Looking for ways to keep the brood entertained this October half term holiday? Here’s a helpful round-up of all the family-friendly fun being put on at Cornwall’s marvellous museums that will keep them happy rain-or-shine.
Falmouth Art Gallery
Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
– Falmouth Art Gallery is offering a new program of free family workshops taking place on the first Saturday of every month. The workshops are inspired by the current exhibitions in the gallery, Brilliant Colour and Black and White. These new activities days will run from 11am – 3pm and will encourage children and adults of all ages to get creative.
– The first of these new day workshops, Colour Lab, will take place on the Saturday, 1st November. Come and have fun being a scientist for the day, experimenting and playing with colour. This would be a great way to spend the last Saturday of the October half term!
– The gallery is also running a Halloween Workshop on Friday 31st October from 11am – 3pm. Join us in the gallery making spooky monotone finger puppets inspired by the current exhibition Black and White.
– The Brilliant Colour exhibition runs until 22nd November and features some of the brightly-coloured works of abstract artist Grace Gardiner and some of Cornwall’s finest abstract artists from the 1905 to the present day – all celebrating colour at its best.
– The other current exhibition Black and White is on until 6th December and showcases work from a ground-breaking 1894 exhibition of black and white works held at the gallery. The exhibition includes works by artists such as Henry Scott Tuke and J McNeil Whistler.
National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Open daily 9am to 5pm
– Amazing Art Supersized Weekend
25th – 26th October
Get hooked on art with a weekend of amazing activities inspired by artist Kurt Jackson and his new exhibition, Line Caught and Local. Work with art and design students from Falmouth University to build up a sketch book of different techniques throughout the day, including drawing, animation, printmaking and sculpture.
– Caught on a Line
27th October – 2nd November
12pm – 3.30pm
Our fishy-themed fun continues with Falmouth University students hosting different workshops each day. Plus make a 3D tissue paper model of a Kurt Jackson-inspired landscape, a fishy sketch book and magnetic fishing rod.
– Follow that fish!
25th October – 2nd November
10am – 5pm
Cast your net far and wide to find the fish hiding in our galleries.
– Story Time with Sally Crabtree
11am, 12pm & 2pm
Go beyond the horizon of your imagination. Cast your line into the sea of songs, hoist the story sail and make treasures from the cargo of creativity!
– Douglas Dapper’s Catch of the Day
11am, 12pm & 2pm
The Story Explorer invites you to go fishing for clues around the museum on a hunt for tall tales and washed up treasure.
– Search & Rescue exhibition – enter the world of the heroic men and women who risk their lives to save yours.
– Kurt Jackson: Line Caught and Local exhibition – a stunning series of paintings, drawings, sketchbooks and sculpture from one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists.
– Halloween Trick or Treat Tour
6.30pm – 8.30pm
Spooky shenanigans are guaranteed with our Halloween trick or treat tour. Make monster masks, bloodcurdling badges and trick-or-treat baskets before setting off on a torch lit tour of the museum. Discover ghosts and ghouls in our galleries and join in our creepy costume parade. Will you get a trick or treat?
Tickets £5.95. All activities free with museum entrance ticket. One creative craft activity each day. Suitable for ages 5 and up.
Penlee House Gallery & Museum
– The Big Draw at Penlee. This year’s Big Draw theme is ‘It’s Our World’. Come along and share with us what’s important in your world – be it a person, place or object – and add your drawing to the giant bunting decorating the staircase in the gallery.
– Time Moveth – Not! Digital animation workshop
Come and join this workshop working with artist Tony Johns to create short animated films inspired by Walter Langley’s brilliant painting Time Moveth Not.
The Big Draw is a free event and you can drop in anytime. For ages 7-13, £4.50 per place. To book please call the gallery on 01736 363625.
Telegraph Museum Porthcurno
Open daily 10am – 5pm.
– Monstrous Moths and Brilliant Bats
Wrap up warm and grab your wellies to join us on a spooky evening moth and bat walk and use the science of light to track down some furry mini-monsters. Free with family ticket or locals pass, or £3 per child otherwise.
– Distance Drawing – The Big Draw
11am – 3pm
Did you know that ‘telegraph’ means distance writing? Be inspired by The Big Draw and experiment with distance drawing. Whether you love to draw, or think you can’t, pop in to our pop-up Big Draw studio to play with weird and wonderful ways of drawing over distance.
– Beastly Bags and Yucky Yarns
Meet our talented Cable Stitchers team at our drop in creative crafting workshop. Make your own amazing decorated Trick or Treat bag to hold all your goodies and complete your Halloween costume! Workshop included in normal admission price.
Children explore free this October half term!
Royal Cornwall Museum
Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 4.45pm.
– It’s Our World – The Big Draw
On every day throughout October. If you are aged between four and 19 years of age, drop into the museum to take part in this year’s Big Draw campaign – draw your favourite place and help create the UK’s largest online collection of artwork mapping the British Isles, as seen through the eyes of the nation’s future custodians. The uploaded artwork will be showcased in June 2015 on digital ad screens across the UK. You don’t need to be a brilliant artist – these events are for those who love to draw, as well as for those who think they can’t!
– Lantern Making workshop for the City of Lights Festival
Wednesday 29th October
10am to 4pm
Work with an artist and make a beautiful paper lantern. You will then be invited to parade your lantern in the City of Lights Parade in Truro on November 19th.
– Bruegel’s Mirror Family Activities
Every day throughout October and half term at the Royal Cornwall Museum.
Taking the exhibition Bruegel’s Mirror as inspiration, drop in to take part in a range of special family activities and make your own colourful ‘cap of rushes’ in the gallery.
The workshops are free, but booking is essential.
Wheal Martyn Museum & Country Park
Throughout half term
– Free make and take Autumn activities, including spooky nature trail bingo, creepy crawly crafts and bats galore!
– The Big Draw – Friday 31st October. ‘It’s Our World’ community art event for all to take part and have a go. No artistic talent necessary!
– Halloween Party – Friday 31st October 2.30-4.00pm. Fancy dress competition, edible crafts, face painting, storytelling (charge applies)
– Johnny Cowling – Cornwall’s greatest comedy export at Wheal Martyn for an evening of humour and music. Thursday 30thOctober 7.00pm. Tickets £12.50 including a pasty and drink.