Capture8From storytelling and craft sessions to the chance to meet some unusual animals – there’s lots to keep the kids entertained at a County Durham museum during the half-term holiday.

Killhope: the North of England Lead Mining Museum has a packed programme of events and activities lined up for visitors of all ages next week.

On Sunday, 25 October, Eileen Hoey from Four Paws will be visiting the museum to introduce children to some very special and unusual animals.

Eileen will be discussing how the animals adapt to their environment and why different animals are more active at different times of the day and night.

There will be three sessions, each lasting 45 minutes, between 1pm and 4pm. There is a £3 charge per child and booking is essential.

On Tuesday, 27 October, there will be a kids’ clay play workshop starting at 1.30pm and costing £3 per child.

Kids can make their own insect hotel or hedgehog hibernation box to take home during a Nature Craft session on Wednesday, 28 October. The session starts at 1.30pm and costs £4 per child.

It’s all about keeping a traditional folk craft alive on Thursday, 29 October, with the museum holding one of its popular Kids’ Spar Box Workshops.

Youngsters can take a tour of Killhope’s collection of spar boxes before making a display case for their own collection of minerals.

The session starts at 1.30pm and costs £8 including all materials. Booking is recommended.

Things get a little spooky on Saturday, 31 October, with Halloween crafts and scary tall tales on the move, courtesy of gifted storyteller Adam Bushnell, who promises to enthral young and old.

Sessions take place at noon, 1.30pm and 3pm and cost £4 per child.

At 1.30pm, there’s also a free guided walk around the museum’s woodland, taking in the Hazeley Hush, where evidence of ancient mining techniques is still visible. Visitors may even catch sight of Killhope’s resident red squirrels

Stout footwear is required for the walk.

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