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Enjoy an adventurous summer of family events from Heritage and Culture Warwickshire

Take part in STEM activities, have fun at the new St John’s Playhouse, discover River Monsters fossils, get arty with a canal art workshop, become a Roman soldier and learn the drill, plus much more..

Image of 3 children playing with swords they have made outside of Market Square Museum WarwickThe Heritage and Culture Warwickshire team have a range of free and low-cost activities to keep the kids busy this summer. With some events linked to the current exhibition ‘Tales from the Riverbank’ in Market Hall Museum, Warwick there are lots of ways to learn about local history, get crafty and have fun.

Rebecca Coles, Senior Learning and Community Engagement Officer says

Our summer events programme is packed with a variety of themed events and we are excited to launch the new St John’s Playhouse this year. Families can enjoy different activities throughout the house and garden, bring a picnic and spend the whole day with us. Special thanks to go to Warwick Boats and the Leam Boat Centre who have sponsored our ‘Tales from the Riverbank’ exhibition this year and their support has allowed us to put on some events at the museum.

Discover a summer of adventure with events in Warwick for all the family to enjoy. Please note some events require booking at

Museum in the Park

Monday 22 July 10am - 3pm @ St Nicholas Park, Warwick

Kickstart the summer with free activities in St Nicholas Park. Make a wriggly fish, handle museum artefacts and have a go at the make-a-boat challenge – will your boat float? Discover our summer events at Market Hall Museum and beyond. Find us by the tennis courts. The HAF team will also be giving out free packed lunches. Free, no need to book, just drop in.

River Monsters

Wednesday 24 July 10am - 1pm @ Market Hall Museum 

What’s that lurking in the water? Come on a monster-hunting fishing trip through time and learn about the creatures that have called Warwickshire’s rivers home over the last 250 million years. Add a scale to our giant pike, measure up against a giant amphibian, and work out what river monsters eat for dinner! £3 per child. No need to book just drop in.

Boats and Bridges - STEM

Wednesday 31 July 10am - 1pm @ Market Hall Museum

Have a go at some River themed STEM challenges: Put your engineering skills to the test with the bridge building challenge and work out the best way to power a boat. Will yours be the fastest? £3 per child. No need to book just drop in.

NEW! St John’s Playhouse

Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 August 10am – 3pm @ St John’s House and Gardens, Warwick

We are turning St John’s House into a giant playhouse this summer so bring your family and friends and spend the day having fun.

Enjoy different activities throughout the house and garden. Play in the Victorian kitchen, dance and dress up in the ballroom, play instruments and sing in the music room, test your building skills and build a giant cardboard fort, cosy up in teepees and get reading, play with replica Victorian toys, meet our school mistress in the Victorian schoolroom, get creative with outdoor painting and play with our garden games plus much, much more. Don’t forget to bring a picnic and blanket. Activities for ages 1 – 8 years.

Activities takes place in the gardens and both floors of St John’s House. Please note the first floor is not wheelchair accessible. Ice creams, ice-lollies and cold drinks will be available to buy, cash only.

Tickets £8 per child (0 – 12 months free). £4 per adults. Plus Eventbrite fees. Spaces are limited so please book in advance at

Children’s Canal Art Painting Workshop

Thursday 15 August Workshops at 10am, 11.30pm and 1.15pm @ Market Hall Museum

Learn how to paint in the traditional canal Roses and Castles art style with Kerri, the Heritage Crafter. Paint your own plant pot to take home. This event is for children and suitable for aged 7+. All children must be accompanied by an adult. You are welcome to bring younger siblings and explore the museum with them while the workshop takes place.

Workshops are one hour long.

£6 per child, plus booking fees. Spaces are limited so please book in advance at

Life as a Roman Soldier

Wednesday 21 August 10am - 3pm @ Market Hall Museum

Train to be a Roman solider with Ancient Roman reenactors Garderobe. Try on replica roman armour and take part in a drill training session. Can you march with a heavy shield?

Take part in drop-in activities to discover who these soldiers were, learn about their daily life, what did they eat, who they prayed to and what did do when they ran out of socks?!

Drill sessions at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

Suitable for ages 5+ due to weight of drill equipment. Parents welcome to support children with drill activities. Spaces on the drill sessions are limited. Book at

Prebooked tickets £5 with drill, £8 for two children. Drop-in activities £3, pay on the day.

Arty Tots Canal Adventure

Tuesday 27th August 10am - 1pm @ Market Hall Museum

Chug along and create your own waterway scene. There will be canal boat crafts and waterside creatures to make and take home. Have a look at our 'Tales from the Riverbank exhibition and spot the wildlife that live along our waterways.

Suitable for the under-fives, older siblings welcome,

£3, no need to book just drop in.

Published: 9th July 2024