Please note we are experiencing difficulties with the museum's heating the moment, and temperatures in the building are lower than usual. If you are affected by the cold, you may wish to visit at a later date. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


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

Please note - the family activities programme takes a break over Christmas and New Year, and returns on 20 January 2019.

Programme of activities

Table: family art and craft activities




Creatures at the Castle

Sunday 20 January, 2-4pm -
last entry 3.30pm

Finger-Print Peacocks: handle peacock feathers, and spot these regal birds in the 1686 painting of Bruce Castle and the gardens. Create your own printed picture of a peacock

Sunday 27 January, 2-4pm -
last entry 3.30pm

Wyvern Wings: find out where Wilbur the Wyvern lives at Bruce Castle and craft your own wings using willow

Sunday 3 February, 2-4pm -
last entry 3.30pm

Dazzling Dragons: see how many mythical creatures you can find hiding in the museum and make an egg box dragon

Sunday 10 February, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pm

Plague! Learn how Bruce Castle was used to escape from the Plague in the City of London, and make your own furry rat


Half Term Family Activities

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

Owl Art: turn yourself into a fluffy owl by making a mask out of felt and feathers

Wednesday 20 February, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pm

Clay Creatures: get hands on with clay and sculpt an animal of your choice

Thursday 21 February, 2-4pm - last entry 3.30pm

Willow Wings: find out where Wilbur the Wyvern lives at Bruce Castle and craft your own wings out of willow

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

Clay Creatures: get hands on with clay and sculpt an animal of your choice

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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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 Cafe in December 2018 or January 2019

Keeping Warm

Tuesday 19 February, 2-4pm

Most of us now benefit from the sort of heating that keeps all our rooms warm and comes on automatically, but it was not always so. We usually used to rely on coal fires, cleaning out the grate first and then careful making up before (hopefully) lighting. Then of course there was also the yearly visit of the sweep. Sometimes additional heating was used for other rooms, such as paraffin stoves or electric fires and we usually had to find extra ways to keep warm, such as hot water bottles (rubber or stone) or bed warmers. Some of us changed to different heating – gas fires or 5-bar electric heaters, so much easier to use – and then central heating started to be installed. Do you remember when you got this and the difference it made? Do you miss a coal fire? What do you remember about the challenges and rewards of keeping warm in years gone past?

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Inspiring Women

Tuesday 19 March, 2-4pm

Inspirational people have so frequently been men, but let’s look at inspiring women. What 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 in spite of 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 have had plenty of 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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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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11 December 2018

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