Events for families

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The ongoing pandemic means none of the activities on this page are currently taking place.

We've a playroom for you to enjoy at the Mercer
Design your own birthday party selfie!
Dress up as a train driver, sweeper, maid or would you rather be a rich Victorian visitor?
Play in our beach and train station areas. Relax with a book on a comfy bean bag.
Enjoy creating with arts and crafts materials.
Borrow a backpack to explore the art on show.
Free, daily

Practical information


Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult at booked workshops. All children must be accompanied at drop-in and outdoor events.

All events should be booked in advance online. Dates and times may be subject to change.


All events are priced to cover costs. To confirm your place payment must be made at the time of booking.

Cancellations and refunds

All cancellations must be made 14 days prior to an event to receive a refund. Refunds are only available for sums in excess of £10 due to administrative costs involved. For sums under £10, monies can be held on account against payments for future events.

Please note that all sessions are very popular, often with long reserve lists, so if you cannot attend please notify us straight away so someone else can enjoy the event. If you cancel less than 14 days before an event but we are able to find a replacement the refund policy will apply.

In the event that we have to cancel an event, monies can be held towards future events or a full refund can be provided.