What’s on offer for families?

Family drop in activities

Wondering what to do when the school holidays are upon you? Why not come along to our special family drop-in holiday activities.

Children's activity

There is no need to book, just turn up between 12 noon and 4pm on a Tuesday or Thursday during the school holidays..

Who runs the sessions and what age are they for?

The activity sessions  are suitable for all ages. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. The activities are led by education staff and volunteers.

Where do the activities take place?

The activities will take place in The Farmland Museum’s Education base and sometimes outdoors if fine weather.

How much does it cost?

Admission prices are Adults £5.00, Concessions £4.00 and all children five and over £3.50. The admission price includes all the activities on offer.

Make a day of it

You may also like to bring a picnic lunch. On the activity days the cafe will be open  selling a range of filled rolls, hot and cold drinks and cakes. There are toilets and parking on site, so you can make a day of it.

The Farmland Museum welcomes Families


The museum is an ideal location for a family day out, and we have made important changes to allow families to enjoy the site as a family group, with plenty to see, do and discuss for all ages.

The welcome begins with a banner in the car park which carries our new logo ‘Farmland Families’ and points out that the open grassy site is a great place to have a picnic.

At the Museum Shop you will find that there is a special entry price for families. Here you will not only find a shop stocked with attractive items for all ages, and all pockets, including ice-cream, but also a range of free activity leaflets to help you focus on the best things in the museum. You can also pick up our returnable ‘Activity Pack’ which has a range of information leaflets, activity sheets, colouring pages, and even a special magnifying glass for explorers who want to get really close to the artefacts. Please ask for one of these at the reception desk.

Around the museum you will spot cards which encourage you to ‘Have a Go’. Please do! There is a mixture of activities which will help you to understand the collections more fully.

For example, you can:

  • Practise weaving in the Basketweavers Workshop
  • Learn to talk like an auctioneer in the Farm Sale
  • Milk the cow and pat butter in the Dairy
  • Take rubbings of makers’ signs in the Stone Barn
  • Weigh out with the scales in the Village Life Shop
  • Design a tile floor in the Nuns’ Refectory
  • Dress like a monk or nun, and make a stained glass window in the Abbey

                and much more…

Have a pause in the Education Room where there are a number activities, including the ‘Crawl Space’ for younger family members, a ‘Reading Corner’ with books for all ages, as well as jigsaws, colouring sheets, a farmyard to play with, and construction exercises. You can also do a Victorian schoolroom exercise, and even a computer quiz. (From time to time this space is booked for adult craft workshops, training and conferences. Please ring the museum to check availability prior to your visit T: 01223 860988)

Another place to pause is the Playshed, where younger family members can play with old farmyard toys and dress up in historical costumes.

Outside the playshed is the new Play Area, and alongside is the cafe, which includes children’s meal deals, and picnic tables.

As well as ‘doing’ there are also many fascinating objects and places to see which will certainly get the older family members talking. The Farm Labourer’s Cottage needs little explanation, as does the Village Life Shop; both are full of atmosphere and memories of not so long ago. The 850-year old Abbey is a fascinating building to explore, with so much to discover, and with the changes of England’s tumultuous history written into its very stones.

There is certainly enough on the site to involve a family for a whole day’s visit. And if you don’t have time to see everything, why not drop in again on one of our Event Days, or Family Activity Days?