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No advance booking, just turn up on the day. Queuing may be necessary during busy periods.

About this event

Join us for a day of family activities in the Museum and Gardens including art, performance and storytelling inspired by the International Year of the Reef.

Colour Animated

Location: Music Gallery Performance Space (room at end of Music Gallery, through glass doors)

Times: 10.00am – 4.30 pm

Drop in to watch some short animations inspired by our new exhibition Colour: The Rainbow Revealed.  The animations have been created by second year students on the London College of Communication’s BA Animation course.   

Suitable for all ages.

Colour in a Reef

Location: Pavilion (glass building close to the Bandstand in the gardens)


  • 10.15am
  • 10.45am
  • 11.15am
  • 11.45am
  • 1.15pm
  • 1.45pm
  • 2.15pm
  • 2.45pm

Celebrate the Year of the Reef with us and help us create a colourful cardboard reef full of amazing sea creatures. A family workshop open to all ages, grown-up supervision is essential for under 3s.

Recommend for ages 3+. 

Sea Stories

Location: Hands on Base


  • 11.30am - 12.15pm
  • 1.30pm – 2.15pm
  • 3pm - 3.45pm

Dive into the depths of the ocean and swim with stories. Learn the secrets of the deep with magical fish, singing mermaids and sunken ships. Feel the salt spray upon your skin and hear just why the sea is salty. Stories of waves and wonders that stretch from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, just waiting for you to cast away and join them...

Recommended for ages 3+ but open to all.

The Barnacles

Location: Check location on posters in the Museum on the day.


  • 12.45 - 1.30pm
  • 2pm – 2.45pm
  • 3.15pm - 4pm

Join seafaring duo ‘The Barnacles’ for some traditional sea shanties – songs that helped to make the jobs sailors did onboard ship a little less boring. These sea shanties will have you tapping your toes in no time!

The Barnacles are a duo made up of Nick Hart and Tom Newell. They sometimes perform together but can also be found playing with different people. Tom can be heard with folk trio Effra and is as a member of the Ceilidh Liberation Front. Nick is a highly respected box player and educator; a song from his new album Nick Hart Sings Eight English Folk Songs was recently included in the Radio 2 folk playlist.

Recommended for ages 3+ but open to all.

Trail Desk – Under the Sea Explorer

Location: Natural History Gallery

Times: 10.30am – 3.30pm

Drop by our trail desk to pick up some trails to explore the Museum.

Please note we may have to close the desk over lunch.