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Free Family Events at Westminster Abbey this Summer

Westminster Abbey - Amy Murrell 2017

EXPLORE Westminster Abbey this summer with games, crafts and tours for families in the beautiful setting of College Garden. Brave the Knight School or have a go at using quills and ink to create an illuminated manuscript!

Places are free, but should be booked in advance by e-mailing families@westminster-abbey.org or calling 020 7654 4965.

All activities are suitable for children aged 5+ accompanied by an adult.

LISTINGS

MARVELLOUS MONARCHS – July 24 to July 26.

· Knight School – Tuesday, July 24 at 11am and 1pm.

Enrol in the annual Knight School with Squire Will. Try your hand at all the skills a young knight needs to defend the monarch – from swordsmanship to jousting! This popular session is for all brave and courageous children from across the realm.

· Family Tour – Wednesday, July 25 at 11am.

Hear the fascinating and funny tales of coronations through the centuries on this interactive tour of Westminster Abbey.

· Teen Tour – Wednesday, July 25 at 1.30pm.

Journey through the Abbey to explore how its thousand-year history reflects the reputation and identity of the UK today.

· Kings, Queens and Coronations – Thursday, July 26 at 11am and 1pm.

Visit the coronation church to hear about how kings and queens have been crowned there for hundreds of years. Help re-enact the coronation in the beautiful walled gardens, make a mini portrait keyring of your favourite king or queen, and take home a golden crown with you.

TOWER POWER – July 31 to August 2.

· Playful Spaces – Tuesday, July 31 at 11am and 1pm.

Calling all architects! Explore different construction methods to discover how the Abbey was built and then roll up your sleeves to build your own playful space in the gardens.

· Family Tour – Wednesday, August 1 at 11am.

Hear the fascinating and funny tales of coronations through the centuries on this interactive tour of Westminster Abbey.

· Teen Tour – Wednesday, August 1 at 1.30pm.

Journey through the Abbey to explore how its thousand-year history reflects the reputation and identity of the UK today.

· Secrets of the Stonemason – Thursday, August 2 at 11am and 1pm.

Find out how this amazing church was made and about the types of people who helped to build it. Learn about stonemasonry and have a go yourself with soap carving. Join in the paper tower building competition, and then make a beautiful mosaic tile to take home with you.

MEDIEVAL MONKS – August 7 to August 9.

· The Monk’s Garden – Tuesday, August 7 at 11am and 1pm.

Travel back in time to become a monk working the Abbey’s ancient garden. Use craft materials to help recreate the garden space as it would have once been. Plant paper petals and weave woollen wings for the bees of the monks’ hive to help the gardens really come alive.

· Family Tour – Wednesday, August 8 at 11am.

Walk in the footsteps of a medieval monk, play their games and learn their secret language on this interactive tour

· Teen Tour – Wednesday, August 8 at 1.30pm.

Journey through the Abbey to explore how its thousand-year history reflects the reputation and identity of the UK today.

· A Monk’s Life – Thursday, August 9 at 11am and 1pm.

Meet a monk from the past and hear about daily life in the medieval Abbey. Have a go at using quills and ink to create an illuminated manuscript. Find out about medieval medicines and see if you can survive the plague. Finally, discover what monks used to eat and make some gingerbread to take home.

FAMOUS FACES – August 14 to August 16.

· Garlands and Glory – Tuesday, August 14 at 11am and 1pm.

Over 3000 people are buried and commemorated in the Abbey. Choose your favourite – or someone you love – to memorialise in a wonderfully creative wreath.

· Family Tour – Wednesday, August 15 at 11am.

See how some of history’s most famous names are celebrated and remembered in Westminster Abbey. From kings and queens to unknown soldiers, find out why the Abbey really is a place to remember.

· Teen Tour – Wednesday, August 15 at 1.30pm.

Journey through the Abbey to explore how its thousand-year history reflects the reputation and identity of the UK today.

· Wigs and Windows – Thursday, August 16 at 11am and 1pm.

Find out how famous people are remembered at Westminster Abbey. Make a memorial stained glass window, and create your own coat of arms on a shield. Use props and face paint to become a real-life statue, and then take part in a treasure hunt to look for the famous scientists, explorers, and authors remembered there.