Tag: half term

Hunt the Mice!

Published on 18th October 2023

Lookout shipmates! Some mischievous mice and crafty cats have snuck on board HMS Belfast, and are after the sailors’ jobs. This October half-term pick up a free family trail guide and see if you can find all ten of the crafty cat and mouse crew hiding in the ship. This activity is recommended for families and children aged 7 and over. For more information on accessibility on the ship please see here.  Meet some of the crafty crew: With a crew of nearly 1,000 men, HMS Belfast was like a floating city with its own chapel, radio station and bakery. Discover the stories and the roles and responsibilities of the crew, who helped keep everything ship shape. Every day from Sat 21 Oct to Friday 22 Dec 2023 All day. See opening hours for details. FREE with General Admission More here

Half term at Tower Bridge

Big Draw at Tower Bridge Did you know that more than 40,000 people cross Tower Bridge each day? Let your visit make a lasting impression this October half term by helping us bring a giant picture of Tower Bridge to life. Be inspired by the sights and sounds of the landmark by adding a drawing of yourself – or something else – to our huge visitor artwork. When: Tuesday 24 October Time: 10:00 – 16:00 Where: Learning Space Science in the City: Marble Your Skyline Combine science and art with this interactive 90-minute workshop in partnership with the Salters’ Institute. Discover the cool chemical processes at work behind paper marbling then be inspired by the breath-taking views from Tower Bridge’s iconic West Walkway to create your own city skyline masterpiece. When: Thursday 26 October Time: 10:30 and 13:30 Where: Learning Space Book now Please note ticket prices are for the Science in the City: Marble Your Skyline workshop only. Should you wish to explore Tower Bridge in more depth before or after the session, you will need to purchase tickets to the attraction from the Tower Bridge Ticket Office.

October Half Term on HMS Belfast

Published on 22nd September 2021

At HMS Belfast there are family activities throughout October Half Term. We Were There – 28 October From Bridge to Bakery, our eyewitnesses and veterans will be sharing their memories of life at sea, and what it was like to grow up during the Second World War. Questions at the ready! Free with general admission. Find Your Sea Legs – 24 – 30 October 2022 Ahoy shipmates! It’s time to find your sea legs. Take charge of HMS Belfast in this interactive family activity and complete fun tasks around the ship. It’s 1942 and HMS Belfast is ready to set sail. The only thing is we’ve misplaced where we are supposed to be going! We need your help to plot the course for the upcoming mission and make sure everything is shipshape and ready to go. Hop on the balance board to test how steady you’ll be on choppy seas. Figure out just how to feed 950 men on board with limited rations and even find out what kind of supplies you’ll need along the way. Get to grips with the science and skills needed to survive on HMS Belfast, solve nautical puzzles and discover for yourself what life was like for the ship’s company during the Second World War. Find your Sea Legs has been developed with TV Presenter Ben Shires, host of Officially Amazing and Match of the Day: Kick About. This is a drop-in activity recommended for families with children aged 7+. This activity directs you around different areas of the ship and lasts approximately 45 mins. Part of IWM’s new family programme of activities created specifically to explore how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) has impacted real people and the causes, courses and consequences of conflict. All activities are drop in and are recommended for families with children aged 7+. Activities vary daily, we recommend checking details on arrival. 

Makeshop: October Half-Term

Published on 09th October 2019

Paper Circuits: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – 11:00 to 15:00 Learn how to create light-up paper creations using simple electric circuits. Bring your curiosity and your enthusiasm, and we’ll build some cool stuff together. We’ll also give you some instructions, so you can continue your experimentation at home! Torch Kits: Thursday, October 24, 2019 – 11:00 to 15:00 Get your soldering irons ready and learn how to make your very own mini torch. Bring your curiosity and your enthusiasm, and we’ll build some cool stuff together. We’ll also give you some instructions, so you can continue your experimentation at home! Doodlebots: Friday, October 25, 2019 – 11:00 to 15:00 Learn how to make a jiggling Doodlebot that comes to life to doodle its own piece of art. Bring your curiosity and your enthusiasm, and we’ll build some cool stuff together. We’ll also give you some instructions, so you can continue your experimentation at home! £10 per activity pack More information and to book click here.

October Half-Term Workshops

A series of interactive workshop for families who want to discover something different this half-term at the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret. Frankenstein’s Methods Tuesday, 22 October & Thursday, 24 October, 2:00 PM -3:00 PM How did Frankenstein actually make his infamous monster? How did Victorian surgeons practice dissection? Where did they get dead bodies from? Do our bodies really have a spark of life? Join this interactive drama-based family workshop in our Victorian operating theatre and explore the science behind Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. Be ready for some gory details about dead frogs, dead bodies and things coming back to life! Double Double, Toil & Trouble Wednesday, 23 October, 12:00 PM -1:00 PM An interactive potions class and creative writing workshop in the atmospheric surroundings of The Old Herb Garret. Participants will learn about the use of animals and herbs in the history of medicine.  They will then use our collection as the inspiration to create their own poetic variations on the famous witches spell from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Double Double, Toil & Trouble. Pomander Pumpkins Friday, 25 October, 2:00 PM -3:00 PM For hundreds of years it was believed that if you breathed in a horrible smell it would cause you to become very unwell.  As a protection, people would carry a scented ball called a pomander, which would be held to their nose if they were entering into a smelly area. Join this crafty and creative family workshop to learn more about historical and contemporary herbal health and wellness and make your own Halloween themed ‘pumpkin’ pomander to take home with you. These family workshops are free but the general Museum admission applies. Please contact the Museum at education@oldoperatingtheatre.com or call 02071882679 as booking is essential for this event and there are limited spaces available. All materials will be provided by the Museum, please note that sewing needles will be used in this activity. Please Note: *Access to the Museum is through a 52-step spiral staircase.

We Were There: Meet Veterans and Eyewitnesses

Published on 17th July 2018

  Meet veterans and eyewitnesses from home and overseas who have lived through periods of conflict and hear more about their experiences. From life at the front line and being evacuated during the Second World War, to living through the Korean and Falklands Wars, these family-friendly sessions allow you to get an insight into conflict that you wouldn’t find in the history books from those who witnessed it first hand. 11am – 3pm (drop in)  

Seesaw at Unicorn Theatre

Published on 08th February 2018

Being little can be hard work. There are holes to dig, sand castles to make, treasures to find, adventures to be had. It’s much easier when you have a friend to help. But what if making friends is hard work too? Seesaw explores the push and pull of friendship, and the ups and downs of being very young. DEALCARD OFFER: Save 20% on all half term performances (excluding 14 Feb 1.30pm) using promocode TLB20 when booking online, in person or calling our Box Office on 0207 645 0560. Tickets usually £10 – £12 (under 18s) and £16 – £18 (adults).  


Published on 03rd August 2017

WHAT WILL YOU FIGHT FOR? By Chris Thorpe Directed by Justin Audibert At the end of this tale, I’ll go to fight a dragon. And I will be no more. Beowulf is the longest surviving epic poem in Old English. Writer Chris Thorpe (Victory Condition, Confirmation at Royal Court) shines a new perspective on the seminal text, drawing out connections between the ancient and the modern worlds in this tale of heroism, fear, bravery and anguish in the battle of life. An exciting, adventurous and atmospheric new interpretation performed with live music. Ages 8-13 years