Essential Information

Type Family fun
Location
Cutty Sark
Date and Times 30 July - 29 August 2024 | See below for details
Prices Free with entry to the ship

Climb aboard Cutty Sark and set sail for a summer of adventure!

Whether you want to have a go at sailor crafts, put your creativity to the test, or hear amazing stories about what life was like at sea, we've got a host of activities for all the family to enjoy.

Plus, meet historic characters roaming the ship from Friday to Monday or hear some sea shanties on the first weekend of every month.

See what's on at Cutty Sark during the summer holidays below. All activities are drop-in and suitable for all ages and abilities.

A child holds the ship's wheel of Cutty Sark, with a character actor dressed as a captain looking on

Ship Shapes

Every Tuesday from 30 July to 27 August

Dry Berth, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

Come and play under Cutty Sark this summer! Put your creativity to the test and build a new dockyard in Greenwich for the famous tea clipper to moor in.

 

Sailor crafts

Every Wednesday from 31 July to 28 August

Dry Berth, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

Nautical tattoos

31 July and 14 August

Learn about the symbolic nature of traditional sailor tattoos, and how you could tell a sailor's seafaring story just by looking at their body art. Customise your own sea traveller characters with tattoo designs that tell your family’s unique story.

This drop-in activity is perfect for families to bond and create seafaring-inspired body art together.

Sailor love tokens

7 August

Make a giant sailor love token! You'll create a metallic coin inscribed with messages and images from life at sea.

Scrimshaw

21 and 28 August

What do sailors do for fun? Learn about the historic art of scrimshaw and have a go at making a scrimshaw-inspired picture of your own. 

A decorative panel depicting a sea scene with a whale, whaling ship and three small boats
Traditional scrimshaw

 

Storytelling

Every Thursday from 1 August to 29 August

30-minute timed sessions starting at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm

Under 5s storytelling

1 August | 'Tween Deck

Join us for an immersive under-5s storytelling session aboard Cutty Sark.

Cutty Sark Storytime

8 August on the 'Tween Deck and 22 August by the Figureheads

Hear the story of how Cutty Sark got its name and learn some of the superstitions and stories the sailors onboard believed.

Stories of Sea Songs

15 August | 'Tween Deck

Which came first, the tale or the tune? Songs of the sea have larger-than-life stories in them. Join Rosie Harris for a storytelling session with music, with plenty of opportunities to join in and sing along.

Sea Shanty Adventure

29 August | 'Tween Deck

The crew of Cutty Sark are playing a game of hide and seek on board! Join us to learn about the different roles on the ship and write a collective sea shanty about life on board as a crew member. 

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Cutty Sark Characters

Fridays - Mondays during the summer holidays | 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm

Meet colourful characters from Cutty Sark’s past and hear amazing stories about life at sea in the age of sail.

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Sea Shanty singers

Join our resident sea shanty groups at Cutty Sark on the first weekend of every month as they sing a selection of traditional maritime songs.

What’s On

See more events for families at Royal Museums Greenwich.

LGBTQ+ Family Network
Family fun | Identity

LGBTQ+ Family Network

A safe space for local LGBTQ+ families to meet one another, get involved in creative activities for all ages and explore the stories within the collection
20 July | 10am-12pm
Free
National Maritime Museum
Character Encounters
Talks and tours

Character Encounters

Visit the National Maritime Museum every Saturday to discover a different character from history with their own fascinating story to tell
Saturdays
Free Entry
National Maritime Museum
Ted's Space Adventure
Planetarium shows

Ted's Space Adventure

Join Ted the bear on an adventure around the Solar System in this special live planetarium show for under-7s - perfect for little astronauts everywhere!
Weekends and holiday weekdays
Adults £12 | Child £6 | Student & Under 25: £8
Royal Observatory
Meet the characters of Cutty Sark
Family fun

Meet the characters of Cutty Sark

Meet colourful characters from Cutty Sark’s past and hear astonishing stories about life at sea in the age of sail
Weekends and Fri-Mon in school holidays | 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm
Included with entry to Cutty Sark
Cutty Sark
Play Tuesdays
Family fun

Play Tuesdays

Bring your under 5 on a different adventure every week! Explore the Museum together through song, dance and stories
Term time Tuesdays | 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.00pm, 2.00pm
£4 per child and accompanying adult | Under 6 months free
National Maritime Museum
Ship Mates
Family fun

Ship Mates

Hop aboard Cutty Sark for sensory sessions for under 5s!
Term-time Wednesdays | 10.30am, 12.00pm & 1.30pm
£5 per child, accompanying adults free
Cutty Sark
Safe Harbour
Family fun

Safe Harbour

Safe Harbour is a series of free workshops created to provide a safe space for foster and adoptive families with children under 13 years
Monthly: Next date 27 July 2024 | 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Ticketed | Free
National Maritime Museum
Summer holidays at the National Maritime Museum
Family fun

Summer holidays at the National Maritime Museum

Come and play at the National Maritime Museum this summer
Select dates between 28 July and 1 September 2024 | Drop-in activities
Free
National Maritime Museum
Summer holidays at Cutty Sark
Family fun

Summer holidays at Cutty Sark

Hands-on workshops, character actors and storytelling sessions - there's lots to enjoy at Cutty Sark this summer!
30 July - 29 August 2024 | See below for details
Free with entry to the ship
Cutty Sark
Summer holidays at the Queen's House
Family fun

Summer holidays at the Queen's House

Join us at the Queen's House for a range of fun activities for families during the summer break
30 July - 27 August 2024 | 11am-2pm and 2pm-4pm
Free
Queen's House
Silver Screen Science-Fiction presents... A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Family fun | Museum Lates

Silver Screen Science-Fiction presents... A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

UFOs, aliens and anthropomorphic sheep - sounds right up our alley. Join us for Silver Screen Sci-Fi!
31 August 2024 | 6.30pm - 8pm
£10 Adult | £5 Child
Royal Observatory