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Happening at the Horniman: October 2019

Find out what fiendishly awesome events and activities are happening at the Horniman this October.

Halloween and Half Term

  • Halloween pumpkin, Sophia Spring
    , Sophia Spring

Join us for ghoulish fun at our Halloween Fair on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October. Meet creepy crawlies up close, enjoy rides and spooky storytelling with the story of the Pied Piper. You can pick up some tasty bites at our food stalls and goods at our arts and crafts market too.

Activities for families will be on every weekday during half-term. Please check the What’s On calendar to see up to date information before you visit.

Explore a world of potions and spells in Horniman Explorers, Monday to Friday during October half term.

Join our wonderfully gooey slime science workshops with Einstein’s Entertainers, Monday to Thursday during October half term. Kids can create and take home their own slime, which can be stretched and ripped apart due to its molecular structure.

Exhibitions and displays

  • Stages of Making , Stages of Making , Carola Cappellari
    Stages of Making , Carola Cappellari

Step into the immersive Stages of Making exhibition by artist Katy Schwab and the Studio Collective. The exhibition tells stories of design, technique and time, featuring painted walls, table tops made from yoghurt pots and giant rugs made by members of the public and the local community. Stages of Making opens on Saturday 19 October in The Studio.

  • Brick Wonders , Brick Wonders
    Brick Wonders

We say farewell to Brick Wonders on Sunday 27 October. Explore 50 wonderful marvels from across the world and our history, from the Great Barrier Reef to iconic landmarks such as Old London Bridge and an Ancient Egyptian pyramid. Visitors can also build their own awesome creations in our two interactive play areas, take on the tower-building challenge and add to our graffiti wall.

Turn it Up: On Paradoxes from Jide Odukoya highlights a paradox of opulence, with underlying economic poverty. His works highlight the importance of extravagant celebration to Nigerian cultural identity because the wealth supporting it is fragile. The photographic series is now on display until Sunday 21 June 2020.

As I Live and Breathe is a thought-provoking series of works created by award-winning, internationally exhibited visual artist Claire Morgan. It draws upon the theme of waste at the impact on their environment. See the series in Gallery Square and the Natural History Gallery until Monday 4 May.

Say hello to the Green Turtle taxidermy on loan from the Natural History Museum, and learn about what we can all do to help conserve sea turtles in the Natural History Gallery.

Always Part of the Story depicts hidden and visible aspects of disability. The display from The Access Advisory Group shows that the world can be experienced and understood in many ways. The display is on until June 2020 in World Gallery.

Other Events in October

  • Welly Walk, Autumn Welly Walk on the Nature Trail
    Autumn Welly Walk on the Nature Trail

Spend an afternoon on our Nature Trail, discovering the plants, fungi, animals and insects. Have a go at sweep-netting, tree-beating and identification with a local environmental expert in an Autumn Welly Walk on the Nature Trail on Saturday 5 October.

Members can learn all about Dinosaurs with Emma Nicholls, our Deputy Keeper of Natural History on Thursday 24 October.

Regular Activities

  • Stay In Tune Thursdays, Stay In Tune Thursdays, Sophia Spring
    Stay In Tune Thursdays, Sophia Spring

On Thursday afternoons during term-time you can join us for our new programme, Stay In Tune Thursdays. The Horniman will become an adult-friendly place to socialise, with a range of activities for all abilities, including tours, demonstrations and information stalls across the Museum and Gardens. Stay in Tune Thursdays start on Thursday 3 October.

Our weekly Farmers’ Market is moving to Sundays with extended hours of 10am – 3pm on Sunday 13 October. The last trading date for the current market is Saturday 5 October

Join us for the relaunch of the new Horniman Market on Sunday 13 October. The market will have a special focus on sustainability with ethological and ethical products, as well as workshops and information stalls.

  • Horniman Market, Horniman Market
    Horniman Market

Come along to creative workshops held in The Studio where our latest art exhibition, Stages of Making will be on show. Try a range of techniques inspired by the Horniman’s collections. Making Time Workshops take place every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from Saturday 19 October

Under 5s can join in Busy Bees sessions every Tuesday during term-time. Storytellers change every week, with enchanting stories from around the world, songs and a whole lot of Horniman fun. Book tickets in advance online to avoid disappointment.

Test your wits against their 9-hole Plonk Crazy Golf course. Plonk is open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holidays and every day over October half term. Plonk Crazy Golf ends for the year on Sunday 27 October.

If you are a new visitor to the Horniman or would like a refresh to our collections then come along to one of our Welcome to the Horniman Tours. Tours with our fantastic Visitor Hosts take place every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. You could also take one of our Curiosity Talks for an interesting insight into all manner of things, inspired by our collections every Tuesday and Thursday.

Our library will be open to the public on Sunday 6 October. Explore some of our rare books and talk to our knowledgeable librarians.

Be whisked away too far off places with A World of Stories every Sunday.

Art Makers will give you the chance to create some amazing art every Saturday.

The Hands on Base will be open every weekend for you to explore our Handling collection.

Please Note

The Gardens will close at 6.50pm until Sunday 6 October.

They will close at 6.20pm between Monday 7 October to Sunday 13 October and then at 5.50pm from Monday 14 October to Saturday 26 October.

From Sunday 27 October to Sunday 3 November the Gardens will close at 4.20pm.