Eling Tide Mill

As part of our HLF project, our Community Engagement Officer is working with a range of community groups – you can see some of our work on our Facebook page.

We are working with local schools, our youth panel at The Garage and running events in the local community. We offer family activities during school holidays, give talks to groups and carry out a variety of outreach work. If you would like to talk to our Community Engagement Officer about working with your group, please contact her on ruth.kerr@elingexperience.co.uk

Although The Eling Experience is closed while we deliver our refurbishment Project, we still have lots going on. And thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, our activities are free! We just ask for a little feedback so we can tell our funders how we’re doing. As these are family activities, we ask that you stay and enjoy them with your children.

Upcoming events

Summer: Hands-on Natural Science – Investigating Owl Pellets
Tuesday 15 August 2017 | 10.30am - 11.30am | Testwood Lakes Visitor Centre

Another great natural science workshop from Natural Selection Learning! Using real owl pellets* and equipment, investigate what owls eat by identifying the bones in their pellets. Suitable for 6+ years.(*Pellets are parcels of undigested food which owls regurgitate). Places are limited and must be booked in advance at Eventbrite.

Summer: Romans
Tuesday 22 August 2017 | 11.00am | Totton Library

Join us at Totton Library as we step back in time for stories and crafts about the Romans. Suitable for 5+ years.

Volunteer and recruitment event
Tuesday 26 September 2017 | 11.00am - 2.00pm | Totton Community Centre, Civic Centre

Join us at our staff and volunteer open event to find out more about the exciting opportunities we have to offer.

October Half Term: Let’s Dig! Exploring Archaeology
Wednesday 25 October 2017 | 10.00am - 12noon | Testwood Lakes Visitor Centre

Drop in and join us as we investigate real archaeological artefacts. Explore how archaeologists work and try piecing together the past. Suitable for 5+ years.

Previous events

Textile Printing
Tuesday 21 February 2017

A chance to work with textile artist Lorna Jones to print and decorate a tote bag. Bags provided (or bring your own plain white t-shirt). Suitable for 5+ years. Wear your old clothes to this! Places are limited and must be booked in advance at Eventbrite.

Explore minibeasts
Tuesday 16 August 2016

Natural Selection Learning will be helping us Explore Minibeasts. Identify and investigate real minibeast specimens* under the microscope. If the weather is fine, try making a pooter and collecting your own live minibeast in Town Park! We’ll also be making minibeast motels for your gardens. Suitable for 5 - 10 year olds. Drop in and join us any time 1 – 3pm.
*This refers to museum specimens; not live creatures.

Explore archaeology
Wednesday 31 August 2016

Join us to explore archaeology. See some real Roman archaeology, try activities to explore what archaeologists do, make a paper model Roman chariot. Suitable for 5+ year olds. Drop in and join us any time 1 – 3pm.

Please make sure all children are accompanied by an adult. These activities are free thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for The Eling Experience Project.

Family fun - Spring into Spring!
Wednesday 6 April 2016

This Easter we worked with Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust again. Testwood Lakes Visitor Centre has some wonderful real wildlife specimens to explore close-up, plus we had a range of activities for families to try - including the chance to be a busy bee and see how quickly you could collect pollen, try matching noises to the animals that make them, investigate some of the adaptations animals have for their lifestyle, some make & take crafts, and more! You could also spend some time outside exploring Testwood Lakes with a trail.

May Half Term: Dough Craft
Wednesday 31 May 2017

Drop in any time between 1pm and 3pm to get crafty with salt dough, stamps and cutters. Suitable for 5+ years.