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Wycombe Museum has a packed calendar of hands-on activities, excitement and learning for all the family.

You can download a listing of our activities and events leaflet or scroll down the page to see what's on.

Wycombe Leisure Card (WLC) - where this appears, a ten per cent discount is available on production of a valid WLC at the time of booking.

Events diary

April

25 - Tiny Talk Time - How Does Your Garden Grow?
27 - Wycombe Arts Festival Celebrates 50 Years

May

3 - Photographs, Not Snaps - A course for Digital SLR cameras - a 4 week course
6 - Art Club - Summer Term - a 7 week course
9 - Tiny Talk Time - Little Red Hen
10 - Archaeological Finds Identification
11 - Women in the Great War
23 - Tiny Talk Time - Rub-a-dub-dub!
25 - Go Wild about Nature Club
27 & 29 - Holiday Fun - Sizzling Suncatchers

June

12 - First Landing
13 - Tiny Talk Time - Faster, Faster, Nice and Slow
14 - 22 - Bucks Open Studios
22 - WW1 Cemetery Tour
27 - Tiny Talk Time - Old MacDonald's farm
29 - Go Wild about Nature Club

July

2 - Beers, Bevvies and Brewing
6 - Bucks in The Great War
11 - Tiny Talk Time - Funny Faces
26 & 27 - Basket Making Course - 2 days
29 & 31 - Flicker & a Flash Robots!

August

3 - Unveiling of Commemorative Paving Stone
5 & 7 - Bug Eyed Beasts Hand Puppets
8 - Bugs, Birds and Bats
9 - Archaeological Finds Identification
12 & 14 - Funny Faces in Clay
19 & 21 - Mosaic Madness
26 & 28 - In a Flap
30 - The Great War Centenary Event

September

12 - Tiny Talk Time - We're Going on a Bear Hunt
26 - Tiny Talk Time - Elmer

Event details

April

Tiny Talk Time: How Does Your Garden Grow?

The morning sessions are repeated in the afternoon

Date: 25 April
Time: 10.30 to 11.30am and 1.15 to 2.15pm
Cost: £2 per child to be paid in advance with the booking. Sorry no refunds.
Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: Under 5s

Please book as there are limited places.
A special time at Wycombe Museum for the under fives. Enjoy stories, trails and craft activities, inspired by the Museum collection and gardens. Not run during the school holidays. Children to be accompanied by an adult.

Wycombe Arts Festival Celebrates 50 Years

Date: 27 April
Time: 2 - 4.30pm
Cost: FREE
Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: For All

Join us for an afternoon of entertainment from a selection of performers from this year's festival to celebrate Wycombe Arts Festival in its fiftieth year! Programme to include Fourways Theatre Company, Chiltern Camerata and more! Refreshments available.


May

Photographs, Not Snaps - A course for Digital SLR cameras

Date: Saturday 3, 10, 17 and 24 May (4 week course)
Time: 9.30 to 12.30
Cost: £60

Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: Adults
(12 places only)

This popular four week course, led by members of Wycombe Photographic Society, will help you get to know your Digital SLR camera and learn various techniques to produce quality images. The sessions will introduce you to landscape, portrait and close-up photography. This is a practical, taught course and you will need your own Digital SLR camera.

Please book on 01494 421895

Art Club - Summer Term

Date: Tuesday 6, 13, 20 May, 3, 10, 24 June and 1 July
Time: 3.45 - 5pm
Cost: £42

Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: Age 6 -11

Please book as there are limited places - 01494 421895 or in person at Wycombe Museum.

Art Club is back for more creative adventures! Join Carol and Jenny for this seven week course, featuring a different art technique each week, using the Museum's exhibitions, architecture and collections as inspiration. Lots of hands-on fun!
For information contact:carol.wright@wycombe.gov.uk

Tiny Talk Time: Little Red Hen

The morning sessions are repeated in the afternoon

Date: 9 May
Time: 10.30 to 11.30am and 1.15 to 2.15pm
Cost: £2 per child to be paid in advance with the booking. Sorry no refunds.
Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: Under 5s

Please book as there are limited places.
A special time at Wycombe Museum for the under fives. Enjoy stories, trails and craft activities, inspired by the Museum collection and gardens. Not run during the school holidays. Children to be accompanied by an adult.

Archaeological Finds Identification

Date: 10 May
Time: 2 -4pm
Cost: FREE
Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: For All

Every year thousands of objects are found by members of the public. Ros Tyrell will identify your finds and record them on the Portable Antiquities website.

History Wardrobe presents: Women in the Great War

Date: 11 May
Time: 2.30 - 4.30
Venue: Main Hall, Wycombe High School, Marlow Road, High Wycombe, HP11 1TB
Suitable for: All
Cost: £6

Please book at the Museum on 01494 421895

Wycombe Museum is delighted to host a moving and amusing costume-in-context presentation by The History Wardrobe - highlighting the catastrophic impact of World War One on the lives of millions, both on and off the battlefield. This extraordinary times of social upheaval, new opportunities and freedoms for many women are explored through a unique display of costumes, anecdotes and stories. Don't miss this entertaining and well researched presentation from the highly regarded Yorkshire based company.

Tiny Talk Time: Rub-a-dub-dub!

The morning sessions are repeated in the afternoon

Date: 23 May
Time: 10.30 to 11.30am and 1.15 to 2.15pm
Cost: £2 per child to be paid in advance with the booking. Sorry no refunds.
Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: Under 5s

Please book as there are limited places.
A special time at Wycombe Museum for the under fives. Enjoy stories, trails and craft activities, inspired by the Museum collection and gardens. Not run during the school holidays. Children to be accompanied by an adult.

NEW - WW1 Code breakers Trail

From 24 May - £1.50
Age: 5+

Go Wild about Nature Club

Date: 25 May
Time: 2.30 - 4pm
Cost: £4

Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: Age 6+

Join in the fun and go wild about nature with different activities each month including crafts, investigations and discoveries

Please Book on 01494 421895

Holiday Fun - Sizzling Suncatchers

Date: Tuesday 27 & Thursday 29 May
Venue: Wycombe Museum

Sessions start at 10.30, 11.30, 1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm
By timed ticket on the day (places are limited). children to be accompanied by an adult

Cost: £2.50

Create your own dazzling and twirling suncatcher to capture the sun and banish the rain!


June

First Landing - the first arrival of aircraft on the Halton Estate talk by Francis Howard

Date: 12 June
Time:
7 - 8pm
Cost: £4
Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: Over 16+

In 1913 the annual army manoeuvres was staged in Buckinghamshire and 3 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps spent 3 days encamped at and flying from Mr Rothchild's Halton estate. Join Francis Hanford to discover the reasons for this, the story of what happened, the lessons learnt and their relevance to WW1.

Please book on 01494 421895

Tiny Talk Time: Faster, Faster, Nice and Slow

The morning sessions are repeated in the afternoon

Date: 13 June
Time: 10.30 to 11.30am and 1.15 to 2.15pm
Cost: £2 per child to be paid in advance with the booking. Sorry no refunds.
Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: Under 5s

Please book as there are limited places.
A special time at Wycombe Museum for the under fives. Enjoy stories, trails and craft activities, inspired by the Museum collection and gardens. Not run during the school holidays. Children to be accompanied by an adult.

Bucks Open Studios at the Museum

Date: 14 June - 22 June
Cost: FREE
Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: All

Bucks Open Studios is the largest visual arts event in the county. Over 500 artists and makers are opening their studios and exhibiting in over 200 different venues across Buckinghamshire. Wycombe Museum is one of those venues.
Bucks Open Studios at Wycombe Museum starts Saturday 14 June and finishes Sunday 22 June. Six artists are exhibiting over the 9 days in the Learning Room and the Laundry Room. On Saturday 14 June, and Sunday 15 June From the Box Tree group of 3 artists will exhibit their work made from box wood, including musical instruments, and landscape photography. From Monday 16 June, three other artists will present their photography and fine art.

Saturday June 14

Chilterns Box Woodland Project group: Photography Chris Smith; Wood-working Eric Hoeprich; Wood-working Stuart King
Time: 10am - 5pm

Sunday June 15

Chilterns Box Woodland Project group: Photography Chris Smith; Wood-working Eric Hoeprich; Wood-working Stuart King.
Photography Eddie Gosney
Time: 11am - 5pm

Discover art inspired by the mysterious box tree of the Chilterns. Beautiful objects crafted from boxwood, including musical instruments, alongside still life and landscape photography. Follow the interactive trail and meet artists to learn processes and history.

Monday June 16 - Sunday 22 June

Fine Artist Robert Stuart
Photography Doug Kennedy
Photography Eddie Gosney
Time: 10am - 5pm Mon - Sat & 2 - 5pm on Sunday

Contact: 01494 421895

WWI Cemetery Tour by Sally Scagell and pupils from John Hampden School

Date: 22 June
Time: Tours at 2.30, 3pm & 3.30pm
Cost: £4 - this includes a donation to the British Legion
Venue:
High Wycombe Cemetery - Please meet at the Cemetery Gates
Suitable for: over 14+

Discover the stories beyond the graves of a lost generation - through a costumed tour of the cemetery. Researched and presented by local historian Sally Scagell and pupils from John Hampden School. Support this original and informative educational project and book your place on a tour. Wear suitable footwear and wet weather clothing if needed.

An introductory talk will be given at the above times.

Please book on 01494 421895

Tiny Talk Time: Old MacDonald's Farm

The morning sessions are repeated in the afternoon

Date: 27 June
Time: 10.30 to 11.30am and 1.15 to 2.15pm
Cost: £2 per child to be paid in advance with the booking. Sorry no refunds.
Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: Under 5s

Please book as there are limited places.
A special time at Wycombe Museum for the under fives. Enjoy stories, trails and craft activities, inspired by the Museum collection and gardens. Not run during the school holidays. Children to be accompanied by an adult.

Go Wild about Nature Club

Date: 29 June
Time: 2.30 - 4pm
Cost: £4

Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: Age 6+

Join in the fun and go wild about nature with different activities each month including crafts, investigations and discoveries


July

Beers, Bevvies and Brewing

Date: 2 July
Time: 7.30 - 9.30pm
Cost: £9.50
Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: 18+

Taste locally brewed beers from Rebellion, Malt and Chiltern breweries plus locally made English wines and cheeses. The evening will include a short talk on the history of brewing in Wycombe District by Museum Curator, Catherine Grigg, and tastings led by Keith Knight from Chiltern Brewery. Please leave your car at home. This is an adult only event.

Please book in advance as places are limited.

Bucks in the Great War - a talk by Ian Beckett

Date: 6 July
Time: 2.30 - 4pm
Cost: £4
Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: over 16

Professor Ian Beckett, University of Kent and Bucks Military Museum Trust, will give a talk on the military in Bucks, the impact of war on society and the legacies.

Tiny Talk Time: Funny Faces

The morning sessions are repeated in the afternoon

Date: 11 July
Time: 10.30 to 11.30am and 1.15 to 2.15pm
Cost: £2 per child to be paid in advance with the booking. Sorry no refunds.
Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: Under 5s

Please book as there are limited places.
A special time at Wycombe Museum for the under fives. Enjoy stories, trails and craft activities, inspired by the Museum collection and gardens. Not run during the school holidays. Children to be accompanied by an adult.

Basket Making weekend course

Date: 26 & 27July
Time: 10 - 4.30 on Sat, 1 - 4pm on Sunday
Cost: £52. WLC discount available
Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: Adults (12 places only). Please book to avoid disappointment

Join Christine Brewster, contemporary basket maker, for this popular 2 day workshop and make your own traditional English willow basket that you can use in the years to come. No previous experience required. All materials included. Tea and coffee provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Summer Holiday Activities

Date: Tuesday & Thursday throughout August
Venue: Wycombe Museum

Sessions start at 10.30, 11.30, 1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm
By timed ticket on the day (places are limited). children to be accompanied by an adult

Cost: £2.50

Flicker and Flash Robots!
29 & 31 July

explore electric circuits and make a flashing robot.


August

Summer Holiday Activities

Date: Tuesday & Thursday throughout August
Venue: Wycombe Museum

Sessions start at 10.30, 11.30, 1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm
By timed ticket on the day (places are limited). children to be accompanied by an adult

Cost: £2.50

Bug Eyed Beast Hand Puppets
5 and 7 August

Create your own amazing hand puppet with moving mouth. Grrr!

Funny Faces in Clay
12 and 14 August

Get busy with clay and model some funny faces in clay.

Mosaic Madness
19 and 21 August

Design a fab coaster using glass mosaic tiles.

In a Flap!
26 and 28 August

Make a large, animated bird with flapping wings.

Bugs, Birds and Bats!

Date: 8 August
Time: 1 - 4pm
Cost: FREE
Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: All

Join our annual Big Summer Bug Hunt in the Museum Grounds. Meet members of RSPB for activities and information on birds and discover more about bats with North Bucks Bat Group. Free craft activities and lots of fun!

Archaeological Finds Identification

Date: 9 August
Time: 2 -4pm
Cost: FREE
Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: For All

Every year thousands of objects are found by members of the public. Ros Tyrell will identify your finds and record them on the Portable Antiquities website.

The Great War Centenary Event

Date: 30 August
Time: 11am - 4pm
Cost: FREE
Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: All

Join us for a special event in the Museum and Gardens to commemorate the start of WW1. Visit the 'recruitment stand' and learn some 'drill' with historical interpreters. Explore the grounds with a periscope. Meet members of the Western Front Association and view a display of personal artefacts and documents, including trench art. Discover more in the Museum's 'World War One Wycombe' exhibition and experience wartime songs and entertainment from The LuLaLas.


September

Tiny Talk Time: We're Going on a Bear Hunt

The morning sessions are repeated in the afternoon

Date: 12 September
Time: 10.30 to 11.30am and 1.15 to 2.15pm
Cost: £2 per child to be paid in advance with the booking. Sorry no refunds.
Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: Under 5s

Please book as there are limited places.
A special time at Wycombe Museum for the under fives. Enjoy stories, trails and craft activities, inspired by the Museum collection and gardens. Not run during the school holidays. Children to be accompanied by an adult.

Tiny Talk Time: Elmer

The morning sessions are repeated in the afternoon

Date: 26 September
Time: 10.30 to 11.30am and 1.15 to 2.15pm
Cost: £2 per child to be paid in advance with the booking. Sorry no refunds.
Venue: Wycombe Museum
Suitable for: Under 5s

Please book as there are limited places.
A special time at Wycombe Museum for the under fives. Enjoy stories, trails and craft activities, inspired by the Museum collection and gardens. Not run during the school holidays. Children to be accompanied by an adult.

Exhibitions

Free admission to all exhibitions

World War One 1914- 1918 Exhibition

From 5 April 2014 - April 2015

In this anniversary year, discover what The Great War meant for the men, women and children of Wycombe District. Find out where, how and why local men fought and how the War changed the lives of those at home. With plenty of hands-on learning for all ages.

Landing exhibitions

50 Years of Wycombe Arts Festival

Wycombe Arts Festival celebrates 50 years of it's inception

Exhibitions from you

We have a range of changing community exhibitions on our first floor. If you are interested in putting together an exhibition for this space please contact us.

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