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Family Day: Summer Sundae!

Celebrate the start of summer with a British summertime-themed family day! Inspired by our Edward Bawden exhibition, take part in art-making activities, storytelling sessions, and theatrical performances, exploring your favourite summer pastimes.

Suitable for ages 4-12 and families. 

(Please note, if we have a truly British rainy summer day, the locations of workshops may change. For more details please ask a member of staff on the day.)

Linbury Room
Please note these are booked sessions, and you will need to sign up for your preferred time when you arrive.
Sign up for 11am-12pm, 1-2pm, 2.30-3.30pm or 4-5pm.

Travel through time with Freshwater Theatre Company and discover how seaside holidays have changed from 1910 to the present day. Prepare to go crabbing, compete in an egg-and-spoon race, and see the world change like Bawden did!

Sackler Centre
Drop-in 10am-5pm

Make the perfect seaside accessory – a patterned pinwheel! Taking inspiration from the patterns in Bawden’s paintings, create a memento to remember your day of fun in the sun.

Front Lawn
Drop-in 10am-5pm

Picnics aren’t just for eating! Try your hand at some watercolour painting, using a classic summer picnic as your muse.

Front Lawn
Please note these are booked sessions, and you will need to sign up for your preferred time when you arrive.
Sign up for 11.30am-12.10pm, 12.30-1.10pm, 2-2.40pm or 3-3.40pm.

Take a break in the shade and listen to stories about the summertime. Do you know what happened to the ice cream palace, the old and young crab, or the sea king’s daughter?

Gallery IV
Drop-in 10am-5pm

What is your favourite way to spend a summer day? Taking inspiration from Bawden’s pottery tiles of people at leisure, design your own tile of your favourite summer activity to add to a big patchwork of summer pastimes.

Gallery II
Drop-in 10am-5pm

Have you spotted the beach peepshow in our entrance hall? Come to Gallery II to build an even bigger seaside scene that will grow throughout the day. Build a bather, a beach ball or a bandstand!

- You can upgrade your tickets at the admissions desk if you’d like to see the Edward Bawden exhibition too.
- You are more than welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in our Gallery grounds. Refreshments will also be available at the Gallery Café, and the Gallery’s ice-cream stand.
- Fancy a bit of fun in the sun? Outdoor games will be available throughout the Gallery grounds for you to enjoy.

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Event details

Start date
5 August 2018
Activities only ticket: adult £8; senior citizens £7; Friends £6; children FREE. Activities and exhibition ticket: adults £16.50*; senior citizens £15.50*; concessions £8*; children free (*Ticket prices include voluntary Gift Aid donation)