Summer of Play at Avebury 2019

Children at sandpit

Once school's out for Summer and the holidays begin (27 July) we have something going on every day at Avebury for your little adventurers. They can take part in an archaeology afternoon or curate their own museum, they can get involved in 50 things Friday or join in with a children's yoga session.

Summer of play

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Teddy bear adventures

Did you know that even as an adult, Alexander Keiller owned teddy bears?  Keiller was the archaeologist who excavated at Avebury in the twentieth century.  Throughout the summer holidays pick up a Teddy Bear Discovery Trail (£1) from the Alexander Keiller Museum Barn reception and have fun exploring Avebury with your favourite teddy.

Why not post a photo of your teddy to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #TeddyAtAvebury?  If you have the best dressed teddy you will be in with a chance of winning a Charlie Bear and hamper.  Teddy At Avebury terms and conditions (PDF / 0.3984375MB) download .

For the summer holidays only, bring your teddy along to the Nationa Trust shop at Avebury and receive a 15% discount on all children's books and toys.  If you fancy a treat there is also teddy bear shaped shortbread from the cafe.

Family adventure booklets

You can pick up a family booklet from the trailer in the car park or from the Alexander Keiller Museum Barn reception.  Have fun exploring Avebury with spotter guides and activities. Charge £1 per booklet.

Music and song

29 Jul and 26 Aug, at 1.30 and 2.30pm, free with entry to Avebury Manor

Join in with a frog-themed rhyme time in the Church Garden, and discover some new musical instruments. Suitable for babies and younger children.

Children's yoga at Avebury
Family doing yoga
Children's yoga at Avebury

Children's yoga

 5, 12 and 19 Aug, between 1.30-3.30pm, free with entry to Avebury Manor

Join in with one of the free, drop-in yoga sessions for children. Parents can get involved too! Have fun burning off some energy, trying out yoga animal shapes and experimenting with some balancing. Suitable for 4-13 year olds.  25 minute sessions on the hour and half past the hour, last one at 3pm.

Archaeology afternoons

30 July, 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29 Aug, 1-4pm, free with entry to the museum

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an archaeologist? You can have a go at uncovering a replica Beaker burial and West Kennet Long Barrow burial. A great hands-on way to learn about Avebury.  Activities are by timed tickets - get yours at the barn reception. Most suitable for ages 6 - 11 years.

Curate your own museum

31 Jul, 7, 14, 21 & 28 Aug, 1-4pm, free with entry to the museum

Curate your own miniature museum display, using objects we’ve found or something you’ve brought along with you. Decide how to display these objects and what you’d like to say about them. Activities are by timed tickets - get yours at the barn reception. Suitable for ages 6 - 11 years.

Fifty things in the garden

2 Aug, 11am-4pm, free with entry to Avebury Manor

Children can join the garden team to discover more about the natural world around them and tick off one of their '50 things to do before you're 11¾'.  Activities will include 'set up a snail race', 'help a plant grow' and 'watch a bird'.  

50 Things to do before you're 11¾
Children concentrating
50 Things to do before you're 11¾

Fifty things Fridays

9, 16, 23 & 30 Aug, 11am-4pm, free in the Old Farmyard

Make something special and discover more about the natural world around us. Children can tick off one of their '50 things to do before you're 11¾' with different activities available each Friday, including 'make a home for wildlife', 'create some wild art' or 'make friends with a bug'.  (Some activities have a small charge).

Join in with a teddy bear themed story hour

Avebury Manor garden, 27 & 28 Jul, 10, 11, 17,18, 24, 25, 31 Aug, 1 Sep, 12.30-1.30pm, free with entry.

Bring along your favourite teddy bear and your sandwiches to Avebury Manor where you can relax in the Church Garden with picnic blankets and games, while you listen to the teddy bear themed story hour. Suitable for babies and younger children.