For Families

artyFrom Little Hands On for the under fives, to Arty Explorers, Time Explorers, Hands On and lots more for ages 5-12, there's something for everybody to see and do!
Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Discover Arts Award Sessions

Children enjoying art activities at the Harris

Fridays 7 August, 14 August, 21 August and 28 August

 

Join us for these new activity sessions for children aged 7-11 and discover how the arts are all around us - especially at the Harris. Find out about different arts and stories, create your own versions and share ideas with your friends and family.  Session themes will include photography, puppets, edible art and Egyptians.

Everyone taking part will be able to create an Arts Award log, which will be assessed by a Harris Arts Award advisor, and may then gain a Discover Arts Award qualification.  A minimum of two sessions is advised to achieve the Discover Arts Award certificate.

 

What age? For ages 7-11. Parent/guardian must attend session too.

What time? 2.00pm-3.30pm

Cost? £1.00 per session (book two sessions and get third free)

Do I need to book in advance? Yes; Book at the museum shop or ring 01772 905414

 

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Little Hands On

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Tuesday 4 August

Every month, especially for our younger visitors, Little Hands On uses stories, art, singing, games and crafts to introduce little ones to some of the fascinating things you can see in the Harris.

What time? 11am–12 noon           Age? Under 5s and their carers
Do I need to book in advance? No, just turn up            Cost? Free

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Hands On at the Harris

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Tuesday 4 August

… does just what it says on the tin! Drop into the Harris and get stuck in.  You can stay for 15 minutes or for longer – it’s up to you.

Today: Hands On History - Finding Treasures

Find out more about the archaeological treasures at the museum and that might be under your feet!  

Stuart Noon will be at the session to help identify and record any archaeological finds you would like to bring in (but you don't need to bring in a find to attend the session!).  He can help with pottery, flint, stone, leather and metal objects dating upto 1700AD.

Stuart is a Finds Officer with the Portable Antiquities Scheme which is a national project to encourage people to report archaeological objects that they have found so that they can find out more about them and contribute to the knowledge of the archaeology and history of the place where they live.


Time?
  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Wonderful Wednesdays

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Wednesday 5 August
Banish the mid-week blues and celebrate Wonderful Wednesdays during the school holidays.
Come along and discover something different to do each time - drop in for 15 minutes or stay for longer, it's up to you!

Time?  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Arty Explorers

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Thursday 6 August

Interested in art?
This summer, become an Arty Explorer and investigate some of our fantastic collections, then have a go and create your own masterpiece!
Drop in and stay as long as you like. PLease note that last chance to join the workshop is at 12pm.


Today: Time 4 Tea


What time? 10.30am-12.30                               For ages? 5-12
Do I need to book in Advance? No                   Cost? Free

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Little Hands On Story Time

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Friday 7 August

Every month, join us in the Discovery Room for story time!

What time? 10.30am–11am           Age? Under 5s and their carers
Do I need to book in advance? No, just turn up            Cost? Free

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Hands On at the Harris

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Tuesday 11 August

…does just what it says on the tin! Drop into the Harris and get stuck in.
You can stay for 15 minutes or for longer – it’s up to you.

Today: Funny Farm


Time?
  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Wonderful Wednesdays

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Wednesday 12 August
Banish the mid-week blues and celebrate Wonderful Wednesdays during the school holidays.
Come along and discover something different to do each time - drop in for 15 minutes or stay for longer, it's up to you!

Time?  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Time Explorers

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Thursday 13 August

This summer, step back into Preston’s past and become a Time Explorer!
Uncover fascinating stories about the city in our history gallery,
Discover Preston.
You can drop in and stay for as long as you like, but please note that the last chance to join the workshop is at 12pm.


Today:
War! hlf Find out more about the Battle of Preston fought 300 years ago in 1715 during the Civil War - who fought, when, what with and why!

What time? 10.30am–12.30pm      For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in Advance? No   Cost? Free

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Hands On at the Harris

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Tuesday 18 August

…does just what it says on the tin! Drop into the Harris and get stuck in.
You can stay for 15 minutes or for longer – it’s up to you.

Today: Hands On History-Preston Station Free Buffet


Time?
  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Wonderful Wednesdays

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Wednesday 19 August
Banish the mid-week blues and celebrate Wonderful Wednesdays during the school holidays.
Come along and discover something different to do each time - drop in for 15 minutes or stay for longer, it's up to you!

Time?  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Arty Explorers

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Thursday 20 August

Interested in art?
This summer, become an Arty Explorer and investigate some of our fantastic collections, then have a go and create your own masterpiece!
Drop in and stay as long as you like. PLease note that last chance to join the workshop is at 12pm.


Today: Ancient Greeks


What time? 10.30am-12.30                               For ages? 5-12
Do I need to book in Advance? No                   Cost? Free

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Family Egyptian Balcony Tour

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Saturday 22 August

Climb up high to get a closer look at the sights and stories of Egypt on our famous Egyptian Balcony.

What time? 11-11.40am           Age? 7+ Max. 2 children per adult
Do I need to book in advance? Yes, call 01772 905414    
Cost? £1 adult/50p child

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Hands On at the Harris

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Tuesday 25 August

…does just what it says on the tin! Drop into the Harris and get stuck in.
You can stay for 15 minutes or for longer – it’s up to you.

Today: Funky Frames


Time?
  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Wonderful Wednesdays

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Wednesday 26 August
Banish the mid-week blues and celebrate Wonderful Wednesdays during the school holidays.
Come along and discover something different to do each time - drop in for 15 minutes or stay for longer, it's up to you!

Time?  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Fantastic Farming

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Thursday 27 August

Dig out your wellies to join us in exploring the world of the farm (without leaving the comfort of the Harris!) in our very special family take over day.

Find out the importance of wool to Preston, count the Preston flock and discover what farm animals hide at the Harris.  We are delighted that Fishers Mobile Farm will also be on Market Square with real farm animals for you to see.


Time?  11am–3pm                       For ages? All the family
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Little Hands On

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Tuesday 1 September

Every month, especially for our younger visitors, Little Hands On uses stories, art, singing, games and crafts to introduce little ones to some of the fascinating things you can see in the Harris.

What time? 11am–12 noon           Age? Under 5s and their carers
Do I need to book in advance? No, just turn up            Cost? Free

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Hands On at the Harris

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Tuesday 1 September

…does just what it says on the tin! Drop into the Harris and get stuck in.
You can stay for 15 minutes or for longer – it’s up to you.

Today: Arty Allotment


Time?
  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Little Hands On Story Time

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Friday 4 September

Every month, join us in the Discovery Room for story time!

What time? 10.30am–11am           Age? Under 5s and their carers
Do I need to book in advance? No, just turn up            Cost? Free

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Scent Bottle Treasure Hunt

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Saturday 5 September

Be a detective - sniff out the clues to unravel the story behind Mrs French's massive scent bottle collection.

Time?  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost?Free

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Hands On at the Harris

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Saturday 19 September

…does just what it says on the tin! Drop into the Harris and get stuck in.
You can stay for 15 minutes or for longer – it’s up to you.

Today: Hands On History - Cottoning On


Time?
  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Family Egyptian Balcony Tour

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Saturday 26 September

Climb up high to get a closer look at the sights and stories of Egypt on our famous Egyptian Balcony.

What time? 11-11.40am           Age? 7+ Max. 2 children per adult
Do I need to book in advance? Yes, call 01772 905414    
Cost? £1 adult/50p child

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This week's events

 

Tues 4 Aug,11am-12noon

Little Hands On
For under 5s and carers
Drop in, FREE

 

Tues 4 Aug, 1.30-3.30pm
Hands On at the Harris
Ages 5-12
Drop in, FREE

 

Tues 4 Aug, 1.30-3.30pm
Archaeological Finds Day
Bring your finds in for identification!
Drop in, FREE

 

Wed 5 August, 1.30–3.30pm
Wonderful Wednesdays
Ages 5 -12
Drop in, FREE

 

Thur 6 August,10.30am-12.30pm
Arty Explorers
Create your own Time 4 Tea Masterpiece
Ages 5-12
Drop in, FREE

 

Fri 7 August, 10.30-11am
Little Hands On Story Time
Under 5s and carers
Drop in, FREE

 

Sat 8 Aug, 10am-5pm
Revival Vintage Fair
Drop in, FREE

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