Arts, Crafts and Museums

We visit interesting and unusual places often not on anyone’s bucket list.  Here we’ll share anything to do with the arts, crafts and museums we come across and update the post as we go.

MUSEUMS

John Bunyan Museum, Bedford. Photo credit: http://www.bunyanmeeting.co.uk/museum/

1. John Bunyan Museum

  • Where:  Mill St, Bedford MK40 3EU, Bedfordshire, England
  • Date of Visit: March 2018.
  • Open: Tue-Sat, 11am – 4pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Time spent there: 1 Hour or less
  • Cafe/Refreshments: Yes. Limited options. Sandwiches and Biscuits, etc. Cash Only

John Bunyan was the author of many Christian books, but his most famous was the Pilgrim’s Progress, which once was a book found in every English house.

“The Pilgrim’s progress is arguably the most famous published Christian allegory” Wikipedia

His story is extraordinary and well worth a museum dedicated to him and him alone.  It’s hard not to spill the beans and tell you all here, especially my favourite bits, but it would be like telling you the end of a good movie.  You should go see it for yourself.

2. The Lightbox Museum & Art Gallery

  • Where: Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA, Surrey, England
  • Date of Visit: 3 April 2018.
  • Open: Tue-Sat 10:30-17:00 with late viewing on Thursday till 20:30. Sun: 11am-4pm
  • General Admission: Free (Woking history museum)
  • Upper Gallery exhibitions: £7,50 (incl. Picasso exhibit)
  • Duration of our visit: 1 Hour or less (History Museum).  You’ll need more time if you visit the art exhibits.
  • Cafe/Refreshments: Yes

Woking, the place of the bad, the mad and the dead.

That is how it was known many years ago and I’m so glad it isn’t that place anymore.  Designed by Marks Barfield Architects, who also designed the London Eye, the award-winning Lightbox opened in September 2007.

With a busy toddler in tow, I never spend too much time in places like galleries and museums if I am on my own with the children.  The thought of Kate in the Picasso exhibit sends shivers down my spine.  We went to the story museum instead and it was small enough and interesting enough to teach all about Woking’s past and to keep us busy for about an hour.  It is an interactive exhibit with lots of “phones” to pick up and buttons to push.  They even have a little dress up section.

The one thing I will never forget about our visit as long as I live is learning how the rich folks smelled in more-or-less the 15th century. There is a little innocently-looking lid with a picture of a nose on it which you should open with caution and only if you have a strong stomach.  Be warned!

ARTS & CRAFTS

1. Lino Printing by Ubuso Studios

  • Tuesday 30th January 2018 @ 10 am
    • R150pp includes all materials, tea, coffee and light snacks
  • Venue: Studio Escape George, Paddagat Centre, Courtenay Street, George, South Africa

READ ALL ABOUT THE LINO PRINTING WORKSHOP HERE

Photo Credit: Ubuso Studio   READ ABOUT THE LINO WORKSHOP HERE


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