Animal antics at museum

Children go Wild for Bailiffgate Museum exhibition.
Children go Wild for Bailiffgate Museum exhibition.

The wild times are continuing at an award winning museum as visitors flock to its latest exhibition.

Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery in Alnwick launched its Wild exhibition earlier this month to celebrate native British wildlife.

Already it is proving a hit, and now fox footprints have appeared to guide visitors to the museum from Alnwick town centre.

Chairman of the museum’s board of trustees Mal Graham said: “We were delighted that the fox decided to visit us and his friends, who are here as part of the Wild exhibition.

“Luckily the paint is degradable and the footprints will disappear in a short while.

“We hope that residents and visitors to Alnwick will follow the footprints and visit our beautiful exhibition.”

The event runs throughout the summer until Sunday, September 4, offering family-friendly activities to complement the displays.

Visitors can learn about red foxes, squirrels, stag beetles, salmon, barn owls, great crested newts and other wildlife, with interactive displays and extra resources to engage all ages.

Children can listen to wildlife stories, dress up as their favourite creatures and make their own animal masks.

And extra activities will be available in the museum and local coast and countryside.

Animal-themed Tuesday Tales, for children aged one to six years, runs throughout the school holidays, from 1pm to 3pm, offering stories, songs and games.

And Thursday Makers, running weekly from 11am to 3pm, offers arts and crafts activities with an animal theme for children aged three and over.

There is no need to book for either the Tuesday or Thursday events, but normal museum admission charges apply.