Weekday Workshops for Children, Young People and Families

Roald Dahl replacement

We are looking for a team of children, designers, artists, creators makers and poets, to help us dream up, design and create the Family Area for this year’s Wise Words.

Wise Words together with Wide Eyed Theatre have created a series of workshops that will involve children and young people in the development and creation of this year’s fantastic family friendly festival. To celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday we are creating ‘The Most Unlikely Of Places’ a world inspired by Roald Dahl, curiosity, imagination and most importantly young minds. We are seeking a team of children and young people come and create this world with us between Monday 2nd and Friday 6th May.

Through these workshops, children and young people will have the opportunity to:

  • Contribute to the Wise Words Festival
  • Work alongside professional artists
  • Learn new skills


Sessions are £5 per person or you can buy a WEEKDAY FAMILY WORKSHOPS PASS  (all six weekday workshops) for £25 per person.  HERE

Parents & Carers who come along will very much be involved and we are pretty sure you will enjoy it as much as the children. To cover costs of materials and artists, we ask that you too buy a ticket but accompanying children under 3 go FREE.

Children 10 year + can be left with our practitioners if you wish.


Monday 2nd May | 10:00 – 13:00 | A Magical Place | £5 per person | BOOK HERE

Imagine a world without adults and where only children exist. What would it be like? James entered this world when he climbed inside the magical peach.

We are working with children and young people to create our family’s area at the festival and want to know what you would include.

In our first workshop of the week we will work as a group to develop ideas. After fun games and exercises to get us thinking, children and young people and their families will work though a process to decide what things can we build, what colours we will use and what wise words we should tell. The workshop will culminate in presenting our ideas in beautiful dream jars that will decorate the site. We will also create a giant peach together.

Skills include: creative thinking, wellbeing, practical making and decision-making


Tuesday 3rd May | 10:00 – 13:00 | Writing shed | £5 per person | BOOK HERE

In the gardens there is a shed. It is a place of calm and reflection that is bursting at the brim with ideas and imaginings. Join Wide Eyed Theatre in the shed to create stories to tell from scratch using objects and ideas as inspiration. We will then preserve your stories by drawing, recording and writing them and displaying them in the shed for others to enjoy throughout the festival.

Skills include: creative writing, storytelling, speaking and listening, and leadership


Wednesday 4th May | 10:00 – 13:00 | Revolting Rhymes | £5 per person | BOOK HERE

Working together with poets, you will create your own Revolting Rhymes that will be turned into signs and installations across the festival site. Those who wish can also perform their rhymes during the festival. 

Skills include: creative writing, poetry, speaking and listening, performance and independent working


Thursday 5th May | £5 per person per workshop

10:00 – 12:00 | A Wellbeing session with the Canterbury Laureate John Siddique | BOOK HERE 

The greatest blockage to young people’s education and well being is that children (and adults) are not taught to live from the true presence from which our life is formed. Identity is traditionally placed on filling up the mind in a certain way, rather than being present and natural, and then adding knowledge. In this workshop (which is as much for parents as for children) we will learn some simple meditations and creative practices which will lead to true flourishing.

13:00 – 15:00 | Wise Words | £5 per person | BOOK HERE 

Join Wide Eyed Theatre and their team of makers to create installations based upon Roald Dahl’s Wise Words. This workshop explores how Roald Dahl’s thoughts and ideas help us to create a sense of wellbeing. Through a practical session in making, children will be inspired by Roald Dahl’s wise words and will use these as inspiration to imagine the wise words that they would like to pass on to others. These will become physical interactive sculptures and sign posts to decorate the festival site. 

Skills include: citizenship, well-being, practical making and decision making


Friday 6th May | 10:00 – 12:00 | Dirty Beasts & Creatures | £5 per person | BOOK HERE

Work with artist Peter Rush and other artists to create mini beasts from plastic cutlery. You will recycle and reuse to make your own creepy crawlies that will inhabit our Garden. Peter’s cutlery insects are made by heating and moulding plastic cutlery and fixing with a glue gun so this workshop is only with adult supervision so parents / guardians need to stay for this workshop.

Skills include: Creativity, design and making

Peter Rush | www.peterrushart.co.uk





 For those wanting to get a little more out of our week we are offering Arts Award as a qualification.

By attending a minimum of 3 workshops and an Arts Award Workshop on Friday 5th May between 15:00 – 17:00 you will complete your Discover or Explore level Award. The cost of the Arts Award is £25 and includes the logbook, moderation fee and certificate. To read more about Arts Award visit their website.

Book your place HERE

Workshops developed in partnership with Wide Eyed Theatre 


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Weekday Workshops for Children, Young People and Families