THIS summer, children can enjoy free creative drop-ins, films and storytelling thanks to west Cheshire museums.

Inspirational drop-in workshops will enable children to create their own clay pot or tile, design cardboard dinosaurs and use the museums to produce their own games and ‘Dark Age’ jewellery – among other activities.

There is no requirement to pay to enter any of the museums to enjoy the free activities.

Each week during August, Chester’s Grosvenor Museum will feature three-days of creative family ‘drop in’ workshops, taking place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

This summer’s activities are all about dreams, giants, gadgets and storytelling.

Every Tuesday from August 9 to 30 there will also be a free film at 11am that explores these themes, including the BFG, Frozen II, Bridge to Terabithia and Rise of the Guardians.

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Stretton Watermill, near Malpas, will also be joining the fun by holding a ‘Gadgetering’ afternoon between 12pm and 5pm on August 6.

The multi-award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum, Northwich, will be hosting action-packed fun for children across the region.

Each week during the summer holidays will feature two-days of creative ‘drop in’ workshops, taking place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10.30am and 3.30pm.

Young visitors can design their own cardboard dinosaurs, create stained glass-effect window decorations and make clay tiles.

Each week during August on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse will host ‘drop in’ workshops between 10.30am and 3.30pm.

Children can dig deep into the museum’s collection and draw inspiration to make models, clay pots and workhouse games as well as ‘Dark Age’ jewellery and a masterpiece-inspired artwork.  

Councillor Louise Gittins, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “It is going to be a fun, action-packed summer full of imaginative and exciting activities.

“I am delighted that the museums’ collections and exhibitions have inspired so many varied and fun activities.” 

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