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

Programme of activities

August 2018: Mysteries of the Manor - Our Summer Holiday Family Activities Programme began on 8 August.

Table: family art and craft activities

Wednesday 8 August, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pmTudor Towers - explore our Tudor Round Tower, have a go at sketching it and then build your own 3D version
Thursday 9 August, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pmLords and Ladies - find out about some of Bruce Castle’s earliest royal visitors, dress up in Tudor costume and design a crown fit for a King or Queen.
Sunday 12 August, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pmCoat of Arms - explore the Coleraine Coat of Arms on Bruce Castle and find out about our museum mascot Wilbur the Wyvern - you can then make your own coat of arms out of clay
Wednesday 15 August, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pmFabulous Fossils - explore our fossil collection and see the giant ammonite - be inspired and make a sea snake artwork
Thursday 16 August, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pmRoman Haringey - discover the Roman history of Haringey, fashion a Roman pot out of clay and then decorate it
Sunday 19 August, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pmHunting Hawks - investigate different birds of prey, find out why they have a link with Bruce Castle and create your own hawk hunting glove
Wednesday 22 August, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pmMassive Mammoth - explore some of the museum’s own collection of fossils, look at a fossilised mammoth’s tooth and craft a mammoth or elephant with movable legs
Thursday 23 August, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pmUnder the Sea - have a guess at what our mystery museum object might be - and then design your own underwater sea scene
Sunday 26 August, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pmTurrets and Towers - discover more about castles, learn how Bruce Castle got its name and print your own brick Tudor tower

Bruce 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

  • There will be no Little Explorer sessions over the summer. Please revisit this page in the autumn.

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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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'.

Please note - there is no Reminiscence Café in August.

Antiques and Other Pieces

  • Tuesday 18 September, 2-4pm

I am sure we all have treasured pieces at home. Some may have been with the family for a long time. Others more recently acquired, but years old with their own history. They may be valuable in money terms or their value lies in what they mean to us and the pleasure they give. If you can, bring something along to our session (perhaps not the sideboard that belonged to granny!), or maybe a picture. But certainly come and tell their stories, where they came from and why they are special. We might have a few antiques in Bruce Castle as well!

Remembering Windrush

  • Tuesday 23 October, 2-4pm

70 years ago the Empire Windrush brought the first wave of Commonwealth citizens to these shores. They came with hope of good employment and the expectation that they were needed by a country desperate to rebuild after the devastation of war. How far were hopes and expectations realised? How did they adjust to the very different culture and climate they found here? And what were their experiences? How did people respond to their new neighbours, health workers, churchgoers and work colleagues? What do you remember about that time and what were your experiences?

Theatre Nights and Stars

  • Tuesday 20 November, 2-4pm

We can be kept entertained for hours by the television today, with its many channels, and there are still cinemas around within easy reach. But probably it is live theatre that leaves us with the best memories of a night out or a matinee afternoon. It could be the theatres in the West End or local theatres where we remember some of our best occasions, whether musicals or farces, Shakespeare or comedies, and of course the annual treat at the pantomime. Let’s not forget local amateur dramatics as well, either as part of the group or in the audience. Do you have any programmes from special theatre outings, or autographs from the cast? Did you even get a chance to meet a star or two?

December - Down Memory Lane

It’s our seasonal get together with History on the Move - and of course delicious mince pies.

  • Date and theme to be announced

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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.

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:

13 August 2018

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