Daily, 23 until 31 October and 18 until 30 December

10am - 3pm drop in

HMS Belfast

Families

Free event with general admission

At HMS Belfast there are free family activities daily throughout October Half Term and Christmas school holiday.

From 23 - 31 October, get to grips with the science and skills needed to survive on HMS Belfast with Ship Shape, join in our interactive family activity, Sea Legs and travel back to D-Day in 1944 with Family Mission: D-Day Edition.

And from 18 - 30 December our interactive family activity Sea Legs returns, along with Family Mission: D-Day Edition.

Discover more about these activities below. 

All activities are drop in and are recommended for families with children aged 7+. Activities vary daily, we recommend checking details on arrival. 

Ship Shape

Lady and girl sit a table aboard HMS Belfast with artefacts
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Ship Shape

All hands on deck! We need your help to keep this iconic warship in tip-top condition. Discover what it takes to conserve HMS Belfast, the largest object in IWM’s collection.

Join our team of expert conservators as you help prevent damage, search for hungry insect pests burrowing into the ship’s core, test expert packing techniques to protect fragile objects and learn to use specialised equipment.

Ship Shape is a drop-in activity recommended for families with children aged 7+.

This activity takes place in the Arctic Messdeck on Level 2. For the best experience we recommend setting aside 20 minutes for this activity.

SEA LEGS

Man and boy enjoy Family Mission activity on-board HMS Belfast
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SEA LEGS

Ahoy shipmates! It’s time to earn your sea legs. Take charge of HMS Belfast in this interactive family activity and complete fun tasks around the ship.

It’s 1942 and HMS Belfast is ready to set sail. The only thing is we’ve misplaced where we are supposed to be going! We need your help to plot the course for the upcoming mission and make sure everything is shipshape and ready to go.

Hop on the balance board to test how steady you’ll be on choppy seas. Figure out just how to feed 950 men on board with limited rations and even find out what kind of supplies you’ll need along the way.

Get to grips with the science and skills needed to survive on HMS Belfast, solve nautical puzzles and discover for yourself what life was like for the ship’s company during the Second World War.

Sea Legs has been developed with TV Presenter Ben Shires, host of Officially Amazing and Match of the Day: Kick About.

This is a drop-in activity recommended for families with children aged 7+. This activity directs you around different areas of the ship and lasts approximately 45 mins.

Part of IWM’s new family programme of activities created specifically to explore how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) has impacted real people and the causes, courses and consequences of conflict.

FAMILY MISSION: D-DAY EDITION

FAMILY MISSION: D-DAY EDITION

It’s 1944 and the most important day of the war so far is looming. You and your family are needed as the latest naval recruits.

As a team use your Kit Bag to find hidden messages, predict the weather for sailing, discover ship life and crack Morse code.

Learn about the biggest invasion in history as you explore HMS Belfast. This interactive storytelling experience is based on personal stories from those who served on D-Day.

Created by KIT Theatre and Kirsty Harris

Family Mission: D-Day Edition is a drop-in activity recommended for families with children aged 7+. You’ll need to collect your Kit Bag to begin. 

This activity directs you around different areas of the ship. For the best experience we recommend setting aside approximately an hour.

Location

HMS Belfast
IWM
Address

HMS Belfast
The Queen's Walk
London
SE1 2JH

  • London Bridge
  • Tower Hill