Families/Children: Special Events
Cream Teas & Culture
Enjoy Sunday afternoons at the museum and experience a wide range of arts and cultural activities, all carefully selected to ensure a lovely couple of hours for everyone, with cream teas served from 2pm and free activities programmed throughout the afternoon.
The museum itself is also open to the public all day from 10:30 to 5pm

18th June: The Chesterfield Sofa Club
Join us from 2pm, with chilled trio The Chesterfield Sofa Club playing foot tapping folksey blues and bluesy folk from 3-4pm.

25th June: Talis Kimberley  (Change from previously advertised event) 
Join us for a cream tea and the wonderful music of Talis Kimberley.  Talis is a prolific and award-winning writer of compelling, fearless and sometimes downright silly songs. She gets inspired by such diverse subjects as baking, politics, knitting, and the making of lists. There may be a topical song or two... Talis’s performances are full of whimsy and folklore, and she hopes you’ll bring your listening ears, your singing voice, and, if you like, your knitting!
2pm onwards - Cream teas served.
3pm - Music from Talis Kimberley.


2nd July: Cake decorating
On this Sunday afternoon, why not have a go at the gentle art of cake decorating with the wonderful Beth, who makes cakes, jams etc. for the museum. Whether you are a super chef wanting to see if you can pick up a few extra tips, or a child who just wants to play with your food, come along and have a go. Then you get to eat the results - what's not to love! 

9th July: Viola and Guitar
Rachael Birkin plays viola & Michael Hennessy plays guitar under the mulberry tree in the beautiful garden of the museum. Come and be serenaded while you enjoy a delicious cream tea.

16th July Poetry Swindon with guest Chrissy Williams
Event also includes an Open Mic, plus artists Sally Talor and Sue Bardwell will be leading a hands-on art session.
Bring a poem you have written or favourite to share with a friendly audience, or spend the afternoon creating beautiful art while listening to everyone else's poems. Or just enjoy a cream tea!
Guest poet, Chrissy Williams, is a poet and editor living in London. Her work has been published in numerous magazines, pamphlets and anthologies, including Poetry Review, Poetry London, The Rialto and Best British Poetry. She has worked as an editor for over a decade, and currently works on various comics series including the New York Times bestselling The Wicked + The Divine (Image Comics). She also edited the UK’s first book on poetry comics: Over the Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics (Sidekick Books). She is the organiser of the annual Free Verse: Poetry Book Fair. Her first full poetry collection BEAR is out now from Bloodaxe Books.

23rd July: Shadow Puppets 
Although this one was really planned for children, we know the grown-ups are going to enjoy it just as much. Jaime Bullock will take you from puppet zero to puppet hero, guiding evryone through teh process of creating shadow puppets, before you take to the 'stage' and show our cream tea consumers what you can do. 

30th July: Ed Hanfrey and the Bellflowers
Ed Hanfrey, Claire Amor and Jessie Thompson are a Wiltshire-based folk trio. Armed with Ed’s acoustic guitar, Jessie’s accordion, and Claire’s tambourine, they’ll soon have your foot tapping along to their mix of infectious tunes and clever lyrics - that add a contemporary twist to a range of traditional folk music and original songs.

MORE DATES TO FOLLOW - ALL FREE ENTRY



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Families/Children: Regular Activities
Fun and Dance with Jackie
A fun dance class with Jackie Bardwell, designed to give children inspiration through structured and creative dance techniques: warmups, movement games, short sequences to highlight different ways to put steps and moves together, themes and images for them to improvise around, ideas for choreography and form, and to learn a short routines.
Please wear suitable comfortable clothing, with soft shoes, but bare feet is fine.
There will opportunities to perform at a later date, when they are ready, with open watching days for families and friends.

Tuesdays 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Booking essential: spaces limited to 12 children
£5 per session


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Morning Sunlight Club: Drop in and Play  
A Sunday morning play session for children who love to run around in nature: find bugs, play games, discover, make things, paint, construct, hide, find, and have fun together.
For children 5 years ++
Please wear all-weather scruffy gear as we will be outside whatever the weather.
Sundays from 2nd April to 16th July, 10.30am to 12.30am 
£5 per session
Booking essential: spaces limited to 12 children
 

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Story Walks: with stories, arts, music & play
For under fives and their carers. Come and enjoy nature in all weathers through stories, art, gardening, music and play. Please wear warm suitable waterproof clothing and footwear.
Thursdays - from 19th January (term time only), 10.30am to 12noon
£2 per child (£1 for subsequent children) Pay on the door
Family semester passes available (January to July) £30 (21 Sessions)
Become a Friend of the museum and enjoy 20% discount on events (online only)
Special offers for parents in the cafe - tea or coffee £1 and cake £1

Programme:
You may want to go to the library and read the books (or buy from a bookshop) beforehand
1. 19th Jan: The Ding Dong Bag by Polly Peters
2. 26th Jan: The Little Red Hen by Nicola Baxter
3. 2nd Feb: The Listening Walk by Paul Showers
4. 9th Feb: Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus by Tony Mitton (with Dinosaur hunt)
HALF TERM
5. 23rd Feb: Mr Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham
6. 2nd March: The Magic Bed by John Burningham
7. 9th March (Family Choice - What's your favourite story?)
8. 16th March: Hurry Up Great Big Potato! (Planting Day) Story by Hilda Sheehan
8. 23rd March: The Enormous Turnip
10. 30th March: Wood Magic by Richard Jefferies (Animal story walk in the garden)
11. 6th April: On the Way Home by Jill Murphy
EASTER BREAK
12. 27th April: The Bad-tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle
13. 4th May: Author Visit (TBA)
14. 11th May: A very special, Swindon Festival of Literature event with Elli Woollard (in person) and her book The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight. See details in special events section above.
15. 18th May: Everything Sunflowers! Planting, stories, seeds, and growing!
16. 25th May: Oi! Get Off Our Train by John Burningham
HALF TERM
17. 8th June: Camping Out (Mini Farmyard Tales) by Heather Amery (Making camps!)
18. 15th June: Jack and the Beanstalk
19. 22nd June: My Big Blue Boat and Bevis by Richard Jefferies
20. 29th June: Puss in Boots
21. 6th July: The Mulberry Bush by Annie Kubler
22. 13th July: An Alice in Wonderland end of season tea party (dress up if you like)
MAGIC MONDAYS & LEGO CLUB START!


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Art & Inspiration for Home Educated Children
Arts awards and arts fun and adventure for children who are home schooled. Be inspired by nature, art, poetry, music and everything creative. Optional study towards Discover and Explore Arts Award with Suzie Simmons or optional study towards Bronze & Silver Arts Award with Hilda Sheehan.
Once a month on Thursdays, from 19th January, 1.00pm to 3.00pm
£7 per session
Arts Awards Moderation: £10 for Explore, £20 for Bronze.
Friends of the Museum 20% Discount: Insert Code FRIENDS17
 
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Magic Mondays
Every Monday during the summer holidays Magic Mondays are back, with a different exciting theme each week, plus stories, arts & crafts, music, dancing, den building, and general fun & games for the whole family.
24th July until 22nd August, 1pm to 3pm
£5 per family, or family pass for all Mondays (£15)
Friends of the Museum 20% Discount: Insert Code FRIENDS17


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Lego Lounge 
Lots of Lego and Free Imaginations. Every week throughout the summer, we put out a mass of Lego (and a few other bits and pieces) for the under 10s to come and enjoy... unless of course they just want to run around the gardens!
Cafe for parents.
Thursdays from 27th July to 24th August, 10.30am to 12.00am 
£5 per session
Booking essential: spaces limited

 

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Little Mulberries - Outdoor Art & Play Sessions
A parent and child morning of free nature play with a Montessori ethos at the Richard Jefferies Museum. Children will be encouraged to celebrate nature through the arts and discover their own creativity and talent at the museum. Playing in nature together, in all weathers, gives children a solid foundation for future growth, allowing them to explore, create, express, and develop. The mornings end with music and stories. Bring suitable scruffy, outdoor clothing and wellies as well as an art apron to leave at the museum.
Sessions cost £60 (12 sessions). Siblings £50% discount and please get in touch if you are on a low-income or require instalments. Booking essential. With Hilda Sheehan (Montessori Diploma & Kindermusik Educator).
From Tuesday 12th September to Tuesday 12th December 2017

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Art & Nature Club 4 to 6 years (Unaccompanied)
Creative sessions for children over 5 years, where they can explore the arts in nature, have fun studying artists, learn about different materials and develop their artistic skills in whatever way suits them best. There is also an option to study towards an Arts Award.
10 places only. Booking essential.
Next day to be announced
£20 for course
Arts Awards Moderation: £10 for Explore, £20 for Bronze.
Friends of the Museum 20% Discount: Insert Code FRIENDS17


Coming soon
Open Air Holiday Club for 5 to 11 years (Unaccompanied)
A day of arts, play, den-building, storymaking and storytelling in nature. Drop your children off with Hilda, Sue, and Suzie for a fun enriching morning. Bring a packed lunch, scruffy clothing plus outdoor warm clothing for running about in all weathers. Wellies are advisable. For 5 to 11year olds.
£15 for each session
Friends of the Museum 20% Discount: Insert Code FRIENDS17


Coming soon