A couple of weekends ago, we paid a visit to Shire Hall which was kindly arranged by JellyRock PR through Bournemouth Bloggers. Shire Hall is a historic courthouse museum located on Dorchester High Street which is open daily from 10am-4pm. It is a fun and educational day out for both children and adults.
On arrival at the museum, we were greeted by a few of the members of staff and we were given an interactive iPad for Chloe and audio guides for myself and Dave to use on the way round. We were given a choice of six cases that we could listen to while in the courtroom.
Chloe absolutely loved the iPad, it had a treasure hunt where she was to find mystery boxes which contained stories about a specific character relating to each area of the museum as we walked through. Chloe was able to use the iPad with little assistance however needed us to help when reading the stories.
The first part of the museum we came to was the holding cells, we found this part really interesting however Chloe was slightly apprehensive about going into the cells but enjoyed us reading the different stories about the various crimes that had been committed for people to end up there. We then headed up to the courtroom which was the perfect photo opportunity as we dressed up as characters from the past. Chloe especially loved this part and enjoyed taking selfies around the courtroom in the various outfits.
On the audio guide, it gave us different aspects of our chosen case depending on where you were stood in the courtroom. There was also several case books that you could look at as well as a stenotype machine which was fun and interesting to see how they used to record notes during the cases.
After we had finished in the courtroom, we made our way up to the cafe for some lunch. For the children, we chose the kids lunchboxes which included half a sandwich, a packet of crisps, piece of fruit, a chocolate biscuit and a carton of juice which went down well with both of the girls.
Both me and Dave went for the brie, tomato and chutney panini which was delicious! The food was reasonably priced and there was a good selection to choose from.
Once we had finished lunch we went to see the special exhibition that they have on currently until 14th June which is Tolpuddle Martyrs Remixed. We were given an iPad to use to look at various pieces of artwork which then brought them to life whilst telling a story. We all found this really interesting and Chloe was fascinated by stories behind each piece of artwork.
As we left, we paid a visit to the gift shop where there was large selection of lovely products and souvenirs which were all reasonable priced. We got a souvenir for both of the girls before heading home.
We thoroughly enjoyed our day at Shore Hall and would definitely recommend a visit. The tickets, which are priced at £9.50 for an adult, £5.00 for a child and £20 for a family ticket, also includes an annual pass giving you free return visits for a year.
We were invited to Shire Hall by Jelly Rock PR and provided with complimentary entry and lunch for the purpose of this blog post however all opinions and photos are my own.