Free Family Art and Craft Activities

Drop-in Sundays (and school holidays) 2pm to 4pmfree.

Last entry to session at 3.30pm. Activity Room closes at 4pm.

All activities are provided for free for families, with thanks to the fundraising of the Friends of Bruce Castle and Haringey Ward Budget funding.

  • Sessions are delivered by a facilitator
  • Suitable for children 5-13 years
  • All children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult and be supervised.
  • No adult admitted without an accompanying child
  • Important: workshop themes may sometimes be subject to change

Programme of activities

Table: family art and craft activities




Creatures at the Castle

Sunday 17 March, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pm

Creepy Cobwebs: Craft a spider web out of wool and make a spider to live on it

Sunday 24 March, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pm

Piggy Banks and Penny Savings: Help us celebrate Women's History Month this March by looking at the achievements of Tottenham's Priscilla Wakefield. Find out how in the late 1700s she helped local poor people by creating the first Penny Savings Bank in this country. Join our artist from Collective Exchange for this special clay workshop and make and design your own piggy bank.

Sunday 31 March, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pm

Alphabet Books: Help us celebrate Women's History Month by thinking about the achievements of Tottenham's Priscilla Wakefield. She helped set up schools for local children in the late 1700s and wrote children's books. Come along and join our artist from Collective Exchange for this special printing workshop and create an alphabet book.

Easter Holiday Family Art and Craft Activities


Sunday 7 April, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pmSpring Still-Life: Be inspired by the flowers in historic Bruce Castle Park and celebrate Spring by painting your own floral still-life picture.
Wednesday 10 April, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pm

Fantastic Faberge: Learn about the history of the beautifully-decorated Faberge eggs and make your own Faberge egg with glitter and jewels.

Thursday 11 April, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pm

Printed Pictures: Get hands-on with different printing tools and use them to design a Spring picture or Easter card.

Sunday 14 April, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pm

Fluffy Bunnies: Find out about the Easter Rabbit in folklore and see it develop into popular 19th century Easter card designs. Craft and fashion your own bunny ears out of recycled materials.

Wednesday 17 April, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pm

Spring-time Sand Art: Discover the history of sand art and have fun using a new texture for your art to create your own sand artwork.

Thursday 18 April, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pm

Egg-cellent Egg Cups: Get arty and paint your own egg cup for Easter.

Sunday 21 April, Easter SundayNO ACTIVITY
Sunday 28 April, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pmSpring Wreaths: Explore the history of traditional wreath-making and produce a Spring wreath to hang up at home.

Bruce Castle heartsBruce Castle Museum is located in a magnificent 16th century historic building, within the beautiful Bruce Castle Park. If you want to explore the building and the park with children, there are additional free educational resources you can use in and around the Museum - from Tudor dressing up clothes, items that show you how people did their washing in the past and various fun activity and colouring-in sheets. 

Wilbur the Wyvern at Bruce CastleIf you would like to discover even more about Bruce Castle - both inside and out - you can purchase from the Museum Reception Desk the special 'Mystery Manor Trail' sticker book (£1). In this fun and colourful little booklet you can follow Wilbur and Willow the Wyverns (the Museum mascots) as they help you to explore the building.

Or you can pick up the free Bruce Castle Tree Trail leaflet to look for trees around the park.

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Little Explorers - Storytime Craft

I'm a little explorer and this this not a creche

Free activities for little ones under 6 years old

  • Please revisit this page for updates of new sessions.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. No adult admitted without an accompanying child.

All activities supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle and Haringey Ward Funding.

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Special Events

Free Art Workshop: Mind Your Language Badge-making Workshop

  • Sunday 17 March, 2pm to 4pm

Mind Your Language badge-making workshopWant to get creative and challenge the status quo but don’t know where to start? Join artists from Collective Exchange in a creative badge-making workshop where we will look at, and discuss how language reinforces sexism: why do we say such things as 'Man up', 'Girly', 'Bossy'? Bring along your most despised examples of gender-biased language from social media, magazines and newspapers (past and present), and take part in the discussion and creativity.

During the workshop you will create your own badge using collage techniques. We hope your badges, when worn, will start conversations to challenge sexism beyond our workshops.

Activities suitable for young people (14 years+) and adults.

Space is limited - booking is essentialplease book your place via Eventbrite (external link).

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Women's History Walk 2: Avril's Walks and Talks: a free guided tour of black women's history in Tottenham

  • Sunday 31 March, 11am to 1pm

Asarto Ward of TottenhamMarking the end of Women’s History Month in Haringey, join guide Avril Nanton (external link) on a walk, taking in the historic heart of Tottenham from the High Road to Bruce Castle. Along the way, discover more about the lives of local black women from the past three centuries who have lived, worked and made history in Tottenham.

From Sarah Claret at All Hallows in 1770 and nurse Sister Freda in the 1880s, to more recent histories of the seven sisters who planted trees and Tottenham’s first black comedy club run by a woman - come along and hear their fascinating stories, and those of many other African/ Caribbean women of Tottenham.

  • Starts: Meet outside Costa Coffee Tottenham (N15 4RR) at 11am, by the junction of Tottenham High Road/West Green Road, near Seven Sisters tube station
  • Ends: At Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, Tottenham N17 8NU
  • Maximum number on tour is 20 people

Booking essential. Please email: to book your place for this walk.

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Reminiscence Café

Join us for our monthly reminiscence sessions for older people – just come along, enjoy a cup of tea and share your memories.

Facilitated by local historian Christine Protz, author of 'Tottenham, A History'

Inspiring Women

  • Tuesday 19 March, 2-4pm

As women are often underrepresented in lists of inspirational people, for Women’s History Month let’s look at inspiring women of Haringey.

Which women have inspired you? Perhaps to pursue a certain path in life, as a role model or helped you to find a pastime or activity for enjoyment and enrichment?

Maybe it was a member of your family, your mum or gran or an aunt, who you admired for the way they got on with life despite adversity. Or the way they loved life and people, or their sense of humour or wisdom. Perhaps it was a teacher who led you to an interest in a subject or encouraged you to aim higher or develop a particular talent.

Alternatively, it might be someone in the public eye – a writer, actor, singer, sportswoman or politician. We all know about male role models, but perhaps a little more hidden or understated, there are women out there who have inspired us.

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Scrapbooks and Diaries

  • Tuesday 23 April, 2-4pm

I have a friend (age 75) who has kept a daily diary all her life. Probably not many of us could claim that, but usually we have kept a diary at some time in our life. Have you still got your old diaries and do you ever reread them? Did they record the important events in your life, or did you write more about your thoughts and feelings at the time?

Another way we might record memories is the scrapbook with pasted in pictures, articles, programmes etc. Maybe you kept one of places you have seen and explored, your holidays or about a favourite celebrity or sports team. Some scrapbooks have been made up to keep copies of family recipes, or knitting or dressmaking patterns. When we dip into them they can make for some interesting reading.

Bring along any you would like to share with us and we will see what might be stored here in the archive.

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Through a Child’s Eyes

  • Tuesday 14 May, 2–4pm

The way we saw or understood the world as children differs to the way we now remember it as adults. There were our little misunderstandings of stories and the mysterious conversations of the adults around us with their rules and instructions. Our parents looked and behaved differently then, as well as relatives and neighbours. And the world as we saw it down there at knee-height, was enormous.

I remember visiting my old infant school as a teenager and that once huge hall had shrunk out of all recognition. Have you got any memories of the weird and wonderful way you viewed the world as a child?

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Leaving Home – Celebrating the Windrush Generation

  • Tuesday 18 June, 2–4pm

Most of us leave home at some time - some to go far away, and others keeping fairly close to where we grew up. I certainly kept close to home and the familiar. Those who left to cross the oceans to a very different land and culture to make a new life have my admiration.

The young people who left the Caribbean to come to a rather cold and dismal England in the 1950s and 60s met prejudice and rejection, poor housing and poorly paid jobs. But they made a home here, worked hard and brought up families.

What was it like to leave home and make a different life to the one you were used to? We will hear some of the memories of that generation and see pictures. Do you also have memories to share of making a big change when leaving home?

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Going to the pictures

  • Tuesday 23 July, 2–4pm

Going to the cinema was something many of us did as a regular routine in the years before television became a fixture in most homes. Do you remember how many cinemas there used to be in Tottenham, Wood Green and Hornsey? And the days of ‘double bills’, with newsreels and trailers for what was coming next? Young people today find it hard to understand how we used to just start watching, even in the middle of a film. But we managed, didn’t we? Most of the films seemed to come from abroad, especially from America. Do you remember films that were made in Britain?  Did they seem special, because we could recognise the people and places?

Haringey resident and early film expert Ian Christie has been finding out about a local filmmaker who actually built a film studio in Muswell Hill, long before any of us were born. He will be showing some of these old films, to see if we can work out together where they were filmed. And see how much Haringey has changed in over a century.

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Get involved - Other Local Heritage Groups

The Friends of Bruce Castle

Founded in 1995, the Friends of Bruce Castle (FoBC) is the support group for Bruce Castle Museum, Haringey Archive and Bruce Castle Park. The Friends are an invaluable help to the Museum and Archive Service. Over the past 20 years the Friends have actively supported through volunteering at events, raising funds to make educational and learning activities possible at Bruce Castle, as well as providing financial assistance to buy important historical acquisitions for the archive and museum collections.

Notable projects in partnership with Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archive include the conservation of the 1686 painting of Bruce Castle by Wolridge, the acquisition of photographs of Nelson Mandela visiting Muswell Hill and the preservation of 18th century samplers and textiles. The Family Activities programme each Sunday and during the school holidays and the Little Explorers' monthly workshops, would not be possible without the Friends' support and volunteer help. The Museum's evening and lunchtime talks programme is also run in partnership with the Friends.

To find out more about how you can support your local museum and archive at Bruce Castle and get involved by being a Friend, see the Friends of Bruce Castle website (external link). The Friends also have their own Facebook page (external link).

To contact the Friends directly, email: Membership forms are available from the Reception Desk at Bruce Castle Museum.

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Other local voluntary cultural, heritage and art groups

There are a significant number of voluntary local cultural, heritage and art groups in Haringey, in addition to the Friends of Bruce Castle.

Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archive work with a wide range of community groups each year.

The following list of voluntary culture, heritage and art groups are just a small selection of what goes on in Haringey. These groups regularly participate with Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archive, especially at the annual Haringey Local History Fair, and in providing talks and supporting events at Bruce Castle.

Follow the web links below to find out what they do and how you can get involved.

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Page Last Updated:

15 March 2019

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