May Half-Term at Winchester’s Military Museums
Join us this half-term for a full range of fun activities to suit the entire family. See each museum’s individual website for further information, opening hours and contact details.
Throughout the Half-Term Holiday – HorsePower! The Museum of the King’s Royal Hussars – Entrance fees apply
Take a trail through the museum and explore the sites (and smells!) of the Victorian stables. Trail included in entrance fee.
Throughout the Half-Term Holiday – The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum – FREE
Help us celebrate the Jubilee by designing a flag to add to our museum bunting. Available during museum opening hours.
Throughout the Half-term Holiday – The Royal Green Jackets Museum – Entrance fees apply
We’re celebrating the jubilee AND the museum’s brand-new temporary exhibition – Women and the Regiment – at the Royal Green Jackets Museum this half-term. Make a crown, do some jubilee themed colouring in AND take on our new Glitz, Glam, Royalty trail to explore the museum. Activities included in entrance fee.
Throughout the Half-term Holiday – The AGC Museum – FREE
The AGC have been everywhere the British Army has been. Take a trail through the museum and explore their story this half-term. Free entrance and trail.
May 31st 2022 - The Gurkha Museum – Entrance fees apply for the museum; curry, craft and LEGO are free with donations welcomed
Join us for Nepalese and Gurkha themed craft activities. Make your own medal, make your own (cardboard!) kukri and try out our fun kids trail around the Museum. Our popular curry tastings will also be available. Activities are free of charge but we welcome donations to support the work of the Gurkha Museum Trust. Also included for May half term only - we need intrepid testers for our brand-new interactive LEGO experience. Using the LEGO Spike Essential kit, we need you to solve an environmental problem in the same way that the British Army would. Drop in between 11am and 3pm.
May 31st and June 1st – The Rifles Museum - £2 donation, museum entrance FREE
Enjoy fun crafts in The Rifles Museum. Make badges featuring real Army ranks or come up with your own design! Also, discover why in The Rifles its ‘Rifleman’, not ‘Private’ and ‘Serjeant’ is spelt with a ‘J’! Suggested donation for craft £2, drop in between 10.30am and 3.30pm.
The temporary exhibition “Women and the Regiment, Military Lives of Victorian Wives” opened on 21st May 2022 at The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum. The exhibition focuses on the experiences of the wives of soldiers serving in the 1800’s. The Museum has within the archive collection journals from the period, some of which are on display. Also on display is the beetle wing dress that belonged to Barbara FitzHenry, the wife of William FitzHenry who served with the 60th Rifles in India. The dress is on loan from the West Highland Museum, Fort William and we are most grateful to Vanessa Martin the Curator for assisting with the loan.
The exhibition continues until 29th August in The Kincaid Gallery in The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, which is one of the six museums that form Winchester’s Military Museums located in Peninsula Barracks, Winchester.