Family Fun

CHILDREN’S GARDEN TRAIL ‘Interesting Insects’

Family fun time!  Hidden in the gardens are pictures of insects which William Cowper, Mrs Unwin and their friends would have seen in the Flower garden and Summer House garden, or on many of his walks in the local countryside.  What can you find out about them and how many questions can you get right?
Trail sheet cost:  £1.50 – includes a small prize
Usual admission applies to see the museum and gardens
Trail available during usual museum opening times from Easter onwards.

Family Fun with Trails, Challenges & Things to Do 

Free Family Trails & Activities

Time-travellers Trail

Take yourself back to 1900 when Queen Victoria was on the throne and we first opened as a Museum.  A time when the World was black and white (not really!) you cooked with fire and you went to the toilet outside …

Download your Time-travellers Trail

Or you might still prefer one of the trails below.

The Runaway Hare Trail

There is a Family Find it Trail for you to do as you search the hidden nooks and crannies of the gardens and house.  Pick up your trail and pencil at the Museum or download your own before you visit.

The Runaway Hare Trail

Poetry Treasure Trail

Mr Cowper could write a poem about anything!  He found ideas and inspiration for his poems all around his house and gardens.

Pick up your trail and pencil at the Museum or download your own before you visit.

The Poetry Treasure Trail

Don’t miss the Dressing Up Room on the top floor 

Find the ‘Children Only – No Adults Boxes’ in all the rooms to investigate and have a go…

Family Fun & Things to do at Home

Download our bookmark here for fun at home

Why not send us your drawings of Mr Cowper’s pet hares, Tiney, Bess & Puss. (all boy hares by the way)

Send in your digital images via our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter  – or email to

Having difficulties spotting the differences between rabbit and hares?  Check out the Brown Hare Factsheet to help you.

Download our Mr Cowper paper doll here

A great website for more paper dolls is paperthinpersonas

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Book Museum Tickets

Our Museum building remains CLOSED.  We are opening our gardens on limited entry.  The Cowper & Newton Museum gardens will be open to welcome you on Wednesday 5th August 10.30 – 12.15 and Saturday 8th August 10.30 – 12.15

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