Visit us to discover the life and times of one of Britain’s greatest composers, Gustav Holst.preparing toast in the Victorian kitchen

Students from King’s School Gloucester enjoy learning about food preparation in the Victorian kitchen

We have a variety of workshops and resources inspired by Holst’s compositions, work, life and times, which create exciting, varied and enjoyable learning opportunities for of all ages.


Summer Fun – Learning with Holst

Are you a parent, after weeks of home learning, looking for inspiration to keep your children going through the summer months? We are here to help.

We hoped we might be welcoming you and your family to our Museum over the summer months, but even though our doors are closed for a while longer, we are still here to entertain and to engage with your family.  That’s why we will be posting ideas for fun activities for children of all ages, both in the home and out & about.

The activities will be varied – craft ideas, science experiments, suggestions for trips out, puzzles, games and so on.  Each will give a suggested age range, and for many we will include a symbol-supported Special Educational Needs (SEN) version.  The activities have been created by the team at the Museum, and then curated for the website by one of our volunteers – an experienced teacher with a background in primary and special educational needs.

If you try any of our activities we’d love to find out how you get on. Post a photo or comment and share your experiences and creations on our Facebook or Twitter page.



Skipping SEN

London Philharmonic Orchestra’s “The Planets Project” (copyright Rachel Leach, London 2017):  some excellent resources to help you explore Holst’s masterwork with children.

Alan’s Alphabet Quiz

Wallpapers SEN


Feathers game

Feathers game SEN

Make a Whirligig

Make a Whirligig SEN

A Trip to Wyck Rissington

A Trip to Wyck Rissington SEN

Hinduism and Holst

Hinduism and Holst SEN


Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

Loans Box


If you have any questions or would just like to discuss your Learning visit with us, please contact the museum.

Life in Holst’s Victorian Home

“We had a brilliant time – all the staff said it was the best workshop we’ve brought the children to – they loved it!
Thank you so much, it ran like clockwork and the children were so interested in everything.”

The King’s School, Gloucester