Join us for regular weekend family workshops, where we invite families to be creative and learn together, alongside artists, illustrators and designers. Explore Somerset House and our exhibitions and displays though an exciting range of activities, from painting and model-making to fashion design and animation. Each workshop is designed to inspire and encourage creative discovery, and spark fresh activities to try at home.
Here's what people have been saying about our workshops:
Allowed children to be very creative... Great quality materials.
Excellent staff - encouraging and creative.
A fantastic day out!
Wild Life Drawing is a drawing class with a difference. Instead of human life models, the subjects are real animals. The aim of the drawing classes is to inspire a sense of appreciation and understanding for animals and their conservation through creativity. This October Wild Life Drawing will be hosting a special Halloween drawing event for families at Somerset House, where you’ll get the chance to meet and draw wolves. To be specific, these are a domestic species of British Lupine dog which are perfect wolf look-a-likes, originally a hybrid from many years ago. Even though they are perfectly tame household pets, they still retain their pack mentality, eat only raw meat and howl at the full moon!
Join us every weekend in the Treasury to take part in Utopia 2016 a year of imagination and possibility.
Make & Do with the Treasurers: fun and creative activities that explore utopian ideas from the past, present and future. Suitable for all ages, materials provided.
Tell us about your Utopia; contribute a post it note with your thoughts and help us to disseminate lessons for how we might live, make, work and play better.
Meet the Treasurers; have a chat about the original text Utopia by Thomas More and the Utopia 2016 programme.
Or simply relax and enjoy the Treasury; browse our micro library of Utopian literature and play songs on A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World by Ruth Ewan.
The spirit of the River Thames runs through Somerset House, in fact the river used to flow directly into the building before Victoria Embankment was built. When entering the building via the Great Arch you can see Somerset House’s unofficial mascot: Father Thames, London’s own watery guardian, overseeing the river from its source all the way through London to where the river meets the sea.
Click here to download our ather Thames Activity Sheet
Suitable for families with children aged 6-12years.
Somerset House supports the 2010 Kids in Museums Manifesto: