Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum offers 40 free summer activities for youngsters

PUBLISHED: 11:22 21 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:19 10 June 2010

Monday, July 21: EXETER'S Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) is holding a host of free family activities from 24 July to 29 August to entertain youngsters over the summer holiday period.

EXETER'S Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) is holding a host of free family activities from 24 July to 29 August to entertain youngsters over the summer holiday period.

Some 40 events have been planned and will be held at venues in the city including RAMM in the library, St Nicholas Priory, the Chapter House at Exeter Cathedral and Exeter's Underground Passages.

RAMM is also taking its special activity marquee to all council play days and Fun4Free events in Exeter's parks and open spaces.

Free RAMM Family Day at the Priory: Tudor Games

Thursday July 24, 10.30am to12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm

St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL

Have a go at lots of games. Play nine pins, shovel board or find out what the old skipping rhymes really meant. For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

Free RAMM Family Day at the Priory: Costume Promenade

Fri July 25, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm

St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL

This old building has seen people dressed in many different ways - come and try on the museum's collection of replica costume or make your own costume doll. For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

RAMM at Fun4Free Event: Creating Castles

Fri July 25, 1 to 4pm

Lakeside Valley Park, Exeter

Information: Clare Saunders (01392) 665309

Come and join in RAMM's family activities at this Fun4Free event.

Free Family Day at RAMM in the library: Meet a Roman soldier

Mon July 28, 11am to 1pm and 2 to 4pm

Exeter Central Library, Castle Street EX4 3PQ

Find out about Roman roads and buildings. For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

Free RAMM Family Day at Exeter Cathedral: Time Capsules

Monday July 28, 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 4pm

Chapter House, Exeter Cathedral

Help to decorate our amazing RAMM Time Machine with scenes and objects from the past and make your own mini time machine. Where and when will you travel to? For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

Free RAMM Family Day at Exeter Cathedral: Treasure Maps

Tuesday July 29, 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 4pm

Chapter House, Exeter Cathedral

What treasure could be found under RAMM whilst it is being developed? Make your own treasure chest and Map. For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

Free RAMM Family Day at Exeter Cathedral: Victorian Picnic

Wednesday July 30, 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm

Chapter House, Exeter Cathedral

Come and join us playing Victorian games in a Victorian family day outside on the grass (inside if wet). Bring your own picnic, some picnic items will be on sale in the Cathedral refectory. For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

Free RAMM Family Day at Exeter Cathedral: Dead and Buried

Thursday July 31, 10-30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm

The Chapter House, Exeter Cathedral

Explore different burial rituals from other cultures. Send a Viking to Valhalla in a funeral ship, investigate mummification and chambered long barrows. Mummification activities take place hourly (10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm). For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

Free RAMM Family Day at the Priory: Culpepper's Herbal

Friday August 1, 10-30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm

St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL

Herbs were, and still are, important for health and cookery. The old Herbals were beautifully illustrated and informative. Make your own book about herbs. For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

RAMM at Fun4Free Event: Creating Castles

Friday August 1, 1 to 4pm

Clyst Heath Park, Exeter

Clare Saunders (01392) 665309

Come and join in RAMM's family activities at this Fun4Free event.

Free Family Day at RAMM in the Library: Meet a Roman soldier

Monday August 4, 11am to 1pm and 2 to 4pm

Exeter Central Library, Castle Street EX4 3PQ

Find out about Roman Food. For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

Free Family Day at RAMM in the Library: Amazing Armadillos

Tuesday August 5, 10.30am to 3.30pm

Exeter Central Library, Castle Street EX4 3PQ

From Amazing Armadillos to Wonderful Whales. Make beautiful collaged creatures inspired by skeletons, fossils and pottery on display. For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty!

Free RAMM Family Day at Exeter Cathedral: Mini Bugs

Tuesday August 5, 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 4pm

Chapter House, Exeter Cathedral

Make mini beasts to take home with you. For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

RAMM joins National Play Day: Risks of the Past

Wednesday August 6, noon to 4pm

St Thomas Pleasure Ground

Information: Clare Saunders (01392) 665309

Join in RAMM's Tudor family activities at this National Play Day. Try our plague make-up, make posies to ward off disease - even make your own rat! For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

Free Family Day at RAMM in the Library: Magic of Maps

Thursday August 7, 10.30am 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm

Exeter Central Library, Castle Street EX4 3PQ

Inspired by beautifully decorated old maps, make your own maps of journeys or places. For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

Free Family Day at RAMM in the Library: Stories from the Earth

Friday August 8, 10.30-12.30, 1.30-3.30

Exeter Central Library, Castle Street EX4 3PQ

Listen to stories from the rocks beneath our feet, tales as old and wonderful as the earth. Handle geological specimens and explore their history. For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

Free RAMM Family Day at the Priory: Living History Weekend

Saturday August 9 and Sunday August 10, 10am to 4pm

St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL

Meet the Hurst household at work in 1602 as recreated by the History Re-enactment Workshop. Household activities are based on the real family who lived here at the time. You will find Nicholas Hurst drafting his will while his family makes medicines and food in the kitchen and discuss local news and events. Make sure you're here for 2pm when the family sit down to eat their lunch cooked during the morning in the Priory's kitchen.

British Sign Language interpretation is available between 12.30 and 2.30pm on Saturday. Email kate.osborne@exeter.gov.uk to book a place.

Free Family Day at RAMM in the Library: Meet a Roman soldier

Mon August 11, 11am to 1pm and 2 to 4pm

Exeter Central Library, Castle Street EX4 3PQ

Find out more about Roman money and trade. For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

Free Family Day at RAMM in the Library: Music, Movement and Storytelling

Tuesday August 12, Under fives (10 to 11am), five to eight year olds (11.15am to 12.45pm), nine years plus (1.30 to 3 pm)

Exeter Central Library, Castle Street EX4 3PQ

Interactive music, movement and storytelling using RAMM exhibits as our starting point. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

Free RAMM Family Day at the Priory: O Brave New World

Wednesday August 13, 10.30 to 11.25am, 11.30am to 12.25pm, 1.30 to 2.25pm and 2.30 to 3.25pm.

St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL

Free Tickets from RAMM in the Library, (01392) 665858

A learned doctor returns to Exeter from travelling and studying in Italy in the 1600s. Come and participate in the new ideas and science he has learnt from the great Galileo and others. For children six years and above.

Free RAMM Family Day at the Priory: Stars, Sea and Sextants

Thursday August 14, 10.30 to 11.25am, 11.30am to 12.25pm, 1.30 to 2.25pm and 2.30 to 3.25pm.

St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL

Free Tickets from RAMM in the Library, (01392) 665858.

A Merchant Adventurer of the late Tudor period is explaining to his fellow Exeter citizens the wonderful new navigational aids and technical advances that have made sailing to the 'Newfound Land' a serious commercial proposition. Be part of the adventure! For children of six years and above.

Free RAMM Family Day at the Priory: Traveller's Tales

Friday August 15, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm

St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL

The Devon sea captain, Sir Francis Drake, circumnavigated the Globe in 1580. Where did he go? What did he see? Where were the Spice Islands? Come and take part in activities exploring the expanding world of Tudor seafarers. For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

RAMM at Fun4Free Event: Creating Castles

Friday August 15, 1 to 4pm

Wonford Park

Clare Saunders (01392) 665309

Join in RAMM's family activities at this Fun4Free day and make your own armour to take home.

Free RAMM Family Day at Exeter Cathedral: Animal Footprints

Monday August 18, 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 4pm

Chapter House, Exeter Cathedral

Animals have left the museum....With printmakers from Double Elephant, create your own animal paw prints inspired by RAMM's natural history collection. For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

Free Family Day at RAMM in the Library: Meet a Roman soldier

Monday August 18, 11am to 1pm and 2 to 4pm

Exeter Central Library, Castle Street EX4 3PQ

Find out more about Devon - the outpost of the Roman Empire. For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

Free Family Day at RAMM in the Library: Music, Movement and Storytelling

Tuesday August 19, Under fives (10 to 11am), five to eight year olds (11.15am to 12.45pm), nine years plus (1.30 to 3 pm)

Exeter Central Library, Castle Street EX4 3PQ

Interactive music, movement and storytelling using RAMM exhibits as our starting point. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

Free RAMM Family Day in the Underground Passages: Plagues of Rats

Tuesday August 19, 9.30am to noon

Underground Passages

Only 20 places - secure your place in advance on (01392) 665309 or email clare.saunders@exeter.gov.uk

Explore Exeter's underground passages and make a rat to take home. For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty!

Free RAMM Family Day at Exeter Cathedral: Underneath the Arches

Wednesday August 20, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm

Chapter House, Exeter Cathedral

Come and create works of art inspired by the centuries of history and art enclosed by the Cathedral's great arches. For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

Free RAMM Family Day at Exeter Cathedral: Faces in the Stone

Thursday August 21, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm

Chapter House, Exeter Cathedral

The Cathedral is full of faces; gargoyles, monuments and decoration, come and make your own out of clay. For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

Free RAMM Family Day at Exeter Cathedral: Lion Rampant

Friday August 22, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm

Chapter House, Exeter Cathedral

Make animal collages inspired by the animals in the nooks and crannies in the Cathedral. For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight8 must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

RAMM joins Fun4Free Event: Creating Castles

Friday August 22, 1 to 4pm

Exwick Park

Clare Saunders (01392) 665309

Join in RAMM's family activities at this Fun4free event and have fun making armour to take home. For all ages. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

Free Family Day at RAMM in the Library: Music, Movement and Storytelling

Tuesday August 26, Under fivess (10 to 11am), five to eight year olds (11.15am to 12.45pm), nine years plus (1.30 to 3 pm)

Exeter Central Library, Castle Street EX4 3PQ

Interactive music, movement and storytelling using RAMM exhibits as our starting point. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty!

Free RAMM Family Day in the Underground Passages: Plagues of Rats

Tuesday August 26, 9.30am to noon

Underground Passages

Only 20 places - secure your place in advance on (01392) 665309 or email clare.saunders@exeter.gov.uk

Explore Exeter's underground passages and make a rat to take home. For all ages. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty!

Free RAMM Drama Day at the Priory: A Wild Night Out

Wednesday August 27 10am to 5pm

St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL

For children over eight who enjoy acting. Only 18 places - book your place with a £5 refundable deposit at RAMM in the Library (01392) 665858.

A special day exploring Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Children need to bring a packed lunch and soft shoes. Adults return for a performance at 4pm.

Free RAMM Family Day at the Priory: All's well that ends well

Thursday August 28, 10.30 to 11.25am, 11.30am to 12.25pm, 1.30 to 2.25pm and 2.30 to 3.25pm.

St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL

Free Tickets from RAMM in the Library, 01392 665858.

Active story telling and story creation around Shakespeare's favourite tales. For all ages. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult.

Free RAMM Family Day at the Priory: Music of the Spheres

Friday August 29, 10.30 to 11.25am, 11.30am to 12.25pm, 1.30 to 2.25pm and 2.30 to 3.25pm.

St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3BL

Free Tickets from RAMM in the Library, (01392) 665858.

Listen to Tudor instruments and join in music making and dances from the period. For all ages. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

RAMM at Fun4Free Event: Creating Castles

Friday August 29, 1 to 4pm

Arena Park

Information: Clare Saunders (01392) 665309

Join in RAMM's family activities at this Fun4Free event.

Free Family Story Day at RAMM in the Library

Saturday September 27, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm

Exeter Central Library, Castle Street EX4 3PQ

Listen to stories about World War II and read some for yourself. Handle real and replica wartime items. Part of the National Year of Reading. No need to book, just call in. All children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities are messy so do wear clothes that can get dirty.

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