25 July to September 2023

Professor Pumpernickel Launches Super Summer - FREE Event

Friday 28 July

If you like chaos, chemistry and almost losing your eyebrows, you'll love Pumpernickel with his mind-bending science show. 

​He will be wowing us at 10.30am, 11.30am & 1.30pm in the Percival Guildhouse Gardens 

Plus Free super craft activities - no need to book just turn up. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Aardman Character Hunt FREE

22 July – 2 September

Can you find Wallace, Gromit, Morph & Timmy hidden around the building? These well-loved characters have been unleashed at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum. Find them all to be in with the chance to win a prize!

Check opening hours for availability.

Festival of Archaeology  FREE

Saturday 29 July

10am – 12pm

Join us to celebrate the CBA Festival of Archaeology and handle real artefacts from Tripontium and have a go at creating your own myths.

Drop in, no need to book. Children must be always accompanied by an adult.

Comic Book Workshops


19 July & Tuesday 29 August

10-11am & 11.15-12.15pm

Watch and listen to a comic book reading, followed by the opportunity to have a go at creating your own comic strip.
FREE, pre-booking essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Aardman Model Making Workshops

Tuesday 1 August 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm
Age 6+ Children must be accompanied by an adult


Join Aardman Animations as they show you how to make your very own character. Choose from Gromit, Shaun or Morph.

Aardman Animations are giving you the chance to learn how to make your very own Aardman character at these fun, hands-on clay modelling workshops. Led by one of their expert model makers, you’ll also get the opportunity to ask questions about the tricks of the trade from the Aardman studio.

Workshops are an hour long and aimed at children aged 6 and above. Grown-ups do not need to purchase a ticket unless they want to make a character too!  

Play Activities for Ages 6 and under

Superhero Shadow City

Wednesday 2, Tuesday 15 August & Wednesday 30 August
10-11am & 11.15-12.15pm

Explore light and shadow at this fun superhero themed play workshop.


Super Veg

Thursday 10 & Friday 25 August

Play and explore super veg, in this messy play workshop.


Art and Craft Workshops Ages 7 and over

Pop Art Printing

Friday 4 August

10-11am & 11.15-12.15pm

Zap! Inspired by artist Roy Lichtenstein create a pop out piece of artwork using bubble wrap.


Toy Superhero Costume  Design

Tuesday 8 August

10-11am & 11.15-12.15pm

Turn your teddy or toy into a superhero with his very own costume. Sewing experience not essential.


Brick Printing Plates

Wednesday 9 August

10-11am & 11.15-12.15pm

Inspired by Rugby Collection artist Eduardo Paolozzi, make a printing plate and create your own brick printed artworks.


Plasticine Stop Motion

Wednesday 16 August

10-11am & 11.15-12.15pm

Model with plasticine to create your own short stop motion film.

PLEASE NOTE: each table will have one tablet for the activity. Please bear this in mind when making your booking. Only book one table if children are happy to share, otherwise please book a table for each child.


Make a Zoetrope

Thursday 17 August

10-11am & 11.15-12.15pm

Create your own hand-held animation using an optical illusion.


Lava Lamps

Tuesday 22 August

10-11am & 11.15-12.15pm

Inspired by Rugby Collection artist Elizabeth McAlpine, make your own lava lamp in this STEAM workshop.


Superhero heads rock painting

Thursday 24 August

10-11am & 11.15-12.15pm

Rock painting craft inspired by your favourite superheroes!


Art and Craft Workshops Suitable for ages 12 and over

Flip Book Animation

Thursday 31 August

10-11am & 11.15-12.15pm

Create a fun animation in this creative workshop.

Children must always be accompanied by an adult. £2.50 

Relaxed Hour

Monday 31 July & Monday 21 August


This session is primarily for neurodivergent children and adults, and any other visitors with sensory needs who prefer a more relaxed experience, plus their families, friends, and carers. Come along to explore the gallery and take part in a creative activity.
FREE, suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Summer Camp for budding artists

This four-day art masterclass led by artist and art tutor Joanne Bryan is designed to encourage your mini artist to unleash their creative powers and develop their artistic skills.

Inspired by the current KAPOW exhibition - which explores the art of making comics and film, children will learn about the history of comic book style art (graphic storytelling), explore design, colour and text , and experiment with drawing using different techniques and materials.

Over the four days, these drawings will form the beginnings of sketchbooks which will evolve to create a painting in acrylics that will be displayed as part of an art exhibition in the foyer of the Art Gallery and Museum.
Tuesday 22 to Friday 25 August 
4 day course £150
 8-12 years

Due to limited spaces, tickets are non-refundable