Here be Dragons – head to the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, this half-term - Thursday, 2 February 2012
Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dragon by heading to the Royal Armouries, Leeds, this February half-term for a low-cost day out for all the family.
Britain’s oldest museum has lined up a host of dragon-themed activities to keep the kids out of mischief from Saturday, February 11, to Sunday, February 19.
Museum admission is free and highlights include a free Petting Zoo on Tuesday, February 14, and Friday, February 17 – complete with Bearded Dragons, Monitor Lizards and other weird and wonderful reptiles.
Other family activities will run as follows. Some activities are free but others carry a small charge (marked with a £).
- Dragons’ Quest – Hunt for dragons in the galleries – can you find them all and win a prize? (Free).
Dragon’s Wood – Are you brave enough to enter the maze and save the princess from the fearsome dragon? (£).
- Dragon masks – Make your own scary mask to take home (£).
- Children’s film shows (Free).
Visitors can also explore the rest of the museum – home to the national collection of arms and armour – with 8,500 historic items on show in a series of themed galleries; War, Tournament, Oriental, Self Defence and Hunting.
The Tournament Gallery is newly refurbished and allows visitors to experience of might of Henry VIII – king and sportsman.
The museum’s children’s play area, The Jester’s Yard, will also be open, along with the Crossbow Range.
The February half-term activities are just part of the Royal Armouries’ Dangerously Entertaining events programme for 2012. For more information and for opening times, visit www.royalarmouries.org
Notes to editors
For more information and the latest news about the Royal Armouries:
- Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour and has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London, Fort Nelson and Louisville, Kentucky. It is the first British national museum to open a permanent presence in another country
- Admission to the museum is free. However, there may be a small charge for some special events.
- Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-25 December
- Information Line: 0113 220 1999
- Website: www.royalarmouries.org
- The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.