The Boat Museum on the River Mersey is holding a series of events and exhibitions for children over the summer holidays.

The Boat Museum in Ellesmere Port on the River Mersey is holding a state-of-the-art interactive exhibition about the history of boats during the school holidays.

The exhibition, called How to Build a Boat, looks at the construction of boats from ancient coracles to the canal craft of today.

Managed by charity The Waterways Trust, the museum is undergoing a £1.4m refurbishment which will see the Grade II-listed Island Warehouse given a new roof and a floating pontoon bridge in the exhibition area.

Summer Holiday Events for Kids at The Boat Museum

25-29 JulyBadge-R & Friends Fun hands on workshop. Make a souvenir animal badge to take away

30-31 JulyForest Fever Fun Organised in conjunction with The Mersey Forest

1-5 AugustHooray for Horatio Admiral Nelson returns from Trafalgar. Stories, comedy and living history. Fun for all the family

6-7 AugustRoses & Castles Beginners painting course. Traditional narrowboat painting led by our resident expert John Moore, boat painter and canal artist. Weekend course (adults) cost £75 including lunch and refreshments. Booking essential.

8-14 AugustViking Festival The Vikings are here for a whole week, recreated by Wirhalh Skip Felag. Learn how to make money – literally! Demonstrations on how to spin, weave, fight with swords, carve wood and bones, cook. Story telling. Join the Viking tented village Fri-Sun.

14 AugustBoat Burning Climax of the Viking Festival is an evening Boat Burning – a very rare opportunity to witness a spectacular Viking burial (extra charge on the gate £1.50). Food available or bring a picnic. Site closes at 9pm

15-19 AugustChildren’s Fun Workshops and Tours (phone for details).

20-24 AugustThe Magic of Meccano Marvel at the models and contraptions made by the North West Meccano Guild with hands on workshops, demonstrations and displays of the best models made from Meccano. Fascinating for all the family especially for budding engineers.

28-29 AugustShips throughout the Ages – Model Boat Convention 10.00am-5pm Huge trade fair. A must for Model Boaters with interest for all the family. Trade stands selling kits, parts and spares. Demonstrations on the water

3 SeptemberKnobstick Roses & Graining Develop your painting skills under the expert eye of resident boat painter and canal artist John Moore. Day course for adults. Cost £35 including lunch and refreshments. Booking essential.

For more details contact the museum. Tel: 0151 355 5017.