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Summer Holiday Activities

No booking required

£2.25 per participating child

Sessions start: 11.00am and 12.00pm


With Lisa Tilley


Family Join-in Morning Activity Sessions.

Activities are linked to our collections and current exhibitions.


Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd July

Creatures of the Deep. Construct a deep sea monster.


Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th July

Another brick in the wall? No! Create your own indenti-brick.


Tuesday 18th & Wednesday 19th August

Time for Tea! Decorate a mug to make tea-time fun.


Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th August

Arctic Explorers! Prepare your frostbite survival kit.


Hour-long activities on a first come, first served, basis.

Sessions start: 11.00am 12.00pm

**£2.25 per participating child. Suitable for ages 3 and above.

All children under 8 to be accompanied by an adult.



Abstract Room

18th July - 27th September

Free Entry

Everyone is invited to help turn the connections gallery into a giant abstract artwork. Fill the walls with shapes and colours inspired by the buoys, waves and boats in Terry Frost’s joyous Newlyn Blue Q on display in Abstract Britain




Friday 24th July

11am and 12 noon, 1 and 2pm

£2.25 per participating child

This special family activity will be co-led by Emily Norton, a weather scientist. How do

balloons help to predict the weather? Find out from a scientist, make your own

weather vane and enter the balloon race!

Saturday Archaeology Workshops

For children aged 8 – 16 years. Hands-on, monthly sessions for children interested in archaeology. Young Archaeologists' Club affiliated branch. Booking essential, call 01234 718618 for more information.


10.30am – 12.30pm £5.55 per session

Saturday 16th May

Saturday Archaeology Workshops - Roman Remains

Aspects of Roman Architecture


Saturday 20th June

Saturday Archaeology Workshops - Depicting the Past

Archaeology, painting and imagery.


The Higgins Art Studio

For children aged 9 – 13 years. Workshops for children with a strong interest in the arts. A chance to collect evidence for Arts Award Explore. Booking essential, call 01234 718618 for more information.

2 – 4pm  £10.35 per session

Saturday 16th May

The Higgins Art Studio – To Abstraction and Beyond!

Explore abstract painting


Saturday 20th June

The Higgins Art Studio – Fibre-Art

Investigating art through textiles.

Arts Award