AS the summer holidays get underway, parents looking for fun, affordable and creative ways to keep their children entertained need look no further than two workshops to be held in Charmouth this August, organised by Artsreach.
On Tuesday, August 7, local 3D artist Darrell Wakelam returns with his craft workshop ‘Top Secret Treasure Chests’. Children can get stuck into building their own mini pirate treasure chest, complete with its own secret compartment.
Dress for mess and take a packed lunch as you enjoy a day of cutting, sticking, papier-mâché and collage. Take home your finished piece to display in your room and store your treasures.
This workshop will be held in St Andrew’s Community Hall, Charmouth, from 10.30am to 3pm and costs £10, suitable for ages six and upwards.
Later on in the week children can venture inside the magical and enchanting space of The Story Boat, a miniature world of the sea made from an upturned Dorset fishing boat from 1923.
Led by local boat builderGail McGarva, who last week featured on BBC 4’s ‘Beach Live’, hear the story of the mother boat Vera and tales of the mysterious memory objects housed inside her. Try your hand at boatbuilding by riveting a miniature Story Boat plank and bring a memory object of your own connected to the sea, and write a fragment of your sea story on your plank as a keepsake from the Story Boat.
This workshop will be held on Thursday, August 9 at Charmouth Primary School from 1.30pm to 3pm. It costs £5 per child, suitable for ages 8-10 years.
The workshops have limited places and booking in advance is advised. Full details on the above events can be found in the Artsreach Summer Activities programme, which is available at Tourist Information Centres and libraries across the area. You can also find out more at www.artsreach.co.uk or call 07967 759135.