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Stars and their Secrets

Be astounded by a range of images of spectacular stellar phenomena from space telescopes in our planetarium show. Afterwards, our panel discussion will delve deeper into star-related topics, with experts in the fields of star mapping, sun research and planet hunting in other star systems.

Explore how fields of study connect and what ground-breaking research is on the cosmic horizon.

Age: 11+

Tall Ships Family Fun: Let’s Sail Away Big Build

Help our artist to create a textile sculpture inspired by the multitude of sails gathered together on the River Thames. There will be the opportunity to add welcome messages to the artwork and learn about the language of maritime flags.

Don’t forget to pick up a free trail full of fascinating facts and discover characters from the ship’s past as you make your way through the ship.

Families with young children can borrow our Under-5s family backpacks full of toys, sensory objects and a story to help them explore the maritime world.

Beef, Beer and Boats

The evening offers you a unique opportunity to explore Cutty Sark after hours, before making your way down beneath the ship’s gleaming hull to enjoy beef stew, followed by bread and butter pudding.

Sing along to sea shanties and find out what life was like on board a 19th-century sailing ship, as our curator explains how the crew lived, slept and, most importantly – ate.

Sample infamous, tooth-breaking ship’s biscuits and surprise ingredients, plus sip a shot of sailors' grog.

The Sailors’ Ball

Explore the ship and brush up your footwork with a swing dance lesson by Swing Patrol, before the 10-piece swinging big band Down for the Count Swing Orchestra take to the stage for a night of dancing to 40s and 50s classics in our informal sailors' ball.

End the night with a boogie to the electro-swing sounds of our fabulous DJs. Dress to impress in your best vintage sailor chic and strike a pose in our vintage photo booth. 

Maritime Lecture Series: Emma Hamilton

Speakers include Kate Williams (Inside Versailles, BBC 2), as well as Quintin Colville, exhibition curator of Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity.

England’s Mistress? The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton

Thursday 2 March

A dramatic, sparkling tale of sex, glamour, intrigue, romance and heartbreak, in this talk Kate Williams, broadcaster and Professor of History at the University of Reading  and author of 'England's Mistress' traces the rise and rise of the gorgeous Emma Hamilton.

Exhibiting Emma

Thursday 9 March

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