Get Ready For Claw-some Bear Fun This Summer at Museum

Join the River & Rowing Museum for bear filled family fun days and get your paws into loads of creative fun-filled activities this summer.  Follow the bear paw prints around the Museum, find the bears hiding in the galleries, and claim your paw print sticker!  Every Friday, the Museum team will be in the galleries for ‘Family Fridays’, a chance to enjoy bear games, craft and even more fun!

Sat 3 Aug – Sun 3 Nov

Revisit your favourite stories and meet some of literature’s most famous bears, including Rupert and Winnie-the-Pooh, before discovering new stories filled with polar bears, panda bears and toy bears.

Go on your own bear hunt through the bear glade, curl up with your favourite story in the bear cave and enjoy dressing up as your favourite characters.  The exhibition features original artworks and manuscripts, including Hugless Douglas, Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Bear and The Piano and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. Otto the Book Bear will guide visitors around the exhibition, introducing visitors to children’s book bears old and new.

The exhibition is created by Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books.

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Family Fridays

Every Friday during the school summer holidays join our team in the galleries for craft and lots of bear-illiant fun!

Family Fun Days

Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Thurs 8 Aug
10.30am – 4pm

Take your teddy for a picnic and discover bears that live in the woods!  Go on a bear hunt…can you spot the bears hiding in the trees..? Make a paper picnic, create your own bear board-game and hear your favourite bear stories.  Make your own bear ears and top it off with a bear-faced face paint! It’s going to be a bear-illiant fun day!

Free with admission
To pre-book your own picnic lunch or tea, visit our website for details.

Bears, Bears, Everywhere!
Thurs 29 Aug
10.30am – 4pm

Discover bears from around the world – polar bears, grizzly bears, bears that swim, bears that climb and even bears with spectacles!  Take our great bear quiz and get crafty making your own bear world.   Add your paw print to our giant bear and have fun singing bear songs!

Free with admission

Children’s Creative Workshops*

All children under 7yrs must be accompanied by an adult.

Boing Boing Bear
Tues 20 Aug
10.30am – 12.30pm

End the summer holidays partying like a bear.  Make a small jack in a box with Rupert or Paddington popping out…then conga all the way through Nut Wood with traditional party games.

4 – 7 yrs

Bees and Bears
Tues 6 Aug
10.30am – 12.30pm

Who loves honey as much as Winnie-the-Pooh?  Learn about the busy bees that make honey and create a crafty honeypot to keep your own treasures in.

4 – 7 yrs

Paws with Personality
Tues 13 Aug
10.30am – 12.30pm

Be inspired by famous bears and create your own using a sock, felt, paper and your imagination!
Fill your bear with character and make its unique bear passport.
7 – 11 yrs

Mod Roc Bear
Weds 28 Aug
10.30am – 12.30pm

Find out how to make an armature so that you can create a 3D model of a bear – climbing, walking, sleeping – whatever you like! Then use Mod Roc to create a proper sculpture to take home with you.
7 – 11 yrs


The Museum shop is packed with lovely goodies, with a focus on local suppliers including handmade chocolates, local honey and beautiful handmade candles. We are also excited to be stocking delicious locally produced drinks, including sparkling wines, Hobbs gin, ciders and beer – perfect for your summer BBQs.


Take some time out to relax and enjoy a spot of lunch, a coffee or a glass of wine in the stunning surroundings of the Museum, with its riverside location. A range of delicious cakes, scones and tarts are also available, freshly baked by the Café team!

*Booking is essential for creative workshops. Call 01491 415600 to book or go to


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