Are we nearly there? Time-travel outings for children

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Coldharbour Mill Working Wool Museum, Uffculme, Cullompton, Devon EX15 3EE (O1884 840960), a working wool mill with a 200-year history. Outside are an old weaver's cottage, a dye workshop and a dye garden. Mon-Sun 10.30am-5pm until October (then Mon-Fri 10.30am-5pm) Adults pounds 5, Children pounds 2.50, Family tickets pounds l3.50.

The Arc, The Archaeological Resource Centre, St Saviourgate,York, YO1 2NN (O1904 6543 24) Ever wondered why people bother to dig up dusty bones and broken pots? The enthusiastic Dr Andrew Jones and his colleagues have created a museum to breathe life into archaeology. Visitors are encouraged to handle exhibits and, with assistance, to clean and identify fragments. Ideal for budding Indiana Joneses. Mon-Fri 10am-3.30pm; Sat 1pm-3.30pm, Entrance pounds 3.50.

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, Chichester, Sussex PO18 OEU (O1243 811348) is essentially committed to rescuing endangered buildings, but a visit to this open-air site offers leisurely time travel. Buildings include an early medieval farmstead, and a Tudor farmhouse with a garden planted up appropriately, plus livestock. There are daily craft demonstrations. The orchards are currently in blossom, and there are lambs and calves. Mon-Sun 10.30am-5pm. Adults pounds 4.90, children pounds 2.30, family tickets pounds 12. Dogs on leads welcome.

White Cliffs Experience: Roman Encounters and Our Finest Hours, Market Square, Dover, Kent (01304 214566). Centurions, coin-strikers and marine officers wander along an interactive Roman street where visitors can try their hands at mosaic, building roads, even invading Britain. Then take a time machine to Dover during the Second World War, with Pathe News footage, an animatronic show, and Forties shops. Open Mon-Sun 10am-5pm. Adults pounds 4 (pounds 5.50), children pounds 3.25 (pounds 4.25), family pounds 12 (pounds 17). Prices in brackets are for both attractions.

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