There’s plenty on offer at Saffron Walden Museum this October Half Term

PUBLISHED: 09:46 22 October 2010

SAFFRON Walden Museum is offering an exciting mix of chalk and fossils, earth and fire, pencils, pastels and potter’s clay in a series of activities for all ages during October half term.

Starting this Saturday, ‘Chalk in the East’ will feature geology and art activities based on the chalk, clunch, flint and fossils found in the Essex and Cambridgeshire landscape.

On Tuesday ‘Earth, Fire and Curfew’ will explore how people in the past produced and controlled fire, with the chance to make a model ‘curfew’ from clay. This workshop is suitable for adults and children over seven years and numbers are limited. Ring the museum (01799) 510333 to book places; there is a charge of £1 to cover materials.

‘The Big Draw’ returns on Wednesday and Thursday with drawing games for budding artists. Use your hands and eyes to make your own masterpieces with pencils and pastels.

‘Museum Minis’ sessions continue on Thursday November 4 from 1.30-3pm with activities and stories for pre-school children and their parents and carers.

And the special exhibition ‘A Handful of Potters’ runs until November 7 with stunning contemporary ceramics for sale, made by six of East Anglia’s finest potters: Alan Foxley, Colin Saunders, Ray Auker, Tony Pugh, Juliet Gorman and Jeremy Nichols.

The usual entrance charges apply: adults £1.50; discounts 75p; children free. Annual season tickets £5 and £2.50. Children MUST bring an adult.

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