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Kids Summer Activities: Run Wild at the Whitaker

Run wild at the Whitaker

This August we’ve got a whole host of great activities for kids to enjoy inside and out to keep everyone entertained this Summer.

We’re taking an exploratory journey through nature, and getting inspired from the the native species found in our surrounding parkland. A botanical festival for kids age 4 - 11. (*please check individual workshops for suggested ages)

What’s On

Pottery Workshop

Workshop 1 : Thursday 1st (SOLD OUT) or Friday 2nd August (LAST FEW PLACES) 1pm - 3pm

Workshop 2: Friday 16th August / 1pm - 4pm

An opportunity to hand build and decorate your own pots and then fire them in a kiln which you will help to build in the grounds of the museum.

This workshop will run over two days and you should be available to come to both events, choose between 2 dates for workshop 1 and then return for workshop 2 . On the first afternoon you will learn about where clay comes from and then build and decorate your own pot which will then be dried for two weeks. On the second afternoon (workshop 2) you will wrap the pots in organic materials like leaves and fruit skins and then build and fire a pit kiln.

This is a messy workshop which is suitable for supervised children aged 8-11 years.

Tickets cost £5.50 per child, which includes cost of all materials and access to both Workshops.

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Date: Wednesday 7th & 14th August / 1pm - 3pm (NEW ADDITION - LIMITED AVAILABILITY)

In this fun and interactive session, children will decorate provided laser-cut shapes through applying colour and basic embroidery techniques.

The resulting piece will be a patterned, brilliant ‘Beastie Botanical’ hanging, that can be taken away to display at home or left to contribute to the vibrant end of Summer exhibition and collected at a later date.

The session welcomes all young makers, regardless of ability, where they will be encouraged to enjoy the creative process and the interactive masterpieces they create. Taking inspiration of the vivid colours and textures they have seen in nature throughout the Summer.

Tickets cost £4 per child. Which includes costs of all materials. Suitable for ages 4 - 11. (Children aged 4 to 7 must be supervised)

Botanical Fossils

Date: Thursday 8th & Thursday 15th August / 1pm - 3pm (SOLD OUT)

Capture the beauty of nature and come and learn how to create ‘modern’ fossils in our new botanical inspired workshop. Children will head into the park to unearth their chosen materials, Flowers, Leaves, Tree Bark, anything they find that can be delicately pressed into wet clay . They will then pour in a mixture of Plaster of Paris to produce a tile.

The dry tiles can be left unadorned or be painted (pending time). But children will be left with a lasting momentum of the wonderful world of nature that grows around them.

Tickets cost £3.50 per child. Suitable for ages 4 - 11. (Children aged 4 to 8 must be supervised)

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Date: Friday 9th August / 1pm - 4pm (SOLD OUT)

An opportunity to try your hand at a traditional printmaking technique. Cyanotype printing uses light sensitive paper, sunlight, water and a little bit of magic to make beautiful Prussian blue prints.

This is always a very popular workshop and we have great delight in welcoming Artists Angela Tait & Neil Clegg back to the Whitaker to lead this enchanting workshop.

Children will start with a short age appropriate introduction before they head off collecting materials from nature (leaves, twigs stones etc from outside) before returning to commence exposing and developing the cyanotypes.

This 'traditional' method of printing was invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842, and has the merits of being cheap, easy, and substantially non-toxic. It is suitable for newcomers to alternative processes and can be placed in the hands of children.

Tickets cost £3.50 per child. Suitable for ages 4 - 11 (ages 4-7 must be supervised)

Book making and field notes workshop

Date: Wednesday 21st August / 1pm - 3pm (LAST FEW PLACES)

During this workshop children will learn how to craft a beautiful journal to keep and use in our later Summer activities. During the day after making their books children will then head in to the park to make observational field notes on the local wildlife. Children will learn how to create an accurate written record of their field activities, park investigations, observations and thoughts, and encouraged to record everything in a very detailed manner so they may return at a later time should they wish to observe changes over time.

This beautiful workshop is the first in a set of 3 final activities for children over the Summer. Each of which can be booked separately or as a whole.

Tickets cost £3 per child. Suitable for ages 4-11 (ages 4-7 must be supervised)

Kids watercolour paint workshop

Date: Thursday 22nd August / 1pm - 3pm (SOLD OUT)

Watercolour paint workshop

Have a budding artist in your midst? Want the kids to get more quality time outside? Then this is the summer workshop for them!

This Summer we will be hosting a wonderful paint workshop for all art enthusiasts, regardless of their ability, all encouraged to come and take part. Taking inspiration from the botanical samples they find in the park, they will have time to collect their inspiration or quickly pencil draw what they see before they then get a guided class about watercolour painting methods to bring their sketches to life. All art work is free to be taken home, or can be left to be submitted to our end of Summer exhibition which will be on display the weekend of Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th August, and collected from Monday 26th August.

Tickets cost £3. Suitable for ages 4 -11 (ages 4-7 must be supervised)

Kids printing workshop

Date: Friday 23rd August / 1pm - 3pm (SOLD OUT)


The last workshop in our Summer series and a final opportunity to enter artwork into our end of season Kids exhibition taking place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August.

During this session kids will enjoy using a mix of mediums to make beautiful prints all inspired by the exhibits, park and gardens surrounding the Whitaker.

Tickets cost £3. Suitable for ages 4 -11 (ages 4-7 must be supervised)

Kids Art exhibition

Date: Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th August

Wild at the Whitaker Exhibition

An opportunity to come and see all the beautiful work that has been created by the children in our Summer workshops. There will be ceramics, printing, watercolour artwork and much more activity for them over 4 weeks in August. We’d be delighted to see you and join our celebration of all the young talent we have in and around the valley.

This is a FREE event and open to all the family.

Earlier Event: 1 August
Kids Eat Free* this Summer
Later Event: 7 August
Beasties and Botanicals Workshop