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Activities & workshops for children

The easiest way to book tickets is online on our Eventbrite page. Alternatively, the Abington Park Museum ticket booking line, 01604 838110, is open during term time from November to March, Thursday to Sunday 12 - 4pm and during school holidays Thursday to Sunday 12 - 4pm.  From 1 April the times change to 1 - 5pm.  You can also purchase tickets in person at Abington Park Museum.

Easter activities

Bird Feeder Workshop - all sessions sold out

Wednesday 10 April
2.15–3pm or 3.15–4pm 

Abington Park Museum

Help our feathered friends and the environment by making a bird feeder from a recycled plastic bottle. Suitable for children aged three and over.
£2.50 per child
Booking essential
See top of page for how to book

Easter Egg Trail

Tuesday 16 - Monday 22 April
1-5pm
Abington Park Museum


Join us for an Easter trail around Abington Park Museum with a chocolate egg as a prize for every child. Suitable for all ages.
£1.50 per child
Drop in – no booking required

Easter Egg Craft Workshop - sold out

Tuesday 16 April
1.15 - 2.15pm and 2.30–3.30pm
Abington Park Museum

Come along to this Easter craft workshop to decorate a ceramic egg basket and fill it with chocolate eggs. Suitable for children aged three and over.
£3 per child
Booking essential
See top of page for how to book

Easter Activities at Abington Park Museum

Easter Animals Craft Workshop

Thursday 18 April
2.30–3.30pm  limited spaces available  (1.15–2.15pm is fully booked)
Abington Park Museum


Create Easter eggs, chicks, bunnies and sheep out of felt. Suitable for children aged two and over.
£2.50 per child
Booking essential
See top of page for how to book

 

Minibeast Mania

Tuesday 28 May
1.15–2.30pm or 2.45–4pmMinibeast mania
Abington Park Museum

Join us for a bug hunt in the park, starting at Abington Park Museum. Explore the park and the creatures that live there. Then create your very own mini beast to take home. Suitable for children aged three and over.
£3 per child
Booking essential. See top of page for how to book

 

Create With Clay

Thursday 30 MayHalf term workshops
1.10–2.10pm, 2.20–3.20pm or 3.30–4.30pm
Abington Park Museum

Learn how to use air dry clay to make a leaf inspired bowl to take home. Suitable for children aged four and over.
£2.50 per child
Booking essential. See top of page for how to book

 

Dog Sculpture Workshop

Papier-mâché sculpture workshop led by Philip Cox  Tuesday 30 July
  10am-12pm or 1-3pm
  Abington Park Museum

  Come and see Philip Cox’s life-size papier-mâché ‘Walking the Dogs’ sculptures and use these as inspiration to make your own dog
  sculpture out of card. Workshops will be led by sculptor Philip Cox – exhibitions of his unique paper figures have been touring the UK since 1985.
  All materials and tools will be provided. Your work will be yours to take home. Suitable for children aged eight and over.
  £5 refundable deposit per child - Eventbrite bookings only - see top of page for link to Eventbrite. No phone or in person bookings.
  (The £5 fee is a refundable deposit to secure your ticket – once the event has taken place all attendees will receive a refund
   via Eventbrite)

  This event is delivered in partnership with Art UK’s Sculpture Project, which is being made possible thanks to a generous grant by The National
  Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund.

 

Clay Figure Sculpture Workshop

Tuesday 6 AugustChild sculpture workshop led by Claire Abbatt
10am-12pm or 1-3pm
Abington Park Museum

Have fun modelling your own sculpture in clay with local sculptor Clare Abbatt, while being inspired by some of Clare’s sculptures and others from Northampton Museums and Art Gallery’s collection. All materials and tools will be provided. Your work will be yours to take home. Suitable for children aged six and over.
£5 refundable deposit per child - Eventbrite bookings only - see top of page for link to Eventbrite. No phone or in person bookings.
(Please note the £5 fee is a refundable deposit to secure your ticket – once the event has taken place all attendees will receive a refund via Eventbrite)

This event is delivered in partnership with Art UK’s Sculpture Project, which is being made possible thanks to a generous grant by The National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund.

 

Sailing with Pond Yachts

Sailing with Abington Park Model Yacht Club
Thursday 8 August
Thursday 15 August
Thursday 22 August   
10am-4pm
Abington Park Boating Lake

Abington Park Model Yacht Club is hosting sailing days throughout the summer holidays. Hire a model yacht called a Choppa free sailor and take part in a variety of different sailing activities. Free sailing pond yachts are powered by sails only – just set the sails in the desired direction and let it go. The Choppa racing will finish at 12pm and further sailing with other types of pond yacht will continue from 12–4pm.
A different challenge will be set on each of the three days so you may wish to book for all three. Suitable for individuals and families with children aged five and over. Children must be accompanied at all times.                                                                                                                               
This event is organised by Abington Park Model Yacht Club. Meet by the boating lake just before 10am on the day.
£2.50 per yacht
Booking essential
Eventbrite bookings only - see top of page for link to Eventbrite.
No phone or in person bookings available

Sailing Championship

Saturday 24 August
10am-4pm
Abington Park Boating Lake

Abington Park Model Yacht Club hosts a family friendly Sailing Championship. Hire a yacht, pit your sailing skills against other competitors and enjoy watching the excitement at the Abington Park Boating Lake.
Suitable for individuals and families with children aged five and over. Children must be accompanied at all times.                                                                                                                                                  
This event is organised by Abington Park Model Yacht Club. Meet by the boating lake just before 10am on the day. See more information on the Sailfooty website.
£2.50 per yacht
Booking essential
Eventbrite bookings only - see top of page for link to Eventbrite
No phone or in person bookings available

 

3D Landscape WorkshopColourful patterned landscape with 3D houses

Tuesday 13 August
1–2.30pm or 2.45–4.15pm
Abington Park Museum

Come and create a colourful patterned landscape with 3D houses, in oil pastels and watercolour. Suitable for children aged 7-13.
£5 per child
Booking esssential - see top of page for how to book

Ladybird Ceramic Planter Workshop

Friday 16 August
1–2pm, 2.15–3.15pm or 3.30pm–4.30pm
Abington Park Museum

Keep the kids busy at our workshop decorating ceramic ladybird plant pots. Using acrylic paints add some bright colour then plant with herbs. Suitable for children aged 4–10.
£2.75 per child
Bookings essential - see top of page for how to book
 

Summer Sun Catcher Workshop

Wednesday 21 August
1.15–2pm, 2.15–3pm or 3.15–4pm
Abington Park Museum

In this workshop children will decorate happy face flower sun catchers, colouring them in using glass paints and pens to take home and hang by a window for a stained glass effect. Suitable for children aged 3–10.
£3.50 per child
Booking essential - see top of page for how to book

Northampton Castle Workshop

Thursday 22 Augustcastle
1.30-3.30pm
Abington Park Museum

Build a Lego castle, complete castle jigsaws, dress up as a knight or a princess, colour castle pictures, discover what life in Medieval Northampton would be like, and much more! This is a free workshop from Friends of Northampton Castle. Suitable for children aged four and over. Children must be supervised by an adult.
Free
Booking essential - see top of page for how to book
 

Stone Painting Workshop

Friday 23 AugustPebble painting workshop
1.10–2.10pm, 2.20–3.20 pm or 3.30–4.30pm
Abington Park Museum

Painting on stones is a craft that rocks! Painted pebbles, rocks and stones are being found all over the country as part of this popular new craze. Come along, get creative and give new life to an ordinary pebble in this one hour workshop for children. Pebbles may be taken home or children may wish to leave them for someone else to find. Suitable for children aged 3–10. This event is on the first floor, accessed by stairs only.
£2.50 per child
Booking essential - see top of page for how to book

 

Jingly Wind Chime Workshop

Tuesday 27 August
1.15–2.15pm or 2.30–3.30pm
Abington Park Museum

As autumn draws near, come and decorate a wooden leaf wind chime. Personalise using our acrylic paint, deco pens or gems then take home to hang in the garden. Suitable for children aged 3-10.
£3.50 per child
Booking essential - see top of page for how to book
 

Hunsbury Hillfort Tree Trail

Enjoy the newly developed Tree Trail around the Hunsbury Hill Fort and Country Park.
Free activity suitable for all ages
The trail was developed by the Friends of West Hunsbury Parks and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, supported by Northampton Museums & Art Gallery.
Details are available in the Drovers Return café in the Country Park and online.

Mailing list

If you would like to know about future exhibitions, events and workshops please complete the online form and we will add you to our mailing list. Please state any preferences you may have, e.g. art, history or general. All information will be kept confidential and used only by the museum.