Children and Families

  • Boat racing with Tim Pryke, CAST-Off August 2020 1/3
  • Wild weaving with Baya Benzing, CAST-Off August 2020 2/3
  • Tiny houses with Lucy Grant, CAST-Off August 2020 3/3

CAST-Off Saturday 7 August

Make and race boats, mould clay, weave willow and create tiny houses. 

Visit the walled garden at Penrose to experiment with different types of creative making, using a range of materials and techniques. Pinch, shape, form or weave materials of all sorts into practical things that float, carry, hold or protect. Ceramicist Hannah Lawrence will show you how to make delicate pinch pots. Seamus Gough and Kate Turner will demonstrate how to cast forms from molten metal. Baya Benzing will demonstrate wild weaving and Lucy Grant will share techniques and ideas for imaginative architecture and tiny house building, using natural materials. 

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, cyanotypes, kite making, botanical drawing 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.