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Fun, free activities for Half-Term 2023




Make your way to the National Maritime Museum this October half term, where they’ll  be putting on a range of fun creative workshops for families as part of the Season of Identity. Check out the full programme below, and check our visitor information at the bottom of the page for more details.


Adinkra mosaics

22 October 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm

Create your own mosaics out of shells exploring Adinkra symbols in Ghanaian fashion, pottery and symbolic tradition.

Part of the ship, part of the crew! 

23 October 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm

Make your own ‘ship badges’ to reflect your collective identity as a family.

pens, paper, jar lids, and pins to make badges

World of Watercrafts

24 October 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm

Your family can design their own watercraft looking at the many ways people around the world travel by water and the journeys they take.


From parkas to pompoms: Arctic fashions

25 October 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm

Learn about the cold weather fashions of the Arctic and make your own pompom to take home.

Three multicoloured pom poms on a table

Cut from the same cloth

26 October 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm

Get involved with some fabric printing to explore your own identity or be inspired by the different fabrics in our collection, such as their meanings, symbols and the stories behind them.

Quills and beads: Making things beautiful

27 October 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm

Learn about quillwork and beadwork in North American indigenous culture and make a friendship bracelet to take home.

Birds of a feather

29 October 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm

Your family can make their own collage birds to explore stories of migration related to our collection



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. Join us from 12.30pm, bring along a snack or lunch and say hello to other families. After refreshments, take part in creative activities inspired by the items in the National Maritime Museum. During the activities you can pop in and out as your family needs. Interested in finding out more? Foster and adoptive families are welcome to pop along and say hello when sessions are running. The facilitator will be happy to chat about the sessions to help you decide if you’d like to attend in future.

Safe Harbour has been created in consultation with support organisations including We Are Family, and local foster and adoptive families. The sessions are an opportunity for families to have fun together in a friendly and welcoming space.

Contact us at families@rmg.co.uk with any questions or to join the mailing list.

Upcoming Dates

Sessions take place from 12.30pm-2.30pm on the last Saturday of the month, with tickets available from one month before.

Date of session Tickets available from
28 October On sale
25 November 10am on 25 October
30 December 10am on 30 November

Booking your tickets

  • To book your free tickets, please click the link above. This link will take you to Eventbrite. Please note that whilst the ticket page may be live, the tickets will not be available to book until the date referenced above.
  • Please book one ticket per family
  • As part of your booking, please let us know who will be coming and any needs within your family. These details will only be shared with the facilitator to support your visit.
  • If the session is sold out, you are able to register on a waiting list. You will be contacted automatically if a space opens up for your family.
  • If you are no longer able to attend, please cancel your booking so that another family can attend.

Book tickets for October

Book tickets for November



Youth First are opening youth clubs across Lewisham during the autumn half term. Full of FREE fun-packed activities for young people aged 8-19 years old (to 25 with SEND) to have fun, develop skills, meet other young people and talk to our dedicated youth workers.

Please be aware that details may change at short notice, check here and keep an eye on social media for the latest information.

Bellingham Gateway Youth & Community Centre


Thursday 26 October            3:15pm-5:45pm (12-19 yrs)*

Friday 27 Friday (Juniors)   12:15pm-2:45pm (8-11 yrs)

Friday  27 Friday (Seniors)   3:15pm-5:45pm (12-19 yrs)*


TNG Youth & Community Centre

Tuesday 24 October          12:15pm-3:45pm (8-19 yrs)*

Thursday 26 October        12:15pm-3:45pm (8-19 yrs)*

Friday  27 October            12:15pm-3:45pm (8-12 yrs)


Honor Oak Youth Club

Wednesday 25 October      12:15pm-5:45pm (8-19 yrs)*

Friday  27 October               2:15pm-7:45pm (8-19 yrs)*


Home Park Adventure Playground

Tuesday 24 October            12:15pm-2:45pm (8-19 yrs)*

Friday 27 October                12:15pm-2:45pm (8-19 yrs)


Dumps Adventure Playground

Wednesday 25 October    12:15pm-2:45pm (8-19 yrs)*

Saturday  28 October        2:15pm-4:45pm (8-19 yrs)*


The Richard MacVicar Deptford Adventure Playground

Tuesday 24 Oct                    12:15pm-5:45pm (8-19 yrs)*

Thursday 26 Oct                  3:15pm-5:45pm (8-19 yrs)*

Woodpecker Youth Club

Wednesday 25 Oct             12.15pm-5.45pm (8-19 yrs)*

Thursday 26 Oct                 12:15pm-2:45pm (8-19 yrs)*


Food Growing Workshops for families in October including October Half-Term

Thanks to AFRIL4in10 Charity, London Challenge Poverty Week with match funding from Lewisham Local, you can find free activities related to food-growing across the borough during October Half-term and beyond. All the activities provide a free lunch and are aimed at families who are on a low-income. CLick on each activity for more details.

Activities include:


Sunday 17th of October #CollectiveCultivation at the Ital Garden will be offering 2 workshops at their site on Sunday 17th October, 1-2pm and 2-3pm on Seed Sowing, Seed Harvesting and Growing your own at home


Monday 25th 10am-12pm: Exhibition of Grove Park’s Invertebrates discover the world of invertebrates found in Grove Park with our macro-photography exhibition. Invertebrates are so vital to a healthy food production system, whether they are pollinating our crops or churning and decomposing our soils to make a healthy growing medium. You can’t have food growing without the help of these mini-beats. Take home a wild flower seed ball to create your own pollinator meadow ready for spring. Book your place here.


Thursday 28th of October 11am-2pm Everyone can grow food (even without a garden) and for free – Wildcat Wilderness Find out how to grow food in very small spaces, indoors in pots and growing for free.
A free workshop for Lewisham families including a vegan campfire soup


Thursday 28th October 1.30 – 4.30pm Goldsmiths Community Centre, Castillon Road, SE6 1QD and Kitchen Buddy (http://littlemisstree.co.uk/) are putting on free half term children’s growing activities. Free food and drinks included. Join experienced gardeners in a foraging trail exploring Goldsmiths’ gardens, discover seasonal edible plants, pick and make your own dinner and learn to grow your own food.  We will need carers/parents to please stay with their children for the activity. Email helen@goldsmithscommunitycentre.org.uk for more information


Friday 29th of October, 11am-1.30pm: Grow Your Own Microgreens Workshop – Wild Rangers For this workshop we will be learning about how you can grow microgreens and sprouts at home. Microgreens tend to be promoted in higher end food health shops and often come at a premium cost. But growing them need not be that expensive. These little greens are healthy superfoods, packed with nutrients and flavours, and make great salads, garnishes and stir-fries. Book your place here.


Friday 29th of October 11am-1pm Campfire Cooking with Action For Refugees Lewisham (AFRIL) at the AFRIL Allotment for Refuge. This workshop is open to families connected to AFRIL’s Helping Hands and Rainbow Club projects.

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