For Families

artyEvents & Activities for Families
Take a look here for our special family events - from Little Hands On for the under fives, to Arty Workshops for ages 5-12, there's something for everybody to see and do! 

Helping to plan the #HarrisYourPlace

Children's Space Poster

The Making #HarrisYourPlace
We are working with UCLan researchers to discover what the new Children's Space in the library means to you and your children. We are asking parents to take part in an enjoyable research exercise called the 'visual matrix'.

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Egyptian Balcony Tour

Photo of the Egyptian balcony

Adult Tours 2nd Saturday of the month (Ages 12+)
Family tours 4th Saturday (Ages  7+)
This is your chance to travel to the top of the building and see John Somerscales' impressive friezes that adorn the Egyptian balcony and find out about how they ended up in the Harris!

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Little Hands On

Little Hands On logo

First Tuesday of every month
Next one 6 August
Every month, especially for our younger visitors, Little Hands On uses stories, art, singing, games and crafts to introduce little ones to some of the fascinating things you can see in the Harris.

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Harris Code Club

Coding on screen

Sunday 7 July
Join @all_about_code for our monthly Harris Code Club! This club is aimed at children aged 10 years and over, but everyone is welcome to join in (including adults!). In this first session you can have a go at coding to create games, music, hack Minecraft and even control NeoPixel.

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Fearsome Craftsmen: Beowulf

Wednesday 17 July
Are you sitting comfortably? Come and enjoy magical tales based on Viking myths and legends. Inspired by the Fearsome Craftsmen exhibition.

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Big Bus Bash

Ribble 100 mage of a bus

 Saturday 20 July
Join us for an afternoon of bus-filled activities on the Flag Market and in the Harris to celebrate 50 years of Preston Bus Station. There's something for all the family including vintage buses, a soft play bus and activities in the Harris.

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Step Back in Time with Heidr

Tuesday 23 July
Join Heidr the Viking for a family tour of the Fearsome Craftsmen exhibition. We'll walk around the exhibition and explore day to day life in a Viking village.

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Fearsome Craftsmen: Viking Story Time

Saturday 27 July
Are you sitting comfortably? Come and enjoy magical tales based on Viking myths and legends. Inspired by the Fearsome Craftsmen exhibition.

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Fearsome Craftsmen: Make a Nordic Clay Lamp

Monday 29 July
Make a Viking-style clay lamp to take home in this hands-on creative workshop. Inspired by the Fearsome Craftsmen exhibition.

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Fearsome Craftsmen: Viking Craft Demonstration Day

Thursday 1 August
Drop in for this fascinating demonstration of Viking textile crafts by Living Past -  inspired by the Fearsome Craftsmen exhibition.

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Fearsome Craftsmen: Natural Dyes Demonstration Day

Friday 2 August
Drop in for this fascinating demonstration of natural Viking dyeing techniques by Living Past - inspired by the Fearsome Craftsmen exhibition.

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Fearsome Craftsmen: Audio Described Tour

Wednesday 7 August  
Discover our summer exhibition with an audi-described tour created for visually impaired, partially sighted or blind visitors. Inspired by the Fearsome Craftsmen exhibition.

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Fearsome Craftsmen: Make a Viking Long Boat

Friday 9 August
Design and make a mini Viking longboat in this workshop inspired by the Fearsome Craftsmen exhibition.

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Fearsome Craftsmen: Make a Viking Celtic Knot Heart Necklace

Friday 16 August
Learn how to make a striking Celtic heart knot necklace or bracelet. Choose from a variety of colours and wear your creation home. Inspired by the Fearsome Craftsmen exhibition.

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Fearsome Craftsmen: Make a Viking coin and pouch

Tuesday 13  August
Come and make your own coin using a replica hand-made coin die, then make a drawstring pouch to keep your coin safe. Inspired by the Fearsome Craftsmen exhibition.

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Fearsome Craftsmen: Make your own Viking felted mittens

Tuesday 20  August
Explore the technique of wet felting in this hands on workshop. Learn how to make a pair of cosy felted mittens in this beginners workshop. Inspired by the Fearsome Craftsmen exhibition.

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