Okay, so these may not be the cheapest tickets in town – but if you’re looking to do something special with the kids – or give yourself and them a real treat, then the Sherlock’s Night Owls and the Cutty Sark Sleepovers will be such an exciting experience. Imagine investigating crime scenes and solving mysteries; or learning how to hoist flags and watching the stars on the deck of the iconic British Clipper? My only advice would be to book your places now – as these unique activities are pretty popular.
Sherlock’s Night Owls
Once the doors close to the general public at the Museum of London, budding young sleuths (ages seven to 11) and accompanying adults will be able to enjoy historical London in this special after-hours event, which includes an early morning breakfast and family friendly film-screening. Special activities include a quest to seek out the clues with only a torch to light the way; trawling crime scenes; and becoming Time Detectives – much like archaeologists, who have to unravel the mysteries of the past through different objects. Afterwards, enjoy a late-night snack before lights out at midnight.
It’s the first time the world-famous tea clipper is letting people onboard for the night and, even though the most expensive berths have sold out such as the Captain’s experience at £100 (Phew!) there are still tickets left for little sailors on the Tween deck. Explore the ship at night-time, and learn how to hoist the flags, coil the ropes and tie knots. An astronomer from the Royal Observatory will also be pointing out the stars and planets in the sky above the ship, and explain how sailors used these to guide them at sea. All will enjoy a hearty breakfast under the Cutty Sark’s hull in the morning.
Cutty Sark Sleepover Greenwich, SE10 9HT; 2 April, 7.30pm-9.30am; Tickets £45