Events and Activities

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Autumn and winter are going to be very busy here at Trowbridge Museum with a range of children’s (and some adults’) activities over the Autumn half term and a December packed with Dickensian Christmas activities. 

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st, 10.30 – 4.30 – Bratton At War: We’ll be taking our WW1 Recruitment office to Bratton At War, a fascinating look at military history through the ages. Come and see military vehicles, living history demonstrations, 1940s singing, dancing and music, trade stands and beer tent. Find us in the beer tent. We’ll be looking for eager new recruits (soldiers and nurses) to take a mock medical and take part in a bit of drilling. All new recruits will receive a sticker and the “King’s Shilling”. We’ll also have our old-fashioned photography studio where children can have their photograph taken in period costume (£1.50 per person).

Bratton At War costs £3 for adults and £1 for children, and takes place just off the B3098.

Saturday 11th October – Apple Day at Courtfield House: Apple Day Mobiles craft activity – Join Nikki in making a lovely apple-themed mobile (dangly thing not phone). Drop-in throughout the day, except for when she nibbles a bit of apple pie for lunch. Apple Day is a lovely FREE event – well worth popping along.

Thursday 23rd October: Children’s art workshop with students from New College, Swindon – details to come later.

Friday 24th October – Trick or Treat Bags: Our screen-printing workshop proved so popular last year that we thought we’d have another go this year. We’ll be decorating bags with suitably scary Hallowe’en images.
Suitable for ages 5+, the 1 hour workshops start at 10.15, 11.30, 1.30 and 2.45. Tickets will be issued from 10am for the morning and 1pm for the afternoon – places are limited due to the nature of the workshop and the minimum age will have to be adhered to.

Tuesday 28th October – Hallowe’en Masks: Make something menacing in our simple mask workshop for ages 4+.
Tickets* will be issued from 10am for sessions starting at 10.30, 11.10 and 11.50 and from 1pm for sessions starting at 1.30, 2.10 and 2.50.

Wednesday 29th October – Autumn Artists: In this adults’ only workshop we’ll be creating autumn-themed stencils and using them to create unique decorated tote bags. Sessions last 2.5 hours, start at 1pm and 6pm and cost £5, which includes all materials and a cotton tote bag. Places are limited and advance booking is essential – call us on 01225 751339 or email David at david.birks@trowbridge.gov.uk.

Thursday 30th October – Nightmare Catchers: Don’t be afraid of the dark, trap your bad dreams with a nightmare catcher!!! Our scarily simple craft workshop is suitable for ages 5+.
Tickets* will be issued from 10am for sessions starting at 10.30, 11.10 and 11.50 and from 1pm for sessions starting at 1.30, 2.10 and 2.50.

Dickensian Christmas – This year our charming Victorian Christmas grotto will be in Trowbridge Town Hall starting on Saturday 29th November when the town’s Christmas lights are switched on. We will also have some Christmas activities in the Museum during December as well as a new Christmas exhibition. Full details as follows:

Visit our magical Victorian grotto and meet our special Father Christmas in Trowbridge Town Hall£5 (booked online) or £6 on the day. Price includes a charming traditional Christmas gift and a sepia-photograph – suitable for all ages.

  • Saturday 29th November – details soon
  • Saturday 6th December – Saturday 20th December: 10.30 – 13.00 and 13.30 – 17.00
  • There will be Christmas craft activities in the Town Hall foyer whilst the grotto is open

Christmas activities in the Museum include seasonal story-telling with our costumed Victorian character and an opportunity to meet Father Christmas. There will also be a simple drop-in Christmas craft activity in the museum.  Activities in the museum will be free, but no gifts or photographs will be available. Father Christmas will be available to meet children from 3pm to 4pm and story-telling is 3pm to 3.30pm.

  • Thursday 11th December, Saturday 13th December, Thursday 18th December, Saturday 20th December and Monday 22nd – Tuesday 23rd December

*Tickets are issued on a first-come, first served basis – we cannot reserve them over the phone. Our Autumn half term activities tend to be busy and tickets often get snapped up early on the day. As a rule, the later sessions in the morning and afternoon tend to be the quietest. But you never know!

Note: We have indicated appropriate minimum age’s for each activity. We realise that you may have to bring younger children with you. They are very welcome to take part but, please be aware that you may have to give them lots of help. please call David or Nikki  for further advice. We can provide scrap paper and colouring pencils for younger children. All children aged under 8 years of ages must be accompanied by an adult.

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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