Summer in Dorset

Activities exclusively for families with a Summer in Dorset pass.

Activate are proud to present a series of workshops for Dorset Council's Summer in Dorset programme. A list of all Activate workshops are below in date order.

All of the workshops listed here will take place at Weymouth Pavilion - there are similar events also taking place in North Dorset.

Places for each workshop are limited so please book to avoid disappointment.
Book by email: summer@activateperformingarts.org.uk
Book by phone: 01305 260954

Bouncing Puppets
Tuesday 4th August 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
With Holly Miller
Ages 5-10
Create your very own favourite puppet character, then choose their costume and hair using fabrics, wools, ribbons and fur. Attach a piece of elastic and help them bounce along to their favourite tunes!   

Summer Monoprints
Wednesday 5th August 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
Ages 5-10
With Sarah Butterworth
Make beautiful, colourful monoprints from summer foliage. Working with artist Sarah Butterworth you will learn the basics of printing and make stunning art you can take home. The workshop will be enjoyed by all ages. Bring your own leaves if you have some very interesting ones. Dress for mess. Your prints will need to dry for 24 hours.

Storytelling and Drama Games
Thursday 6th August 10am-12pm
Ages 5-10
With Richard Conlon
Learn how to be the world's best storyteller! Create your own character, make up your own story. Who will you be? Mr Grumpy? Mr Happy? Or Little Miss Sunshine? We can’t wait to meet you all!

Storytelling and Drama Games
Thursday 6th August 1pm-3pm
Ages 11+
With Richard Conlon
Richard's workshops are based on the idea that we are all natural storytellers (and none more so than young people) and that performance skills are just good communication skills with a little more attitude. His sessions will look at the international sign language we all carry deep in our bones which helps us understand when someone is grumpy, hungry, excited or angry – we'll be mixing games, physical moves and facial gestures in with words to make new scenes to entertain ourselves.

Moving Mouth Puppets
Friday 7th August 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
Ages 5+ (SEN Focused)
With Holly Miller
Join Holly Miller for a couple of hours of puppet making fun! Delve deep into your imagination to recreate your favourite character or animal, then bring them to life. You can use your hands to help the puppet talk and then take them home for more exciting adventures. Dress for mess! Volunteers will be there to assist your child should they require help, however if your child has medical or complex needs you will be required to stay on site.

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Create a Musical Story
Monday 10th August 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
With B Sharp
Ages 5-10
Explore different musical instruments and help make a new musical tale. Together we will create and act a story, making and playing its musical soundtrack. You’ll use percussion, keyboards, junk instruments and lots of imagination!

Storytelling
Tuesday 11th August 10am-12pm
Ages 11+
With Gemma Alldred
Discover storytelling through theatre, gentle movement, sound and writing. We’ll warm up together, get moving and explore different ways of telling stories. Develop your own character to take on a journey using your imagination – what happens to them and where they end up will be up to you!

Bouncing Puppets
Tuesday 11th August 1pm-3pm
Ages 5-10
With Holly Miller
Create your very own favourite puppet character, then choose their costume and hair using fabrics, wools, ribbons and fur. Attach a piece of elastic and help them bounce along to their favourite tunes!

Storytelling
Wednesday 12th August 10am-12pm
Ages 11+
With Gemma Alldred
Discover storytelling through theatre, gentle movement, sound and writing. We’ll warm up together, get moving and explore different ways of telling stories. Develop your own character to take on a journey using your imagination – what happens to them and where they end up will be up to you!

Storytelling and Puppets
Wednesday 12th August 1pm-3pm
Ages 5-10
With Cassie Smith
Lost on a desert island! What characters will we meet? What animals and creatures will we encounter and how will we get back home? A storytelling workshop created by all of us with some puppets, masks and our own imagination to help us on our way.

Storytelling
Thursday 13th August 10am-12pm and 1-3pm
Ages 5-10
With Sarah Butterworth
Make glorious bird masks with enormous beaks! Cut, glue and colour your own bird into life with artist Sarah Butterworth and go home with a fabulous mask. Dress for mess. Children under 8 should be supported by an adult or older sibling. 

Storytelling and Puppets
Friday 14th August 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
Ages 5+ (SEN Focused)
With Cassie Smith
Lost on a desert island! What characters will we meet? What animals and creatures will we encounter and how will we get back home? A storytelling workshop created by all of us with some puppets, masks and our own imagination to help us on our way.

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Fancy dress up puppets
Tuesday 18th August 10am-12pm and 1-3pm
Ages 5-10
With Holly Miller
Create your favourite puppet character. We’ll use newspaper and masking tape and make costumes for your new creation. Bring your puppet to life by making the mouth open and close using your hand.

Modroc Clowns
Wednesday 19th August 10am-12pm (Ages 11+) and 1-3pm (Ages 5-10)
With Sarah Butterworth
Enjoy a session of hands on construction using wire, loo roll, PVA and modroc. Create your own wiry comedy character to take home. Dress for mess. Children under 8 should be supported by an adult or older sibling.

Storytelling and Drama Games
Thursday 20th August 10am-12pm
Ages 5-10
With Richard Conlon
Learn how to be the world's best storyteller! Create your own character, make up your own story. Who will you be? Mr Grumpy? Mr Happy? Or Little Miss Sunshine? We can’t wait to meet you all!

Storytelling and Drama Games
Thursday 20th August 1pm-3pm
Ages 11+
With Richard Conlon
Richard's workshops are based on the idea that we are all natural storytellers (and none more so than young people) and that performance skills are just good communication skills with a little more attitude. His sessions will look at the international sign language we all carry deep in our bones which helps us understand when someone is grumpy, hungry, excited or angry – we'll be mixing games, physical moves and facial gestures in with words to make new scenes to entertain ourselves.

Fancy dress up puppets
Friday 21st August 10am-12pm and 1-3pm
Ages 5+ (SEN Focused)
With Holly Miller
Create your favourite puppet character. We’ll use newspaper and masking tape and make costumes for your new creation. Bring your puppet to life by making the mouth open and close using your hand.

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Create a Musical Story
Monday 24th August 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
With B Sharp
Ages 5-10
Explore different musical instruments and help make a new musical tale. Together we will create and act a story, making and playing its musical soundtrack. You’ll use percussion, keyboards, junk instruments and lots of imagination!

Storytelling and Drama Games
Tuesday 25th August 10am-12pm
Ages 11+
With Richard Conlon
Richard's workshops are based on the idea that we are all natural storytellers (and none more so than young people) and that performance skills are just good communication skills with a little more attitude. His sessions will look at the international sign language we all carry deep in our bones which helps us understand when someone is grumpy, hungry, excited or angry – we'll be mixing games, physical moves and facial gestures in with words to make new scenes to entertain ourselves.

Storytelling and Drama Games
Tuesday 25th August 1pm-3pm
Ages 5-10
With Richard Conlon
Learn how to be the world's best storyteller! Create your own character, make up your own story. Who will you be? Mr Grumpy? Mr Happy? Or Little Miss Sunshine? We can’t wait to meet you all!

Shadow Puppets
Wednesday 26th August 10am-12pm (Ages 11+) and 1pm-3pm (Ages 5-10)
With Sarah Butterworth
Create scary silhouette shadow puppets with moving parts. We will work with card, split pins and coloured tissue before laminating the puppets and attaching rods. Make your figure as elaborate as you like. A shadow screen will be available for you to perform them.

Moving Mouth Puppets
Thursday 27th August 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
Ages 5-10
With Holly Miller
Join Holly Miller for a couple of hours of puppet making fun! Delve deep into your imagination to recreate your favourite character or animal, then bring them to life. You can use your hands to help the puppet talk and then take them home for more exciting adventures. Dress for mess!

Create a Musical Story
Friday 28th August 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
With B Sharp
Ages 5+ (SEN Focused)
Explore different musical instruments and help make a new musical tale. Together we will create and act a story, making and playing its musical soundtrack. You’ll use percussion, keyboards, junk instruments and lots of imagination!