Looking to entertain your little ones?
Visit Canterbury Museums & Galleries for a fun and creative day out for all the family. All of our museums have a programme of events suitable for entertaining, engaging and educating children (and adults alike!).
Here is a guide to the areas of our museums we have designed especially for Children:
Explorer Points throughout The Beaney
There are *Explorer Points* for children to touch, investigate and play with at all our museums.
The Garden Room: Play a host of farmyard-themed family activities including games, puppets and portrait making.
Explorers & Collectors: Investigate real objects, play games and explore trails, or get creative by making your very own ‘Charlie the Bull’
People & Places: Bring stained glass windows to life by creating your very own.
Family Activities at The Beaney
Our museums are always hosting new and exciting family activities and workshops.
Try on a toga, make a mosaic and handle real Roman objects!
Canterbury Roman Museum provides a family-friendly insight into life in Roman Britain.
Famed for its exquisite mosaics and underfloor heating; the museum is built around the remains of an original Roman town house. Visitors can explore Canterbury’s history, wander through the marketplace and discover hidden treasures.
There is so much to make and do: Try on a toga, make a mosaic, handle real Roman objects and much, much more!
“We’ll come again. That was as much fun for me as it was for the children” – Heritage Museum Visitor
Held within one of England’s finest surviving medieval buildings; discover the story of Canterbury from millions of years ago to the present day. As you walk through the museum you will discover a trail of hands-on activities for children and adults alike!
Activities include: piecing together an Anglo-Saxon brooch, trying on an Elizabethan ruff or writing with a quill, climbing into a real air-raid shelter, watching an episode of Bagpuss, playing Rupert’s snakes and ladders and following the trail to St Thomas Becket’s shrine. Best of all, you can smell medieval poo!
Learning & Education
The Beaney offers a wide range of creative learning activities and self-guided visits from Early Years and KS1-5 school visits to workshops for students and adult learners.
Family events and activities taking place at Canterbury Museums & Galleries
Family Art Fun Trails
Pick up a family trail from any of our museum desks and set off to explore the Museum through puzzles, drawing and observation games. Trails are suitable for children aged 7–12. Don’t forget to collect a pencil.