Each year Weston Museum plays host to a number of events which provide opportunities for both enthusiasts and families to enjoy a great day out.
That’s The Way To Do It: Punch and Judy Through The Ages is a new family friendly touring exhibition created in association with The Fedora Group. It tells the story of Punch and Judy, our nation’s most celebrated puppets, and their development over time.
The exhibition will evoke nostalgic memories of seaside holidays and reveal the stories of local Punch and Judy Professors, whilst exploring the meaning and relevance of Punch and Judy in the twentieth century.
The exhibition is free to enter, but visitors are encouraged to help support the museum through making a donation in one of the stands around the museum. The exhibition will be open during standard museum opening times of 10-5 Monday to Sunday.
Can you believe it’s been almost a year since the museum reopened its doors after the big refurbishment?! Well, to celebrate our first 12 months, we are going to have a party and you’re all invited!
Throughout the day, there will be party games, special treats in the café and shop, objects to explore and the chance to hear all about the work that the museum does, from learning to outreach, including how people can get involved through volunteering. Visitors can drop in throughout the day to get involved, have some fun and even enjoy some birthday cake!
North Somerset Libraries will again be running their popular Summer Reading Challenge, this year with a theme of Mischief Makers!
The museum will be joining in by popping along to 4 different libraries over August and bringing a whole mix of historical toys and childhood items with them for visitors old and young to have a play with.
Our pop up stand will travel to the following libraries on the following dates:
Tuesday 7th August at Weston Library 11-1
Tuesday 14th August at Worle Library 11-1
Tuesday 21st August at Clevedon Library 11-1
Tuesday 28th August at Nailsea Library 11-1
There is no charge and no need to book, just come along to have a chat and a play!
Details about the Summer Reading Challenge:
Children aged four to 11 and their parents or carers are invited to their local North Somerset library to take part in the annual Summer Reading Challenge: sign up for free at your local library during the summer holidays.
Children can choose any books to read from the thousands of titles held in libraries. Once signed up children are challenged to read six books over three visits to the library.
Children will receive a special summer reading challenge poster or folder with stickers or cards to collect. All materials are free and subject to availability. Every child who reads six books and completes the challenge by the second weekend of September receives a certificate and medal. Look out for more details at your school or in your local library this summer.
A family friendly morning to dispel the myths surrounding dementia
Want to find about more about dementia and the help and support available to families? Then come along to Weston Museum and speak to our friends at the Alzheimer’s Society. There will be plenty of information including films, talks and presentations and the value of art, music and reminiscence.
Nostalgia café will be running as usual with historical objects to handle. Activities for children include story reading by Weston Library, film shows, colouring in, puzzles and board games.
Community exhibition on the Alzheimer’s Society with photographs from the A1 Camera Club and oral histories, a Sharing Heritage project led by museum volunteers. Refreshments on sale in Clara’s café.
‘That’s the way to do it!’
Bring the whole family to the museum to enjoy a traditional Punch and Judy show, a British seaside favourite. Shows will take place in our beautiful covered courtyard at 11am, 1pm and 3pm each Friday during August. Shows are performed by our wonderful, local Punch and Judy Professor – Paul Wheeler – http://
Weston Museum is free entry and the galleries showcase the history of Weston and North Somerset, including some historical punch and judy memorabilia. You can also enjoy refreshments in our cafe and browse our shop for your own souvenirs.
Imagine what it is like to be a paleontologist digging for fossils and learn about our ancient past in this special family friendly event. Meet a Tyrannosaurus Rex and have your photo taken dressed as a dinosaur!
Children can dig for finds in our Big Dig pits and match them up to identify the creatures that lived on the earth millions of years ago, before exploring the galleries and marvelling at some amazing real fossil specimens from the local area. On the Saturday, we will also be visited by a scary Tyrannosaurus Rex called ‘Titch’, who will be spending the day in our courtyard. Children can dress up like a dinosaur and have their picture taken with this almost life size dinosaur!
There is no need to book for this event and there is no charge to join in, just drop in throughout the day on the Saturday (10-5) or Sunday (10-4).
For more information, just contact the museum team.
The Friends of Weston Museum host regular talks on topics of local historical interest. In September, the Friend’s will be holding their AGM, followed by a talk by John Crockford-Hawley
Talks are free to members of the Friends (details of how to join can be found on the Friends page), a small fee on the door applies to non-members.
*CANCELLED* With England stomping through the rounds and football fever gripping the country, we suspect that many of you will be rather occupied this Wednesday, so we are calling off this month’s quiz night. We will see you all again for next month’s quiz on Wednesday 8th August 🙂
Try your luck at our monthly quiz night; learn a little about your local history and have a laugh at the same time.
During our refurbishment closure, we travelled around the local pubs with our own brand of fun and interesting, but definitely not serious, quizzes. Now that we have our lovely building back, you can come in and join us here. You don’t need lots of historical knowledge; we promise to keep the questions simple, with only the occasional head scratcher thrown in. The quiz includes a mystery object round, so whilst you’re enjoying your drink from our bar of locally sourced drinks and nibbles, you can also have a guess at a selection of historical objects and replicas.
Only £5 to enter a team (of up to five people) and there is a prize for the winning team. Numbers are limited so you can book in advance to guarantee your team a slot, but if there is space then we won’t turn you away on the night. Join us from 6.30, ready for the quiz to start at 7.30pm.
Any questions? Just give the team a call or send us an email.
Bring your little explorers along to a friendly session at Weston Museum run by the lovely team from the YMCA. Take part in themed craft and sensory activities, which you can follow up by exploring the museum and its family friendly displays, as well as enjoying a bite to eat in the cafe.
£2 per family. Pay on the day, no booking needed. Please be sure to arrive between museum opening at 10am and session start time of 10.30am to get settled in.
Have your fortune revealed by our Victorian fortune teller and learn about Weston Museum’s recent refurbishment project on a guided tour of the galleries and some behind the scenes areas.
For this weekend only, there are lots of things to learn about, including both the museum and your own future. The Victorian seaside has a long history of sideshows and performers and in the afternoon between 1pm and 3pm on both days, you can have your fortune revealed by our Victorian fortune teller.
You can also join one of the museum team on a tour around the galleries and to some of the behind the scenes areas that might be included in the second stage of the refurbishment. Tour times to be confirmed, see event listings closer to the date.
Weston Museum has a history that stretches back over a century, but it has recently had a wonderful refurbishment to bring its displays and facilities up to date. With new galleries, a new shop and cafe, as well as new learning, reminiscence and outreach programmes, the museum now has lots to offer. Learn about the history of the museum and see the artifacts that inspired the museum’s founder to begin preserving the history of the local area in a way that was accessible to all.
Both the fortune telling activities and guided tours are free, but please be aware that numbers are limited so arrive in good time to avoid disappointment.