Youngsters in Bristol are being invited to step back in time to 18th century Bristol this half term for some fun drop-in activities exploring historic city life with a series of ‘Back in Time’ days in the museum at the New Room on 18, 19 and 20 February.
Activities will include learning how to write with an old-fashioned quill pens, dressing up in Georgian costumes – including tricorn hats, bonnets and shawls – and experimenting with some fun craft activities.
The sessions will take place in the New Room museum, so visitors will also have the chance to explore the state-of-the-art displays that illustrate what life was like in Bristol 300 years ago.
Mandy Briggs, education officer at the New Room, said: “A visit to our museum is a great way to keep children engaged for half a day, and the activities we’re providing during half-term offer a chance for some extra hands-on fun.
“We’ve organised similar events during previous school holidays and our young visitors are always fascinated to find out how life in Bristol three centuries ago contrasts with their own experience, and they love trying out traditional crafts which they may not have encountered before.”
The New Room makes no extra charge for the half-term activities, just the normal museum admission charge – which offers visitors the extra benefit of unlimited free return visits for a whole year. A family ticket costs £10 for one adult and up to three children, or £15 for two adults and up to three children.
The ‘Back in Time’ days are suitable for all ages and run from 10.30am-3pm on 18, 19 and 20 February in the museum on level two of the New Room (36 The Horsefair, Bristol, BS1 3JE).
An award-winning café, plus toilets and baby-changing facilities, are available on site and all the facilities in the New Room’s visitor centre, including the museum, are fully accessible.