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Enjoy storytelling, living history and creative crafts this half term

Half term is nearly upon us! We will be hosting various creative and engaging activities at the Abbey for all the family on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd June. All activities are included in the price of general admission so you can explore the Abbey at your leisure. Under 18s go free for all of these events with adult tickets being priced at £8.

These activities coincide and take inspiration from our new exhibition with Northamptonshire Record Society:  Joan Wake the pioneer: her legacy and her passion.

Wednesday 1st June

We will be joined by Past Alive from 11am-4pm for an engaging, interactive living history experience. Handle a variety of 17th century everyday household items, talk with the Tate’s, and even try on clothing of the time!

We will also be joined by The Curator Educator for a paper-craft activity exploring memories on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd June, 11am-4pm. This activity is open to all ages and participants will make their own archive story by making a concertina sketchbook. You can choose to either create an archive based on your own life or on an imagined life ‘if you lived in Delapre’ (past or present).

How do I book? Both of these activities are drop-in. Just book a self-guided entry ticket for these dates and turn up between 11am and 4pm (last entry 3pm).

Thursday 2nd June

Take a trip through the past with Preacher The Storyteller for Library Time Machine: Tales of Time, a storytelling journey like no other.

How do I book? Choose from one of the timed sessions at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm or 3pm. Book here. Your ticket includes general admission and the activities with Past Alive and The Curator Educator.

Past Alive will be in the Abbey on Thursday as well from 11am-4pm. The paper-craft workshop with The Curator Educator will also take place on a drop-in basis on Thursday from 11am-4pm.

Once you have taken part in the activities you have chosen, we recommend exploring the Abbey and make sure not to miss our new exhibition all about Joan Wake’s life story and her fight to save Delapré Abbey from demolition.