Children and Families

  • Cyanotypes made at a CAST workshop lead by William Arnold in 2017 1/3
  • CAST-Off activities in the walled garden, August 2020 2/3
  • Charcoal making at Ben's Den, CAST-Off August 2020 3/3

CAST-Off Saturday 14 August

Make cyanotypes, pinch clay and tell stories with shadows. 

Treat your imagination to a day out in the walled garden, where artist Stuart Robinson will demonstrate how to create your own cyanotype prints using the power of sunlight and there’ll be storytelling and shadow play with Lucy Grant. Ceramicist Hannah Lawrence will show you how to make delicate pinch pots. 

At the Penrose Amenity Area, across the footbridge from the Fairground car park, Tim Pryke will demonstrate how to make boats to float down the Cober river.

Artist Ben Sanderson is re-creating his popular Den, this year in a spot that’s closer to the town. You’ll find him under a painted canopy in a dell in the woodland near the Bulwark estate, where there’ll be den making and rope knotting, as well as activities using natural materials. Follow signs from the Fairground car park along Whitehill Terrace (A394) to find the path.

There’s more to come every Tuesday and Saturday, including sessions on pigment making, botanical drawing, kite making and granite bashing.

We won’t be put off by a bit of drizzle and hope you won’t either, but please check this listing or the CASTCornwall facebook page on the day in case of extreme weather or last-minute changes. Tuesday and Saturday sessions will run from 10am to 12 noon and 2 to 4pm.

The map, sketchbook packs and artist-led activities are all offered free of charge, but we should be very grateful for donations to support this programme and future activities for children and young people. Online donations can be made via our Charities Aid Foundation page and there will be donation jars in the walled garden.

The CAST-Off programme is supported by the Garcia Family Foundation, with generous assistance from Helston Town Council, Little Parc Owles Trust, FEAST and Falmouth University.