Summer activities and events 2018 - Birmingham - Activities Out of Borough

 
Summer activities
and events 2018

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For activities and events across Solihull this summer and for holiday schemes please visit:
www.solihull.gov.uk/summeractivities

If you are looking for a specific activity which is not listed, please contact the Family Information Service on
0800 389 8667 or familyinfo@solihull.gov.uk

Please note: The activities listed in this booklet are not registered or regulated by Solihull Family Information
Service. It is your responsibility to ensure you are happy that the activities are safe and appropriate for your
child.
Birmingham

Brindleyplace Film Festival 2018
Central Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2JF

The popular (and completely free) Brindleyplace Film Festival returns to Birmingham for one week only.

Now in its 7th year, the outdoor festival will see our big screen arrive back in Central Square, showcasing a
wide selection of fantastic movies. This year’s festival will be held in conjunction with one of our four charity
partners, The Royal Society for Blind Children.

Age:           All ages
Dates:         Monday 16 July to Sunday 22 July
Times:         See website
Cost:          Free
Web:           www.brindleyplace.com/events-brindleyplace/

Waterstones (Birmingham)
24 – 26 High Street, Birmingham B4 7SL

The Tiger Who Came to Tea Party!
Come to our Tiger Tea Party and celebrate 50 years of Britain’s best-loved picture book, The Tiger Who Came
to Tea.

We will have plenty of fun activities, as well as possibly a visit from the Tiger himself!

Age:           Not specified
Date:          Saturday 21 July
Times:         1pm to 2pm
Cost:          Free event but spaces are limited. Please book with a bookseller in store.
Contact:       0121 633 4353
Web:           www.waterstones.com/events/search/region/10/shop/birmingham

Odeon Cinema (Birmingham)
139 New Street, Birmingham B2 4NU

Autism friendly screening of The Incredibles 2
Autism friendly adjustments are designed to make the cinema more inclusive and accessible for people with
sensory sensitivities, and others who can benefit from this environment.

Adjustments include:
A relaxed environment where people understand the needs of children / families with autism
Lights left on low
Sound turned down
No trailers or advertisements (unless they are embedded in the film)
Staff trained in autism awareness
Disabled access
Chill out zone, where available
Freedom to move around and sit where you like
Bring your own food and drink

Age:           PG rating
Date:          Sunday 22 July
Times:         10.15am
Cost:          See website
Web:           www.dimensions-uk.org/get-involved/campaigns/autism-friendly-cinema-screenings/autism-
               friendly-screenings-odeon/

Aston Hall
Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham B6 6JD

Below is a small taste of what Aston Hall has to offer this summer. See website for more event details.

Operation Earth Roadshow
Join us at Aston Hall for the Operation Earth roadshow. Become an environmental scientist and learn about
the different jobs and volunteering opportunities people do investigate and explore their natural environment.
Activities include an indoor nature survey, air analysis and a microscope look at the world around us.

Age:           Children of all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Dates:         Thursday 26 July and Thursday 16 August
Times:         11am to 3.30pm
Cost:          Free (however charges apply for admission to the Hall)
Contact:       0121 348 8000
Email:         Aston.Hall@birminghammuseums.org.uk
Web:           www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/aston

Walls Have Ears: Portraits on Plates Children’s Activity
Inspired by the work of artist Lisa Cheung, our Arts Council Collection exhibition 'Walls Have Ears' and all the
beautiful ceramics we have at the Hall, this is your chance to decorate your own plates and mugs! Booking is
essential (please state your preferred time slot when booking).

Age:           5 years and above (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Date:          Thursday 26 July
Times:         11.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 3.30pm
Cost:          Free (however charges apply for admission to the Hall)
Contact:       0121 348 8000
Email:         Aston.Hall@birminghammuseums.org.uk
Web:           www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/aston
Walls Have Ears: Talking Portraits Family Art Activity
Art that talks! Join us to make your own portrait art with a recorded voice to attach to it! Ever wondered what
your art would say if it were alive? Now’s your chance to know!

Age:           Children of all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Date:          Tuesday 31 July
Times:         Drop in between 11.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 3.30pm
Cost:          Free (however charges apply for admission to the Hall)
Contact:       0121 348 8000
Email:         Aston.Hall@birminghammuseums.org.uk
Web:           www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/aston

Walls Have Ears: Paper Houses Family Art Activity
Using the powerful work of artist David Rodney as inspiration, this art session is a great moment to make a
mini house all about you.

Age:           Children of all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Date:          Thursday 2 August
Times:         Drop in between 11.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 3.30pm
Cost:          Free (however charges apply for admission to the Hall)
Contact:       0121 348 8000
Email:         Aston.Hall@birminghammuseums.org.uk
Web:           www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/aston

Tall Tales: Sleeping Beauty
Swoosh! Back by popular demand! Join us for an interactive telling of Sleeping Beauty. Pre-booking is
essential as places are limited.

Age:           3 to 8 years (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Date:          Friday 3 August
Times:         See website
Cost:          Free (however charges apply for admission to the Hall)
Contact:       0121 348 8000
Email:         Aston.Hall@birminghammuseums.org.uk
Web:           www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/aston

Ackers School Holiday Programme
Ackers Adventure, Golden Hillock Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham B11 2PY

Ackers City Centre Canoe Tour
See Birmingham from a unique perspective! A journey around the canals in the heart of the City by canoe,
lasting about two hours and returning to Cambrian Wharf. A great day for the whole family. Fully instructed and
no experience necessary.

Please note: the location for this activity is Cambrian Wharf (Birmingham City Centre). Further details will be
provided when booking.
Age:           5 years and above
Date:          Friday 10th August
Times:         10am to 12pm, 12.30pm to 2.30pm and 3pm to 5pm
Cost:          Free per child (5 to 11 years) with a paying adult
               £10 per child (12 to 16 years)
               £20 per adult
               £35 for two adults
               £40 per family (2 adults and up to 3 juniors)
Contact:       Pre-booking essential. Book online or call 0121 772 5111
Email:         bookings@ackers-adventure.co.uk
Web:           www.ackers-adventure.co.uk

Ackers Tobogganing
Youngsters will love whizzing down our exclusive toboggan slope over and over again! Tobogganing is fast,
exciting, exhilarating and fun activity. Note long sleeves, trousers and gloves must be worn for this activity.

Age:           3 to 12 years
Date:          Every day throughout the summer holidays
Times:         From 10am
Cost:          £5 per hour (Groupon offer £3 per hour)
Contact:       Book online or call 0121 772 5111
Email:         bookings@ackers-adventure.co.uk
Web:           www.ackers-adventure.co.uk

Ackers Everyday Adventures
An adventure activity based holiday scheme. Each day includes two of the following outdoor activities: skiing,
climbing, canoeing, archery, jungle challenge, sledging and a variety of crafts and field-games. Breakfast
option also available. See website for an example of the day.

Age:           8 to 16 years
Dates:         Every day throughout the summer holidays
Times:         8am to 6pm
Cost:          £35 per day
               £160 per week (non-residential)
Contact:       Book online or call 0121 772 5111
Email:         bookings@ackers-adventure.co.uk
Web:           www.ackers-adventure.co.uk

Sarehole Mill
Cole Bank Road, Birmingham B13 0BD

Summer Holidays
Throughout the summer holidays a trail and craft activity will be available each day we are open (every
Tuesday to Sunday).

Age:           All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Dates:         Tuesday 24 July to Sunday 2 September
Times:         11am to 4pm
Cost:          £2 trail and £2 craft activity (per child)
Contact:       0121 348 8000
Email:         sarehole.mill@birminghammuseums.org.uk
Web:           www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/sarehole

Sarehole Art Club
Throughout the summer holidays take part in an art activity related to the natural beauty of Sarehole Mill. No
pre-booking necessary. Activity is drop in and pay on the day.

Age:           All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Dates:         Thursday 26 July, Thursday 2 August, Thursday 9th August, Thursday 16th August, Thursday
               23rd August and Thursday 30th August
Times:         11am to 1.30pm
Cost:          £5 per child
Contact:       0121 348 8000
Email:         sarehole.mill@birminghammuseums.org.uk
Web:           www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/sarehole

Summer Play Day and Boat Building Workshop
Join us for our water themed family fun day and boat building workshop! There will be water play in the
courtyard and a barrel race in the millrace. Pre-booking essential.

Age:           All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Date:          Wednesday 1 August
Times:         Workshop sessions: 11am to 11.45am and 1.45pm to 2.30pm
Cost:          £6 per child
Contact:       0121 348 8000
Email:         sarehole.mill@birminghammuseums.org.uk
Web:           www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/sarehole

Baking Day
Join us for a drop in, family baking session and enjoy a tasty baked treat! First come, first served. A limited
number of ingredients will be prepared for the sessions.

Age:           All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Date:          Wednesday 15 August
Times:         12pm to 1.30pm and 2pm to 3pm
Cost:          £2 per child
Contact:       0121 348 8000
Email:         sarehole.mill@birminghammuseums.org.uk
Web:           www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/sarehole
Operation Earth Roadshow
Become an Environmental Scientist and learn about the different jobs and volunteering opportunities people do
to investigate and explore their natural environment. Activities include an indoor nature survey, Air analysis and
a microscopic look at the world around us.

Age:           All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Date:          Thursday 23 August
Times:         11am to 3.30pm
Cost:          Free
Contact:       0121 348 8000
Email:         sarehole.mill@birminghammuseums.org.uk
Web:           www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/sarehole

Dippy the Dinosaur Craft
Enjoy a dinosaur themed craft activity as we celebrate Dippy as he visits Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery!
All materials provided. Pre-booking essential.

Age:           All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Date:          Friday 31 August
Times:         11.30am and 1pm (lasting approximately 1 hour)
Cost:          £5 per child
Contact:       0121 348 8000
Email:         sarehole.mill@birminghammuseums.org.uk
Web:           www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/sarehole

The Coffin Works Museum
13-15 Fleet Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B3 1JP

Casting Creations Workshop
Free make-and-take workshop for families! The activity will take place in the Green Room which is on the site
of the original casting shed at Newman Brothers. Follow in the footsteps of Newman Brothers employees as
you learn about sand casting techniques and make and decorate your very own nameplate out of a magical
combination of sand, plaster and paint to take home!

This is a drop-in activity and does not require booking. However, if you would also like to join a guided tour,
please pre-book to avoid disappointment.

Age:           All ages (under 5s may require additional parental help)
Dates:         Saturday 21 July
               Thursday 16 August
Times:         1pm to 3pm
Cost:          Free
Contact:       0121 233 4790
Email:         newmanbrothers@coffinworks.org
Web:           www.coffinworks.org
Kids Go Free in the Summer Holidays!
Pre-booking recommended to avoid disappointment. Show voucher on arrival to receive discount. Download
the summer offers leaflet here for your voucher… http://www.coffinworks.org/newmanbros/visit/

Age:          5 to 15 years (under 5s go free all year round)
Dates:        During Birmingham schools summer holidays
              Offer only valid on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (plus Bank Holiday Monday)
Times:        Tours on the hour (11am onwards)
Cost:         Up to two children go free per paying adult
              Additional children will be charged at the child rate of £4
              Adult tickets £6
              Concessions (students and 60 years and above) £5.50
Contact:      0121 233 4790
Email:        newmanbrothers@coffinworks.org
Web:          www.coffinworks.org

Relaxed @ Newmans
Our Relaxed experience has been designed specifically for people on the Autistic Spectrum, with a learning
disability or sensory and communication disorder.
For Relaxed we have adapted the environment & factory tour to reduce anxiety and minimize stress. Detailed
pre-visit information: coffinworks.org/relaxed
Max. 12 people per tour. There is a quiet space available. Tours led by volunteers with experience of, or
trained on the spectrum. Usual admission prices apply. Pre-booking essential (24hr notice)

Please note: We have arranged our next Relaxed session to coincide with ‘Morning Explorers’ at Birmingham
Museum and Art Gallery from 9am – 11am, so why not visit Dippy the Dinosaur too!

Age:          4 to 18 years (this tour is also suitable for Autistic adults)
Date:         Thursday 9 August
Times:        11am to 12.15pm (approx.)
Cost:         Standard admission charges apply but disabled visitors can bring a
              carer / personal assistant for free
              £6 per adult, £5 per seniors / students, £4 per child and
              family tickets from £11 (free for under 3s)
Contact:      0121 233 4790
Email:        newmanbrothers@coffinworks.org
Web:          www.coffinworks.org
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH

Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure
The Natural History Museum’s famous Diplodocus, known as Dippy, is taking a road trip to Birmingham. The
British icon is on a mission to inspire five million natural history adventures, encouraging families to explore
nature on their doorstep.

Dippy on Tour will be a free ticketed event. Advanced booking is advised as this will be a very popular
exhibition.

Dippy, has delighted visitors since he arrived in London in 1905. The Natural History Museum in partnership
with the Garfield Weston Foundation is working with eight partners UK wide to tour one of its most iconic
exhibits, with the aim of 1.5 million people across the UK seeing Dippy in person.

The full skeleton cast in its displayed pose is an impressive 21.3 metres long, 4.3 metres wide and 4.25 metres
high.

Not all dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years. One group survived and evolved into the birds we know
today. Using Birmingham’s fantastic bird collection this exhibition will also explore how the features we think of
as characteristic of birds such as feathers and nests first appeared in dinosaurs.

The exhibition will also show the amazing diversity of modern birds and how they evolved to become one of
the most successful groups of animals inhabiting almost every part of the world from the oceans of Antarctica
to tropical rainforests.

Age:           All ages
Dates:         Up to Sunday 9 September
Times:         10am to 5pm (Mondays to Thursdays)
               10.30am to 5pm (Fridays)
               10am to 5pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Cost:          Free (pre-booking is recommended)
Contact:       0121 348 8038
Web:           www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on

Dino Dig Excavation Family Activity
Experience what it is like to be a palaeontologist in this fun family activity.

Using tools to excavate bones, fossils and fragments, uncover our own dinosaur skeleton buried in our giant
sand pit.

We will be running three timed sessions during the day, and advise booking in advance to avoid
disappointment.

Please be aware that the Dino Dig is situated separately to the exhibition and runs at specific times as part of
an organised session.

For capacity reasons, we may ask to restrict the number of accompanying adults with children attending the
activity.
Age:           Not specified
Dates:         Tuesday 24 July to Thursday 30 August (Tuesdays and Thursdays only during Birmingham
               school holidays)
Times:         10.45am to 11.45am, 12.15pm to 1.15pm and 2.45pm to 3.45pm
Cost:          £2 per child
Contact:       0121 348 8038
Web:           www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on

Visit our Dippy Family Room
As part of your Dippy on Tour visit, why not make your time in the museum even more fun?

Our special Dippy family space is free to enter and will have plenty of great things to do for all the little - and of
course big - Dino lovers!

We'll have jigsaws, dressing up and free colouring in activities to do before or after your amazing meeting with
Dippy.

Our Dippy family room will be open throughout the exhibition. No booking or tickets are required. However, as
a highly popular space, there will be busy times and buggy spaces will be limited.

The museum does provide a limited number of lockers for fold-away buggies so please bear this in mind when
visiting. Please see our main website for further Dippy on Tour booking availability.

Age:           All ages
Dates:         Up to Sunday 9 September

Times:         10am to 5pm (Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)
               10.30am to 5pm (Fridays)
Cost:          Free
Contact:       0121 348 8038
Web:           www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on

Operation Earth Roadshow
Join us for the Operation Earth roadshow. Become an Environmental Scientist and learn about the different
jobs and volunteering opportunities people do to investigate and explore their natural environment. Activities
include an indoor nature survey, air analysis and a microscopic look at the world around us.

Age:           Not specified
Dates:         Tuesday 24 July to Tuesday 28 August
Times:         10am to 3pm (Tuesdays)
Cost:          Free
Contact:       0121 348 8038
Web:           www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on
Little Dinos Messy Play
Join us for the Operation Earth roadshow. Become an Environmental Scientist and learn about the different
jobs and volunteering opportunities people do to investigate and explore their natural environment. Activities
include an indoor nature survey, air analysis and a microscopic look at the world around us.

Age:           Not specified
Dates:         Wednesday 1 August to Wednesday 29 August
Times:         10.30am to 12pm and 1.30pm to 3pm (Wednesdays)
Cost:          Free
Contact:       0121 348 8038
Web:           www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on

The Library of Birmingham
Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2ND

A summer taster of creative writing for teens…

Twisted Fairy Tales
Have you ever wondered what would happen if Snow White was a gangster or if the Big Bad Wolf travelled in
the T.A.R.D.I.S?

Join us for an hour of experimenting with genre. Book your place today and see where your imagination takes
you.

Age:           13 to 17 years
Date:          Tuesday 31 July
Times:         12pm to 1pm and 2pm to 3pm
Cost:          Free (booking is essential)
Contact:       Book in person in the Children’s Library, call 0121 242 4242 or email

Email:         childrens.library@birmingham.gov.uk
Web:           www.birmingham.gov.uk/site/scripts/events_info.php?locationID=16&offset=0

A Tribute to Roald Dahl
Would you rather meet a Squibbling Blabbersnitch or a Scrotty Oompa-loompa? Book your place on our
character workshop. You never know who you will find there.

Age:           13 to 17 years
Date:          Monday 6 August
Times:         12pm to 1pm
Cost:          Free (booking is essential)
Contact:       Book in person in the Children’s Library, call 0121 242 4242 or email
Email:         childrens.library@birmingham.gov.uk
Web:           www.birmingham.gov.uk/site/scripts/events_info.php?locationID=16&offset=0
Better than Frankenstein?
How good are you at creating characters? Can you do a better job than Dr Frankenstein? Book your place on
our Character workshop; you never know who you’ll meet.

Age:           13 to 17 years
Date:          Saturday 4 August
Times:         2pm to 3pm
Cost:          Free (booking is essential)
Contact:       Book in person in the Children’s Library, call 0121 242 4242 or email
Email:         childrens.library@birmingham.gov.uk
Web:           www.birmingham.gov.uk/site/scripts/events_info.php?locationID=16&offset=0

Lost the Plot?
Join us for an hour of plotting and planning.

Age:           13 to 17 years
Date:          Tuesday 21 August
Times:         5pm to 6pm
Cost:          Free (booking is essential)
Contact:       Book in person in the Children’s Library, call 0121 242 4242 or email
Email:         childrens.library@birmingham.gov.uk
Web:           www.birmingham.gov.uk/site/scripts/events_info.php?locationID=16&offset=0

Birmingham Hippodrome
Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB

Summer in Southside 2018
This year, Birmingham Hippodrome’s weekend festival back to the carefree days of childhood with free fun for
kids of all ages.

The streets around the theatre will be transformed into a summer playground, where you can enjoy… Pop-up
performances, craft workshops, retro games, picnic park, face-painting, auditorium tours, street food and family
activities.

Grab a pal or three, round up your family, and step into our weekend of sunny silliness and childhood
delights…

Age:           All ages
Dates:         Saturday 14 July to Sunday 15 July
Times:         Throughout the weekend (see website)
Cost:          Free
Contact:       0844 338 5000
Email:         groupsales@birminghamhippodrome.com
Web:           www.birminghamhippodrome.com
Cover to Cover: Roald Dahl Around the World Exhibition
To mark the arrival of the much-loved Matilda the Musical, this exhibition of eye-catching international book
covers celebrates the world’s number one storyteller.

Published over 200 million times in 59 different languages, Roald Dahl’s tales are enjoyed by children and
adults alike all over the globe. His stories have fired the imagination of illustrators and publishers from Poland
and Germany to Brazil and Japan.

The display showcases illustrations reproduced from the collection of The Roald Dahl Museum and Story
Centre in Great Missenden. Look out for familiar British covers from Quentin Blake alongside the not-so-
familiar from artists based further afield.

Location: on display in gallery spaces off the Front Circle and Middle Circle foyers (Levels 2 and 3).

Age:           All ages
Dates:         Up to Saturday 15 September
Times:         See website
Cost:          Free
Contact:       0844 338 5000
Email:         groupsales@birminghamhippodrome.com
Web:           www.birminghamhippodrome.com

Matilda the Musical
Matilda the Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the
beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl.

With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda the Musical is the story of an
extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change
her own destiny.

Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda continues to delight audiences in
London, Australia and on tour around the USA.

Please note: this performance will contain flashing lights and loud sound effects.

Running Time: Approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes, including one interval.

Age:           Age guidance 6 years and above (no under 3s will be admitted)
Dates:         Tuesday 3 July to Saturday 8 September
Times:         See website
Cost:          From £30 per ticket
Contact:       0844 338 5000
Email:         tickets@birminghamhippodrome.com
Web:           www.birminghamhippodrome.com
Matilda the Musical (Relaxed Performance)
A specially adapted performance designed to create a more calming atmosphere for audience members with
an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders or a learning disability. We encourage
family groups, schools and community organisations who would feel safer in a more intimate setting. To book
tickets call ticket sales or visit the theatre in person. This performance is not available to book online.

Date:          Thursday 19 July
Times:         2pm
Contact:       0844 338 5000
Web:           www.birminghamhippodrome.com

Thinktank
Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham B4 7XG

Summer Holidays: The Engineering Show
What is engineering and why is it so important? Join us in this fun filled show that explores the world of
engineering.

Find out how engineers are helping to build super strong roads, move the heaviest of objects with ease and
send humans to space.

The show will feature a bridge building challenge, rocket demonstrations and the strongest sand castle you will
ever see. This show compliments our engineering season that takes place up to October with lots of other fun
family activities.

Age:           Not specified
Dates:         Weekdays from Tuesday 24 July to Friday 31 August
Times:         1pm to 1.30pm
Cost:          Entry included in the Thinktank admission price
Contact:       0121 348 8000
Email:         findout@birminghammuseums.org.uk
Web:           www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/thinktank/whats-on/

Operation Build
Fun family activities taking place every day during weekends and school holidays. These events are included
in the Thinktank admission price:

Air Powered workshop (11am - 12noon)
Join us in the science garden to experiment with air. Learn how hot air can move a boat, how squashed air can
launch a rocket and how a simple balloon can power a high wire alternative to roads.

Robo Maze under 8's workshop (14:00 -14:30 and 14:30 - 15:00)
As a human, completing a maze can be very straight forward, we can think and act all by ourselves, but what
about robots? Well, robots need instructions and in this fun workshop we are going to learn about how we give
instructions using coding and see what mazes we can complete. Forward, Forward, Turn, Rocket pack! This
session is child's play at its best.
Arts Activities (3pm - 4pm)
Get creative with one of our Engineering themed crafts that will help you get creative and help the Earth at the
same time.

Family Packs
You can also borrow one of our fun filled backpacks specially designed for 3 - 7 year olds and their
parents/carers. Each pack links to a variety of activities linked to one of our galleries. This programme of
activities may be subject to change.

Age:           Dependent on activity
Dates:         Every Saturday and Sunday up to 7 October 2018
Times:         11am to 4pm
Cost:          Entry included in the Thinktank admission price
Contact:       0121 348 8000
Email:         findout@birminghammuseums.org.uk
Web:           www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/thinktank/whats-on/

Cannon Hill Park
Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B5 7RL

If you’re out of ideas for how to entertain the kids, visitors or friends and family, Cannon Hill Park has the ideal
day out for you. Cannon Hill Park is just a couple of miles outside Birmingham’s city centre, and has an
amazing range of activities, facilities and natural features to explore.

Fun Park
Simply the best day ever for toddlers to 10 year olds! The Fun Park is packed with games, rides and activities
all designed for younger children (and some of them are suitable for parents too!).

Whizz around on the Hill Billy Railway Train Ride, take a spin on the Spinning Coasters or race your friends
with the Remote Control Boats - there’s something fun for everyone!

Golden Putter
36 holes of mini golf madness! Golden Putter Mini Golf at Cannon Hill Park is a brilliant way to spend the day
with friends and family.

Plot your way through the twists and turns of the course, and watch out for those water hazards! Golden Putter
Mini Golf is perfect for people of all ages - and the course is also wheelchair accessible, so no-one gets left
out.

Land Train
Cannon Hill is a big, beautiful park, so what better way to get around and explore than by taking our brilliant
Land Train?

With a route right around the park, the Land Train stops off at all the major attractions, including the Fun Park,
Golden Putter Mini Golf, Boating Lake, MAC, Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park and the Front Gates.

Get on and off anytime, anywhere and your round trip ticket covers you when you decide to get back on again!
Swan Lake Boating
Take a trip out on the Boating Lake in a Swan Pedal Boat! It’s a fantastic way to relax and enjoy the beautiful
surroundings, exploring the waters and seeing even more of Cannon Hill Park.

The stunning new Swan Pedal Boats come at 2 or four seaters, so they’re perfect for a romantic trip for two or
a family adventure.

The boats are brand new with the highest standards of safety, and each person is provided a life jacket for
additional protection and peace of mind.

Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park
There are so many animals to discover at the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park at Cannon Hill!

From reptiles and birds to furry favourites like monkeys and red pandas, there are new friends to meet
everywhere you turn. You can even catch up with the keepers at feeding times to find out more about some of
our animals and see them have their lunch!

Age:           All ages
Dates:         Throughout the summer holidays
Cost:          Dependent on activity (see website)
Web:           www.cannonhillpark.co.uk/things-to-do

mac birmingham – Summer Holidays 2018
Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH

As the days get warmer, now is the time to visit us in our beautiful Cannon Hill Park home to enjoy some
brilliant activities.

We have the whole summer holiday sorted with courses, entertainment and activities for families, children and
young people to get creative, including mac camps and summer schools which are week-long intensive
courses.

We look forward to seeing you and your family soon.

To provide you with a taster, in ‘Week 1’ alone the following activities will be taking place! For further
information regarding the below activities and details of activities taking place during ‘Weeks 2 to 6’ please
refer to the mac website.

Workshops for Families and Early Years (Week 1)…

Toddler Pottery
Mini Potters is a fun and stimulating new course for you and your little one. It is a great opportunity to capture
precious memories and create pottery to be treasured. See website for further details.

Age:           2 to 4 years (plus parent or guardian)
Date:          Thursday 26 July
Times:         10am to 12pm
Cost:          £12 per adult and child (£6 per additional person)
Contact:       Book online or for more details call 0121 446 3232
Email:         info@macbirmingham.co.uk
Web:           www.macbirmingham.co.uk

Mini Potters
Mini Potters is a fun and stimulating new course for you and your mini one. It is a great opportunity to capture
precious memories and create pottery to be treasured. See website for further details.

Age:           4 to 5 years (plus parent or guardian)
Date:          Thursday 26 July
Times:         1pm to 3pm
Cost:          £12 per adult and child (£6 per additional person)
Contact:       Book online or for more details call 0121 446 3232
Email:         info@macbirmingham.co.uk
Web:           www.macbirmingham.co.uk

Family Pottery
Explore the world of clay together learning all about different hand-building techniques and exciting ways to
decorate your clay work. See website for further details.

Age:           4 to 5 years (plus parent or guardian)
Date:          Friday 27 July
Times:         10am to 3pm
Cost:          £30 per adult and child (£15 per additional person)
Contact:       Book online or for more details call 0121 446 3232
Email:         info@macbirmingham.co.uk
Web:           www.macbirmingham.co.uk

Sunday Summer Smiles (The Joy of Bricks with Milan)
Fun drop in art sessions for all the family during the summer holidays.

Age:           All families
Date:          Sunday 29 July
Times:         12pm to 4pm
Cost:          Free
Contact:       Book online or for more details call 0121 446 3232
Email:         info@macbirmingham.co.uk
Web:           www.macbirmingham.co.uk

Children 6 to 11 years (Week 1)…

Around the World in 80 Bricks (2 Day Quest)
Come on board a fantastic Around the World journey in 80 Bricks. Take inspiration from the famous Jules
Verne tale, create your own adventure, illustrate and record them in your Explorers Journal and 3D build in 80
bricks.
Work against the clock, learn to be resourceful and crafty and complete tricky challenges all in time to catch
the happy ending. Pack your bags, we leave at first light!

Age:           6 to 11 years
Dates:         Wednesday 25 July and Thursday 26 July
Times:         10am to 3pm
Cost:          £48
Contact:       Book online or for more details call 0121 446 3232
Email:         info@macbirmingham.co.uk
Web:           www.macbirmingham.co.uk

Digital Music Making
Learn how to create your own bass-lines and beats and produce your first track.

Age:           6 to 11 years
Date:          Thursday 26 July
Times:         10am to 3pm
Cost:          £20 per child
Contact:       Book online or for more details call 0121 446 3232
Email:         info@macbirmingham.co.uk
Web:           www.macbirmingham.co.uk

Creative Writing Juniors
Learn some top techniques to inspire and hone your creative skills.

Age:           7 to 11 years
Date:          Thursday 26 July
Times:         10am to 12.30pm
Cost:          £12 per child
Contact:       Book online or for more details call 0121 446 3232
Email:         info@macbirmingham.co.uk
Web:           www.macbirmingham.co.uk

mac Explorers: The Mad Hatters Dance Party
Don’t be late for a very important date! Be curious and bold in a quirky Wonderland inspired dance adventure!

Age:           6 to 11 years
Date:          Thursday 26 July
Times:         10am to 3pm
Cost:          £20 per child
Contact:       Book online or for more details call 0121 446 3232
Email:         info@macbirmingham.co.uk
Web:           www.macbirmingham.co.uk
mac Explorers: Insectoid Art
Celebrating the wealth of bug life that summer brings with a range of 2D and 3D making.

Age:           6 to 11 years
Date:          Friday 27 July
Times:         10am to 3pm
Cost:          £20 per child
Contact:       Book online or for more details call 0121 446 3232
Email:         info@macbirmingham.co.uk
Web:           www.macbirmingham.co.uk

mac Explorers: The Trolls Dance Quest
Be inspired by the colourful world, characters, songs and story of the Dreamworks film ‘Trolls’. This very
creative movement and physical theatre workshop will be a journey full of fun, adventure and lots of dancing
with and without props!

Age:           6 to 11 years
Date:          Friday 27 July
Times:         10am to 3pm
Cost:          £20 per child
Contact:       Book online or for more details call 0121 446 3232
Email:         info@macbirmingham.co.uk
Web:           www.macbirmingham.co.uk

mac Explorers: World Percussion Juniors
A fun introduction to percussion instruments from around the world.

Age:           6 to 11 years
Date:          Saturday 21 July
Times:         10am to 12pm
Cost:          £12 per child
Contact:       Book online or for more details call 0121 446 3232
Email:         info@macbirmingham.co.uk
Web:           www.macbirmingham.co.uk

Young People up to 17 years (Week 1)…

Batik for Children
Learn some top techniques for creative writing for all levels of experience and confidence.

Age:           8 to 14 years
Date:          Wednesday 25 July
Times:         10am to 3pm
Cost:          £20 per young person
Contact:       Book online or for more details call 0121 446 3232
Email:         info@macbirmingham.co.uk
Web:           www.macbirmingham.co.uk
Creative Writing for Young People
Are you an aspiring writer or just can’t get started? Learn some top techniques for creative writing for all levels
of experience and confidence.

Age:           12 to 17 years
Dates:         Thursday 26 and Tuesday 31 July
Times:         1.30pm to 4pm
Cost:          £10 per young person, per day
Contact:       Book online or for more details call 0121 446 3232
Email:         info@macbirmingham.co.uk
Web:           www.macbirmingham.co.uk

Digital Music Making for Young People
Learn how to create your own bass-lines and beats and produce your first track.

Age:           11 to 17 years
Dates:         Wednesday 25 July and Thursday 30 August
Times:         10am to 3pm
Cost:          £20 per young person, per day
Contact:       Book online or for more details call 0121 446 3232
Email:         info@macbirmingham.co.uk
Web:           www.macbirmingham.co.uk

Young Inventors: Design, Code, Make a Gadget
Learn to invent, design, code and build your very own gadget, taking inspiration from current trends in
wearable technology or simply make a creative art project that incorporates electronic sensors, lights and
sounds.

Age:           12 to 17 years
Dates:         Wednesday 25 July to Friday 27 July
Times:         10am to 3pm
Cost:          £115 per young person
Contact:       Book online or for more details call 0121 446 3232
Email:         info@macbirmingham.co.uk
Web:           www.macbirmingham.co.uk

Birmingham Botanical Gardens (Main Lawn)
Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3TR

Peter Pan
Immersion Theatre invites you to soar away to Neverland as they proudly bring their trademark energy to their
most magical musical to date, Peter Pan. Pre-booking is essential.

Age:           Family activity
Date:          Thursday 26 July
Times:         6.30pm to 9.30pm
Cost:          £40 per family ticket.
Contact:       For ticket information call 0121 454 1860 or book online
Web:           www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/whatson
Paw Patrol
Head down to The Botanical Gardens with the little ones this summer holiday to see Paw Patrol. We will have
characters from the show making appearances at intervals throughout the day.

Age:           Family activity
Date:          Wednesday 1 August
Times:         11am to 3pm (doors open 10am)
Cost:          £25 per family ticket
Contact:       For ticket information call 0121 454 1860 or book online
Web:           www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/whatson

Circus
Roll up! Roll up! Bring the kids along for the Circus at the Gardens 2018! We will be hosting our annual Circus
on the Main Lawn. Come and join us again for our circus spectacular, with plate spinning, juggling, clowns and
more! Suitable for all the family! Tickets must be pre-booked online.

Age:           Family activity
Date:          Tuesday 21 August
Times:         1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm
Cost:          £5 per person (price does not include admission into the Gardens)
Contact:       For ticket information call 0121 454 1860 or book online
Web:           www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/whatson

Teddy Bears Picnic
If you go down to the Gardens today, you’re sure of a big surprise…The annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic is the
highlight of every Birmingham bear’s calendar. Little ones and their furry friends are invited for a free picnic
party (bring your own snacks or purchase from the Pavilion Tearoom), complete with children’s entertainer, a
magician, bouncy castle and face painting. Children are invited to dress up in their best costumes – there will
be a prize for the best fancy dress!

Age:           Family activity
Date:          Wednesday 22 August
Times:         11am to 3pm (doors open 10am)
Cost:          Price included in general admission
Contact:       For ticket information call 0121 454 1860 or book online
Web:           www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/whatson

Martineau Gardens
27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7UG

Pizza craft – earth oven baking for families
Do you like pizza? Do you like playing outside? Welcome to… Pizzacraft. Enter the world of Martineau
Gardens and find out what it’s like to cook in a real earth oven, made out of mud! In this hands-on and unique
workshop, you will:

Learn the secrets of safely guarding the earth oven fire
Forage in the wilderness for fresh herbs
Build your own funky pizza
Bake it in the wood-fired oven
Eat it in the fresh air in the beautiful gardens

So grab your apron, tie back long hair, wash your hands and get ready for an edible adventure!!!

Lizzy Bean will be your guide and chef. Lizzy is an experienced earth oven builder and baker. She has helped
hundreds of children to bake tasty, wood-fired pizzas. Her favourite topping is ‘Four Cheese’ with fresh herbs!
Please note: advanced booking is essential. See website for further information.

Age:            5 to 16 years (with adult participation expected)
Dates:          Monday 20 August and Tuesday 21 August
Times:          10.30am to 12.30pm or 2pm to 4pm
Cost:           £15 per child (which includes one free adult)
                £30 for two children (with one free adult). Maximum of two children per adult
Contact:        To book tickets call 0121 440 7430, or visit in person
Email:          info@martineau-gardens.org.uk
Web:            www.martineau-gardens.org.uk

The Princess and the Giant (open-air theatre)
Princess Sophie is fed up. She’s exhausted and it’s all because the grumpy old giant can’t sleep – his stomps
and stamps keep everyone awake all night. But Princess Sophie is a resourceful sort of girl and, as she reads
her favourite book of fairy tales, she wonders if she might just have the answer. Filled with music, puppetry and
wonderful characters, this family show is one not to be missed! Based on the Children’s book by Carly Hart,
illustrated by Sarah Warburton.

Age:            All ages
Date:           Wednesday 29 August
Times:          6.30pm
Cost:           See website
Contact:        To book tickets visit website or for more details call 0121 440 7430
Email:          info@martineau-gardens.org.uk
Web:            www.folksytheatre.co.uk

Jewellery Quarter Festival 2018
Jewellery Quarter, Golden Square and St Paul’s Square
Join us for a three-day celebration in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter. Performances, workshops, tours
and activities across the area and within our three festival hubs: The Golden Square, Saint Paul’s Square and
Makers Hub. See website for further information.

Age:            All ages welcome
Dates:          Friday 20 July to Sunday 22 July
Times:          6pm to 10pm (Friday)
                11am to 6pm (Saturday)
                12pm to 5pm (Sunday)
Cost:           Free to visit
Web             www.jewelleryquarter.net/JQ-Festival
Town Hall Birmingham
Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ

Bing! Live
Calling all Bingsters! Bing and his friends are going on tour in the first ever Bing stage show! Bing Live! Will be
at Town Hall for the first time ever!

Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they learn how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing
songs. Flop and Amma are there to help, but in this magical world of make-believe things don’t always go
according to plan…

The CBeebies favourites are brought to life in a brand new stage production full of fun, laughter, music and
magical puppetry. Bing Live! is the perfect first theatre trip for pre-schoolers and their families.

Going to the theatre… it’s a Bing thing!

Age:           Not specified
Dates:         Friday 24 and Saturday 25 August
Times:         10am, 1pm and 4pm
Cost:          £17.50 to £22 per ticket (children 12 months and above)
Contact:       0121 780 3333 (Box Office)
Web:           www.thsh.co.uk

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TS

Summer Art School 2018 – Marvelous Modroc and Glorious Gilding
Focus your attention on the beauty and intricacy of the ornate frames surrounding our historic artworks.

Paint your own treasured masterpiece then display it in a detailed free-standing frame… that you’ve made
yourself! Use modroc to sculpt your frame and then learn different techniques to make it look really special…
including gold gilding!

Age:           4 to 12 years
Dates:         Tuesday 31 July, Wednesday 1 August and Thursday 2 August
Times:         11am to 12.30pm (4 to 8 years)
               1.30pm to 3pm (8 to 12 years)
Cost:          £25 per child (booking essential)
Contact:       To book your place call 0121 414 4414
Email:         education@barber.org.uk
Web:           www.barber.org.uk
Summer Art School 2018 – Become a Master Papermaker
Learn to make your own paper like the great artists of the past.

Inspired by our exhibition of Renaissance and Baroque drawings, have a go at pulping, pressing and
patterning to produce your own papers from scratch. Find out about the pigments and other materials artists
made… before there were no art shops to buy supplies from and try some of them out for yourself!

Age:           4 to 12 years
Dates:         Tuesday 14 August, Wednesday 15 August and Thursday 16 August
Times:         11am to 12.30pm (4 to 8 years)
               1.30pm to 3pm (8 to 12 years)
Cost:          £25 per child (booking essential)
Contact:       To book your place call 0121 414 4414
Email:         education@barber.org.uk
Web:           www.barber.org.uk

Creative Sunday Workshops (Summer 2018)
Get a creative taste of what we do all year round! Come along, explore the Barber, and take part in an artist-
led workshop. Booking is essential.

22 July:       Meet the Mermaid – Draw the University’s mermaid fountain using wax and watercolour.

29 July:       Landscape Paperweights – Make a stone paperweight displaying your own miniature painting
               of a beautiful landscape.

5 August:      Matisse in Yarn! – Use colourful yarn to create a vibrant Henri Matisse landscape.

12 August:     Blue Bower Geometrics – Create patterns with paper and print inspired by Rossetti’s painting
               The Blue Bower.

26 August:     Wax Relief Tablets – Build and carve wax relief tablets inspired by historic objects in our
               collection.

2 September: Maritime Monoprints – Inspired by ‘Men of the Docks’, print a scene of adventure on the high
             seas.

Age:           4 to 12 years
Times:         11am to 12.30pm (4 – 8 years)
               1.30pm to 3pm (8 – 12 years)
Cost:          £6 per child, per session (booking essential)
Contact:       To book your place call 0121 414 4414
Web:           www.barber.org.uk
Coventry

Coventry Transport Museum
Millennium Place, Hales Street, Coventry CV1 1JD

Summer Holidays: Toys, Toys, Toy Factory
Each week we will focus on our workshops on a different type of toy and we are having a go at making a
different toy each day.

Join us in our Learning Centre to build mechanical toys, spinning toys, musical toys, construction toys, robots
and board games! Please note: visitors may be asked to wait during busy times.

Age:           Suitable for 3 years and above, but all welcome
Dates:         Saturday 28 July to Saturday 1 September (excluding Sundays)
Times:         Drop-in from 10.30am to 3.30pm (Mondays to Fridays)
               Drop-in from 10.30am to 12.30pm (Saturdays)
Cost:          £2.50 (cash only), under 2s free
Contact:       02476 234270
Web:           www.transport-museum.com

Godiva Festival
War Memorial Park, Kenilworth Road, Coventry CV3 6PT

Coventry Godiva Festival is billed as the UK’s biggest free family music festival and is now in its 20th year!
Based in the city’s historic War Memorial Park, the three-day event offers great live music, family
entertainment, international food and drink, craft village and children’s fun fair!

Organised by Coventry City Council with the support of partners, the festival prides itself on offering the best of
Coventry and Warwickshire backed up by top national artists and performers.

Age:         All ages
Dates/Times: Friday 31 August (6pm to 10.30pm)
             Saturday 1 September (12pm to 10.30pm)
             Sunday 2 September (12pm to 7pm)
Cost:        Free to attend
Web:         www.godivafestival.com
Warwickshire

Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden
Castle Green, Off Castle Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 1NE

Hands on History: Medieval Mayhem
Get set for a summer packed with time-travelling fun! With lots to see and do, our Hands on History Crew will
be bringing history to life throughout the holidays, including a chance to learn the ingenious secrets of castle-
building.

Age:           All ages
Dates:         Wednesday 25 July to Friday 31 August (excluding major event days,
               see website)
Times:         11am to 5pm
Cost:          Please see website
Contact:       0370 333 1181
Web:           www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/kenilworth-castle

The Norman Castle
Meet the Normans at one of England’s great Norman castles! Travel back to a time after 1066 (and all that!) to
see knights and their Men at Arms as they train for war, and marvel at the remarkable Empress Matilda who
battled for control of England.

Age:           All ages
Dates:         Saturday 28 July and Sunday 29 July
Times:         11am to 5pm
Cost:          Please see website
Contact:       0370 333 1181
Web:           www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/kenilworth-castle

The Tempest
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men present Shakespeare’s magical tale of shipwrecks and revenge. Bring your
blankets and picnic baskets, and prepare to enjoy this classic play in the stunning setting of Kenilworth Castle.

Age:           All ages
Date:          Friday 10 August
Times:         Performance starts 7.30pm (gates open 6.30pm)
Cost:          Please see website
Contact:       0370 333 1181
Web:           www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/kenilworth-castle

Siege!
Siege the day! Join us as we re-create the 1266 Siege of Kenilworth Castle. Expect thrilling re-enactments and
one almighty attack as the castle is besieged.
Age:          All ages
Dates:        Sunday 26 August and Monday 27 August
Times:        11am to 5pm
Cost:         Please see website
Contact:      0370 333 1181
Web:          www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/kenilworth-castle

Kingsbury Water Park
Bodymoor Heath, Sutton Coldfield B76 0DY

Below are just a few of the events taking place at Kingsbury Water Park during the summer holiday period.
Please see website for further event details.

Seaside Fishy Windsocks
Come along to make a fabulous flying fish!

Age:          All ages
Date:         Monday 23 July
Times:        Drop-in anytime between 11am to 1pm
Cost:         £2.50 per child
Web:          http://countryparks.warwickshire.gov.uk/country-parks/kingsbury-water-park/

Young Anglers
Every Wednesday during Warwickshire’s school summer holiday. Come and give the sport of fishing a try! All
bait and equipment provided – bring waterproofs, just in case! The event will be covered by an Environment
Agency event licence waiver. Participation forms must be filled in on the bankside for anglers aged 12 to 16
years of age to be legally covered. Meet at The Visitor Centre.

Age:          All ages
Dates:        Wednesday 25 July (and every Wednesday throughout the Warwickshire school summer
              holiday
Times:        9.30am to 10.30am (session 1)
              10.45am to 11.45am (session 2)
Cost:         £5 per child, per session (booking essential)
Contact:      To book your place call 01827 872660
Web:          http://countryparks.warwickshire.gov.uk/country-parks/kingsbury-water-park/

Raring Rockets
Have a go at designing a pop bottle rocket. Make fins and a nose cone and decorate it before you launch it on
a mission! Meet at The Education Centre.

Age:          Not specified
Date:         Monday 20 August
Times:        10.30am to 12pm
Cost:         £4 per child (booking essential)
Contact:      To book your place call 01827 872660
Web:          http://countryparks.warwickshire.gov.uk/country-parks/kingsbury-water-park/
Magic Wands
Join us to transform plain hazel and willow sticks into magic wands. All children must be accompanied by an
adult. Meet at The Information Centre.

Age:          3 years and above
Date:         Tuesday 28 August
Times:        Drop in anytime between 11am and 1pm
Cost:         £2.50 per child
Contact:      01827 872660
Web:          http://countryparks.warwickshire.gov.uk/country-parks/kingsbury-water-park/

Summer Holidays at Compton Verney 2018
Compton Verney, Warwickshire CV35 9HZ

Artspace: Drop-in summer holiday activities
Artist Fire the Inventor from The Marvellous Mechanical Museum, has begun a mechanical installation. Help by
adding your own weird and wonderful creations. Learn the basics of mechanical movement and exercise your
creative and engineering skills. Artspace is a drop-in activity. No advance booking necessary.

Age:          All ages
Dates:        Tuesday 24 July to Friday 31 August
Times:        11am to 4pm
Cost:         Included in day ticket admission. See website for details
Contact:      01926 645500
Web:          www.comptonverney.org.uk

British Motor Museum
Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire CV35 0BJ

Summer Holiday Activities
This summer the British Motor Museum is celebrating Land Rover’s 70th Birthday with some great themed
family activities! See website for details.

Plus Family Tours at 1.45pm every day. Join a Family Explorer Tour with our costumed guides ‘Adventure
Annie’ or ‘Adventure Alex’ and hear about some of the amazing adventures our cars have survived, through
wilderness, jungles and deserts. How did they do it? … come and find out!

Age:          All ages
Dates:        Saturday 21 July to Sunday 2 September
Times:        10am to 4pm
Cost:         £14 per adult, £9 per child, £39 per family ticket, under 5s free
Contact:      01926 641188
Email:        enquiries@britishmotormuseum.co.uk
Web:          www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk
Coughton Court
Alcester, Warwickshire B49 5JA

The Duck Race 2018
Celebrate the summer holidays by getting all the family together to sponsor a duck on Coughton’s traditional
duck race down the River Arrow, plus traditional games for families.

Age:          All ages
Dates:        Wednesday 25 July, Wednesday 1 August, Wednesday 8 August, Wednesday 15 August,
              Wednesday 22 August and Wednesday 29 August
Times:        11am to 5pm
              2pm to 2.30pm (Duck Race)
Cost:         See website
Contact:      01789 400777
Email:        coughtoncourt@nationaltrust.org.uk
Web:          www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coughton-court

Packwood House
Packwood Lane, Lapworth, Warwickshire B94 6AT

Outdoor Theatre – Treasure Island 2018
Will Jim find the treasure? Will he make it back to England? And should he trust the mysterious ship's cook,
Long John Silver? With inventive staging, original songs and magical storytelling we invite audiences to enjoy
this classic tale of adventure, treasure and, of course rum in Boxtree Production's unique and energetic way!

Age:          All ages
Date:         Saturday 28 July
Times:        7.30pm to 10.30pm
Cost:         £15 per adult, £8 per child and £38 per family ticket (see website)
Contact:      Booking essential, call 0344 2491895
Email:        packwood@nationaltrust.org.uk
Web:          www.nationaltrust.org.uk/packwood-house
Worcestershire

Worcestershire County Museum
Hartlebury Castle, Hartlebury, Nr Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY11 7XZ

Dig It!
Hands on activities as part of the national Festival of Archaeology.

Come and discover more about sand pit exploration, microscope identification and clay coil pots, follow the
archaeology trail and explore our newly opened archaeology exhibition 'On Ancient Tracks'.

Age:           All ages
Date:          Sunday 22 July
Times:         11am to 4pm
Cost:          £9 per adult, £5 per child, £25 per family ticket, under 5s free
Contact:       To book your place call 01299 250416
Email:         museum@worcestershire.gov.uk
Web:           www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/info/3/county_museum

Summer Fun – Telling Tales (week 1)
Each day will include a themed trail, craft activities and interactive fun. Please see website for summer fun
activities taking place from weeks 2 to 5

Age:           All ages
Dates:         Tuesday 31 July to Thursday 2 August
Times:         10.30am to 4pm
Cost:          £9 per adult, £8 per concession, £5 per child, £25 per family ticket,
               under 5s free
               Additional charge of £2 per child applies for the day’s activities.
Contact:       To book your place call 01299 250416
Email:         museum@worcestershire.gov.uk
Web:           www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/info/3/county_museum

Awesome Owls and Fantastic Falconry (Bank Holiday event)
Get up close to a fantastic host of owls and birds of prey and watch them soar over the Castle Carriage Circle.
Make your own bird mobile and decorate a mini bird house to take home.

Age:           All ages
Date:          Monday 27 August
Times:         11am to 4pm
Cost:          £9 per adult, £8 per concession, £5 per child, £25 per family ticket,
               under 5s free
Contact:       To book your place call 01299 250416
Email:         museum@worcestershire.gov.uk
Web:           www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/info/3/county_museum
Dudley

The Black Country Living Museum
Tipton Road, Dudley DY1 4SQ

That’s Entertainment: Historic Holiday Fun
Discover the fun hobbies and pastimes that entertained Black Country folk from Victorian times to the 1930s.

Enjoy the delights of traditional family fun and playtime in the last century, banish boredom with
traditional street games including hopscotch and skipping. Take up the challenge to see how long you can
keep the hoop rolling in the hoop and stick game and test your skill with a cup and ball and the whip and top.

Age:           All ages
Dates:         Saturday 21 July to Sunday 2 September
Times:         10am to 5pm
Cost:          Adults £17.95 per day
               Children £8.95 per day
               Under 3s free
               Family ticket (see website for details)
Contact:       0121 557 9643
Email:         info@bclm.com
Web:           www.bclm.co.uk

Young Archaeologists’ and Curators’ Club (YACC)
Theme: Seaside Holidays. Take part in our holiday club exploring the past. Join us to undertake research,
development and practical activities inspired by our collections.

Are you...
Aged 8 to 15?
Excited about history?
Keen to meet new friends and take part in fun and hands-on activities?

Then come and dig deeper into your heritage – take part in a range of themed activities, including research,
object handling, living history interpretation and collections display.

Age:           8 to 15 years
Dates:         Every Wednesday during the school holidays
Times:         12.30pm to 3pm
Cost:          £2 per child, siblings £1.50 (booking essential)
Contact:       For more information and to book a place call 0121 520 8054
Email:         info@bclm.com
Web:           www.bclm.co.uk
Family Pottery
Come and take part together in a fun and creative workshop for family members of all ages and
generations. Learn an exciting variety of making techniques using real clay with the experienced tuition of
ceramic artist Jon Williams.

At the end of the session you will be able to take your masterpieces away to dry and paint at home.

Age:           All ages
Date:          Friday 27 July
Times:         See website
Cost:          £3 per person (booking essential)
Contact:       For more information and to book a place call 0121 520 8054
Email:         info@bclm.com
Web:           www.bclm.co.uk

Summer Evening – Enjoy Summer Fun for a Fiver*
We’re extending our opening hours to 8pm every Friday in August to give you more time to immerse yourself in
300 years of Black Country history! Stay late and discover a different theme each Friday.

Those who want to pop in just for the late night evenings will pay £5* per person after 4pm.

Age:           All ages
Contact:       0121 520 8054
Email:         info@bclm.com
Web:           www.bclm.co.uk
Leicestershire

National Space Centre
Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS

Science with a BANG!

This summer the National Space Centre will be taking you on a journey through the Secret World of Gases.

Thanks to our friends at the Association of Science and Discovery Centres, we have created a LIVE Science
Zone, where you can drop in and get hands on with all manner of amazing experiments.

There will be daily talks, workshops, handling sessions and we guarantee that everything really will go with a
BANG!

Age:           5 years and above
Dates:         Saturday 14 July to Sunday 2 September
Times:         10am to 5pm (peak arrival 11am)
Cost:          £11 per child / concession
               £14 per adult
Contact:       0116 261 0261
Email:         info@spacecentre.co.uk
Web:           www.spacecentre.co.uk
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