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Tractors and tapestries part of Coventry fun for upcoming May half term

Coventry Editorial 18th May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

TRACTORS and tapestries will be part of the creative family fun at Coventry Museums for May half term.

From Saturday 28 May to Saturday 4 June, families are invited to join in with a variety of arty activities.

They include terrific tractor designing at Coventry Transport Museum; unravelling the art of yarn at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and exploring Roman school days at the Lunt Roman Fort.

Coventry Transport Museum in Millennium Place hosts a new temporary exhibition which celebrates Coventry’s link with tractors.

The Tractors: From Factory to Field exhibition features old and new technology, and children can design their own tractor with recycled materials in workshops in the Tractor Factory, open 10am until 4pm from Saturday May 28 to Saturday June 4 (excluding Sunday 29 May) and costs £3 per child. The workshops are suitable for ages 4 and over but all are welcome, entrance for under 2’s is free.

Children can also turn into pet detectives with the museum’s fun activity trail. The ‘Animal Trails’ are available every day throughout the half term.

At the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Earl Street, city centre, families can unravel the creative possibilities of yarn taking inspiration from artist Grayson Perry’s magnificent tapestries which are now exhibiting at the museum.

The Herbert says activities include paper plate weaving where families can design a beautiful piece of weave using coloured wools, beads and a paper plate as a mini loom; to yarn bowls where kids can sculpt a decorative bowl using yarn and glue. Activities cost £2 per child are suitable for ages 4 and above but all are welcome, from 10.30am until 3.30pm.

Meanwhile, the Lunt Roman Fort in Baginton will be open for families to discover what life was life in Roman school days, where you can also learn about the instruments used by the Romans to help them with their numbers. From Tuesday 31 May to Friday 3 June families can design a colourful abacus with beads and help solve the mystery of the Roman numerals. All activities at the Lunt Fort are free but an entry fee to the site still applies.

Melanie Corner, Learning Officer for families at Culture Coventry, said: “We are excited to host a variety of creative family activities in May half term which are inspired by our new exhibitions.”


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