Things to do during the summer holidays

We are holding a host of all sorts of activities at the National Waterways Museum Gloucester this summer, and with your annual pass you can enjoy most of them for free.

Queen Boadicea II moored up outside the National Waterways Museum Gloucester

Summer holiday family activities

Here's a list of the things not to miss at the museum this summer.

Summer trails and popular family wildlife trail

Wildlife is an ever present feature of the canals, whether it’s the birds and butterflies we see today or the mice and rats that called the grain warehouses home. Follow our family trail around the museum and meet some of the animals you might see out on the canal.

Storytelling tales along the riverside

Boats moored in Gloucester on River Severn

24, 31 July, 7, 14, 21, 28 August

Every Tuesday at 11.30am in the galleries. No need to book.

Craft activities

National Waterways Museum

25 July, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 August from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Our range of canal themed craft activities are suitable for ages 5-11, but we're open to everyone.

Story makers

26 July, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 August

Children will get the chance to craft a short story set on the docks getting inspiration from objects around the museum.

11.00am – 12.00pm ages 5-7,

1.00pm – 2.00pm ages 8-11, pre booking essential. Please telephone 01452 318200.

Boat trips

Passengers on Queen Bodicea II

Daily until 4 November at 12.00pm and 1.30pm.

Trip prices  
2 Adults, 2 Children £18.00 
Adult £6.50
Child (4-16) £4.50
3 and under Free

Did you know that our tour boat, Queen Boadicea II, was one of the 'Little Ships’ of Dunkirk and in May 1940 helped evacuate troops from the beaches of Dunkirk.

Last date edited: 7 August 2018