Half term activities at Bankfield Museum

Thingumajig theatre

Finding something to do with the kids over the half term holidays isn’t easy, especially when the weather is so changeable, but Bankfield Museum in Halifax has plenty on offer whatever the weather.

On Saturday 25 October the Museum is hosting a free First World War themed family day, with activities, craft and live performance.

Come along to see the highly acclaimed Histrionics theatre group perform two powerful pieces; Blasted Light, a poignant living history performance which will explore the thoughts of a soldier as he prepares to go over the top, or Sidney Lewis, a short play which tells the story of a 12 year old boy who lied about his age in the recruiting office, and went on to become the youngest person to serve in the First World War.

At lunch time, parents and older children can enjoy a talk by playwright Mick Martin who will discuss the inspiration behind his new play England Arise which explores conscientious objection to war in Huddersfield and surrounding areas. [England Arise will be performed at the Square Chapel, Halifax on Sunday 9 November]

If craft activities are more your thing, there will also be the chance for younger children to try their hand at making paper aeroplanes, medals and other crafts.

Visitors can also view the Heritage Lottery Funded exhibition ‘For King and Country’, where children can also get up close with some of the items featured in the exhibition, handling real First World War uniforms and equipment.

On Thursday 30 October at 2pm, Thingumajig Theatre group present a November Day, a timeless fable of war and the miracle of friendship when all else seems lost.  

The puppet based group will perform their take on the tale, which was originally created in 2008 in association with The Imperial War Museum North. With evocative puppet characters, live music and an ever-changing set, Thingumajig Theatre really is not to be missed. 

The recommended age for this performance is 10 years and over.  It is a free event but please come early to ensure a space – seats are available on a first come, first served basis. 

Calderdale Council’s Head of Neighbourhoods, Andrew Pitts, said: 

“Bankfield Museum is hosting some amazingly diverse activities to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, with events appealing to all ages. 

“These events during the half term school holidays will provide an entertaining but educational day out, with craft activities for younger children and amazing theatre group performances, bringing the War to life for older children.”

All these exciting events are part of the ‘For King and Country’ Calderdale’s First World War Centenary events. To find out more about other centenary events see for details or email to be added to the mailing list.

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