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Summer fun and adventure arrives – and not a suitcase in sight!

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Summer at the Museums 23 July – 2 September 2015

Forget about flight delays, lost suitcases and last-minute passport panic. With over 120 family events and activities to choose from, our Summer at the Museums programme delivers fun and adventure right to your doorstep.

Whether it’s something to do on a rainy day, a day out close to home or good old fashioned family fun, you’ll find plenty happening throughout the summer holidays. Pick up a FREE booklet from any one of our participating museums or download your own here.

To make your planning that much easier, we’ll be producing a weekly update blog. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest up-to-date information about all our events and activities.

Here’s what’s happening in the week ahead…

Thursday 23 July

Around the World Garden Trail
Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Join us for the launch of our Around the World Trail! Pick up your passport and track down plants from all four corners of the globe.
Trail continues throughout the summer holiday.

10am–6pm, all ages
FREE / Adults normal admission – Drop-in

Spuds, Spam, Sirens & Stirrup Pumps!
Norris Museum, St Ives

Celebrate the anniversary of VE and VJ Days with our World War II Home Front event. Re-enactors, tea tent and ‘make do and mend’ craft activities.

11am – 3pm, all ages
FREE – Drop-in

Regency Radicals
St Neots Museum

Get ready for our Regency Festival by making your own Wellington’s hat and Emma’s handbag.

11am–3pm, all ages
£3 per child – Drop-in

Archaeology Day
Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey

Join us for another exciting dig experience. Sort through poo, look for finds and investigate remains!

12–4pm, all ages
Normal admission applies – Drop-in

Friday 24 July

Regency Radicals
St Neots Museum

Get ready for our Regency Festival by making your own Wellington’s hat and Emma’s handbag.

11am–3pm, all ages
£3 per child – Drop-in

Game On: The Guided Tour!
Centre for Computing History

Join in-house gaming experts as they guide you through the history of video games from the 70s to modern day.

2–3pm, all ages
Normal admission applies – Pre-book: 01223 214446 / www.computinghistory.org.uk

Sunday 26 July

Family Fun Day
Prickwillow Engine Museum

Hear the new engine sound tubes and take part in free workshops, trails and activities at this Ouse Fest event.

11am–4.30pm, all ages
FREE / Adults normal admission – Drop-in

Monday 27 July

Jewelled Light
Great St Mary’s Church

Explore stained glass windows and make your own sparkling sun-catcher.

11am–2pm, all ages
FREE – Drop-in

Outdoor Drawing
Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Get drawing with artist John Wiltshire who will share his tips for drawing plants and wildlife.

1.30–4.30pm, ages 5-12
FREE / Adults normal admission – Drop-in

Tuesday 28 July

The 13th Labour of Herakles
Museum of Classical Archaeology

Learn more about the adventures of Herakles and create your own artwork.

2–3.30pm, ages 7–11
FREE – Pre-book 01223 330402 / herakles13thlabour.eventbrite.co.uk

Wednesday 29 July 

A Sailor’s Life
Wisbech & Fenland Museum

Make a string picture, decorate a Card Egg Scrimshaw style, make a shark or crab puppet.

10.30am–2.30pm, all ages
50p per child – Drop-in

Electronics Lab – Build a Pong Console
Centre for Computing History

Ideal for budding electronics engineers or anyone interested in learning to solder.

11am–1.30pm, ages 7+
£22.00 per participant (includes cost of kit and entry to museum) – Pre-book 01223 214446 / www.computinghistory.org.uk

Let’s Go Fly a Kite
Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey

Join us in making and flying kites. All materials supplied.

12–4pm, all ages
Normal admission applies – Drop-in

Thursday 30 July

Photographs Through the Ages!
Museum of Cambridge

Transform yourself for a Victorian ‘selfie’ using costumes and photo studio backdrops. Explore old and new photographs and create a personal scrap book.

10.30am–12pm / 2–3.30pm, ages 5+
£2 per participant (or 5 weekly workshops for £8)
Pre-book 01223 355159 / events@museumofcambridge.org.uk

Peg People
St Neots Museum

Travel back in time and visit our Edwardian shop. Make your own shoppers and soldiers.

11am–3pm, all ages
£3 per child – Drop-in

Let’s Go Fly a Kite
Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey

Join us in making and flying kites. All materials supplied.

12–4pm, all ages
Normal admission applies – Drop-in

Playing Pirates
Museum of Classical Archaeology

A session for the very young with storyteller Marion Leeper. Travel with Odysseus, help him overcome dangers, defeat strange monsters and get home in time for tea.

2–3.30pm, ages 3–5
FREE – Pre-book 01223 330402 / playingpirates.eventbrite.co.uk

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