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.

To see activities by date, browse the calendar

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Voyages of Discovery - Family Take Over Day

Countryside and sea cartoon

Saturday 26 July

Ahoy, me hearties! All aboard the flagship Harris to see what discoveries you will make today!

Sail on to hear stories of the sea, learn the ropes in singing sea shanties, create your own version of the ocean and become at one with the waves. Will you be a land lubber or can you find your sea legs?

What's On (provisional timetable subject to change!)

Performances
Various times between 11am & 2.30pm
Sea shanties with the Liverpool Shanty Kings
Sea stories told by Jim Saville

FREE drop in family activities:

10am - 12pm Seaweed and Shoals. Make your own sea inspired sculpture based on our James Tower Ceramics in the Making Waves exhibition.

10.30am-11.30am & 1pm-2pm Life’s a Beach, Enjoy the Games!
Discover how to create and play some old-time sea themed games in the Fine Art Gallery.

11am-12pm Ocean in a Bottle. Create your very own miniature version of the sea on Market Square (in front of the Harris!

11am-3pm Seascapes and Portholes. Our Making Waves Exhibition has lots of different seascapes and view of the sea. What will your view of the sea be? On the second floor Balcony

12-2pm The Texture of the Ocean. Discover the shapes and textures of our new ceramic piece Ocean by Natasha Daintry and create your own piece to add to our own version of the artwork. In the Making Waves Exhibition gallery.

12.30pm Stories of the Sea – Writing workshop inspired by poems, read by Jim Saville. Listen to the stories and poems performed by Jim Saville before creating your own exciting voyage story in the Discover Preston gallery.

2-3pm Hands on History: Port of Preston The Port of Preston connected the city to the sea and the world beyond. Drop into the Discover Preston gallery to hold some objects that were used at the docks and find out more about what came in and went out.


Free, bookable family activities:

1.30-3.30pm Movement of the Sea. The sea and the things that swim in and sail on it move in many different ways! Inspired by the film about swiming, The Sea is a Stereo, featured in the Making Waves exhibition, join our artist for a creative workshop to discover how you can move like the sea and the things that live in it! Sign up at the Meet and Greet table in the Foyer.

Time?  10am–3pm                       For ages? Families
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Family Egyptian Balcony Tour

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Saturday 26 July

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 29 July

…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:
Theme to be announced


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 30 July
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 31 July
During the school holidays, 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:

Horrockses Cotton: Have you got the skills needed to work in Preston’s famous mill?
Discover objects from the mills and create your own version of our mini model.

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What time? 10.30am–12.30pm           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 1 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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Little Hands On

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Tuesday 5 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 5 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: Myths and Legends.
The Ancient Greeks had lots of myths and legends! Can you create your own hero or monster for the summer reading challenge’s Mythical Maze?

 

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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 6 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 7 August

Interested in art?
This summer holiday, 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:
Theme to be announced!

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

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Making Waves Shadow Puppet Workshop

Shadow Puppet by Mary Margret

Friday 8 August

Join puppetry and theatre group, Dynamic New Animation for a very special shadow puppet workshop inspired by our Making Waves: Art Inspired by the Sea exhibition!
Places are limited to a max. of 20 per session, so book soon!

What time? 10.30am–12.30pm & 1.30-3.30pm                  For ages? 5-12
Do I need to book in advance? Yes, call 01772 905414    Cost? £2

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Hands On at the Harris

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Saturday 9 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: Marketplace

Did you know that there has been a market in Preston for nearly 900 years? Discover the sights and the smells from Preston Market in the past.

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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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Tuesday 12 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:
Theme to be announced!


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 13 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 14 August
During the school holidays, 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:

The Bleasdale Circle. Discover the mysteries of the circle! Find out what was uncovered, dig for pieces of the circle and create your own clay urn!

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What time? 10.30am–12.30pm           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 16 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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Sew Cool Club

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Sat 16 August

If you're into sewing, knitting or weaving then Sew Cool Club is for you! Details of what you can create in this workshop will be available soon.

Time?  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 8 -12
Do I need to book in advance? Yes, please call 01772 905414
Cost? £2

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Hands On at the Harris

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Tuesday 19 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: Civil War – the Battle of Preston.
The Battle of Preston needs soldiers! Will you be a Parliamentarian or a Royalist? Find out what it was like to be a Civil War soldier and discover what happened!

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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 20 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 21 August

Interested in art?
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:
Theme to be announced!

What time? 10.30am-12.30                               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 23 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 Docks. Lots of different things came in and went out of the Port of Preston. Find out what these things were and watch out for surprise stowaways!

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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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Tuesday 26 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:
Theme to be announced!


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 27 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 28 August
During the school holidays, 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:

Time Explorers: Close-Up Coins.
Money really matters! Discover how important coins are and how they have changed throughout history.

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What time? 10.30am–12.30pm           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 30 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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Little Hands On

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Tuesday 2 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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Little Hands On Story Time

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Friday 5 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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The Potter's Apprentice

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Saturday 6 September

Will you or your pot get fired? Have you the skills to become The Potter's Apprentice?
Complete tasks just like children did in Victorian potteries.

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 13 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 theme to be announced!

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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

Egyptian Balcony Tour logo

Saturday 27 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

Talk: Making Waves - Ceramics
Wed 23rd, 12.30-1pm

Art Gallery Tour: Mark Those Lines
Thur 24th, 2-2.45pm

Voyages of Discover TAKEOVER!
Sat 26th, 10am-3pm

Family Egyptian Balcony Tour
Sat 26th, 11-11.45am
Ages 7+ accompanied by an adult
£1/50p call 01772 905414

Hands On at the Harris
Tues 29th, 1.30-3.30pm
Ages 5-12

Art Talk: Two of a Kind
Wed 30th, 12.30-1pm

Wonderful Wednesdays
Wed 30th. 1.30-3.30pm
Ages 5-12

Time Explorers
Thurs 31st, 10.30am-12.30pm
Ages 5-12

Jewellery Talk: bracelets
Thurs 31st, 2-2.45pm

Little Hands On Story Time
Fri 1st August, 10.30-11am
Under 5s & carers

Tour: What Makes Preston Special?
Sat 2nd, 12.30-1pm

School's Out!
FREE workshops every Tues, Wed, Thurs & selected Saturdays. Download the Family Fun leaflet

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