Kids get creative with Artsreach

THE school summer holidays have started and Artsreach has plenty of workshops and activities to entertain and occupy many hours of fun for youngsters of all ages.  The programme continues on 27th July, and continues until 31st August.

Whatever your child’s creativity takes them, there is sure to be something for them – music, dance, theatre, crafts, storytelling and more!

Dorset Forest Schools hosts a range of outdoor adventure workshops exploring everything from ancient arts, crafts and open fire cooking to Iron Age hill fort construction and seaside wildlife at Burton Bradstock, Tolpuddle, Sixpenny Handley, Springhead Gardens at Fontmell Magna and The Kingcombe Centre in Toller Porcorum.

Get hands on with tiles and tools in a practical stone carving workshop led by artist Bec Freiesleben. Etch, carve, paint and bring to life your choice of Dorset wildlife on a tile of Bath stone at Martinstown and Sixpenny Handley.

Parents and toddlers can enjoy a fun-filled session of songs, music, arts and crafts with Fiddlesticks at Milborne St Andrew and Sturminster Newton.

For families with newborn babies, Babigloo’s music session at Sixpenny Handley engages parents and babies in a special classical music concert, a really inventive and exciting new workshop offering!

Treehouse Theatre returns with a swashbuckling adventure at Fontmell Magna and Sandford Orcas – get dressed as a pirate, sing sea shanties and join in the interactive Pirates Ahoy! adventure.

With crafts, storytelling, dance, singing and acting, Justine Fry’s African Adventure workshop promises to be a jam-packed session of fun and games from the world of safari in Milborne St Andrew!

MaidenCrone bring more crafts, storytelling and live music to Piddletrenthide in Dragon’s Hope: A Woodland Adventure. Come dressed as fairies and pixies and create headdresses and percussion instruments from willow and clay for this outdoor family show.

Budding artists can join Jeannie Brunskill’s mixed media and watercolour workshop creating fabulous insects and butterflies at the Dorset Wildlife Centre in Toller Porcorum, or Fran Quinlan’s willow sea creature craft workshop at Sandford Orcas. Fran also leads an Ancient Pottery session at Sturminster Newton, creating and decorating traditional clay pots before planting them up to take home!

Popular 3D sculptor Darrell Wakelam returns with sessions creating owls and birds of the South Dorset Ridgeway at Sturminster Newton and Dorset Wildlife Centre, and storyteller Lizzie Bryant explores and creates an array of animal, bird and imaginary beast masks before embarking on an interactive adventure in Milborne St Andrew!

Finally, PaddleBoat Theatre invite you for an outdoor adventure at Dorset Wildlife Centre with Rustle. There is a pre show workshop with campfire stories of mystical beasts and triumphant endings setting the scene for the main show created from camping equipment and everyday objects. Then settle down for the greatest campfire story ever told: where sleeping bags evolve into monsters, rucksacks become friends and torches highlight the forest’s closest secrets.

Full details are in the Artsreach Summer Activities programme or visit