Beastly Machines at Time and Tide Museum

Crawling in the Seaside RoomAppreciating the music

It’s been a long time since I have visited the Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth. For Bea, it was her first visit. In particular, I was keen to catch the Beastly Machines exhibition before it ends on 21 February 2016.

We meandered through the museum’s permanent collection with the buggy. I get a little scared by all of the wax work characters, so we didn’t hang around these rooms for too long. However, Bea was happy to wave to most of them! We stopped in the Seaside room for a while and I let Bea have a good crawl around. A particular favourite was the music on the headphones, showing her appreciation by rocking back and forth. For me, it was the 1930s original train promotion prints for Great Yarmouth – such charm and quintessentially British.

Admiring the toysWe made our way through the 1970s room and some of this collection was just the right height for a crawler. The circular windows packed full of retro toys were admired.


Then to Johnny White’s Beastly Machines. The first room has three of White’s sculptures in it. They were truly fascinating, quirky and eccentric. We pushed the pedals and buttons to make the sculptures come alive. We both loved the Toad on a bike.

The Owl and the Pussy-catInto the main room of the exhibition were more amazingly wonderful creatures, which gained pointing and squealing from Bea (that means she likes something!). The dogs went down really well, with Bea itching to climb the fence and get to slender dog that moves in and out of his kennel. We both loved the Owl and the Pussycat. As the head of the Owl spun around, followed by the cat’s tale, Bea enthusiastically waved at them. As well as the sculptures, there are few interactive areas for dressing up and playing with toy animals.

We spent around one hour in the museum, which with a nearly 13 month old is pretty good going. It’s a really easy museum to get around with babies and toddlers. I’m sure if Bea was older, she would be straight on the boat in the courtyard. Across the courtyard is a cafe, which is great for little ones. There’s a small play corner, which Bea enjoyed, whilst I appreciated a hot cup of tea. There is also a colouring area for older ones to get creative and display your work.

The exhibition was superb and for the £5.20 admission (under 4s are free) it was well worth it. Definitely check this out with the family before it ends. It would be a great day out during the half term.

I also discovered that there is an early years session on each month at the museum. Little Kippers is designed for aged 18 months to 5 years with their parents or carers. The next one is Thursday 04 February 2016, 10am – 11:30am and it’s FREE! Advance booking is essential, so contact Polly on (01493) 743944 or email


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