Join the Old Royal Naval College every Sunday for a range of family-friendly activities. From storytelling to creative-making sessions, messy play for the little ones and actors dressed in costume, there is something for everyone each week. Keep scrolling to find out what’s coming soon!
First Sunday Storytelling - Book Now
Come along Old Royal Naval College on First Sunday of each month and enjoy a reduced £5 adult entry of the Painted Hall. In addition to this, take part in an engaging and interactive storytelling session inspired by the amazing artwork in this spectacular space.
Times: Morning (11:30am-12 noon) and afternoon (1:30pm-2:00pm)
Suggested age: 5-10 years old
Price: Children go free. Parents will need to purchase a £5 Painted Hall entry ticket or use their annual pass. Advance booking is required.
5th November – Seasons to be Cheerful – Take part in songs and stories inspired by the seasons.
The normal First Sunday session planned for 3rd December will be held on 26th November due to the upcoming installation of Coalescence.
Come and take part in creative making sessions on the second Sunday of each month. Learn about the stories behind the buildings at the Old Royal Naval College and use a range of materials to make your own creations to take home.
Times: 11am – 4pm
Suggested age: 5+
12th November – Clay Creations – Can you make your own sea creature or coats of arms? Come and get hands-on and messy with this fun family clay activity that you can take home to decorate.
10th December – Celebration Decorations – Make a cracker or even a shiny cornucopia! Decorate in-style with this hands-on festive themed family activity.
* Drop-ins welcome. This event is free, but you will need to collect your free tickets from the information desk in the Visitor Centre on the day.
Early Years Messy Play
Join the Old Royal Naval College on the third Sunday of each month for a mix of sensory activities, sand and water play, construction, and creative fun for your little ones.
Times: Morning (10:00am – 11:30am) and afternoon (12:30pm – 2:00pm)
Suggested ages: 2-5 years old.
* Drop-ins welcome. This event is free, but you will need to collect your free tickets from the information desk in the Visitor Centre on the day. Due to the popularity of the Messy Play sessions, please be advised that places are limited. First come, first served.
Meet The Past
On the fourth Sunday of each month, come and meet someone from history. As you walk the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, a different actor in costume will be there each month to regale you with stories of the past.
Times: 11:00am – 3:30pm
Suggested ages: 5+
26th November – Samuel Pepys, diarist and naval administrator
Rescheduled for 1st January – Samuel Pepys, diarist and naval administrator
* This event is free, and there is no need to book in advance.
Each Sunday join in with family activities and explore the Museum's collection. Start a fantastic journey together led by an artist facilitator, who will introduce you to objects, people, histories and cultures represented within the National Maritime Museum's collection.
With a different creative activity each week, Discover Sundays will launch your family's exploration of the galleries!
* Suitable for all ages and abilities.
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- Free Entry
- Children welcome