Essential Information

Type Family fun
Cutty Sark
Date and Times 23 October - 31 October | 11am-4pm
Prices Free with entry to the ship

This half term, journey through ice and time to discover how Cutty Sark crews survived the freezing temperatures of the Antarctic.

While in Greenwich, visit the Ice Worlds festival at the National Maritime Museum from the 28 – 30 October for more polar science.


Weather Station 

Weather records were vital in the age of sail, where Captains would need to find a route where strong winds blow in the right direction to propel their ship along as quickly as possible. Join our weather station underneath Cutty Sark and learn about different ways you can record and measure the weather today.

Date: 23 and 31 October 

Signal flags

Distress Signals 

Learn how sailors communicate with other ships at sea when they face danger. Using simple sewing techniques, you can make your own message whilst learning a key sailor skill. Or see if you can crack the code and work out what messages we have left around the ship! 

Date: 25 October 


Antarctica Bound

Date: 30 October 

Cutty Sark sailed through the Antarctic many times on her way home from Australia. Captain Woodget recalls icebergs towering over Cutty Sark, sounding like cannons and gunfire as they slowly moved around him. Come and help us recreate what this might have looked like in our workshop recreating scenes from the sea.

James Robson the cook, one of the characters you can meet on board Cutty Sark. He wears a flat cap and red scarf, and is pointing at the ship's rigging

Character actors

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

Dates: 23 - 31 October

Times: 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm


Design your own mini ‘Wool Watch Cap’

Discover the many ways the crew on ship survived the freezing temperatures at sea 150 years ago. What materials where available to them, how did they use them and what could they make themselves to keep extra warm. Why are these materials not used today in the same way…

Design and create your own miniature Monmouth Cap or Wool Watch Cap to take home. 

Date: 27 October 


Tales at Sea

Drop in and hear fascinating stories of life at sea

Dates: 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 October 

Times: Drop in, 11.00 - 16.00


Choose your tickets


Cutty Sark

  • Guaranteed entry time
  • Audio guide included
Adult £15.00
Child £7.50
A brother and sister with their back to the camera look out from the viewpoint at the top of Greenwich Park towards historic Greenwich

Royal Museums Greenwich Day Pass

  • Cutty Sark
  • Royal Observatory
  • Guaranteed entry time
  • Planetarium shows not included
Adult £25.00
Child £12.50
National Maritime Museum

Become a Member

  • Unlimited entry all year
  • Royal Observatory
  • Cutty Sark
  • Planetarium Shows
  • Special exhibitions
Direct Debit One-off
Individual: £50 Individual: £60
Family: from £65 Family: from £75

Member tickets

  • Free Museums entry
  • Priority booking
  • Membership card number required
Advance booking recommended