Family Fun Days

Tuesday 31 July - Thursday 23 August 2018

Ipswich Museum, Christchurch Mansion and Ipswich Art Gallery

Sessions at 10.15am, 11.15am and 2.15pm

Around the World

Go on amazing journeys at Ipswich Museums this summer! There is always lots to see at Ipswich Museum and Art Gallery and Christchurch Mansion. Explore and be inspired with a series of Around the World events. For four weeks from Tuesday 31 July until Thursday 23 August there is lots for kids to discover.

All events are suitable for ages 5+, cost £3.30 per child and can be booked online at

Week One

Family Drumming

Ipswich Museum Tuesday | 31 July

Join local musicians and learn how to use drums and percussion instruments, with a chance to perform your music in the Museum galleries.

World Patterns

Ipswich Art Gallery | Wednesday 1 August

Be inspired by the patterns in the Gallery and Museum ceramics to create your own tile design.

Navigating the World

Christchurch Mansion | Thursday 2 August

Get creative with electronic devices to animate the story of Thomas Eldred, an extraordinary Tudor explorer.


Week Two

Paths in the Forest

Ipswich Museum | Tuesday 7 August

Learn more about the way of life for the first peoples of America and make your own 3D totem pole.

Clay Nation

Ipswich Art Gallery | Wednesday 8 August

Make your own artistic clay creations inspired by the South American pots in the Museum.

Colours of the World

Christchurch Mansion | Thursday 9 August

Explore how exotic spices and plants can be used to create dyes. Make your own colours and use them to dye a canvas bag.

Week Three

Globetrotting Storyteller

Ipswich Museum | Tuesday 14 August

Join us to hear stories from around the globe, as you explore our galleries with our costumed storyteller.

Shadow Puppets

Ipswich Art Gallery | Wednesday 15 August

China, India and Nepal all have a history of shadow puppetry. Have a go at making your own incredible creatures for a shadow play about your world.

Queen Victoria and her Empire

Christchurch Mansion | Thursday 16 August

We need your help to prepare Christchurch Mansion for a royal visit! Get ready for a feast and prepare for a ball.


Week Four

Exploring Egyptians

Ipswich Museum | Tuesday 21 August

Discover the Egyptian tomb, handle real Egyptian artefacts and design a crown fit for a pharaoh.

Postcards from the Gallery

Ipswich Art Gallery | Wednesday 22 August

Design fantastic postcards inspired by the paintings, drawings and sculptures in the Open Call exhibition.

Tales Through Time

Christchurch Mansion | Thursday 23 August

Join our storyteller to discover the past through stories and tales from around the world. (FREE drop-in!)

Christchurch Mansion

Ipswich Museum

Ipswich Art Gallery