2017 Family Activities


Toddler Tales – “Changes”

Hertfordshire Libraries

A special story session around the festival theme of “Changes” for you and your child to join in with. Suitable for pre-school children

WHERE: Royston Library (SG8 9JN)
WHEN: Friday 22 September, 2.05 – 2.35pm 

Now & Then: Vintage Toys and Games

Test out some vintage toys and games at the Museum – How do they compare with the toys and games you play with today? Then it’s your chance to make some of your own retro toys to take home, including papier mache boats, bobbin cars, flick books and more. Based on the Royston Arts Festival theme of change and transformation. Donations welcome for refreshments. Drop in session. www.roystonmuseum.org.uk
WHERE: Royston and District Museum
WHEN: Saturday 23 September, 10.30am – 12pm 
TICKETS £2 per child (Ages 5-10 years)


Ringing the changes – Royston Bell Ringers

The Royston tower will open up to demonstrate the Ancient Art of Bell Ringing. Every 30 minutes, there will be a talk about the bells, a ringing demonstration and the opportunity to have-a-go.

WHERE: Royston Parish Church
WHEN: Saturday 23 September , 11am – 2pm
Ages 8 – 80 (Under 8’s need to be supervised at all times)


Changes by GSTARS The Royston Fringe

This will be a showcase of innovative choreography and drama created by our GSTARS students looking inside themselves to address the changes that occur throughout the process of growing up. Come along for a morning of entertainment that will have you dancing in the aisles. Don’t miss out on this fun packed show of exciting versatility and enjoyable expression of ‘Changes’. www.gstars.co.uk  |   www.royston-methodist.org.uk

WHERE: Royston Methodist Church
WHEN: Saturday 23 September, 11am – 12
TICKETS £5. All ages. Children under 3 free.
From Clare on 07717 311167 email: g-stars@hotmail.co.uk


Creative Royston Community Arts Event

Join us for a fun family event in Priory Memorial Gardens. With live music from Molly Chenoa, Scrambells and Garden City Samba, ceramic painting with Glazed Creations, knitting and crochet with No.3 Royston, and workshops in handbell ringing and Brazilian carnival drumming. There’ll also be refreshments including a licensed bar run by AdHoc, as well as local art from Paul Human and live art by graffiti artist Gnasher. To celebrate in style, we’re inviting you to join us for a Ceilidh dance with Dangerous Circles Ceilidh Band from 4pm. Everybody’s welcome and there’ll be a caller to show you what to do!

Approx. 2.20pm: Prize giving for Creative Writing Competition in ARENA.

If you’d like to try your hand at Brazilian Carnival drumming, we will be running age specific workshops: Under 10s (2pm), 10-15 (2.30pm) and 16+ (3pm).  FREE but book in advance to avoid disappointment on the day. https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/creativeroyston

WHERE: Priory Memorial Gardens
WHEN: Saturday 23 September, 2pm-6pm 


Everything Changes… Graham Palmer

A writing workshop exploring place and time

Whether you’re a beginner in creative writing or a more advanced writer looking for ideas, this half-day workshop will help you shape a setting for your story, blog or poem. Using historic photos from the Museum’s storeroom, it will provide an opportunity to discover how a sense of change and place can inspire your own writing. *

* This workshop may also prove useful to those preparing for the Creative Writing element in the GCSE English exam.

WHERE: Royston and District Museum
WHEN: Saturday 23 September, 2 – 4:30pm
TICKETS £5. Age 15 + https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/391555


Royston Cave Tours

by Royston & District Local History Society

Royston Cave is beehive shaped and cut into the chalk that underlies the town. Much of its surface is adorned with medieval style carvings depicting saints and other religious scenes. The Cave lay concealed until 1742 when it was rediscovered by accident and since then people have been trying to solve the mystery of the Cave’s origin and purpose. www.roystoncave.co.uk

WHERE: Royston Cave SG8 7BZ
WHEN: Saturday 23 September
Tours each day at 2:00; 2:40; 3:20; 4:00 
Sunday 24 September
Tours each day at 2:00; 2:40; 3:20; 4:00
TICKETS £5 Adult, £4 Seniors, £1 Children (5 to 15) at door on day only.  Under 5s free. No unaccompanied children. Timed tickets for later tours on the day may be purchased from the guide.