Christmas at Tyne and Wear Museums: Full programme of festive events

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From elf train rides to craft workshops - there is something for everyone to enjoy this Christmas.

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums have unveiled a programme of activities for all of the family to enjoy this festive season.

From train rides to craft sessions, museums and other venues across the region have put together a full schedule of Christmas events, and are inviting families to get involved. 

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Keith Merrin, Director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, said: “We are extending a warm welcome to visitors this winter and inviting them to join our fun events and activities. Our venues are a great place to spend quality time with others during the festive season.” 

Check out the Christmas events schedule coming up this month: 

Crafty Kids Shipley Art Gallery Tuesday, December 12: 10am - 11.15am

Crafty Kids will be an event filled with creative activities, stories, songs, and plenty of fun! Families will discover artworks, explore the gallery and create their own masterpieces with a range of art materials. 

Crafty Kids is priced at £3 per child with an accompanying adult. To add another sibling, tickets are priced at an additional £2.

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Family Art Class: Stained glass windows

Shipley Art Gallery 

Saturday 16 December: 10.30am - 12pm

Guided by professional artists, children aged between 7 to 12-years-old will be able to create a colourful window hanging, with a festive theme at Family Art Class.

Tickets are priced at £4.50 per child, with an additional charge of £1 per accompanying adult.

Needle Felting Workshop: Christmas tree decorations Shipley Art Gallery Saturday 16 November: 10am  – 11.45am 

At the Needle Felting Workshop, you can create a needle felted snowman decoration, with the help of a friendly tutor. 

Tickets are priced at £18 per person.

Candlelit Tours Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort Saturday 16 December: 4.30pm and 5.30pm

Visitors to Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort will be able to participate in a Candlelit Tour. On the tour, visitors will learn about the history of the Romans and how they lit up their homes.

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Festive Floristry: Family Workshop Shipley Art Gallery

Saturday 16 December: 2pm -3.30pm 

Thursday 23 November; 10am – 12.30pm  

At the Festive Floristry workshop, families will be able to make their own floral arrangements. To add a festive twist, there will be the option to decorate the arrangement, using baubles, glitter, mini santa’s and more. 

Tickets are priced at £25 per child with an accompanying adult. An additional charge of £4 is applied for an additional adult.

Craft workshops are one of the many events taking place this festive season.Craft workshops are one of the many events taking place this festive season.
Craft workshops are one of the many events taking place this festive season. | Tyne and Wear Museums

The Elf Express Stephenson Steam Railway 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24 December

Ride the famous Elf Express this Christmas, with interactive performances, music, and plenty of photo opportunities! There will also be refreshments and a special gift from Santa Claus for every child. 

Tickets start from £16 per person.

Winter Warmers Stephenson Steam Railway 26, 30 & 31 December

Winter Warmers is a train ride, where visitors will explore the heritage train on a four-mile historic urban line. 

Tickets are priced at £5 per person. For more information and to book events, please visit the Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums website.

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