Summer 2019 Family Activities
The rise of the railway in the 1800s brought the seaside in reach to the masses, marking the beginnings of the Great British Summer. From Punch and Judy hand puppet workshops and postcard making sessions to storytelling and a book signing.
Join us in a fun filled family programme celebrating this fabulous tradition, then jump aboard our own special train – Mail Rail! Where will your journey take you?!
Summer Family Festival Launch
Join us in our green courtyard to kick off the summer holidays. Enjoy live music, play outdoor games and feast on a sumptuous BBQ.Read more
Artist-led Workshop: Flip-up Friend Card Making
Create your own flip-up seaside postcard, inspired by this beautiful beach hut ‘Transformation Postcard’ from our collection.Read more
Storytelling: A Day at the Seaside
Join storyteller Olivia Armstrong on an exciting journey to the seaside complete with postcards and Punch and Judy’s!Read more
Arts and Crafts: Hand Puppet Making
Design and decorate your own fun puppet character to take home, inspired by the traditional puppet show Punch and Judy.Read more
Train to Impossible Places: Book Signing
Meet author of the fantastic Train to Impossible Places book, P. G. Bell in our own exciting underground train depot.Read more
Arts and Crafts Special: Troll Postmaster Hats
Inspired by Wilmot, the troll postmaster in Train to Impossible Places, make your own postie-cap and troll ears to wear on your Mail Rail train journey.Read more
Arts and Crafts: Mail Movers
Design and make your own mail-moving railway engine or ultimate delivery vehicle to carry all those seaside postcards and coastal commuters.Read more
Arts and Crafts: Bon Voyage Postcard
Create a character postcard, design an envelope and send them on a holiday through the post in this arty workshop.Read more
Arts and Crafts: Seaside Stamp Shrinkies
Make your own mini stamp souvenir on shrink plastic, inspired by seaside postcard cartoons.Read more
Mail Rail Family Trail
Pick up our new family trail, taking wannabe engineers around the Mail Rail exhibition. Designed by illustrator Salvatore Rubbino.Read more
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