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Together Fest 2021

31 Jul - 6 Aug

This summer Tees Valley Museums is holding a special festival for families and you’re all invited…

Get the whole family together this summer and help us celebrate your local museums!
We are hosting a programme of special events across our venues. Our programme includes;

 

 

 

Enjoy family-friendly fun with themed activities to connect with the fascinating ‘On Track for Change – Artificial Limb Project’ including designing your own fabulous artificial limb inspired by the works of artist Sophie de Oliveira Barata

What theme would you choose?  Under the sea, space, jungle?

We will be joined by Rare Rockets who will introduce you to the British Sign Language.  What will you learn how to sign?

Take part in family challenge based activities with Big Science.

Sessions Times;

11:00 -11:30

11:45 -12:15

12:45 -13:15

13:30 – 14:00

14:30 -15:00

15:15 – 15:45

Plan your visit

 

Family Pirate Picnic

‘Anchor your ship and roll out your picnic fit for a captain on the museum lawn.

While feasting on your tasty scrum take part in our pirate crew team challenges and stop by our crafting station to pick up a craft bag perfect for little sea explorers! (Free but limited availability)

Bring your picnic and drop in throughout the day

High-Seas Science

Get hands on as we experiment with Big Science, preparing you for your high-seas voyage.

You can make your own mini speedy ship and learn how to fire you own air canon!

Book in advance

Session Times:

11:15 to 11:45

12:00 to 12:30

12:45 to 13:15

13:30 to 14:00

14:15 to 14:45

15:00 to 15:30

Outdoor Games

Challenge your grown ups to a game of Quoits or giant Snakes and Ladders.

All activities are Free with Museum admission

Plan your visit

Let’s make a story

Ever wondered how stories are created?  Join storyteller and writer, Elizabeth Baker, and discover how to create your own story.  We’ve gathered together a whole load of objects and pictures from the museum and art gallery to help you – perhaps an old clock will take you on a journey through time, or a picture of Queen Victoria will bring you to her royal palace?  The only thing in your way is the limit of your own imagination!

This fun story making workshop is suitable for everyone aged 5 to 105 – and there will be story picture activities so little ones can join in too.

Use our magic selfie mirror to capture your day with a print out to take home.

We will be joined by Rare Rockets who will introduce you to the British Sign Language.  What will you learn how to sign?

Places at the Museum are limited, but don’t worry, Elizabeth is joining us at the Art Gallery on Tuesday too.

Plan your visit

 

 

Let’s make a story

Ever wondered how stories are created?  Join storyteller and writer, Elizabeth Baker, and discover how to create your own story.  We’ve gathered together a whole load of objects and pictures from the museum and art gallery to help you – perhaps an old clock will take you on a journey through time, or a picture of Queen Victoria will bring you to her royal palace?  The only thing in your way is the limit of your own imagination!

This fun story making workshop is suitable for everyone aged 5 to 105 – and there will be story picture activities so little ones can join in too.

Session Times:

11.00 – 11.45

12.30 – 1.15

1.45 – 2.30

3.00 – 3.45

Why not use our magic selfie mirror to capture your day with a print out to take home or make a special portrait together with transparent our easels

‘Did you know our Art Gallery was once a church? Take a look at some of the beautiful features by taking par in our self-led Discovery Trail’

We will be joined by Rare Rockets who will introduce you to the British Sign Language.  What will you learn how to sign?

Plan your visit

Please call Hartlepool Art Gallery 01429 869706 or pop in to book your place

Enjoy lots of games and fun family challenges within our gallery spaces inspired by our collections.

FLAG IT UP!

Flag it up is a great way to play hide and seek at the Dorman Museum. Have fun making a print on a banner with artist Suzie Devey then seek out the hidden ribbons around the museum to add to your banner. Cheating is encouraged!…. ask others where they found the colours you seek! Return to the Creation Station to claim a prize when your banner is festooned with 5 different colours. You’ll learn lots of fascinating facts as you play and you can take your banner home too!

We will be joined by Rare Rockets who will introduce you to the British Sign Language.  What will you learn how to sign?

Plan your visit

Missed out on school sports day this year? There will be a chance to take part in family sports day challenges.  Plus, make your own traditional Cup and Ball toy, challenge a friend to create a special portrait and use our magic selfie mirror to capture your day with a print out to take home.

We will be joined by Rare Rockets who will introduce you to the British Sign Language.  What will you learn how to sign?

Plan your visit

 

As our pavilion is undergoing some work we will  have lots of giant games in the grounds for you to challenge each other, as well as our woodland trail.

There will be limited availability for book on the day activities to;

Make your own Friendship Bracelets with the Saxon Lucet- Saxons used this 2 pronged knitting tool to make braids to decorate their clothes.  Make your own friendship bracelet with this addictive activity!  You can also try your hand at spinning the wool with a Saxon-style drop spindle.

Saxons loved telling stories that often had strange and magical creatures in them.  Make your own card monster and with a little bit of artistic magic –  it will float on water!

What did the Saxons do for fun?  Anglo Saxons would have made music, told stories and challenged each other with riddles – called Kennings.  They also played board games to practice their strategies – ready for battle!  Learn how to play one of the board games and take on the challenge of Merrills- a three in a row game.

Speak like a Saxon

The Anglo-Saxons loved riddles and they used them to describe their own everyday objects.  Join storyteller and writer, Elizabeth Baker, who will introduce you to a host of Anglo-Saxon objects and use them to teach you how to tell your own riddles, kennings and boasts.  You can even write some riddles on a “flesh cutter” then keep it with you just in case you’re called into battle during your visit!

This workshop is suitable for everyone aged 6+ years  Younger children can join in by decorating a sword

Saxon Battle

Learn how to fight in a shield wall with a Saxon; explore his weapons and armour and then practice what you have learnt. Will you survive?

We will be joined by Rare Rockets who will introduce you to the British Sign Language.  What will you learn how to sign?

Due to our lack of indoor spaces currently, places at the museum are very limited, but we have plenty of activities and a wonderful playground and woodland trail for you to still have an enjoyable time.

Plan your visit

As well as lots of exciting activities going on in our venues we are aware not everyone can make it at this time.  We didnt want you to miss out so we have some fantastic online activities to that you can join in with from home.

Make your own Toy Museum

For under 5s we have our great Toy Museum resources, with lots of ideas to help you create your own Toy Museum

Here is some of the excitement from Togetherfest 2019