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Rainy day activities for school holidays

Rainy Day Activities! School Holiday activities to keep your family busy and happy

Looking for some fun, easy-to-use activities to keep your youngest interested during the holidays? Why not try our Awesome Archives Passport or have a go at one of our Mini Rainy-Day Activities?


Our activities are ideal for creative children & young people, especially those with an interest in History.


We have put together a fascinating set of activities from our county archives’ resources, from making maps to creating your own time capsule.

They are aimed at 6 to 12 year olds though the activities vary in difficulty. There is some reading and instructions though this could be easily understood by younger children with a grown up’s guidance.


What is included:

An Awesome Archives Passport stuffed full of activities, including drawing, creative writing, a wordsearch and colouring in, an outdoors-based creature hunt and learning to write like the Tudors. The pack also gently introduces children and young people to the Archives and its many, many fascinating, historical documents.

All of the activities can be completed on site at the Archives (where the pack and activities are already printed out and FREE). Alternatively, most of the activities can be completed at home (you will need to print it out yourself or pick one up from us).

Once completed, you have the option to pop into the Archives to get the activities stamped and to pick up the certificate and badge.

It is 12 pages long and in colour. It will probably take 90+ minutes to complete, depending on your child.


Mini Rainy-Day Activities are shorter tasks to get your children thinking as well as having fun making things.

Each activity is 2 pages long and in colour. They will take between 20-60 minutes to complete, depending on the child and the task.


Mini Rainy-Day Activities:



How to use the pack: Simply print them off and add pens/pencils!

If you don’t have a printer, you can pick up FREE copies from the Heritage Hub.

For the Mini Rainy-Day Activities, you can put the task up on any device and use a piece of paper and pens/pencils to do the making bit.

The Awesome Archives Passport is more suited to being printed out. 


Contact us:

We would love to see your work. Please send us a picture on our email below.

Have any questions? Want to share your feedback? Would you like to speak to someone about what we do? We would love to hear from you.

01452 425295

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