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Wednesday 19th August: Salt Dough Desert Island (eh! what?)
Take one paper plate, a lump of carefully shaped salt dough, some PVA glue and sand, a little bit of paint and some craft paper and voila!, a desert island.
Lots of jolly, free, fun for ages 4+.
Tickets issued from 10am for 10.30, 11.10 and 11.50 sessions and from 1pm for 1.30, 2.10 and 2.50 sessions

Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd August: Tudor Cloth-working Day
Join us for a fascinating glimpse at cloth-making in Trowbridge in the Tudor and Stuart times. Try your hand at spinning and carding and have a go on the museum’s hand loom. What do you look like in a doublet and floppy hat?

Tuesday 25th August: Woolly Weirdness
Today we’ll mostly be making octopuses, dandelions and sheep. That’s a strange combination  you’re thinking, but they all have wool in common. Yes, it’s time to celebrate the wonder of wool, so join us for a day of making odd things from wool. Suitable for ages 5+, and it’s completely free. Drop-in from 10.30 to 12.30 and 1.30 to 3.30.

Saturday 12 September: Stick Weaving Monsters, £2
Create your own little monster or two using easy stick weaving techniques. This workshop is open to all ages and is highly addictive! Drop in 10.30am to 3.30pm

Thursday 17 September: Introduction to Peg Loom Weaving, £20
5.30 to 9.30pm
This evening course is an introduction to weaving on the peg loom. Inexpensive, quick to set up and easy to use, the peg loom is great for making cushions, rugs, fabric baskets, scarves and much, much more. Create and take home your own project. The price includes tea, coffee and cake. To book, please email Hannah Lyddy or call 01225 751339

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September: Bratton at War
Join us for two days of WW1 themed activities including recruiting and nursing.
Bratton at War is open 10.30am to 4.30pm (gates open from 10.00am) and costs Adult £5; Adult in Period Costume £4; Senior Citizen £4; Child £3 – Purchase your ticket before 31 August 2015 and receive a free Archery Session worth £3 (5 arrows)

It is located in a field on the B3098 just before Bratton (Sat Nav – BA13 4TT; under the Westbury White Horse, between Westbury and Bratton)
To purchase your tickets in advance, either send an email to or come and see us at an event.

Saturday 10 October: Weaving and Recycling
This workshop will take place in the Shires Shopping Centre next to Boswell’s Cafe

Join Elisa Amor and learn how to weave on simple looms made out of recycled material. Elisa will show you how to weave on milk containers, cardboard looms and also how to create a Native American inspired decoration for your garden. Suitable for ages 5+. Drop in 11am to 1pm

Saturday 17 October: Weaving with Willow, £2
Try your hand at weaving with willow working, using simple techniques. Make yourself a beautiful sculpture using Somerset Willow. Ages 8+. Drop in 10.30am to 3.30pm

Saturday 24 October: The Big Weave Day
11am to 3pm
Join us for the Big Weave Day at Trowbridge Museum! This is a fantastic opportunity to see a huge variety of looms and weaving in action under one roof. Whether you would like to learn to weave, try different looms or just want a fun day out for all the family, our weavers  are happy to share their experience and give advice. There will be demonstrations of: Upright warp weighted loom, 2 shaft floor loom, 4 shaft table loom, rigid heddle loom, inkle loom, peg loom + back strap, tablet card, card board and stick weaving

Autumn Half Term – here’s a little taster of what’s happening in October (subject to change)


  • Thu 22nd Oct – Autumn Collages – ages 4+, usual times and tickets
  • Fri 23rd Oct – Rugby WC t shirt screen printing – £3 per child – tickets on the day, sessions at 10.00, 11.15, 1.15 & 2.30
  • Tue 27th Oct – Autumn Leaf Mobiles – ages 5+, usual times and tickets
  • Wed 28th Oct – Autumn Tiles – embossing into clay tiles, family event in the Sensory Garden. Drop in 10.30 to 3.30. Volunteer support required.
  • Thu 29th Oct – spooky silhouettes, ages 3+, usual times and tickets
  • Fri 30th Oct – Pumpkin Carving, drop in 10.15 – 12.30 and 1.30 – 3.45, ages 5+ – bring a pumpkin.
  • Sat 31st Oct – trick or treat In the shires – assuming the Shires are repeating this.
  • Spooky stories – watch this space!!!!!



Game of Barons – New exhibition on Magna Carta and life in Medieval Trowbridge is now open!

Find the mice! The famous museum mice have spread onto the website – can you find them all? When you’ve found them award yourself a special Mouse Certificate.

Find the mouse!

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