Schools out! Join Colchester Museums for fun, this February

A range of hands-on events are planned for Colchester Castle, Hollytrees Museum and the Natural History Museum

If you’re looking for some fun and inspiring activities to keep your family occupied this February half term, look no further than Colchester Museums.

A range of hands-on events are planned across the three sites – Colchester Castle, Hollytrees Museum and the Natural History Museum.

There’s the chance to get creative with Valentine’s cards, prepare for battle with fun hands-on archery sessions and to have some very special animal encounter moments!

Cllr Tim Young, Portfolio Holder for Business and Culture and Deputy Leader of the Council said: “February half term is the first school holiday of the year and Colchester Museums has a fantastic programme of events to keep the children occupied. All the activities enable children to learn about life in the past by focusing on hands-on fun, just make sure you duck to avoid the flying arrows!

“For those who live in the borough, make sure you ask about Colchester Castle’s Resident Pass which enables you to visit the Castle as many times as you like during a year after paying entry just once.”

The full list of events:

We Love Valentine’s: TUESDAY 19 FEBRUARY | HOLLYTREES MUSEUM Join us to discover the origin of Valentine’s cards. Create your own fabulous version, to keep or give to someone special. Sessions at: 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm

Booking required, call 01206 282941 | Suitable for all ages Suitable for ages 4+ | Price: £5.

THURSDAY 21 FEBRUARY | COLCHESTER CASTLE MUSEUM Medieval Archery Ready your arrows and see if you can hit the target this half term with our exciting archery sessions. Sessions at: 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm. Suitable for all ages Suitable for ages 7+ Price: £5 (after Castle admission)

Booking required, call 01206 282941

FRIDAY 22 FEBRUARY | NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM Creature Encounters Meet some extraordinary animals & discover more about the animal kingdom. Which mammals, birds or reptiles will you meet? Sessions at: 12pm, 1.15pm, 2.30pm

Booking required, call 01206 282941 | Suitable for all ages Price: £5 per person (ages 2 and under free)

For more information on making a trip to Colchester Museums please visit: www.cimuseums.org.uk/activities

Booking essential – please call 01206 282941

Schools out, so let Colchester Museums provide the half term fun!

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