Summer in Dorset (North Dorset)

North Dorset 'Summer in Dorset' activities

Activate are proud to present a series of workshops for Dorset Council's Summer in Dorset programme - exclusively for families with a Summer in Dorset pass.

A list of all Activate workshops are below in date order. All of the workshops listed here will take place at various locations across North Dorset - there are similar events also taking place in Weymouth.

Places for each workshop are limited so please book to avoid disappointment.
Book by email: northfamilypartnershipzone@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk 
Book by phone: 01305 224310

Shadow Puppets
Wednesday 12th August 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
Sherborne Primary School
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.

Fancy dress up puppets
Thursday 13th August 10am-12pm and 1-3pm
Gillingham Youth Centre
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

Film and Animation workshop
Friday 14th August 10am-12pm and 1-3pm
Durweston Village Hall
Ages 5-10
With Gary Jarman
Ever wanted to make your own short film? Join Gary Jarman from Pageant Productions to create your own storyboard and characters and make your very own movie!

Bouncing Puppets
Wednesday 19th August 10am-12pm and 1-3pm
Shaftesbury Football Club
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!

Summer Monoprints
Thursday 20th August 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
Gillingham Youth Centre
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.

Mask making
Friday 21st August 10am-12pm and 1-3pm
Shaftesbury Football Club
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 Drama Games
Thursday 27th August 10am-12pm and 1-3pm
Durweston Village Hall
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 28th August 10am-12pm and 1-3pm
Blandford Children’s Centre
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.