#CulturedKids 60 – London October 2020

Welcome to the October edition of Cultured Kids – and my very first as co-host! It’s a real privilege to help run Culture Kids, as I’ve been joining in with it for years. Through it I’ve read some great blogs, discovered new places and made like-minded friends, both virtual and in real life. The encouragement from like-minded creatives has given me confidence to develop my blog.

So, if you are a blogger who covers culture, no matter which stage you’re at, please do join in with Cultured Kids. Just link up any of your blog posts which include culture in any of its wonderful forms. All the joining instructions are below.

What have me and the Museum Kids been up to the couple of months? Despite the travel restrictions and social distancing, we’ve still had a fantastic summer in the UK. We’ve had short breaks to Rye, Hastings, Bath, Norfolk, Cardiff and Manchester, and lots of day trips in and around London – and racking up over 30 cultural visits in the process. Our travel highlights have been exploring the historic 1066 Country on two press trips and finally seeing the world famous Roman Baths in Bath.

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I’ll continue with a plea – please do keep supporting cultural places. Every visitor counts right now. If you have easy access to the centre it’s a great time to see the national treasures whilst they’re quieter. For families I particularly recommend right now Tower Bridge, the Natural History Museum and Wonderlab at the Science Museum.

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We’ve seen so many social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures, I’ve honestly not yet been to a museum where I didn’t feel safe. They certainly feel better than my local shops and parks, that’s for sure! And by travelling outside peak hours we’ve had quiet tube rides too.

If you’re not yet ready to brave Central London, there’s plenty of small and local museums to choose from. We’ll be road testing the soon-to-be-reopened London Museum of Water and Steam and are re-reading Matilda in preparation for our bubble tour of Roald Dahl Museum

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Don’t forget that historic grounds and gardens are great places to visit, especially at this time of  year. National Trust in particular have got their numbers right – just set a reminder to get up early on a Friday to book for the week ahead (or stay up just past midnight on Thursday). We’re planning a return to Scotney Castle to see this picture-perfect place in its autumnal coat.

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And with the kids back at school I’ve also indulged in some child-free exhibitions too. Don’t miss Derek Jarman at the Garden Museum, it’s a moving and thoughtful exhibition which made me see Prospect Cottage in a whole new light.

Thanks so much everyone for joining in last month. We loved reading all your posts. Our favourites from last time were:

Visiting the Box Plymouth kids – all you need to know by Devon With Kids

Family day out: Cowboy village Roswell in Croatia by the Red Phone Box Travels

24 hours in Canberra by Holidaze and Hellidaze

The best places to travel with a baby around the world by Wander and Luxe

Inside Kensington Palace during Covid by Cultural Wednesday

What have you been up to? Come share how culture is helping you and yours ride the coronacoaster in this month’s link up.

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Written by Vyki Sparkes AKA Museum Mum. Award-winning culture blogger, content creator, museum curator, podcaster, and mum to three. I’ve worked in museums for 18+ years, have a masters in museum studies, but more importantly, have been letting my kids loose in museums for decades. This blog shares all my hard-earned knowledge and experience.

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  1. October 16, 2020 / 1:40 pm

    Congratulations for your first co-host of #culturedkids. and thanks everyone for choosing my post as one of your favourites:)

  2. October 16, 2020 / 1:55 pm

    thanks for choosing my post as one of your favourites

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