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See attraction details22 November 2014 - 11 November 2018 - WORLD WAR ONE REPLICA TRENCH SYSTEM AT THE POTTERIES MUSEUM & ART GALLERY
Don't miss the outdoor World War One replica trench system if you're planning a day out with the kids in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Located next to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in the city centre, it marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Atmospheric and thought-provoking, the replica trench system will offer visitors of all ages the chance to learn about the conditions experienced by soldiers on the front line. Free to view, open daily 11am-3pm, weather permitting.
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery www.stokemuseums.org.uk
Bethesda Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent , Staffordshire, ST1 3DW   01782 232323
See attraction details20 March 2015 - 22 February 2017 - VIKING VOYAGERS EXHIBITION AT NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM CORNWALL
Ever wondered what it would be like to encounter Norse voyagers, experience Viking life and climb aboard a full scale replica Viking ship? Now is your chance to take a voyage and discover the secret of the Vikings’ success and the truth behind the myth of these bloodthirsty raiders! Free with a National Maritime Museum ticket. Suitable for all ages.
National Maritime Museum Cornwall www.nmmc.co.uk
Discovery Quay, falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3QY    01326 313388
See attraction details3 October 2015 - 10 April 2017 - PROJECT TOBONG AT THE HORNIMAN MUSEUM
Project Tobong is a collaborative project led by British artist Helen Marshall and Indonesian artist Risang Yuwono, in a series of theatrical photographic portraits of the Ketoprak Tobong Kelana Bakti Budaya, one of the last remaining theatre groups in Yogyakarta, Java. Supported by Arts Council and British Council this is to be an element in the final presentation and achieve of the three yearlong project. Challenging conventional forms of social documentary, project Tobong aims to preserve and reinvigorate the ritual storytelling and performance. The project brings together a unique view of a vanishing traditional art form and community to a new audience, a combination for photographic arts and performance which bridges the gap between contemporary and traditional art practices.
Horniman Museum and Gardens www.horniman.ac.uk
100 London Rd, Forest Hill, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ   0208 699 1872
See attraction details9 October 2015 - 18 December 2019 - KIDS STREET DANCE CLASS
An hour of fun at this drop in Street Dance class. Learn the latest dance moves, and meet new friends whilst listening to your favourite songs!
The Hat Factory www.thehatfactory.org
65-67 Bute Street, Luton , Bedfordshire, LU1 2NG    01582 878100
See attraction details7 November 2015 - 24 September 2017 - SEE THE EXHIBITION 'WOMEN, WORK AND WAR' AT LEEDS INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM
Take the children for a day out at Leeds Industrial Museum and get involved with the family activities associated with the exhibition honouring the vital role women played in the First World War. British Women took on men's roles as bus drivers, train cleaners, police officers, fire fighters and important work in the munitions factories. Discover their experiences and hear the stories of women taking on dangerous work in the Armley munitions and learn about the lives lost in the 1916 factory explosion.
Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/armleymills
Armley Mills, Canal Road, Armley, Leeds , West Yorkshire, LS12 2QF    0113 263 7861
See attraction details28 November 2015 - 24 January 2017 - COLLECTED AND POSSESSED EXHIBITION AT THE HORNIMAN MUSEUM
For a brilliant kid’s day out bring them along to the Horniman Museum and Gardens and discover the content of the Museum’s unseen collection through artist Mark Fairnington’s paintings with Collected and Possessed. Funded through Art Happens come along and explore the lineage of animal and plant painting, and its relation to how humans have come to understand the natural world. Artist Mark Fairnington has spent the last fifteen years taking inspiration from visits to the unseen spaces of collections that are not on permanent display to the public, making paintings that reflect upon the different objects he has seen and discovered. Working alongside the Natural History Museum, The Wellcome Collections and the Horniman Museum and Gardens, Fairninton embarked on a curious project to shed light on forgotten treasures. Taking inspiration from the museum’s secret unexhibited natural history collection of stuffed animals. This exhibition explores the strange and unexpected, presenting paintings made by the artist together with material from the Horniman’s un-exhibited collections. See Fairnington’s paintings of large-scale insects, details of taxidermy specimens and depictions of entire storerooms on display in this unusual and intriguing exhibition.
Horniman Museum and Gardens www.horniman.ac.uk
100 London Rd, Forest Hill, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ   0208 699 1872
See attraction details19 December 2015 - 21 February 2017 - LONDON’S URBAN JUNGLE: JAMRACH AND THE VICTORIAN EXOTIC ANIMAL TRADE EXHIBITION AT THE HORNIMAN MUSEUM
For a free day out in London, bring the kids along to London’s Urban Jungle: Jamrach and the Victorian Exotic Animal Trade. The Horniman Museum’s latest exhibition explores the life of Victorian London’s leading dealer of exotic shells, animals and other artefacts, Charles Jamrach. The naturalist and businessman famously traded from a number of east end premises including a bird shop and museum in St George’s Street East. Children can enjoy discovering newspapers and article exploring how animals from giraffes and lions to Bengal tigers became a familiar sight in Britain and the inner workings of the Victorian animal trade. For more information please see www.horniman.ac.uk for more details.
Horniman Museum and Gardens www.horniman.ac.uk
100 London Rd, Forest Hill, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ   0208 699 1872
See attraction details1 February 2016 - 31 March 2017 - SCOTSMAN SEASON AT THE NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM
Look out for the events planned for the return of the Flying Scotsman locomotive after years of refurbishment at the National Railway Museum. Prepare for its inaugural run and 'welcome home' celebration of this iconic engine. See website for confirmed dates during February 2016 and onward exhibition dates.
National Railway Museum www.nrm.org.uk
Leeman Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 4XJ   0844 815 3139
See attraction details13 February 2016 - 17 February 2017 - ANIMAL: A SAFARI THROUGH STORIES - EXHIBITION AT THE STORY MUSEUM
Opening for February half term 2016 and continuing into 2017, this major exhibition at The Story Museum is definitely not to be missed. The immersive story trail explores the role of animals in stories and encourages visitors of all ages to experience well loved tales, books and films. Search for fictional animals on an animal safari through different habitats, from jungle clearings to snowy forests. Visit immersive spaces including Wonderland and Narnia. In display 'Allegoric-Animal' older readers can learn more about two powerful political fables of the 20th century: 'Animal Farm' and 'Maus'. Please visit the website to find out more.
The Story Museum www.storymuseum.org.uk
Pembroke Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1BP   01865 790050
See attraction details27 February 2016 - 31 March 2017 - NEED FOR SPEED FAMILY SCIENCE SHOW AT THE NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM
Visit the National Railway Museum and discover how the railways have taken us from 29 miles an hour to over 300 miles an hour and beyond. Learn about our obsession with speed in the high octane, interactive show exploring how Flying Scotsman set the first 100 mile an hour record for a steam locomotive in 1934. Daily at weekends and during school holidays.
National Railway Museum www.nrm.org.uk
Leeman Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 4XJ   0844 815 3139
See attraction details19 March 2016 - 1 January 2018 - A HISTORY OF FASHION IN 100 OBJECTS - EXHIBITION AT THE FASHION MUSEUM
Plan a family day out Bath's Fashion Museum and enjoy this important exhibition displaying one hundred iconic accessories and garments that are linked to significant moments in history or hit the headlines. It's a great opportunity for visitors to view some of the star items from the museum's collection. From a 16th-century woman's jacket to gowns by modern fashion designers and the museum's 'Dress of the Year 2015, families can take a whirlwind tour of fashion over the last five hundred years. Additional displays feature more collections of gloves, fans and jewellery and ten 'shoe moments' with footwear from Georgian silk shoes to Air Jordan trainers. Look out for the children's trail highlighting ten fashion looks. Please go to the website for more information.
Fashion Museum www.fashionmuseum.co.uk
Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, Bath, BA1 2QH   01225 477789
See attraction details25 March 2016 - 4 June 2017 - PORT OUT, SOUTHAMPTON HOME AT SEACITY MUSEUM
Have you eve wondered about the ocean liners that sailed from Southampton to various parts of the world? From the 1920s to the 1950s, ocean liners were the lifeblood of Southampton and this exhibition takes visitors behind the scenes of some well-loved vessels, such as the Mauretania, the Queen Mary and the QE2!
SeaCity Museum www.seacitymuseum.co.uk
Civic Centre, Havelock Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 7FY   023 8083 3007
See attraction details13 April 2016 - 27 April 2017 - TODDLER DAYS AT THE LOOK OUT DISCOVERY CENTRE
The Look Out Discovery Centre's special Toddler Days feature extra activities such as storytelling, art and craft activities and face or hand painting especially designed for young children to enjoy. Dates and themes: On the Farm - 13-14 April 2016; At the Seaside - 8-9 September 2016; In the Jungle - 11-12 October 2016; Night Time - 9-10 November 2016; Snow and Sparkles - 7-8 December 2016; Space - 17-18 January 2017; Little Bugs - 26-27 April 2017. Please see the website to confirm dates, times and prices before travelling.
The Look Out Discovery Centre www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/thelookoutactivitiesfortoddlers
Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell , Berkshire, RG12 7QW   01344 354400
See attraction details27 May 2016 - 1 May 2017 - FASHION ON THE RATION:1940S STREET STYLE AT IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM
Take a sartorial step back in time to see how fashion flourished under the strict rules of rationing during World War II. Examine how austerity did not extinguish creative design or fashion trends on the British home front. Uniforms and utility became the norm, see how make do and mend gave birth to customising, creating individuality and personal style. Delve into Uniforms, Functional Fashion, Rationing, Utility Clothing, Beauty & Duty, Peace and the New Look and Fashion Legacy in this new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum.
Imperial War Museum North www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-north
The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Trafford, Manchester , Greater Manchester, M17 1TZ    0161 836 4000
See attraction details30 May 2016 - 31 March 2017 - SPECIAL EXHIBITION: HEROINES AND HEROES – PEOPLE OF THE COALFIELDS
Make time to visit the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield to view this new exhibition that explores the real lives of people who went beyond the call of duty in coal mining communities. Inspired by the ordinary stories in history, the exhibition focuses on looking at famous heroes and heroines linked with the coal mining industry and its community; its inventors, protectors, activists and reformers.
National Coal Mining Museum For England www.ncm.org.uk
Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield , West Yorkshire, WF4 4RH   01924 848806
See attraction details18 June 2016 - 30 September 2017 - WRIGGLE! THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WORMS - EXHIBITION AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM CARDIFF
Delve into the amazing world of worms at this wonderfully family-friendly exhibition at the National Museum Cardiff. See what the world looks like to an earthworm as you crawl into the 'wriggloo' and discover what kind of worm you are as you play the fun interactive game. Learn about the diversity of worms such as the bone-eating snot flower and the Bobbit Worm, explore the role of worms in popular culture and much more. Please see the website for further details before visiting.
National Museum Cardiff www.museum.wales/cardiff/whatson/9051/Wriggle-The-wonderful-world-of-worms
Cathays Park, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 3NP   029 2039 7951
See attraction details25 June 2016 - 31 January 2017 - STILL GLEAMING EXHIBITION AT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL MUSEUM
The new exhibition at the National Football Museum in Manchester is a must for all football fans as it takes you back in time to the golden summer of 1966 when England won the World Cup. '1966: Still Gleaming' celebrates England’s success and looks at the legacy of that win. Put yourself in the middle of the action in a unique experience, with stories from the people who made the games, played the games and watched the games. The 1966 Jules Rimet trophy and the ball from the final are at the heart of the exhibition, but new immersive technology will recreate the atmosphere of Wembley on that iconic day, giving visitors their own seat at the final.
National Football Museum www.nationalfootballmuseum.com
Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester , Greater Manchester, M4 3BG   0161 605 8200
See attraction details2 July 2016 - 30 June 2017 - NEW MICHAEL MORPURGO EXHIBITION AT SEVEN STORIES
Mark the calendar for the new exhibition at Seven Stories when you can explore the world of Micheal Morpurgo. Seven Stories looks after Michael Morpurgo’s archive in its unique children’s literature Collection. Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s best loved story tellers, and this new exclusive exhibition will showcase, for the first time, the notebooks and manuscripts that became the classics we know today including War Horse and Kensuke’s Kingdom. It will explore the secrets behind Michael’s storytelling through his original drafts, adaptations, scripts and unpublished manuscripts. With content rich in historical research, creativity and poignant prose, this exhibition will showcase the processes behind some of the most loved titles in modern children’s books. Normal admission required.
Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books www.sevenstories.org.uk
30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 2PQ   0300 3301095
See attraction details23 July 2016 - 25 June 2017 - WONDER MATERIALS: GRAPHENE AND BEYOND AT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY
Did you know that graphene is invisible to the human eye, thinner than a human hair and 200 times tougher than steel? In this new ground breaking exhibition at the Museum of Science & Industry uncover the history of graphite and graphene, journey with scientists and artists exploring the cutting edge of material technology and investigate the wonders of a two dimensional world. First isolated by scientists at the University of Manchester in 2004, graphene is made from a single atom layer of carbon. It is super lightweight, super conductive and super strong! This 21st century wonder material is set to radically reshape the way we think, design and manufacture - from racing cars to rust-free paint, from mobile phones to medical science. The exhibition is a world premiere, created by the Museum of Science and Industry, in partnership with the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester.
Museum of Science & Industry www.msimanchester.org.uk/whats-on
Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester , Greater Manchester, M3 4FP   0161 832 2244
See attraction details5 September 2016 - 31 March 2017 - WOLF HALL AT YORK'S BARLEY HALL
If you were a fan of the 'Wolf Hall' visit Barley Hall’s latest exhibition ‘Power & Glory’ and see some of the most beautiful costumes from the popular BBC television series of the book.
Barley Hall www.barleyhall.co.uk
2 Coffee Yard, off Stonegate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8AR   01904 615505
See attraction details24 September 2016 - 11 June 2017 - LITTLE LIVES AT LYNN MUSEUM
This new exhibition at the Lynn Museum touches on the stories of childhood over the last two centuries and focuses on four local children. Childhood objects from the museum collections together with photographs and paintings offer snapshots of the changing experience of childhood.
Lynn Museum www.lynnmuseum.org
Market Street, King's Lynn , Norfolk, PE30 1NL    01553 775001
See attraction details14 October 2016 - 26 February 2017 - ENCOUNTER ANIMAL MUMMIES AT LIVERPOOL'S WORLD MUSEUM
When you are next in Liverpool with the kids pull in a visit to the World Museum to take a look at their current exhibition. You and the kids will be fascinated with the ancient Egyptian animal mummies that were prepared in their millions as votive offerings to the gods. Explore the background to this religious practice in ancient Egypt and the environment in which the animals lived. Featuring mummified jackals, crocodiles, cats and birds, experience a subterranean animal catacomb that has been created to add to the atmosphere; the exhibition has been put together in partnership with Manchester Museum, Glasgow Museums and The University of Manchester.
World Museum Liverpool www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
William Brown Street, Liverpool , Merseyside, L3 8EL    0151 478 4393
See attraction details15 October 2016 - 19 February 2017 - ICE SKATING AT THE EDEN PROJECT
Choose a session to suit the family, purchase your Eden Project ticket and your skating ticket and enjoy wonderful fun on the ice! This indoor skating rink is back again for the 2016/2017 season and offers younger skaters penguin aids during any public skating session.(Pre-booking online recommended.) There are also Parent and Toddler Ice Play sessions and Chilly Juniors sessions as well as ice skating lessons!
Eden Project www.edenproject.com
Bodelva , St Austell , Cornwall, PL24 2SG    01726 811911
See attraction details17 October 2016 - 31 December 2017 - MINI MOVERS AT BRITISH MOTOR MUSEUM
Looking for pre-school activities? Available on the third Monday of each month except August, Mini Movers invites under 5s and their carers to discover the British Motor Museum's wonderful collection of historic British cars through various play activities. Just drop in 10.30am-12noon and join in the fun. Please see the website to confirm dates and other details before travelling.
British Motor Museum www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/events/family-activities
Banbury Road, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ    01926 641188
See attraction details20 October 2016 - 3 February 2017 - SEE CLOUD CRASH AT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY
A new exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester shows three new works depicting micro-climates and manufactured air spaces of artificially created clouds for the world premiere of Cape Farewell’s 2016 Lovelock Art Commission. Paris-based artists HeHe have taken inspiration from the Museum of Science and Industry’s collections and the research of the Natural Environment Research Council and have blurred the boundaries between natural and man-made clouds. See it in the Air and Space Hall at the Museum.
Museum of Science & Industry www.msimanchester.org.uk
Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester , Greater Manchester, M3 4FP   0161 832 2244
See attraction details22 October 2016 - 23 April 2017 - WARRIOR TREASURES: SAXON GOLD FROM THE STAFFORDSHIRE HOARD - EXHIBITION AT BRISTOL MUSEUM & ART GALLERY
Expect to be dazzled by this fabulous collection of gold, silver and semi-precious gems from Anglo-Saxon weaponry, all set within a mysterious forest! This exciting exhibition on at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery this winter offers a great chance to see part of the Staffordshire Hoard, which dates from around the 7th century and is regarded as one of the most important Anglo-Saxon finds. Wonder why these beautifully crafted fittings were thrown away and buried. See the magnificent treasures close up and learn how a sword signified a warrior's status and more. Look out for family events and activities linking to the exhibition. Please see the website for further details including ticket information.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/whats-on/warrior-treasures
Queens Road, Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1RL   0117 922 3571
See attraction details22 October 2016 - 5 March 2017 - WASTE NOT! WANT NOT! - EXHIBITION AT THE NATIONAL WATERFRONT MUSEUM
Take the family to find out more about recycling on a day out at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea. Learn how recycling has always been around, in one form or another - from dust and rag rugs in the Victorian age to 'Make Do and Mend' during WW2. Admire some fascinating objects made from recycled materials and discover what happens to your rubbish after it has been collected. Please see the website for further details.
National Waterfront Museum www.museum.wales/swansea/whatson/9182/Waste-Not-Want-Not
Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea, Swansea, SA1 3RD   01792 638950
See attraction details3 November 2016 - 7 February 2017 - FROST LAB - AT-BRISTOL
Check out this wintery activity for families in At-Bristol's Live Lab this winter! Both fun and educational, it's a great opportunity to learn more about the science of all things cold. Find out which materials are best for keeping you warm, see what effect the cold plate has on you and some everyday materials, and admire the beauty of snowflake shapes and discover how they arise. Just check the screens in Live Lab for activity times. Suitable for over 7s. Please see the website to find out more.
At-Bristol www.at-bristol.org.uk/visit-us/whats-on
Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 5LL   0117 915 1000
See attraction details3 November 2016 - 5 November 2017 - MARY QUANT - ICON OF STYLE AT THE GALLERY OF COSTUME
Discover how Mary Quant caught the contemporary cultural moment in her designs for the young and hip of the 60s and 70s. The exhibition includes twenty two outfits dating from the late 1950s to the early 1970s from the collections and includes loans from Leeds Museums and Galleries, the London College of Fashion and private collectors.
Gallery of Costume www.manchestergalleries.org/our-other-venues/platt-hall-gallery-of-costume/
Platt Hall, Platt Fields Park, Wilmslow , Rusholme , Greater Manchester, M14 5LL   0161 245 7245
See attraction details5 November 2016 - 5 February 2017 - THE 'BFG' IN PICTURES AT TULLIE HOUSE
Don't miss the chance to see this touring exhibition of 'The BFG in Pictures' from House of Illustration, showcasing the artwork of Quentin Blake for one of Roald Dahl's favourite stories. The exhibition has been curated by Quentin Blake and showcases 40 original artworks, including the first set of illustrations he completed for the book, which were never published. Tullie House will show these iconic and stunning illustrations until February 2017 so plan a day out before the exhibition moves on.
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery www.tulliehouse.co.uk
Castle Street, Carlisle , Cumbria, CA3 8TP   01228 618718
See attraction details5 November 2016 - 2 April 2017 - THE DAYS: A VICTORIAN SOUTHAMPTON FAMILY AT TUDOR HOUSE AND GARDEN
Families can get a glimpse into the life of a prominent Southampton family in the 1800s, as Southampton developed from a genteel spa town into an industrial metropolis. This exhibition includes the stories of Charles Day, who settled in Southampton in 1813.
Tudor House and Garden www.tudorhouseandgarden.com
St Michael's Square, Bugle Street, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 2AD   023 8083 3007
See attraction details8 November 2016 - 30 January 2017 - TAKEOVER TUESDAYS AT LAKELAND WILDLIFE OASIS
When you planning things to do with your pre-schoolers why not visit Lakeland Wildlife Oasis where they can enjoy a free child activity that's different every week and there are extra animal activities too. Pre-school children eat free when an adult purchases a meal. £7 per adult with up to 3 pre-school children free.
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis www.wildlifeoasis.co.uk
Hale, Milnthorpe , Cumbria, LA7 7FE    01539 563027
11 November 2016 - 27 February 2017 - WORTHING ICE RINK
Put on your warmest hats and gloves and spend time gliding across the ice at Steyne Gardens this festive season. There will be special sessions during off peak times for children under 4 years to have a go when the ice is quiet. Children over four are welcome to skate whatever their level of ability with help from the colony of penguins, led by Puddles! You can even have your birthday party there.
www.worthingicerink.com/wp
Steyne Gardens, Worthing, Sussex, BN11 3DT   01903 641545
See attraction details12 November 2016 - 26 February 2017 - ICE SKATING AT LIFE IN NEWCASTLE
One of the things to do with the kids this Christmas time is to have a day out at Life Science Centre and take a spin on the fantastic ice rink. The ice rink is open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day and there is no need to book, just turn up and pay on the day. Children under 9 years must be accompanied by an adult but there is no restriction on how young they are if you are confident for your little ones to have a go. See the website for prices and booking.
Life Science Centre www.life.org.uk
Times Square, Scotswood Road, Newcastle , Tyne and Wear, NE1 4EP    0191 243 8210
See attraction details12 November 2016 - 5 February 2017 - WILD WINTER SAFARI AT WEST MIDLAND SAFARI PARK
Why not treat the family to a Wild Winter Safari at West Midland Safari Park near Bewdley? The kids will be thrilled to see elephants, lions and other exotic wildlife. Keep your eyes open for Ekozu, the baby white rhino born in 2016! Afterwards enjoy the Discovery Trail with Land of the Living Dinosaurs, Lorikeet Landing, Penguin Cove, Twilight Cave Reptile House and more. Please note that the Adventure Theme Park and rides are closed for the winter and the whole Park will be fully open for the summer season from Saturday 11 February 2017 - details are on the website.
West Midland Safari Park www.wmsp.co.uk/winter-safari
Spring Grove, Bewdley , Worcestershire, DY12 1LF   01299 402114
See attraction details12 November 2016 - 5 March 2017 - WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2016 - EXHIBITION AT M SHED
Returning to M Shed this winter, this exhibition from the Natural History Museum is likely to capture the imagination of kids of all ages. One hundred stunning images from the world-famous wildlife photography competition show wildlife and landscapes in all their beauty and drama. If you're planning a family day out in Bristol, don't miss it! Please see the website for opening times and ticket information.
M Shed www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-2016
Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 4RN   0117 352 6600
See attraction details16 November 2016 - 2 July 2017 - 'AFTER THE BEES' EXHIBITION AT MANCHESTER MUSEUM
‘If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left’, is a quote from Albert Einstein. In response to these unsettling words, the latest exhibition at The University of Manchester Museum presents a series of artworks exploring the haunting consequences of an imagined world bereft of pollinators. The exhibition features highly detailed, magnified images of specimens from the artist’s collection, captured using electron microscopes at The University of Manchester’s School of Materials. After the Bees coincides with current temporary exhibition Extinction or Survival, and explores related themes around the impact of humans on the natural environment.
The University of Manchester Museum www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/
The University of Manchester,Oxford Road, Manchester , Greater Manchester, M13 9PL   0161 275 2648
See attraction details22 November 2016 - 30 January 2017 - BABY RAVE AT THE HEPWORTH WAKEFIELD
Book in advance for the sessions at The Hepworth Wakefield when your little ones can join the mini baby rave hosted by BOOMCHIKKABOOM. Expect a party-like atmosphere with feel good vibes. See the website for selected dates and booking.
The Hepworth Wakefield www.hepworthwakefield.org
Gallery Walk, Wakefield , West Yorkshire, WF1 5AW   01924 247360
See attraction details24 November 2016 - 19 February 2017 - BEAZLEY DESIGNS OF THE YEAR AT THE DESIGN MUSEUM
Children will be amazed by some of the fantastic designs shown at the Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition. This exhibition showcases and celebrates design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year. Now in its ninth year come along and discover what artists have been developing and creating this year, see their influences and the creations they made from this. Family tickets start at £17. Find out times and prices and book now.
Design Museum www.designmuseum.org
Shad Thames, London, London, SE1 2YD   0207 403 6933
See attraction details24 November 2016 - 28 January 2017 - SINBAD AT THE NEW WOLSEY THEATRE
Book your tickets early for this new rock 'n roll pantomime, an adaptation of the amazing adventures of Sinbad, which is bursting with music, mayhem and magic! Sinbad, determined to win the hand of the beautiful Princess Pearl, sets sail aboard the Saucy Sausage on his most dangerous voyage yet!
The New Wolsey Theatre www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
Civic Drive, Ipswich , Suffolk, IP1 2AS   01473 295900
See attraction details25 November 2016 - 5 February 2017 - BABE THE SHEEP PIG AT THE POLKA THEATRE WIMBLEDON
This new version of Dick King Smith's 'Babe' for the Polka Theatre is the endearing story of a piglet who discovers a rare talent for sheep-herding, and leads his gruff farmer to an unlikely kind of celebrity. Using original songs and puppetry, this wonderful farmyard tale is a show suitable for the whole family.
Polka Theatre www.polkatheatre.com
240 The Broadway, Wimbledon , London, SW19 1SB   0208 543 4888
See attraction details26 November 2016 - 26 February 2017 - WINTER WILLOW DECORATION TRAIL AT TRENTHAM GARDENS
Wrap up well and look forward to a wintery day out with the kids at Trentham Gardens near Stoke-on-Trent. Kids of all ages will enjoy following the Winter Willow Decoration Trail around the lake and gardens. Spot some larger-than-life statues and pick up some fascinating facts along the way. Look out for Trentham's fairies as well while you explore - there are 15 of them. Warm up in one of the cafes or restaurants afterwards! Please see the website for further details.
Trentham Gardens www.trentham.co.uk/whats-on/trentham-gardens/winter-willow-decoration-trail-at-trentham-gardens
Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent , Staffordshire, ST4 8JG   01782 646646
See attraction details2 December 2016 - 29 January 2017 - ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND GARDEN TRAIL AT ERDDIG
Enjoy a day out with the kids at Erddig this Christmas and discover a host of festive activities as you follow the unforgettable trail around the garden. Expect shadow puppet shows, flamingo croquet, mad hat making and exciting sculptures from an international chainsaw artist! Please see the website for times, prices and other details.
Erddig www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/7ee93cea-616b-43d0-ae9e-64f35c510b1b/pages/details
Wrexham, Wrexham, LL13 0YT   01978 315180
See attraction details6 December 2016 - 1 February 2017 - JACK AND THE BEANSTALK AT KINGS THEATRE PORTSMOUTH
All the family love a pantomime at Christmas and Jack and the Beanstalk at Kings Theatre Portsmouth is not to be missed! This delightful pantomime has a cast of well known celebrities, lavish sets, wonderful costumes and all the cheers, jeers and jokes you would expect from a traditional family pantomime. There will even be a surprise or two! Tickets can be booked online, please visit the website for details.
Kings Theatre Portsmouth www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk
Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth , Hampshire, PO5 2QJ   0239 282 8282
See attraction details8 December 2016 - 28 January 2017 - CINDERELLA AT YORK THEATRE ROYAL
The kids love a pantomime at Christmas time so book tickets to see this fabulous new production at the newly refurbished York Theatre Royal. The panto favourite fairytale of Cinderella will have stunning sets, sparkling costumes, outstanding song-and-dance routines, awesome effects and slapstick hilarity that will amaze and delight all ages! See website for tickets.
York Theatre Royal www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
St Leonard’s Place, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7HD   01904 623568
See attraction details10 December 2016 - 22 January 2017 - ALADDIN AT WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND THEATRE
Join Aladdin, his brother Wishee Washee, Widow Twankey, evil Abanazer and other unforgettable characters at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre's Christmas pantomime. Take the family to enjoy a magic carpet ride in the company of stars such as X-Factor winner Joe McElderry, Lisa Riley and CBeebies' Mr Bloom - Ben Faulks. Please see the website for ticket information.
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre www.grandtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/panto/aladdin
Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton , West Midlands, WV1 1DE   01902 429212
See attraction details10 December 2016 - 2 February 2017 - CHRISTMAS AT BABBACOMBE MODEL VILLAGE
Explore this wonderful miniature village and see the Christmas lights turn on at 3pm each day. Look out for the miniature Christmas characters inside the models and in the gardens, then watch A Dream of Christmas - a 4D cinema experience! There's also a mini ski slope for children aged 3 to 9 year old and a mini golf course. On selected dates there are opportunities to see Santa in the model village as well as a mini-pantomime. Please see the website for details.
Babbacombe Model Village www.babbacombemodelvillage.co.uk
Hampton Avenue, Torquay , Devon, TQ1 3LA   01803 315315
See attraction details13 December 2016 - 30 November 2017 - CAPITAL OF THE NORTH AT YORKSHIRE MUSEUM
In this permanent exhibition discover how medieval kingdoms of northern Britain were ruled from York. Anglian kings were baptised in its churches, Viking warriors plotted their southern raids and the Normans cruelly stamped their authority on the masses. York was a place of power, art, greed and bloodshed standing as the Capital of the North. Investigate precious medieval objects that indicate the lives of some of the most powerful people that ruled from within York's walls. Families with children can discover more through specially-made films featuring historical figures as fun cartoon characters and try their hand at a fantasy jousting computer game!
Yorkshire Museum www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk
Museum Gardens, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7FR   01904 687687
See attraction details13 December 2016 - 30 November 2017 - SHAPING THE BODY EXHIBITION AT YORK CASTLE MUSEUM
An iron corset, Regency pantaloons, bum rolls and a killer dress are just a few of the items featured in the latest permanent exhibition at York Castle Museum. The exhibition charts the way fashion, food and fitness have shaped the body over the last 400 years. Investigate the extremes that were used to achieve the perfect look throughout history to the present day.
York Castle Museum www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk
Eye of York, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9RY   01904 687687
See attraction details17 December 2016 - 18 February 2017 - ALICE IN WONDERLAND AT GUILDFORD MUSEUM
Take the children to see this fascinating exhibition with small and changing displays on how Alice and the Wonderland she visited, have been illustrated across the years and around the world. There is free entry to this exhibition.
Guildford Museum www.guildford.gov.uk
Castle Arch, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3SX    01483 444751
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