Our Summer sessions are back for 2021 and this year we are learning all about the awesome Anglo Saxons!

Lifting The Lid

Starting Monday 26th July and then every Monday throughout the Summer Holiday except Bank Holidays.

10am – 12 noon.

Join a different volunteer each week as they show you some special objects from the museum collection so you can discover more about Wantage’s past.

Free to drop in, no need to book.

Super Saxon Arts & Crafts

Become an Anglo Saxon Warrior

Every Thursday throughout the Summer Holiday (except 19th August)

10 am – 12 noon

Transform yourself into an Anglo Saxon warrior at our summer arts and crafts sessions. Led by our Museum Teacher, you will construct an Anglo Saxon helmet, emboss a replica silver brooch and weave a friendship bracelet using a traditional Viking weaving technique, whilst also learning about the history and significance of these objects.

This drop-in session is held outside on our terrace, with a gazebo in case the sun doesn’t shine.

It does not need to be pre-booked, and there is a suggested donation of £3 per child.

Saxon Summer Family Days

Wednesday 28th July & Wednesday 18th August.

10am – 12 noon & 1pm – 3pm.

Join us at the Vale and Downland Museum for our Saxon Summer Family Days! We are celebrating the opening of our brilliant new King Alfred Gallery with two very special days jam packed with everything Anglo Saxon and Viking. Our staff and volunteers will transport you back in time to over one thousand years ago with stories, objects, activities and crafts that will bring the Anglo Saxon era to life for the whole family.

Children £6  Adults £2.50 (excluding booking fees)

Tickets can be booked online here

Letcombe Brook Beasties

Thursday 29th July, 12th August & 26th August.

10am – 11am & 11am – 12noon

Join Letcombe Brook Project Officer Mark Bradfield as he shows children what lives in Letcombe Brook and learn how to identify the different species.

Free, but tickets must be booked online here

Please note that children will not enter the water but there is a chance they could get wet so please dress accordingly.

Important Information

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Given the enclosed nature of our galleries we kindly ask that visitors continue wearing masks to protect other visitors, our volunteers and our staff.

Thank You