Family Christmas fun at Museum of London Docklands

By Rob Virtue on December 17, 2013 9:12 AM |

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Children can visit Santa in a magical Victorian setting this Christmas at a grotto in Museum of London Docklands.

Open last week, it is set in the West India Quay venue's 19th century Sailortown, a recreation of London's streets from yesteryear.

Victorian Santa's Grotto costs £7 for each child and includes a meeting with the big man, as well as a special gift.

Photos are available at additional cost.

It will run from December 14 to 23. Tickets can be booked by calling 020 70019844 or online at

The grotto is one of many events taking place at the museum over the festival period.

Here's the guide to what else you can find to keep children entertained.

Treasure Jars

Design and decorate a special jar to hold your most treasured possessions, For ages three to 11.

Sat Dec 21 and Fri Jan 3, 11.30am-12.30pm and 2-3pm.

Festive Storytime

Fun and interactive festive story told by puppets and museum objects, accompanied by music. Children then play in the Mudlarks Gallery. Ages up to five.

Mon Dec 23, 10.30-11am, 11.30am-12pm and 2-2.30pm.

Gold, Frankincense... And Nutmeg?

Jesus's gifts frankincense and myrrh weren't the only treasured spices. Find out about the world of the spice trade and make a treasure chest of exotic smells to take home. Ages three to 11.

Sat Dec 28 and Mon Dec 30, 11.30am-12.30pm and 2-3pm.

Buried Treasure

When the Shadwell Docks were being built people bought treasure found at the site. Discover the story of the men who sold fake goods and create your own. Ages three to 11

Thurs Jan 2, 11.30am-12.30pm and 2-3pm.

X Marks The Spot

Be inspired by the treasure of notorious pirate Captain Kidd and create your own booty.

Sat Jan 4, 11.30am-12.30pm and 2-3pm.

Dick Turpin And The Hidden Treasure Of London Town

Hear the amazing story of the legendary highwayman, find out what treasures he stole and what he did with them.

Sat Jan 4, 11.30am-12pm, 1-1.30pm and 2.30-3pm.

Find out more at

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