Museums at Night is the perfect opportunity to enjoy family adventures with a twist, with participation very much the name of the game...
The Borough Museum and Art Gallery in Berwick upon Tweed offers creative craft sessions fuelled by hot chocolate and biscuits, and at the Woodhorn Museum, in Northumberland, a group of young Time Travellers will take over for a night of alternative tours, games, vintage music workshops and performances.
Keats House in London, where the poet wrote some of his great works, uses the occasion to launch a special guide for children, celebrated with an evening premiere party at the house. There will be a story trail, goody bags and the chance to help make a collage which will eventually be put on public display.
Costumed characters will be offering tours of Guernsey’s Castle Cornet, the Roman Baths in Bath and the Commandery in Worcester.
At the Museum of Childhood and Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire there will be appearances by Postman Pat, a storm trooper, a witch called Meg and a host of Victorian characters.
A distinctly Shakespearian theme dominates amid tomfoolery and a First Folio of the Bard’s plays at the Craven Museum and Gallery in Yorkshire.
At The Mo in Sheringham, Norfolk Pirates will be creating mayhem and fun around the town, culminating in Captain Crab’s Treasure Hunt at Sheringham Museum, and Brighton’s beautiful Preston Manor is the subject of a cheery tour led by two maids from its early 20th century heyday.
The Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery hosts nature-based children’s fun and games until 8pm, and kids can meet a costume expert at the Museum in the Park in Stroud or get taken back in time courtesy of Vestry House Museum’s current exhibition on all things Victorian childhood, complemented for the evening with all sorts of fun and games.
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