Summer 2019 Family Activities

Travel to the seaside without leaving London with a range of beach-themed family-friendly 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?!

    • Event
    • 20 July 2019
    • 11:00

    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.

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    • Event
    • 23 July & 1, 20, 29 August
    • 11:00

    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.

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    • Event
    • 25 & 30 July, 27 August 2019
    • 11:30

    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!

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    • Event
    • 27 July & 10 August
    • 11:00

    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.

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    • Event
    • 03 August 2019
    • 13:30

    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.

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    • Event
    • 3, 6 & 8 August 2019
    • 11:00

    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.

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    • Event
    • 13 & 15 August 2019
    • 11:00

    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.

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    • Event
    • 17 & 22 August 2019
    • 11:00

    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.

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    • Event
    • 24 & 31 August 2019
    • 11:00

    Arts and Crafts: Seaside Stamp Shrinkies

    Make your own mini stamp souvenir on shrink plastic, inspired by seaside postcard cartoons.

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    • Event
    • Every day
    • 10:00

    Mail Rail Family Trail

    Pick up our new family trail, taking wannabe engineers around the Mail Rail exhibition. Designed by illustrator Salvatore Rubbino.

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