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Somerset Rural Life Museum Workshops

Our interactive museum workshops are available throughout the year. Workshops are all 90 minutes long and suitable for up to 35 pupils. We can adapt some of our workshops to suit different needs and age groups, so please ask if you have any special requirements.

Occasionally, we provide special workshops, projects and resources linked to events or temporary exhibitions.

Some of our museum workshops can be complemented by ordering related loans packs, which will help bring learning to life back in the classroom.

Fun on the Farm KS1

An interactive investigation for younger children, introducing the farming calendar. Explore the museum galleries, investigate where food comes from, try the ancient harvest-time task of 'flailing the corn', and experience the past brought to life.

Somerset Celebrations KS1 / KS2

Discover traditional Somerset festivities through this fun-filled workshop. Mull your own non-alcoholic cider, take part in an orchard wassail, investigate our museum collections and make your own 'Friendly Society' banner.

Somerset Gepgraphy Detectives KS2

Discover changes in Somerset landscapes over time through this local study workshop. Handle maps, explore artefacts in museum galleries and create a piece of artwork inspired by Somerset craft industries.

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Marvellous Materials KS1

A fun-filled science investigation introducing concepts of everyday materials and their uses within domestic and farming life in Somersets past. Explore artefacts and create your own crafts using what you've learnt.

Victorian House and Homes KS1 / KS2

Enjoy dressing in costume and making drop-scones in our Victorian kitchen. Explore the museum collections, handle real objects and make a rag rug to take away with you.

Habitats for Honeybees KS2

Discover more about the humble honeybee, and its importance to our planet, with this super science-based workshop. Explore the museum grounds with a habitat survey, learn about pollination and how a bee sees, and create artworks that will get you buzzing about bees.

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Visit Information

Rural Life Museum

Abbey Farm

Chilkwell Street



Opening Times


Tuesday to Friday        

10.00am – 5.00pm

A maximum of 35 students can participate in each workshop, and we can facilitate two separate workshops per day.

  • All our workshops are 90 minute long and usually run from 10.00 am - 11.30 am, and then 12.30 pm - 2.00 pm. 

  • Lunch space can be provided free of charge with any booked workshop, or can be hired for £15. 

We also offer the option of a self-guided visit to the museum. With our self-guided school trail, pupils can explore the museum's main galleries, and journey through the story of Somerset’s rich rural and social history. Self-guided trails can accompany a workshop to create a full day at the museum, or can be done independently. When booking a workshop, a self-guided visit can be added for free.


Teachers are welcome to make a pre-workshop site visit, in order to prepare more fully for your trip to the Somerset Rural Life Museum, please contact us using the information at the bottom of the page to arrange.

Booking and Contact

These workshops are only available for this limited amount of time in the summer term. If you would like to book simply complete the booking form and return it to us.  If you have any questions or for further information, please contact us.

01823 347451

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