Den building, archery, gnomes and dragons at Avoncroft this summer

By Tristan Harris Wednesday 24 July 2013 Updated: 30/07 10:53

AT AVONCROFT Museum, youngsters will be able to build dens, have a go at archery and take part in a number of themed events.

Den building sessions, ideal for five to 12-year-olds, take place on the hour from 11am to 4pm between Tuesday (July 30) and Thursday (August 1).

Youngsters need to be accompanied by adults and sessions can take place indoors if the weather is bad.

The workshops will be run by Sandra Hill from The World Outside and children will be encouraged to use natural materials when they create their own secret hiding places.

Afterwards, children can make a patrin from twigs and leaves. Patrins are signposts tied to trees by Romany Gypsies to guide fellow travellers.

Usual admission prices apply, but donations are welcomed to cover the cost of materials.

For more, call 01527 831363.

Have a Go Archery with Stourbridge Archery Club takes place every Thursday throughout August. Extra charges apply and sessions will be held at 11am, 12midday, 1pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm.

Other themed weeks take place at Avoncroft from every Tuesday to Thursday next month.

Dragon Slayer week is being held between August 6 and 8. During that, youngsters can learn the skills they would need to fight a dragon and make a sword, shield and dragon on their way to becoming a knight's apprentice.

August 13 to 15 sees Gnome Week held at the venue. Those who go along will be able to discover the secret world of the Avoncroft Gnomes, listen to gnome storytelling and participate in gnome wars and arts of craft.

There will be swashbuckling fun during the museum's Pirate Adventure Days from August 20 to 22. Visitors should dress as a pirate and will be able to attend pirate training camp. Craft activities include making pirates hats, patches and boats.

Mud, Sticks and Bricks will be the order of the days between August 27 and 29 when building activity days are held. Those who go along can make their own brick, practise wattle and daub techniques and make their very own litle house to take home. Grubby good fun!

Bank holiday weekend - August 25 and 26 - will see plenty of family fun at a traditional Victorian Fair. Characters from the time include criminals and teachers who will teach a real Victorian school lesson. There will also be traditional funfair rides and games.

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