Movie Monsters at the Royal Armouries

Manning Stainton

To kick off your Half Term activities, head down to the Royal Armouries Museum at Clarence Dock in Leeds. Take in one of the oldest collections in the world as you wander through the museums five galleries, featuring over 5000 objects on display. You and the family will learn about war, hunting, oriental weaponry, medieval tournaments and more, as you get to walk through the expertly maintained ancient weaponry and armour. 

Medieval armour laid out on a rug

This October half-term you can enjoy the exhibit in an all new, exciting way. You will be joined by expert ghost-hunters and monster-slayers to learn how to slay your favourite movie monsters. Whilst exploring the museum, why not take part in one of the hourly interactive ghost tours, joined by the armouries’ expert Fantasm & Apparition Research Take-down (F.A.R.T) team as they help you identify and remove a ghostly threat from the museum. 

Shell casings on the ground

Be sure to visit the arena where the live combat demonstrations and performances are not to be missed. Go and watch How to kill a zombie, Battle scene to silver screen, High stakes for Dracula, The curse of the haunted armor and Mummy fight. Here the Royal Armouries team brings the history of the museum’s arsenal to life with demonstrations of their historic weaponry with a fun Halloween twist. This is bound to keep you and the family entertained for the day as the kids get absorbed in the interesting history of the nations weapons and stuck in with the fun activities on offer. 

Suit of armour

Pre-booking is encouraged as although they allow walk-ins, you may have to queue when the museum is busy so be sure to get your spot booked to avoid a lengthy wait. Amazingly, entrance to the museum is free making this day out a real bargain but feel free to donate whatever you can to show your appreciation.

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