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Family Takeover Days


Are you looking for something fun and different to do as a family?

Would you like to go behind the scenes at the SS Great Britain and become part of the crew for a day?

Are you keen to learn new things, share your skills and discover what your kids/Mum/Grandad are capable of?

Then Brunel’s SS Great Britain needs your family to join our crew!

Please note Family Takeover days are now on hold until Spring 2020.

Family Takeover Days

As a family you will become part of our crew for the day, working together to help us deliver a fantastic experience for other visitors. You might be encouraging other families to get dressed up in Victorian costumes, teaching visitors how to play a traditional game of quoits on the ship’s deck, demonstrating how rivets were used in her construction or even running a coal-shovelling activity in the Dockyard.     

Our family volunteers make a real difference to the experience we can offer visitors and most importantly have fun while they are doing it!

Who can volunteer?

We are looking for family groups to volunteer together.  You might be a grandparent who wants to volunteer with grandchildren, or a parent wanting to volunteer with your children. We don’t have a minimum age for family volunteers, although most of the volunteering activities are probably most suitable for 3-year olds and above.

What can we expect on the day?

On arrival you will have a fun, interactive introduction from our volunteering team to equip you with some skills and information for the day ahead. You will then be trying out three different volunteering challenges on board the ship and in our Dockyard Museum, with plenty of support from staff. You will volunteer with your family as a team, taking breaks when you need them and there will be a celebration at the end to reward you for all your hard work. Of course, you would be more than welcome to stay on and enjoy the site as a visitor after that. 

Example timetable:

11.00 Arrive, welcome, meet other families and staff

11.00-12.00 Introductory session, getting ready to volunteer

12.00-12.30 Volunteering Challenge 1 – working together as a family

12.30-13.15 Lunch in the Riggers Yard

13.15-13.45 Volunteering Challenge 2 – working together as a family

13.45-14.15 Volunteering Challenge 3 – working together as a family

14.15-14.30 Thank you and celebration

What our family volunteers have to say

“I would want to volunteer again because it was fun” Family Volunteer, aged 10

It was “fun, a great chance to do something a bit different together – can be child and adult-focused” Family Volunteer, parent

“We enjoyed working together as a team.  I personally enjoyed seeing my children interact in a new context and gain confidence with this” Family Volunteer, parent


How can we get involved?

If you’re ready to sign-up, please fill out our short family takeover day enquiry form.  We will then be in touch with more information about the day you have signed up for.

If you have any further questions, please contact our Volunteering Team on 0117 374 4502 or email