Bodmin Keep: Cornwall’s Army Museum has something for everyone this February half-term. Living history displays, arts and craft workshops, weapons handling sessions and a ‘free day’ are just some of the activities taking place across the week.
On Saturday 10th February, Bodmin Keep plays host to two living history displays. The West Country Tommies, a WW1 re-enactment group, join The D-Day Dodgers, whose displays are based around the second battalion, 4th Division Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (DCLI) and the British involvement in the 1943-1945 Italian campaign in the Second World War.
On Monday 12th February, the museum is offering free entry to all, making it the perfect opportunity for those who have never visited Bodmin Keep to spend some quality time with their families exploring the three hundred years of military history on display at the museum.
Inspired by the miniature portraits on display in the museum’s first gallery, the Keep is running arts and craft sessions on Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th February, providing all the materials need to create your own miniature cameos, portraits, and frames. These sessions cost £2 per person and run 10-12PM and 12.30-2.30PM on both days.
In between these sessions, the ever-popular ‘Weapons handling through the ages’ workshops will be running, providing a unique opportunity to learn about the weapons used by our armed forces throughout history — from the medieval long bow to the modern-day pistol. This session runs from 2-2.30pm and costs £3 per person.
Running throughout the week we have the free ‘Explore & Draw’ museum trail, a fun and educational way for families to explore the museum and discover the treasures within.
The museum is open Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm throughout February half-term. Tickets for the activities and for entry to the museum can be booked online at bodminkeep.org.uk.
Museum entry is not included with the living history, weapons handling, or miniature portraits sessions. Adults £9, Child £5, aged five and under free. Family tickets available. All tickets come with an annual pass granting free entry to the museum for 12 months.