Free things to do this half term!

With the sun making a regular appearance and schools broken up, you may be wondering what to do this half term and beyond. Here are some of things I am looking forward to taking my kids to or, if I can, visit with a friend or two!

UnNatural History

The Herbert Art Gallery

28th May 10am – 22nd August 4pm 2021

A major exhibition exploring natural history and climate change curated by Invisible Dust.

Presented in a newly refurbished contemporary gallery this exhibition forms part of the launch for Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.

The café at the Herbert Art Gallery is a great place for all, with a range of cold and hot food available and a play area for the little ones.

Photo taken from the Herbert Art Gallery website.

2 Tone: Lives & Legacies

The Herbert Art Gallery

28th May 10am – 12th September 4pm 2021.

The first-ever major exhibition in the UK devoted to the 2 Tone music sensation.

Booking required :

Photo taken from the Herbert Art Gallery website.

The Self-Portrait Prize 2021 by the Ruth Borchard Collection

Coventry Cathedral

17th May – 28th June 2021

The exhibition, set in the Cathedral, will be something I know my children will enjoy. They are always wowed by the magnitude of the Cathedral building and it will be an opportunity for them to see a range of portraits and we can wonder about the artist and the person pictured.

Booking required:

‘Do the Little Things’ by Jake Lever

Chapel of Gethsemane, Coventry Cathedral

22nd May – 28th June

Whilst we are at the Cathedral, there is also an installation of tiny boats made from wire, gold leaf and tissue paper.

Booking required:

Do The Little Things by Jake Lever: Picture taken from the Cathedral website.

I have also been keeping an eye on the City of Culture website as there is currently a wide range of events including free and paid events. See here for more information:

City of Culture Website:What’s On

If we happen to be stuck inside anytime soon, the Library Service run online free events:


Every Wednesday at 10am

Sing along at home with your baby or toddler

Library Talks

Every Thursday at 2pm

Join us for talks from Eleanor Nesbitt, Coventry Digital, Lancaster Interactive Archive Team and more.

Access these events here:

Beyond our local library service, there is also:

National Shelf Service: a daily YouTube broadcast (11am Monday to Friday) featuring book recommendations from library staff aimed at helping children and families discover new diverse reading experiences.

Happy holidays!

Chloe McCrea

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