Half Term Activities at Brunel’s ss Great Britain in Bristol

Sailor’s Scars and Woeful wounds on board Brunel’s ss Great Britain this half term.

There’s plenty of infectious fun to be had this October half-term at Brunel’s SS Great Britain. Here are the top five reasons to visit the iconic ship this autumn:

Earn your sailors’ scars (11am – 4pm, 21 – 29 October): Inspired by crew’s tales of Victorian injuries, kids can terrify their mums and dads with impressive prosthetics and special-effect makeovers. Explore the ship and meet other grotesque passengers with sinister scars.

Meet the Ragged Victorians (28 – 29 October): Bump into unsavoury characters of the Victorian lower classes including a policeman, dock worker, fisherman’s wife and even a rat catcher accompanied by his live rats.

Step on board after-dark for Spooky Ship (times vary, 28 – 29 October): Settle in for a good, old-fashioned Victorian fright-fest this Halloween. Follow a ghoulish guide and navigate the nooks and crannies of Brunel’s 174-year-old ship; watch out for characters lurking in the shadows, hoping to share their terrible tales.

Meet the curators (11.30am – 2.30pm, 24 – 27 October): Discover gruesome facts in extended Archive in Five sessions and explore original artefacts and diaries, including a Victorian surgeon’s silver snuffbox.
Climb the rigging (Every day until 31 October): Become a true sailor and climb the huge mainmast of Brunel’s ship. Brave souls can ascend the rigging to a viewing platform at over 26m above ground level and even step out over the harbour on the main yard.

Tickets cost £14 per adult, £8 per child (5-17 years old) and under 4’s go free. Tickets are valid for unlimited return visits for 12 months. Go Aloft! costs £10 plus the price of admission.

For more information about Brunel’s ss Great Britain, visit: www.ssgreatbritain.org

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