Celebrate Chinese New Year - the Year of the Rat - at the Harris with a fantastic day of events for everyone to enjoy. Join them from 11am – 3pm on Saturday 25th January.

 This is a fun-packed, family-friendly day with plenty of things to see and do.

All activities are free and on a drop-in basis, apart from the Tai Chi and Shaolin Workshops which are free but must be booked.

Here's a run down of the day:

Flag Market

  • 11am - 11.40am: Lion Dance (this will move to the Harris Cafe if the weather is wet)

Ground floor

  • 11am - 3.30pm: Children's Space - Chopstick games and tangrams
  • 11am - 3.30pm: Lending Library - Chinese puzzles

First floor

Ring balcony:

  • 1pm: Preston's People Choir sing a selection of Chinese songs
  • 1pm: Porcelain handling and tea ceremony - experience a tea ceremony or put on the curator's gloves to handle Chinese porcelain and antique coins
  • 1pm: Chinese folk music will be played live from traditional instruments

Discover Preston room:

  • 1pm: Calligraphy and brush painting - Make a Beijing Opera mask to take home

Heritage Reading Room:

Second floor

Fine Art Gallery:

  • 11am - 3.30pm: Lanterns and paper cutting

Wellbeing Gallery:

  • 12pm, 12.45pm, 1.30pm, 2.15pm, 3pm: Traditional storytelling (15 minute sessions)


Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library
Harris Museum

A great day out for all the family, the Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library is a treasure trove of fantastic art and fascinating objects.



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