Summer delights at the American Museum in Britain

June 14, 2016 - Helen Keel

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The American Museum in Britain is a hidden gem on the outskirts of Bath – and it offers the perfect summer’s day out. There are glorious gardens and grounds to explore, a fascinating collection of Americana in the manor house, stunning views from the café terrace over the Limpley Stoke valley, and the exhibition – An American Toy Story – will delight a wide range of ages.

An American Toy Story tells the story of the games and toys that have been inspired by popular films. Movie props, vintage toys, and memorabilia from various famous films are showcased – including James Bond, Star Wars, Snow White, Mickey Mouse, Frozen, and Toy Story. Adult visitors of all ages can enjoy the nostalgia of recognising familiar figures from their childhood, and there’s plenty of contemporary memorabilia in the form of sparkly princesses and Jedi knights too.

The inter-active room at the back of the gallery isn’t just for children either. Dressing up costumes, props, Lego and drawing materials are there for everyone to enjoy and the area has proved to be a great hit with groups, families and people of all ages. Dressing up and laughter seem to go hand in hand for visitors to this exhibition. Grannies in Jedi cloaks grasping light sabres and dads dressed as Woody are a lovely sight to see and hear.

Summer highlights include:

  • The Independence Day Fair and BBQ on Saturday 2 July from noon – 8.30pm offers fun, games and entertainment for the whole family. Bristol’s Spitfire BBQ will serve up fabulous food; there’ll be Harley Davidson bikes and classic 1950s cars on show; Kabin Rock will play rock ‘n’ roll from the 1950s and 60s; bouncy castle and fairground games will feature alongside craft workshops, dulcimer demonstrations, textile activities and various performances. It’s a great day out for the whole family, so come along, picnic on the lawns and relax in a gorgeous setting.
  • Thursday 21 July – 1 – 4pm. Princessses in Cars, Princes up a Tower offers fun creating a giant wall of film characters through sketching and collage. Frozen will be shown in the Stables at 2.30pm. Drop in, ages 3+.
  • Thursday 28 July – 10am to noon. This Fight Like a Jedi workshop is an exciting introduction to the art of stage fighting. Booking essential, ages 8 +. £10.
  • Friday 29 July – 10am – noon. Young Artists: Animate! Use digital artwork and animation software to bring your characters to life. Booking essential, ages 8 +. £10.
  • Thursday 4 August – 1 – 4pm. In A Galaxy Far, Far Away… a Star Wars celebration workshop. The first Star WarsEpisode IV: A New Hope (PG) will be screened from 2.30 in the Stables. Drop in, ages 3+.

There are more workshops, talks, music events and children’s activities throughout the summer, look at
American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Claverton, Bath BA2 7BD
01225 460503
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