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Cook Museum Whitby

Events and Activities

 Summer holidays are here!  

We have a season inspried by botanical exploration with lots of exciting events.  Highlights include kids and family workshops, and there is more to come over the remaining season. 

And if you just want to go round the Museum there are always activities and trails for kids - Make your Mark is extremely popular and allows kids to respond to some of the things they have seen.  You can then post your work on the special board alongside others!

All workshops £1 or free with Museum entry!

Forthcoming events

Tuesday 6 August - Nature up Close!

Microscopes and botanical painting with the Whitby Naturalists.  Always popular and expertly guided!        Drop-in workshop.  1100-1600.

Wednesday 14 August - Flower Press Gang!

Build a wooden press and capture native flora to take home ready to reveal in the future.  A 'make and take' workshop, tailored for children and their families by local artist Rachael Boddington of Glittermoth Factory.  Drop-in workshop 1100-1600.

 Saturday 17 August - Embroidery in the Museum

 Demonstration by Alison Larkin, historian and expert on historic embroidery. Alison will be showing the sort of work that Cook's wife, Elizabeth, and others did in the 18th century.  

17-23 August - Whitby Folk Week 

Events take place 1200-1300 every day in the courtyard.  A wonderful way to end a visit to the Museum with dance and music!

Tuesday 20 August - Nature up Close!

Microscopes and botanical painting with the Whitby Naturalists.  Always popular and expertly guided!  If you enjoyed (or missed!) the earlier workshop, come and take your skills further!  Drop-in workshop. 1100-1600.

Tuesday 27 August - FerNZ and Flowers!

Make a miniature New Zealand garden in this craft workshop with artist Jo Witney, and commemorate the 250th anniversary of Cook charting NZ.  Drop in workshop 1100-1600

Saturday 31 August - Sunday 1 September - Historical Maritime Society weekend

Come and meet the merry band of Historical Maritime re-enactors, who bring naval life in the 18th century to life!  Lots of interest and lots of fun.

Workshop activity


Updates added throughout the season

Saturday 21 September - 'Plants in Embroidery'

Alison Larkin, expert on historic embroidery, will talk about the role of plants in embroidery in the past and show us some wonderful and quite surprising examples.  1400-1500 Free event but booking essential

Saturday 5 October - Patrick Lodge 'Remarkable Occurrences'

Patrick Lodge will be reading from his new book of poems 'Remarkable Occurrences' inspired by the Cook voyages, together with Whitby Library Writers Group.   1400-1500 Free event but booking essential

Wednesday 30 October - Botanical Lanterns!

Prepare for Halloween and create a beautiful lantern inspired by plants!  1100-1600 Drop-in workshop  


Workshop making a garden

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