Ashmolean Big Weekend. Pic by Ian Wallman

Enjoy a big FREE weekend of fun, drop-in activities for all the family! Yes, The Ashmolean’s BIG FAMILY WEEKEND is heading this way with a packed schedule of free interactive experiences across July 16 – 17.

The Big Family Weekend offers something for everyone. Visitors can ‘strike’ a coin in metal, plaster or even chocolate; dress up as a living painting; curate an instant exhibition; settle down to some story-telling of fables, myths and legends, or pick up a trail and meet a ‘real-life’ Ashmolean artist wandering the museum.

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The galleries will be busy all weekend with family-oriented, hands-on workshops alongside demonstrations, music and theatre performances.

Saturday’s drop-in events are dedicated to Archaeology: Travel back to the Iron Age in this celebration of the world of the Iceni, an Iron Age community that inhabited present day East Anglia. Enjoy object handling, make a plaster coin to take away, or a chocolate one to eat. Have a go at coin striking and gather round for storytelling with Dave Tong, the Yarnsmith of Norwich.

Ashmolean Museum Activities by Ian Wallman

On the Sunday, focus on Art – with all of the activities inspired by the Ashmolean’s world famous collections. Unleash your creativity with art demonstrations, music and activities inspired by the Museum’s art collection.

Dress up and get the chance to become a living painting, enjoy a family art workshop, or gather round for storytelling on the Greek myths and legends in Ashmolean paintings with Out of Chaos Theatre Company.

The Big Family Weekend runs on July 16-17. Details at