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Mischief at the Museum: 50 years of Bagpuss

Sat 10th February 2024 to Sun 14th April 2024

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An interactive family trail celebrating a big birthday for our famous, saggy old cloth cat.

  • Mischief at the Museum: 50 years of Bagpuss
Bagpuss first aired on the BBC on 12 February 1974. So 2024 is a very special year because it marks 50 years of Bagpuss!

Mischief at the Museum trail

The Clangers, Noggin the Nog and other Smallfilms characters that live at The Beaney are really over excited and have started raiding the museum for presents, they know Bagpuss loves old interesting things…

Explore the museum and solve the puzzles, help us round up the party guests and celebrate 50 years of Canterbury’s most famous cat!  

£5 per trail (one participation prize and competition entry)


Visitors with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) 

For an accessible way to take part in Mischief at the Museum: 50 Years of Bagpuss, borrow a SEND Family Backpack and upgrade it with sensory Smallfilms resources, a Mischief at the Museum Symbol trail, a participation prize and competition entry. 

£5 (one participation prize and competition entry)


Available from information desks at The Beaney.

Saturday 10 February to Sunday 14 April 2024

(closed Mondays except for Monday 12 February)


Bagpuss story competition

Participants aged 7 – 11 will also have the opportunity to enter our Bagpuss Story Competition. 

Write a short Bagpuss story inspired by your visit to The Beaney and it could be illustrated by artist Charlotte Firmin!

Competition open to 7 – 11 year olds who took part in Mischief at the Museum at The Beaney, one entry per trail


A big birthday bash

Get a chance to meet Bagpuss in person! On Saturday 10 February Bagpuss has kindly agreed to appear for photos with visitors between 1 and 4pm at The Beaney. We expect to have a queing system in place on the day, subject to attendence. Look out for signage on arrival or speak to staff for information.



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