Family festive fun at Harrogate museums and art gallery this christmas


The whole family can join in the festive fun at the Royal Pump Room Museum and Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate this Christmas.

As well as Christmas crafts to make and take home, there’s a special Christmas trail at each venue.  At the Royal Pump Room Museum visitors can seek out all the items on Santa’s list whilst at the gallery the trail involves finding all the letters near the pictures and putting them together to spell a Christmas animal.

Entry is just £1 at the Royal Pump Room Museum on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 December, where the costumes of Wonderful Women are on display, showcasing stunning outfits from films and television productions including  ‘Becoming Jane’, ‘The Hours’ and Helena Bonham-Carter’s dresses from ‘The King’s Speech’.  The museum also features stories of Harrogate people and a chance to step back to Ancient Egypt with dressing up costumes and discovery drawers.

Across the road at the Mercer Gallery, Yorkshire artist Sonia Lawson’s big, bright and beautiful paintings are on display alongside works by one of Britain’s best loved artists, Sir Peter Blake.  His exhibition of prints and drawings are all inspired by Dylan Thomas’ famous play for voices Under Milk Wood.

And the gallery’s art trolley is full to the brim with all sorts of art materials, so there’s always something for everyone in the family to have a go at.


Diane Saxon is Harrogate Borough Council’s Audience Development Officer for the Royal Pump Room Museum and Mercer Gallery.  She said:

Christmas is a time for families and, for families looking for something a bit different from their usual entertainment we’ve got a host of exhibitions and more hands-on attractions on offer.

Our museums are exciting, magical places at Christmas time and are a great source of fun and learning for all ages and all interests.

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