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Bears Everywhere at River and Rowing Museum in August

If you’re going down to the woods today...this summer the Museum will be bursting with bears! Revisit your favourite stories and meet some of literature’s most famous bears, including Rupert and Winnie-the-Pooh, before discovering new stories filled with polar bears, panda bears and toy bears. Go on your own bear hunt through the bears’ glade, curl up with a story in the bear cave and enjoy dressing up as your favourite characters.
Original artwork and manuscripts featured in the exhibition include Hugless Douglas, Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Bear and The Piano and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. The exhibition comes to us from Seven Stories.

Exhibition Extras:

Family Fridays
Every Friday during the school summer holidays, join our team in the galleries for bear games, craft and fun.

Bees and Bears
Tues 6 Aug, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Who loves honey as much as Winnie-the-Pooh? Learn about the busy bees that make
honey and create a crafty honeypot to keep your own treasures in.
4 – 7 yrs; £8.50

Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Thurs 8 Aug, 10.30am – 4pm
Take your teddy for a picnic and discover bears that live in the woods! Go on a bear
Hunt. Will you spot bears hiding in the trees? Make a paper picnic, create your own bear
board-game and hear your favourite bear stories. Make your own bear ears, and top it off with bear-faced face painting. It’s going to be a bear-illiant fun day.
Free with admission
To pre-book your own picnic lunch or tea, visit our website for details.

Bears, Bears, Everywhere! Thurs 29 Aug, 10.30am – 4pm
Discover bears from around the world –polar bears, grizzly bears, bears that swim, bears that climb and even bears with spectacles. Take our great bear quiz and get crafty making your own bear world. Add your paw print to our giant bear and have fun singing bear songs!
Free with admission

Paws with Personality
Tues 13 Aug, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Be inspired by famous bears and create your own using a sock, felt, paper and your imagination! Fill your bear with character and make its unique bear passport.
7 – 11 yrs, £8.50

Boing Boing Bear
Tues 20 Aug, 10.30am – 12.30pm
End the summer holidays partying like a bear, then make a jack-in-the-box popping out, then conga all the way through Nut Wood with traditional party games.
4 – 7 yrs old
Cost: £8.50 be

Mod Roc Bear
Weds 28 Aug, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Find out how to make an armature so that you can create a 3D model of a bear – climbing,
walking, sleeping – whatever you like! Then use mod roc to create a proper sculpture to take home with you.
7 – 11 yrs

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