Launching on Tuesday 4 August, CAST’s programme of creative activities for families will take place outdoors this summer. Lucy Grant has devised a CAST-OFF trail exploring the Cober valley and the grounds of Penrose and teamed up with some of the CAST studio artists to offer a range of off-site creative activities in the natural environments surrounding Helston. There is a special map suggesting self-guided, creative things to do and discover, and on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout August there will be artists popping up along the way to inspire imaginative and inventive activities.
The map is available from CAST, with free sketchbooks and pencils, and there will be prizes for children who fill their books most creatively.
Tuesday 11 August 10am-12 noon and 2-4pm
Make wildwood crowns and Hal-an-Tow Sticks with Baya Benzing in Cober Camp, join Ben Sanderson who’ll be making charcoal to draw with in his den or visit the walled garden at Penrose for brick making with Rosanna Martin and botanical drawing with Dominica Williamson. Find out more here.
Saturday 15 August 10am-12 noon and 2-4pm
Paint landscapes on postcards with Imogen Bone in Carminowe meadow, visit Cober Camp to draw picture journeys using feather quills, sepia inks and watercolours with Lucy Grant, make stone mazes on Loe Bar beach with Nicola Bealing or join Ben Sanderson in his den for rock painting. Find out more here.
There’s more to come every Tuesday and Saturday, including sessions on pigment making, clay modelling, kite making, boat building, labyrinth plotting, granite bashing, and just listening quietly to the sounds around.
Approximate distances and walking times for different sections of the trail. Walking times are fairly generous, to allow for the pace of small children.
The walk from the Fairground Car Park to Loe Bar via the the Penrose Stables is tarmac all the way to the Stables, and hard surface thereafter – all well adapted to push chairs etc.
The walk from the Fairground Car Park to Loe Bar via Degibna Woods and Carminowe Creek involves rougher surfaces and can have muddy places in wet weather.
The walk from Lowertown to St John’s Bridge via Ben’s Den and Cober Camp starts with stepping stones and is rough in parts. It can become muddy in wet weather.
Lowertown stepping stones to Ben’s Den: 0.4 km, quarter of a mile. Walking time: 10 mins
Lowertown stepping stones to Cober Camp: 1.4 km, a bit under a mile. Walking time: 30 minutes
Ben’s Den to Cober Camp: 0.9km, a bit more than half a mile. Walking time: 20 min
Cober Camp to St Johns bridge: 0.4 km, quarter of a mile. Walking time 10 mins
Lowertown stepping stones to St Johns Bridge: 1.7km, just over a mile. Walking time : 40 mins
Cober Camp to Coronation Park: 0.6km, approx one third of a mile. Walking time 20 minutes (allowing for road crossing)
Coronation Park to Fairground Car Park: 0.4km, quarter of a mile. Walking time 10 mins
Cober Camp to Fairground Car Park: 1km, 3/5 of a mile. Walking time 20 – 25 mins (allowing for road crossing)
Fairground Car Park to Penrose Stables: 2.4km, one and a half miles. Walking time 45 minutes
Penrose Stables to Loe Bar (on the west side of the lake): 1.9km, a mile and a bit. Walking time 40 minutes
Fairground to Loe Bar via Penrose Stables: 4.3km, just over two miles. Walking time 1 hour 20 minutes.
Fairground to Loe Bar via Degibna Woods and Carminowe Creek: 5.8km, just over three and a half miles. Walking time 1 hour 45 mins
Degibna Woods to Carminowe Creek: 2km, one and a bit miles. Walking time: 35 mins
Carminowe Creek to Loe Bar: 1.7km, approx one mile. Walking time: 30 mins
The CAST-Off programme is presented with the generous support of The Garcia Family Foundation, with assistance from Arts Council England, Cornwall Heritage Trust, Feast and Little Parc Owles Trust.