Chance for families to go back in time at the Mary Rose

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THERE’S a wealth of activities of youngsters at the Mary Rose Museum this summer.

The landmark attraction has loads of activities for young and old alike which are sure to add to your Summer of Fun, whatever the weather.

On Tuesdays the museum hosts The Great Mary Rose Make-Off! – an arts and crafts session for children of all ages.

Youngsters can make flagons, treasure chests and even recreations of the Mary Rose’s famous dog, Hatch, out of paper and other art materials.

The arts and craft sessions take place throughout the day and participation is free with a ticket to the museum.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Another popular summer activity at the Mary Rose Museum are the Fire Away! Family Gun drills.

These drills give families a chance to dress up like Tudors and run around re-enacting the loading and firing of one of the heavy guns on Henry VIII’s flagship.

The gun drills will take place on Saturdays, August 9 and Saturday, August 23 from 2pm to 4pm.

Again, participation is free if you have a ticket to the museum.

A special event aimed at adult visitors will be a lecture by guest speaker Elizabeth Norton.

The lecture, to take place on August 21, is titled ‘Henry VIII’s Quest for the Perfect Bride’ and will delve into the ill-fated love life of one of Britain’s most famous monarchs.

From those he divorced to those he beheaded, all of Henry’s wives will be discussed.

Holly Westwood of the Historic Dockyard said: ‘The Mary Rose Museum has got lots to offer all the family this summer.

‘We have activities for kids and adults alike – from arts and crafts every Tuesday with the Mary Rose Make-Off and practising gun drills as one of Henry VIII’s gunners on Saturday, August 9 and 23, to hearing about his quest for his perfect bride at a talk by Elizabeth Norton on August 21.’

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