Crochet Workshop and Tour


Crochet away

Join us for an extraordinary crochet workshop led by the designers from TOFT.

Calling all crafters: take part in a workshop led by crochet experts TOFT, then tour the Museum's behind-the-scenes tank room.

In this unique workshop you will use Kerry Lord's new mini kit to make your own version of Archie, the 8.62-metre-long giant squid specimen at the Museum - you'll get to meet Archie on your tour.

You will be given everything you need to make your squid: wool, stuffing, crochet hook, sewing-up accessories and pattern, plus all the expert tuition you'll need to complete your craft.

You will learn how to read a crochet pattern, start and finish each body part, and sew them all together. The TOFT team will be on-hand for any troubleshooting.

Light refreshments are also included in the workshop.

Your 15-minute tour of the tank room will be guided by one of our science educators. You'll meet Archie and see other weird and wonderful specimens.

After booking, please email to select a time slot for your tank room tour.

If you're attending the morning workshop (11.00-12:30), you will get to pick from the following times of a tour of the tank room afterwards:

14.15, 14.30

If you're attending the afternoon workshop (13.30-15.00),  you will get to pick from the following times of a tour of the tank room beforehand:

10.30, 10.45, 11.00, 11.15

Please note that the timeslots are allocated on a first come, first served basis as we are limited to 10 people per tour. We will endeavour to give you your preference, however this may not be possible and so the closest available time slot will be allocated. 

  • 7 April 11.00-12.30, 13.30-15.00

Discount Member tickets

Members can purchase discount tickets for this event. Please bring your membership card with you to the event. Not a Member? Join today.

Meeting point

Darwin Centre Spirit Collection.

Important information

This event is for those aged 18 and over.

Bookings are required. No refunds or exchanges will be given.

Visitors must bring a print out of their booking confirmation or collect a printed ticket at the information desk well in advance of the event time.

A free ticket for a carer accompanying a guest with a disability can be requested on +44 (0)20 7942 5000, Monday to Friday, 9.30-17.30, subject to availability.

Please note that photography and filming may take place during this event, in which you may be identifiable. These images may be used for Museum marketing purposes on the website, social media and printed publicity materials. If you have any concerns about being photographed, please speak to a member of staff at the event.

The event will begin promptly. We cannot allow you to join the event after it has commenced and no refunds will be given to latecomers.

The Museum reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the event as required, such as adjusting the locations, timings or content of the activities. This is to ensure that we deliver a safe and excellent experience for all guests at all times.