History isn’t horrible

Ben and Amy Bland from Leyland with some of the weapons used by Muslim soldiers at the Museum of Lancashire. The history of Indian soldiers during the First and Second World Wars was told by university lecturer Jahan Mahmood on Wednesday. Today the Stanley Street institution will be switching its focus to the Land Army girls
Ben and Amy Bland from Leyland with some of the weapons used by Muslim soldiers at the Museum of Lancashire. The history of Indian soldiers during the First and Second World Wars was told by university lecturer Jahan Mahmood on Wednesday. Today the Stanley Street institution will be switching its focus to the Land Army girls

You may be at your wit’s end – and all spent up – but there’s still time to have some cheap fun this half-term.

The Museum of Lancashire, in Preston, is hosting a Land Army day today – with its Land Army girl taking children on a journey back in time to Dig for Victory.

The sessions, which include planting seeds, are at 11am, noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

Call 01772 534075 to book a place.

Also at the Stanley Street instition will be the final three days of the Lancashire Grown exhibition.

The fascinating display celebrates Lancashire agriculture past and present and the variety of people who were involved in growing food on local farms and allotments.

Children will also be able to explore the legacy of the Great House Experimental Farm Project in Helmshore which ran for 30 years as a research centre for testing new farming techniques.

And they can find out about community growing schemes in Lancashire where you can get involved in growing your own healthy food, as well as initiatives such as guerrilla gardening!

Samlesbury Hall is offering an interactive Betsy Bumblebee tour. The scatter-brained maid Betsy Bumblebee is back with her enchanting and heart-felt story The Perfect Present.

It includes a 30-minute story, a hunt around the Hall, and The Perfect Present workshop.

Lancaster Maritime Museum is hosting its Stupendous Science Session: Ready, Steady, Race. Children will be able to help build a wobble detector and see who has the steadiest hand. Ideal for ages 7-11,

Say Cheese! is in honour of the museum’s new photo exhibition Everything Under the Sun, with a camera-themed craft activity.

And the Sizzling Seaside Fun explains an Edwardian seaside holiday with games.

Clitheroe Castle is going leftfield with a Dinosaur Discovery hunt, a dinosaur story time for children aged three-eight, and dino crafts.

A little closer to the present day at the Museum of Lancashire is the major collection of Viking silver that was buried for over 1,000 years.

Known as the Silverdale Hoard, the collection is made up of more than 200 items believed to date from around 900 AD. This makes it the third largest Viking silver hoard that has been found.

With coins, spectacular arm-rings, ingots and lots of fragments of chopped-up pieces – known as ‘hacksilver’ – the Silverdale Hoard provides a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Vikings in Lancashire.

The hoard had been buried in a lead pouch discovered under a field in Silverdale by a local metal detectorist in September 2011. It has been in London for the last two years, going through official processes required by law but has now returned to Lancashire.

On Saturday at the Harris Museum there is a Hands on History session to learn Myths & Legends. Learn about the gods and monsters in stories from Ancient Greece (1.30–3.30pm).