Family

What’s On -

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 15 August 10:00

Glorious gardens Make a collage of a Tudor garden on a panel or canvas using a variety of craft materials. There will be a free Tudor-themed activity trail available too....

Messy Museum Day | 17 August 10:00

Ceramic coasters With porcelain pens personalise your ceramic tile coaster, using as inspiration a Victorian sampler from our collection. Find out about 19th century in the permanent exhibition. £2 per...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 22 August 10:00

Terrific tygs 10am - 3.30pm  Make a Tudor tyg, a many handled sharing cup, from air-drying clay. Dress for mess! Disposable aprons will be made available for the messier activities....

Summer: Arts Award Explore | 26 July 10:00

Don’t be bored this summer – come to West Berkshire Museum’s art and craft holiday club on Thursday mornings (10.30am-11.45am) for five weeks and be an Arts Award Explorer; this...

Messy Museum Day | 24 August 10:00

Beautiful birds Decorate a wooden bird with Deco pens and patterned paper and then varnish (decoupage) as the Victorians would have done. Finally, attach a piece of ribbon for a...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 29 August 10:00

Make a stained glass window-effect Tudor Rose design using coloured cellophane and tissue paper. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. £2 per child. For 4-11 year olds...

Messy Museum Day | 31 August 10:00

Pattern printing Using the museum’s Arts & Crafts copper jug by Elizabeth Waterhouse as inspiration, make your own nature-inspired stamp to print on fabric. £2 per child. For 4-11 year...

Tour and Tea – West Berkshire Museum | 01 September 13:30

Join us at the museum for a guided tour ‘the highlights of the permanent museum’ followed by tea and homemade cake in the museum’s on site café.  The tour is led...

Their Legacy, Our History | 08 September 10:00

A family friendly event that will immerse visitors in wartime home front activities, taking place in and around Market Place, Newbury. As well as interactive displays and exhibitions, talks and...

Touch to See | 10 September 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Heritage Open Day – Newbury Town Hall | 15 September 10:00

Newbury Town Hall will be opening it's doors to the public to visit the Grade II listed building and explore it's rich history. Download the open day booklet for more information:...

Heritage Open Days – West Berkshire Museum | 15 September 11:00

Explore a normally closed off part of the museum, the attic of the Cloth Hall.  Please be aware that only a small number of people will be allowed into the...

Heritage Open Days – Shaw House | 15 September 11:00

Join us in the Great Hall for introductory talks about the history of the House. At 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm and visitors will be able to self navigate their...

Blaze’s Buddies | 04 October 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Tour and Tea – West Berkshire Museum | 06 October 13:30

Join us at the museum for a guided tour ‘the highlights of the permanent museum’ followed by tea and homemade cake in the museum’s on site café.  The tour is led...

Touch to See | 08 October 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Family Workshop: Halloween Wreath Making | 22 October 10:00

Come along to make a spooky wreath for your door or party. You will be provided with a metal wreath frame and there will be a selection of decorations from...

Family Storytelling | 24 October 10:30

Food for your ears! Family friendly interactive storytelling session themed around food, to tie-in with the Food Stories exhibition – more details to follow www.westberkshireheritage.org/whats-on Suitable for children 4-7 years;...

Family Activity Day | 24 October 10:00

Perfect pumpkins Using porcelain pens, decorate a ceramic pumpkin tealight holder, this will make a fantastic Halloween decoration for your home. New Halloween house trail also available. Children under 16...

Little Red Robin Hood – Indoor Puppet Theatre | 25 October 14:00

A long time ago in a deep dark wood, Lived a brave strong lad who loved Grandma's pud, And his name was Little Red Robin Hood! A merry mix up...

Arts & Culture Passport Day | 25 October 10:00

Achieve your Discover Arts Award in a day!  Start at the Corn Exchange with some fun introductory activities and then move to the museum to do a Halloween-themed craft activity,...

Linking the Landscape: Under the Microscope | 26 October 10:00

What can you see under the microscope?  Local Wildlife Trust experts will be on hand with microscopes, and an array of remarkable mini-beasts up-close.  Learn about this fascinating essential world...

Messy Museum Day | 26 October 10:00

Spooky skulls Make a skull out of modelling clay and then paint its features to make a spookily good Halloween decoration. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children...

Museums at Night – Dragon Hunt | 26 October 17:15

Family friendly event involving a FREE dragon hunt through a dark or dimly lit museum - please bring a torch.  Blaze, the museum dragon, has a number of dragon friends who have...

Halloween Party Night | 31 October 18:20

Join us for a night of spooky fun! With Halloween trails, apple bobbing and snapping in the grounds. Plus indoor crafts, ghostly story time and trick or treating throughout the...

Blaze’s Buddies | 01 November 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Tour and Tea – West Berkshire Museum | 03 November 13:30

Join us at the museum for a guided tour ‘the highlights of the permanent museum’ followed by tea and homemade cake in the museum’s on site café.  The tour is led...

The Men Who Marched Away | 04 November 19:00

Created to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Great War, acclaimed musicians Chris Green and Sophie Matthews use music and song to tell the story of ‘The War to End...

Touch to See | 12 November 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Christmas Family Craft Workshop | 01 December 10:30

Paper sculpture Learn how to construct a paper sculpture based on cutting, curling and folding paper. Choose to make either a Father Christmas head with a lift-off hat or a...

Tour and Tea – West Berkshire Museum | 01 December 13:30

Join us at the museum for a guided tour ‘the highlights of the permanent museum’ followed by tea and homemade cake in the museum’s on site café.  The tour is led...

Christmas Fair & Children’s Parties | 02 December 11:00

Christmas Fair   |  Sunday 2 December  |  11am – 4pm If you are looking for unique and creative Christmas gifts then the Christmas Fair is not to be missed! We have...

Touch to See | 10 December 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Sing for Fun Community Choir | 14 December 19:00

Come along for an uplifting evening of festive music. The programme will be packed full of popular seasonal songs that will bring back happy memories for people of all ages....

A Brief History of Christmas | 17 December 19:30

600 years of musical history in 90 minutes! Acclaimed musicians GreenMatthews (with special guest Jude Rees of Pilgrims’ Way) present a festive romp through 600 years of Christmas music, songs...

Old Christmas Return’d! | 20 December 19:30

Seasonal Tudor Music and Songs We welcome Piva back to Shaw House where they will be performing a wide range of authentic period instruments such as shawms, cornett and recorders,...

Concert: Cloaked in Secrecy | 10 February 14:00

Subterfuge, scandals, and seafaring shenanigans Award winning early music ensemble Charivari Agréable return to Shaw House with their new programme of words and music to commemorate the 400th anniversary of...

Family Activity Day | 20 February 10:00

Beautiful birds Using porcelain pens, decorate a ceramic bird. A new house trail will also be available. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are welcome. No need...

Messy Museum Day | 22 February 10:00

Fabulous fossils  Make your own fossil from a replica mini-beast using clay, Plaster of Paris and foil. While waiting for the fossil to set, why not visit the museum galleries...