Family Learning Festival: Ideas for autumn activities

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family learning festivalWhy is..? What happens when..? We are used to fielding questions from our children but our vital role in their education is far broader than being able to explain why the sky is blue. The national Family Learning Festival from 13 October to 11 November offers thousands of events where kids and their parents or carers can share and benefit from fun learning experiences. We’ve sampled some here – what’s happening near you?

Family Learning Festival: North

Science, spooks and smoothies are the unlikely mix of events on offer in libraries and information centres across the borough of Kirklees during the festival period, along the theme of ‘Imagine’ (01484 226300).

footballThe National Football Museum at Cathedral Gardens in Manchester invites you along to Make your own Football Game on 30 October, drawing on inspiration from the museum’s toys and games section. Free admission. From 3pm-4pm (0161 605 8200).

Flex your artistic skills on 27 October at the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum in Saltburn by the Sea, using local myths and legends as inspiration. 11am-3pm (01287  642877). It’s part of The Big Draw event which overlaps with the Family Learning Festival, and offers hundreds of arts activities across throughout the UK until 31 October (020 8351 1719).

Family Learning Festival: Central

Discover the noble art of heraldry at the Yate Heritage Centre in Gloucestershire on 26 October. Design your own coat-of-arms and make a medieval catapult to attack the castle! Suitable for children aged 5+. Booking required. 10am, 11:30am and 2pm (01454 862200).

make a boatJoin the Make a Boat event at the Mo, Sheringham Museum in Norfolk on 21 October, where you’ll use scrap materials and test its floatability. £3 per child, accompanying adult free. 10am-12pm (01263 824482).

Polar dreams and nightmares, ancient India and a talk by author Andy Stanton are just some of the family events on offer as part of the University of Cambridge’s Festival of Ideas, which runs from 24 October-4 November (01223 766766).

Family Learning Festival: South

beesGo Sweet on Honey on 13 October when the Hampshire Beekeeping Association will be holding their annual honey show in the Education Centre at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey. 1pm-5pm. Entry is free with normal adult admission price of £8.95 (01794 369318).

At the Royal Institution in London’s Albemarle Street, visit In Deep Water and build a seafaring boat and make waves in Mayfair! Targeted at 6-12 year-olds, although older and younger siblings are welcome. 3 November from 11am-4pm. £10 adults, £5 children aged 3+ (020 7409 2992).

There are eleven family events taking place in libraries across Surrey as part of the Festival, from 13 October-10 November, including junk modelling, martial arts and decorating cup cakes. All events are £1 per person (01483 543599).

family learning festivalFind out what Festival events are planned in your region at As always, do check all details ahead of your visit. And please let us know what fun ‘lessons’ you’ve enjoyed with your family by adding your comments below!