Halloween Half Term Fun at Museum

Henley’s River & Rowing Museum will be bursting with spooky fun this half term, so why not get dressed up in your most spooktacular costume and join in?

The Museum has a packed half term calendar of family activities, including Halloween in the Wild Wood, dragon boats and minibeasts! And what’s more, the Museum is still bursting with bears, some much more grizzly than others.

Bears! Exhibition

Open until Sun 3 Nov

There are Bears! Bears! everywhere at the Museum this autumn. Share your favourite bears with your family and friends, revisit your best loved stories and meet some of literature’s most famous bears, including Rupert and Winnie-the-Pooh.

Go on your own bear hunt through the bears’ glade, curl up with your favourite story in the bear cave and enjoy dressing up as your favourite characters. Original artwork and manuscripts featured in the exhibition include 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.

The exhibition comes to us from Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books.

Children’s Workshops:

Make a Model Dragon Boat
Mon 28 October
10.30am – 12.30pm

Take inspiration from dragon boats and an ancient Greek trireme to construct a ship with awesome oars and a fearsome fiery figurehead.  You will be introduced to simple woodworking skills using balsa and bamboo and take home your own model boat.

7 – 11yrs


Booking Essential – call 01491 415600 or  book online.

Forest Friends
Tues 29 Oct
10.30am – 12.30pm

Create your own little forest people from card and twigs and bring them to life by discovering what happens to them and the minibeasts and creatures that live in the woodland, as Autumn arrives.

4 – 7 yrs

Booking Essential – call 01491 415600 or  book online.

Family Day: Halloween in the Wild Wood
Thurs 31 Oct
10.30am – 4pm

Join us for a spooky day of Halloween fun if you’re brave enough! Follow our pumpkin trail through the Museum with a home-made lantern and collect a tasty treat.  Get crafty designing spooky spiders, hair-raising hedgehogs and eerie owls and create your own shadow puppet. Discover the nocturnal creatures of the Wild Wood for Halloween and find out how they adapt to the dark.  Come in your most spooktakular costume. Bats, spiders, pumpkins and skeletons all welcome….mwahaha!

Free with admission

Children’s Workshops: Towers and Turrets
Fri 1 Nov
10.30am -12.30pm

Design and build a magnificent castle, with towers and turrets and a fantastical creature or beast to guard its gates.

4 – 7yrs


Booking Essential – call 01491 415600 or  book online.


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