• Image: Ben's Den, CAST-Off, August 2020 1/6
  • Image: botanical drawing, CAST-Off, August 2020 2/6
  • Image: boat building, CAST-Off, August 2020 3/6
  • Image: natural pigment making, CAST-Off, August 2020 4/6
  • Image: CAST-Off, August 2020 5/6
  • Image: origami boat racing, CAST-Off, August 2020 6/6

For the August 2020 holidays, in response to the Coronavirus, CAST took its summer activities for children and families off site and out of doors in a project called CAST-Off. Lucy Grant devised a CAST-Off trail exploring the Cober valley and the grounds of Penrose, from Lowertown to Loe Bar, 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. She designed a special map suggesting self-guided, creative things to do and discover – many of which could be tried out in woodlands, meadows or gardens anywhere in the country.

A printed activity map was available from CAST along with free sketchbooks and pencils. On Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout August there were artist-led workshops along the trail to inspire imaginative and inventive activities.You can find details of the weekly programme here.

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.