowls at the ready! Download a free book of recipes from local residents and have fun making them at home. As well as a section on quirky dishes, such as Crunchy Lemon Ice Cream, there will be recipes suitable for smaller chefs.
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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.