Early Years

Early Years

We provide active hands-on sessions which support the Foundation Curriculum and Early Years topics. All the themes link to the building and collections.

Groups will rotate around three or four different activities which last approximately 20-30 minutes each. Most of the sessions will be led by our learning assistants. Some trail and craft activities will be self-directed, but full instructions and materials will be provided.

If you have a theme or topic you would like us to support, please contact Rachel Vivian, Learning Officer, on 01202 882533 or email us at learning@priest-house.co.uk.

The Gingerbread Man

We tell the story of the Gingerbread Man in our Victorian kitchen and all along the garden path down to the river. Make gingerbread men in the Victorian kitchen and choose from a selection of art and craft activities.

A Victorian Christmas

Children can enjoy the festive decorations and a Christmas story at the museum, make Christmas biscuits in the Victorian kitchen and take part in Victorian Christmas-themed games and art and craft activities.

Stories and Rhymes

Traditional and contemporary stories and rhymes are used as the basis of these hands-on sessions. Each session will include a story and cooking in the Victorian kitchen. You may also choose from a range of games, and art and craft activities.

Themes include:

  • Percy the Pigeon Finds a Home
  • The Queen of Hearts
  • The Little Red Hen
  • Hickory Dickory Dock
  • Sing a Song of Sixpence

If you have a story or rhyme you would like us to make into a session, please contact us to discuss the options.

Toys Old and New

Discover the stories of some of the old toys at the museum. Hold them in your hands and imagine what they would have been like when they were new. This session can also include storytelling, games or art and craft activities.

Topic and themed sessions

We can create tailor made sessions using the museum building, garden and collections. There are a wide variety of themes including:

  • Shopping
  • Transport
  • Seasons
  • Houses and Homes
  • Family and Friends

If you have another theme or topic you would like us to make into a session, please contact us to discuss the options.

Resources and costs

We have loans boxes available for you to borrow for two weeks on the following themes:

  • Toys Old and New
  • Domestic Objects Old and New
  • Childhood Through the Ages

If we have items available in the collections we may also be able to create loans boxes which link to your themes and topics.


From £3.50 per child according to programme. Accompanying adults are free. Some sessions will incur extra charges for materials or ingredients; these will be discussed at the time of booking.

Loans boxes are free of charge for two weeks before or after your visit, or £10 for two weeks if you do not visit.