A week of witchcraft and wizardry – 27th to 31st October 2015

Some of our museums are offering lessons with a difference this October half-term – they will be teaching youngsters all about witchcraft and wizardry in a week of activities for Halloween inspired by everyone’s favourite young wizard.

Youngsters will be able to write spells, make potions and get the right look with hats, capes, wands and broomsticks – there will even be owls!

There will be different activities at different museums and those who have their attendance card stamped at all three wizard school classes through the week will be able to graduate as witches or wizards.

Join the Ministry of Magic

The first event in the ‘Week of Witchcraft and Wizardry’ is at Bagshaw Museum, Wilton Park, Batley, on Tuesday 27th October 2015 from 12noon to 4pm. Children can make hats and capes and design a house crest for their capes. They will also be able to take photos with the museum’s very own owl exhibit, Snowy.

On Wednesday 28th October 2015, the wizard school moves to Oakwell Hall in Birstall where children can learn about herbs & make a herb bag, create their own wand and make a mini broomstick in the Barn in the Visitor Centre. There will be two sessions, 10am to 12 noon and 1pm to 3pm.

Then on Thursday 29th October 2015, between 12 noon and 4pm, aspiring wizards and witches can complete their training by making spells and potions at Dewsbury Museum in Crow Nest Park, Dewsbury. They will also be able to make creepy bug bracelets and decorate spooky buns. Those who have made the grade will be able to collect a witch or wizard graduation certificate.

There is a charge of £1 per child per session at all the museums.

Owl’s about that!

Red House museum in Gomersal will also be having an owl theme throughout the week. During ‘Owls About That!’ children can craft their own owl and try quill pen writing. You can also have a go at the parcel quiz in the house from Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th October 2015. The activities are free but normal admission prices will apply.

If you attend Red House On Saturday 31st October 2015, you will have the opportunity to see live owls in the garden of the museum on Oxford Road from 1pm to 4.30pm. There will be flying demonstrations at 2pm and 4pm. This event, supported by the Friends of Red House, is free.

More info

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