There's plenty to inspire little ones at Bridport Arts Centre over half-term.

There will be two live theatre performance programmed just for them, a kids' exhibition and lots of activities - many of which are free.

You can expect arty fun throughout the building that will spill out onto the forecourt.

The Big Draw exhibition runs in the Allsop Gallery from October 17 to 28. It’s a messy celebration of drawing in all of its glory. Artists include Harland Viney, whose work has been chosen for this year’s prestigious John Ruskin prize and well known illustrator Ian Andrew.

Drawing events and workshops will take place across the fortnight for all ages, with an exhibition of the work in the Allsop gallery and young budding artists featured in the café and foyer spaces.

Chef James Baker will lead a Pumpkin Carving session in the Cafe on Tuesday October 24. Little ones can create a spooky face that would make evena grown up scared! This relaxed informal, drop in session is suitable for all ages, and there will be play dough for little ones. £2 each – pay on the door for this drop in session

You can join illustrator Ian Andrews – and help him create a massive concertina book full of nonsense poetry, rhymes, rubber stamps and text on Tuesday October 24.

Join local, well known illustrator Carolyn King on Wednesday October 25 at 2pm as you explore how to make your ideas come to life through drawing. Carolyn has published three children’s books and will give budding illustrators top tips on how to start to bring their words to life.

Fancy learning to DJ? join Victor Vector and DJ O-Traxx on Thursday October 26 for a class that includes Turntable and CDJ basics, Beat Machining, Beat Juggling and Scratching. Suitable for any level of ability and ages 6 +

In the Theatre Mostro will share an entertaining musical story of some books who live in a library. But this is no ordinary library. This library belongs to Brian. It’s a wonderful, magical place where the books like to flutter their pages and let their shelves go…

An exciting story from adventure will be on stage on Tuesday October 24 at 2pm. One Item Only tells the story of a nameless child who is told by her mother that she is not safe in her home and must flee. Join her as she goes from her troubled homeland across mountains and seas in search of a place of sanctuary. Bristol based Greek artist, Margarita Sidirokastriti was inspired to write this show after reading about refugee children in recent news stories. Expect to see a show about the resourcefulness of children and the human side of the headlines.

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