Children: What To Do This Weekend In London

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Workshops and Performances

London Transport Museum, 39 Wellington Street, London WC2 (0171-379 6344) today and tomorrow, 11.30am onwards, free with entry of adults pounds 4.95, children pounds 2.95

At this popular museum celebrating the history and future of London's public transport system (above), kids can take part in a drop-in colouring and collage-making workshop, and under-fives can join in the special "Platform Promenade" performances, which feature a mixture of stories, music and rhyme.

Family Hands-on Sessions

Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, London SE23 (0181-699 1872) today and tomorrow, 2.30-3.15pm and 3.30-4.15pm, free

Every weekend at this fascinating south-London museum, families can take a closer look at objects from around the world in the handling collection. On Saturday, it's puppets and on Sunday, it's masks. Tickets, which can't be booked, are given out at the information desk from 2pm on a first-come, first-served basis.

Nikki Spencer


Rome and Away

Lullingstone Roman Villa, near Eynsford, Kent (01322 863467) today and tomorrow, 12noon onwards, free with entry of adults pounds 2.50, children pounds 1.30

Not a mis-spelt Australian soap opera, but a saga of life during the 350 years of Roman occupation, featuring a colourful cast of human and puppet characters. A re-enactment group will also describe the customs and lifestyle of the Roman Empire as enjoyed at this large and luxurious villa complex, which was built around AD100 and re-discovered in the 1930s.

Medieval Intrigue

Orford Castle, Suffolk (01394 450472) today and tomorrow, 12noon onwards, free with entry of adults pounds 3, children pounds 1.50

Learn to be a squire, play ancient board games and have a go at cooking 13th-century recipes at this magnificent castle, which has survived almost intact and provides some splendid views of Orford Ness and the surrounding countryside.

Night Walk

Trelissick, Feock, Cornwall (01872 862945) tomorrow 8-10pm, free but booking essential

Experience this National Trust woodland (below) and parkland in a new light - or rather no light! Among the activities on this "earth walk" - where the idea is to reinvigorate the senses of smell, touch and hearing - will be a blindfold rope walk through the forest. Participants are encouraged to wear warm clothes and be prepared to get wet and muddy. NS