Fun for all the Family This Summer at the River & Rowing Museum

The River & Rowing Museum is looking forward to the summer holidays by announcing an exciting range of workshops and exhibitions for adults and children.

The exciting and interactive activities programme offers children aged 18 months to 11 years the chance to learn new artistic skills and explore storytelling on the river through a whole range of opportunities.  All the events can be found on our Event Calendar page.

The Museum is running a special four-day Discover Art course, giving 7-11 year olds the chance to try artistic techniques across a range of media and ultimately attain their own Discover Art Award, all led by an expert tutor.

Older children can also learn interesting new skills from a variety of artistic activities including model-making, 3D animation and rush-weaving and pre-school children can come and sing, play and create with ‘Taylor Tugs’ Holiday Happenings’ which returns this summer.

The workshops aren’t just for children – adult activities include basket-making and willow painting, giving participants the chance to enjoy new creative skills and take home a momento to hang on the wall.

The Museum is also excited to be launching a fresh style of reading group with the River & Rowing Museum’s poet-in-residence and winner of the Keats-Shelley Prize, Jane Draycott – a group that requires no preparatory reading but works off existing passions spanning novels, poetry, plays and films.

As the proud home of The Wind in the Willows, Mr Toad will be hosting a range of events at the Museum throughout the summer with visitors able to join in ‘Toad’s Country Show’ free of charge. As well as fancy dress and bunting design, kids and grown-ups alike can get stuck into biscuit decorating and plant-pot painting all around a country garden theme.

Alongside these holiday activities the River & Rowing Museum is pleased to announce a programme of new summer exhibitions at the museum. ‘By the River’, an exhibition by leading international photographer Adrian Arbib, will explore the beauty, archaeology and history of Oxford’s iconic 400-acre Port Meadow, often described as the most beautiful place on the Thames.

Elsewhere, the Museum will highlight local artistic talent with the Oxfordshire Basketmakers’ exhibition exploring water-related themes of movement and river life using a wealth of natural materials. The Basketmakers will also be running accompanying workshops for adults and children.

As part of an on-going special offer, a ticket to the Museum provides free entry for a year. Some events are free with admission.

The award-winning River & Rowing Museum, recently ranked in the Top 50 Museums in the world by The Times, announced record visitor numbers last year and looks set for another exciting year of exhibitions, workshops and activities with a jam-packed summer programme for the whole family. 

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