October Half Term: Outdoor Family Trails

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Essential information

Event type: 
Date and time: 
Daily | 24 October 2020 - 1 November 2020
Admission: 
Free
Location: 
National Maritime Museum
Season: 
Family fun

This half term, explore the National Maritime Museum grounds as part of the Sailor School trail and the Hide and Seek Bird trail. 

Download the trail sheet, or pick up a copy from the National Maritime Museum when you arrive, to help guide you around the grounds. 

Suitable for all ages and abilites. 

Download the trail sheet

Hide and Seek Bird trail

Some of the bird's from the Museum's collection of ship badges have magically come to life and are hiding in the grounds! Using your best lookout skills, can you hunt high, low and all around to find all eight of them and help return them to the Museum?

Sailor School

So you think you've got what it takes to be a sailor?

Follow the map around the Museum grounds to discover training activities and test your sailor skills! Will you graduate with flying colours?

There are three levels for this trail:

  • Deck Cadet - suitable for everyone
  • Second Mate - Intermediate (a bit more of a challenge)
  • Chief Mate - Advanced (for aspiring Captains)

Did you know that the building that is now the National Maritime Museum used to be the Royal Hospital School and taught boys from seafaring backgrounds skills such as navigation?

Why not pop over the road after completing Sailor School and visit the Cutty Sark? The Cutty Sark was used as a cadet training ship between 1938 and 1954. Boys from lots of different backgrounds would live on board and train for a career in either the Royal Navy or the Merchant Marine. 

These trails have been created in collaboration with Collar and Cuffs Co.

Collar & Cuffs Co creates sensory theatre shows, stories and trails for 0-7s and people with complex needs. Their work focuses on topics relating to emotional development, mental health and wellbeing. You can find out more about their work by visiting their website where you can download free resources, join in with sensory story videos, and much more.

Accessing the trails

  • Widget symbols are used as part of both trails.
  • Activities have been designed to encourage sensory exploration and engagement.
  • Graveled paths around the grounds are suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.
  • There is level access routes throughout the grounds.
  • Some routes have steps but alternative level routes are available. An outdoors lift can also be found in the grounds by the collanades between the Queen's House and National Maritime Museum.
  • Each location within Sailor School has different activity options for multiple ways to engage.

Important Information

  • Facilities at the National Maritime Museum and Queen's House will be open, including toilets.
  • Social distancing is in effect in the Museum buildings and grounds.