Families of Swindon will be able to enjoy a jam-packed program of activities at two iconic venues this Easter. 

STEM activities, potion making, new special exhibitions, ceramic workshops and free art sessions are just some of the activities on offer at Swindon's STEAM Museum and Lydiard House Museum.

STEAM Museum

At STEAM, The second exhibition in this year’s series opens on April 9. The Diesel Decades follows the story of Britain’s railways as they moved from using steam engines to diesel-powered locomotives instead.

Visitors can learn about the future of transport with STEAM’s educational workshops on April 13 and 14. Children can have a go at designing an electrical circuit and then build the bodywork for an electric vehicle.

The museum is also hosting a family art and craft session with Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’s Art on Tour team on April 20. Children can try their hand at recycled sculpture, collages and can even design their own train! Sessions last 45 minutes and need to be pre-booked. 

Museum admission and tickets for activities must be booked in advance on the STEAM website: www.steam-museum.org.uk

Lydiard House Museum

A brand-new art trail entitled Interventions brings artworks from Swindon Museum and Art Gallery to the historic setting of Lydiard House Museum. 

The Swindon Museum and Art Gallery team are also hosting free, drop-in outdoor art activities between 10am and 4pm on Wednesday, April 13 where people can try some Easter-themed crafts and nature art. 

In the 17th century, Lady Johanna St John of Lydiard House made poultices and potions from herbs and plants known for their healing properties. On April 20 a medical lotions and potions family activity will be taking place where children can don lab coats and make their potions to take home. 

From April 9 Lydiard House Museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm).

Tickets can be purchased from the House on the day. Admission to Lydiard House costs £5 for an adult and £2.75 for a child (under 3s go free). Family tickets are also available.

To find out more, please follow the museum on Facebook and Instagram @LydiardHouseMuseum, or Twitter @LydiardMuseum.