Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Paddington to make holidays more bear-able

A SUMMER of family fun is in store at Henley’s River and Rowing Museum in Mill

A SUMMER of family fun is in store at Henley’s River and Rowing Museum in Mill Meadows, with a host of children’s activities lined up — many with a literary theme.

On Tuesday (August 16) from 10.30am to 12.30pm Here be Dragons! offers seven- to 11-year-olds the chance to explore the world of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit and meet Smaug the evil dragon.

Make your own dragon hall filled with gold and mythical magic — just like the one glimpsed in the recent film trilogy. Tickets are £8.50.

On Wednesday (August 17), youngsters aged 18 months to five years are invited to enjoy a Taylor Tugs Holiday Happening from 11am to 12.30pm.

This is billed as creative summer fun with song, craft and games on offer. Enjoy messy play inspired by Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Oompa-Loompas. Tickets are £6.50.

The following Tuesday (August 23) it is the turn of Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear to delight youngsters aged four to seven, who are invited to visit Planet Paddington from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Make a Paddington Bear holder for your art materials and a paper patchwork rainforest in case he gets homesick. Discover Paddington’s secrets and learn about the place where he lived with Aunt Lucy: Peru. Ticket are £8.50.

The following day — Wednesday, August 24 — is a bumper one, with a morning and an afternoon activity lined up.

Seven- to 11-year-olds are invited to explore The Magic Tree from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Discover the tricks of the trees on Marsh Meadows and create a beautiful screen print. Then from 2pm to 4pm artistic youngsters aged 12 to 15 can enjoy the Irresistible Pick ’n’ Mix! workshop. Explore resist techniques in marbling, cold wax resist, silk paintings and watercolour. Tickets for both activities are £8.50.

Continuing throughout the summer holidays, meanwhile, is Picture This: Children’s Illustrated Classics — an interactive exhibition from the British Library that is running at the museum until Sunday, September 25.

Works on display include original illustrations from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Paddington Bear and The Railway Children, and there are a host of linked activities to enjoy.

The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Annual entry to the museum is £9 for children and £11 for adults, with concessions £10. For more information, call (01491) 415600 or visit

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