Half term at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood

Kids running in the gardens at Sudbury Hall

2018 was a year of big changes at Sudbury, with some exciting additions to our collection and a whole host of new activities and stories to explore. As we continue in to 2019 we can't wait to show you what we've got in store.

We don't stand still here at Sudbury and this year we feel like we're really gaining momentum. We're open more than ever before and we're hoping to get off to a flying start this February half term with all sorts of crafts, trails and activities planned.

Jump in to adventure

Pick up a half term trail from Museum reception and become a computer game character. Complete the challenges around the grounds and you might even earn yourself a sticker! It's a great way to explore the gardens and make the most of the great outdoors here at Sudbury. 

Explore the grounds and complete the trail
a little girl filling in a trail sheet
Explore the grounds and complete the trail

Get creative

If it's a bit chilly outside (or you just want the full Sudbury experience) join our learning team for some half term crafting in the Museum learning rooms. They'll be on hand to help you create your very own paper computer game craft, there's no need to book just drop in and see us. Please note that the learning rooms are located in the Museum, so admission fees apply to non National Trust members.

Let your imagination run wild!
A paper craft video game character
Let your imagination run wild!

Meet our latest arrivals

When you think of museum collections you tend to think of the past, well here at the Museum of Childhood we're collecting for the future with our HLF project Exploring Childhoods. See our Video Games Exhibit, created by a Derby University student or meet our new arrivals...

Our most exciting arrival of 2018
The arrival of the Sudbury Dalek in 2018
Our most exciting arrival of 2018

Explore the Hall

The Christmas decorations are down and we're open for the new season. Historically we've always been closed during the winter months for conservation and specialist cleaning. But we got some of the bigger jobs out of the way during our temporary closure last Autumn. Conservation is an every day job though, so you might just see some of our staff and volunteers doing their daily routine cleaning jobs and conservation during your visit, which in the past has been done behind closed doors.

Taking time to care for our collection
A conservation assistant winding a clock at Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire
Taking time to care for our collection

Get outdoors

If you've never explored Sudbury village why not grab a village map and head out and see if you can recognise some of the locations on the map still seen today. The village would once have housed the house staff, estate workers and their familes and is still largely owned by the Vernon family. 

village lodge at Sudbury Hall

Sudbury Village Walking Map

The Hall was once part of a much wider estate owned by the Vernon family and the village was the beating heart of it all. Purpose built by the family to house estate staff and their families and provide local amenities, some of which are still there today! Learn about the original purpose of buildings and have a lovely walk at the same time!