Friday, August 16, 2019

Migrate to Ormskirk – A creative arts family fun festival

Families are invited to flock into Ormskirk to discover the beauty of birds in the pages of children’s books, and join in with a new creative arts family fun festival.

West Lancashire Borough Council is delighted to be working with Reading Rocks to bring 'Migrate to Ormskirk’ to the town.

The festival will feature a range of free, fun, family art-activities including drawing or stitching a bird, painting a crazy egg design or creating a poem. There’s so much to enjoy!

The first event takes place on Thursday 29 August between 11am–4pm, when families can come to the stall on Ormskirk Market to work with professional Illustrator Gill Smith. They can create their own bird pebble for free, take it home or hide it for another bird watcher to find.

On Saturday 31 August the Chapel Gallery hosts a fun, family day, full of free arts activities.

Visitors can meet Yuval Zommer, the amazing author and illustrator of The Big Book of Birds, who will be at the gallery at 1.30pm. Between 10am and 4pm people can try drawing a bird or painting a crazy egg design, and discover beautiful birdsong with the RSPB as well as finding out how we can ‘Let Nature Sing’. They can also try out fun activities from the RSPB children’s magazine (external link).

Both of these 'Migrate to Ormskirk' activities are drop in sessions so no booking for activities is required.

If your child loves great books and is aged between 6 and 11 they can sign up for one of the exciting Reading Rocks programmes being hosted by the Gallery separate to the festival, both of which start on 12 September.

Book Art takes place on Thursdays between 4pm and 5pm and is aimed at children aged 6-8. Each session the course organisers will use a great children’s book as inspiration for the children's creative work.

Creative writing takes place on Thursdays between 5.15pm and 6.15pm and is suitable for children aged between nine and 11 who want to develop their writing skills. Again each session we will look at a great children’s book and use this as inspiration for the children's writing.

Each session costs £6 or £45 for the full six weeks. To book please visit Reading Rocks (external link).

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: "There is so much for people to enjoy with these exciting activities so make sure you and your children don't miss them."

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