Family fun days this summer at Charles Dickens Museum


This summer, the Charles Dickens Museum is pulling out all the stops to ensure that families taking London getaways together will not be stumped for ideas of things to do, with a fantastic programme of events aimed at younger ones and their parents. 

Next week on July 30th, craft specialist Claire Driver will be giving people the opportunity to be transported to the literary genius' favourite holiday destination, Broadstairs – a coastal town in east Kent. Kids will also be given the chance to create their very own Victorian postcard – just like Charles Dickens himself might have sent when going on his holidays!

A week later on August 6th, 'Printing and Bookmaking' will see artist Ella Phillips from the October gallery teach attendees about how beautiful book covers are made.

For those with children who fancy themselves as quite the kitchen whizz, 'Mrs Dickens' Kitchen' on August 13th will teach them how to make butter using an authentic Victorian recipe and churn, just like cooks would have done back in the day.

As for parents whose kids are into things a bit more devilish and ghouly than cooking, 'Monster Soup!' hosted by Kew Bridge Steam Museum on August 27th may be more up their street, as they will be given the chance to learn about the monsters and horrors that lived in the Thames during Charles Dickens' lifetime. They will use their imaginations to conjure up ghastly underwater creatures and learn how Victorians were able to make the filthy water drinkable.

Aside from this exciting programme of events, the museum itself makes for a great family day out. If you want to see more of the city, then a Dickensian walk hosted by the venue around the streets of London could be the perfect way to spend the morning or afternoon. Tours set off every Wednesday at 11:00am and 5:15pm. Attendees will even be given the chance to visit the writer's favourite drinking hole in the city.