Art brings life to story of headless Vikings

STORYBOX: Kids can dress up, make music and make friends

STORYBOX: Kids can dress up, make music and make friends

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THE Artsreach summer programme of activities has something for everyone to get stuck into during the holidays.

On August 7 at Fontmell Magna, Small World Animations brings to life the story of the headless Vikings found on the South Dorset Ridgeway.

Children are invited to create their own stop-motion animated film about this saga.

The workshop is repeated in Burton Bradstock on August 29.

Dorset Forest Schools will be stepping back in time along the South Dorset Ridgeway as Vikings Go Wild in the Woods!

Join this outdoor adventure at the Discovery Centre, Litton Cheney on July 28 and Hardy’s Monument Woods on August 4.

Treehouse Theatre presents Storybox: an hour of making music, dressing up and creating stories for children.

Princesses and pirates will rampage in the Piddle Valley in July 28, while The Three Little Pigs try to build their houses at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton on August 5.

Finally in Milborne St Andrew on August 19, children will run, run as fast as they can to keep up with The Gingerbread Man.

Children who like to dance will love the workshop based on The Lion King, taking place at Sixpenny Handley on August 1, Martinstown on August 15 and the Piddle Valley on August 29.

Learning the three hand-building techniques of working clay, children can play and create pots featuring portraits in Potty Portraits at West Stafford on August 4.

Using fleece from local sheep and a dash of imagination, the Woolly Tiles workshops at Toller Porcorum on August 5 and Milborne St Andrew on August 21 will see children learn to felt and create beautiful Roman mosaic tiles. Peter Rush, former freelance illustrator for BBC TV’s ‘Jackanory’ will be at Milborne St Andrew on August 26, sculpting an army of Plastic Cutlery Insects.

At Burton Bradstock on August 21, children can join Peter and create a spectacular wire and paper sculpture, inspired by Dorset sea birds Join Chucky Taylor for an Urban Expression workshop featuring music, rapping and street dance at Owermoigne on August 6 and West Stafford on August 13.

Twist and turn vibrantly coloured wires to create beautiful creatures with Wacky Wire at Winfrith on August 12 and The Exchange in Sturminster Newton on August 29.

Explore and collect plants found growing in hedgerows and gardens to create a whole spectrum of colourful naturally dyed wool in Really Wild Wool! at Toller Porcorum on August 14.

Use willow and tissue to create a Ridgeway Hare Lantern at Martinstown on August 22st.

Parents are encouraged to book at artsreach.co.uk

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