Free family fun at Bridport Museum

BRIDPORT’s refurbished museum is attracting ;more visitors than ever and there is plenty to enjoy during the summer holidays, with free fun for all the family.

Since it re-opened in May after its major Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment, more than 5000 visitors have passed through the doors of Bridport Museum- double the number of people visiting over the same period last year.

The summer activities include free children’s trails. For the youngest visitors there are hidden ‘peep holes’ dotted around the displays that only reveal their secrets to those small enough to crouch down and explore them. For slightly older children aged from 8-12 there is a trail that involves decoding!

The trails are designed to be not just an accessible introduction to the museum’s collections but to be a fun and engaging wet weather activity for the school holidays.

Curator Emily Hicks says: “It’s been really exciting to watch families explore the museum. We are delighted that there is lots to keep everyone entertained this summer.

“There are new outfits to dress up in… if there’s a drawer, you can open it. There are lots of extra things to discover the harder you look. Tonnes of things can be touched- from football netting to ammonites.”

Regular activities include Crafty Crawlers, on Tuesday mornings from 10am,  a drop in session for pre-schoolers, craft demonstrations, a ‘Saturdads’ session once a month and regular craft demonstrations. There are historic guided walks on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer.

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