We Loved The Beano: The Art Of Breaking The Rules At Somerset House
Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The New Beano Art Exhibition In London
If you loved iconic comic The Beano, have a child who loves The Beano or just want something fun to do, then you should head on over to new art exhibition The Beano: The Art Of Breaking Rules at Somerset House .
Who used to read The Beano as a child? I’d sneak my brother’s copy until I was allowed my own, which obviously he loved. Ahem. My favourite Beano characters were Gnipper the baby dog (does anyone remember when Gnasher went missing and then came back with him?) And Minnie The Minx, of course.
My children now read the more modern version too, and find it just as funny as I did all those years ago.
The Beano: The Art Of Breaking The Rules – What Is It?
The Beano: The Art Of Breaking The Rules is an exhibition in celebration of the art of The Beano, and a exhibition of art that’s inspired by it and in the spirit of rule breaking.
There’s a lot to look at! It’s laid out brilliantly, in a child-friendly colourful Beano Town set over a couple of floors. IT even has its own art gallery and record store.
As well as a lot of fun and fascinating art, there’s an interactive catapult game (expect queues) colouring at the end and you can make and take home your own protest placard.
What Did We Think Of The Beano: The Art Of Breaking The Rules?
We all loved it! It’s probably better suited for slightly older kids who’ve read The Beano and recognise the characters. It’s also great for adults as there’s so much nostalgia and fascinating ~stuff~ (I’d like to go back child-free for a proper look).
The art is brilliant. It prompted a lot of ‘what is art?’ type of discussions among us (Me: ‘what do YOU think?’ :-))
Do I Need To Book Tickets To The Beano Exhibition? How Much Does It Cost?
If you want to see the exhibition, you need to pre-book tickets and a time slot for the day. It costs from around £12.50 per ticket, kids under six are free. You can book via the Somerset House website here.
When Is The Beano Exhibition On Until?
The Beano: The Art Of Breaking The Rules is on till the 6th March 2022.
Where Is The Beano: The Art Of Breaking The Rules?
It is at Somerset House in central London at the Strand, WC2R 1LA.
Make sure you go in via the Somerset House terrace entrance, which is just off Waterloo Bridge. We didn’t, went in the main entrance then spent a long while wondering up and down stairs and randomly around everywhere getting helplessly lost.
What Else Is There For Families To Do In London?
Other places we love in London include:
- The London Transport Museum
- The Florence Nightingale Museum
- The Tate Modern and The Natural History Museum
- Further out there’s the Horniman Museum and the Biggin Hill Museum.