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Leicester Museums Events

Leicester Castle Great Hall

Heritage Sundays: Tours and Open Days 2017
Last Sunday of the month: Sunday 28 May 

Leicester Museums host a wide variety of family friendly workshops and events, performances and lectures. Admission is free to Leicester museums and galleries, exhibitions and events unless otherwise stated. For event bookings and enquiries, please contact the host site. November's events are listed below.

You can also see all our upcoming exhibitions and events in our What's On brochure.
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May events

Spark Festival: ‘Little Selves’ workshop with artist Gillian Adair McFarland - You and I
Thursday 25 May
10.30am - 1.30pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
 
Spark Festival workshop for pre-school children accompanied by an adult. In this workshop the child and adult can work together to produce a collaged portrait of themselves using inks, papers and fabric. The workshop is free, but booking is essential as places are limited. To book, please call 0116 225 4900. 

Pterrific Pterosaurs
Friday 26 May
11am – 4pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
 
Celebrate Paper Aeroplane day by creating your own paper pterosaur.  Free drop in activity in the Dinosaur Gallery, no need to book. T: 0116 225 4971

What happened at the baths? 
Saturday 27 May 
2pm 
Jewry Wall Museum
Find out what happened at the Roman Baths with a free guided tour from the Friends of Jewry Wall Museum. Children welcome. Meet at the museum entrance. No booking necessary. T: 0116 225 4971.

Heritage Sundays: Tours and Open Days 2017
Last Sunday of the month: Sunday 28 May 
11am - 3pm
 
 Clustered around The Newarke and De Montfort University campus, just minutes from the city centre, are remarkable buildings that tell the story of Leicester from its medieval origins to its manufacturing heyday.

During the last Sunday of the month visitors can explore some of these historic places free of charge. The area also has lovely outdoor spaces to discover including Castle Gardens and the tranquillity of some of the city’s beautiful secret gardens.

Blue Badge guided tours of the Castle Great Hall can also be booked for a small fee. For more details visit the Heritage Sundays webpage. 


The Dark Age Warrior
Sunday 28 May
11.30am – 3.30pm
Jewry Wall Museum
Could you stand in a Saxon shield wall or swing a Viking axe? Get up close with the weapons and armour of the Viking age and find out all about the fearsome fighters of that time. Try on armour, make a Viking pendant or Thor’s hammer and hear Viking tales. Admission free, £2.50 for activities. Light refreshments available. For more information, please call 0116 225 4971.

Alice in Wonderland craft day
Tuesday 30 May
11am - 3pm
Abbey Pumping Station
 
Don’t be late for our Alice in wonderland craft day at Abbey Pumping Station. Have a go at making giant flower masks, themed mini top hats and help us paint the roses red. No Alice in Wonderland day would be complete without a game of croquet or giant chess. Refreshments available, £2.50 for activities. T: 0116 299 5111
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Drop-in Drawing
Tuesday 30 May
11am – 4pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Try your hand at some sketching! Pick up your materials from reception and join other sketchers exploring our amazing art collections. All welcome from beginners to experts. Drop in, free event. T: 0116 225 4900

‘Cubist Card Portraits’ - Leicester Society of Artists ‘Little Selves’ Workshop with Mark Hancock
Tuesday 30 May
12.30pm - 4.30pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
 
This free Spark Festival workshop for children aged 8 - 13 years. Inspired by the Little Selves exhibition, participants will produce a cubist portrait, which will be transformed into a cut-out 3D portrait head and finished using acrylics. The workshop is free but booking is essential as places are limited.  Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian. To book, please call 0116 225 4900. 
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‘Blueprint selfies’ - Leicester Society of Artists ‘Little Selves’ workshop with Jo Sheppard
Wednesday 31 May
Sessions at 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2pm and 2.45pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
 
This free Spark Festival workshop for children of any age accompanied by an adult. The workshop will focus on producing a small cyanotype (blueprint) selfie using collage materials and drawings. Each workshop is 30 minutes. Please call 0116 225 4900 to pre-book or speak to museum reception to reserve your place as spaces are limited. Children must be supervised by a parent or a guardian.
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Anglo Sikh Wars exhibition: Arts and Crafts Session
Wednesday 31 May
1pm - 3.30pm
 
Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens 
Opportunity for children to make paper 3D models of the Golden Temple as well as participating in colouring activities with flags and uniforms from the Anglo Sikh wars. Free event for children of all ages. Event as part of the Anglo Sikh Wars exhibition.