05 August 2017 - 06 August 2017 / 10:00 - 17:00
The Postal Museum
Free with Museum only ticket*

Ahoy! It’s time to explore how perilous the post really was. Reveal dangerous and intriguing tales of highwaymen, Mail Coach guards and pirates as we take you on a swashbuckling adventure through the perilous post. Make your own message in a bottle or pirate hand puppet, go on a gallery treasure hunt and meet our costumed actors. Would you have survived life as a postman of the past?

Mail Rail might not be open yet but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of fun to be had for kids especially!

Ideal for families with children aged 0-11. Kids go free* with paying adults. Get your exhibitions only ticket now for the Opening Family Extravaganza.

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*Up to 4 children are included in a full-price exhibitions only adult or concession ticket and must be accompanied at all times.


The Legend of the Lioness and other Curious Tales

5 August/ Drop-in 11.30, 13:30 & 14.30/ Learning Space

Storyteller Olivia Armstrong takes you on a journey through the curious tales of the postal past. There will be adventure, mild peril and a few surprises!

All fingers and thumbs – textile hand puppet workshop

5 and 6 August/ Drop-in 11.00-13.00/ 14.00-16.00

Keep little fingers happy with the crafty workshop where kids get to create an animal or pirate hand puppet from textile

Message in a Bottle

6 August/ Drop-in 11.00-13.00/ 14.00-16.00

Pirates have attacked your mail ship! Write and design a message in a bottle to send ashore and share the terrifying tale.


Pop-up performers

Exhibition/ All day

Get to know people from the past as we invite Sir Rowland Hill, a Post Office Rifleman, a First World War post lady and a suffragette into the present day

Face painting

Courtyard/ All day

Get into the family extravaganza spirit with face painting.

All aboard!

All day/ Courtyard

Sit behind the wheel of our replica 1910 Dennis van. It’s the perfect photo op!

Gallery treasure hunt

All day/ Exhibition

Strike a pose

5 August/ Exhibition

Get snap happy in our instant photo booth.