Unlocking children’s imaginations, inspiring creativity and connecting them to nature
Family arts organisation Birdhouse will be hosting a week-long programme of cultural activities for children over October half term.
Life’s a Beach – Cleethorpes will combine a series of nature-based and creative activities, to create a mini-festival, with the majority of activity taking place outdoors between 24 and 30 October.
Life’s a Beach aims to provide opportunities for quality family time while promoting a deeper connection to the much-loved resort and supporting local businesses.
The varied programme will include:
- Free access to digital content produced by Lincolnshire Outdoor Learning highlighting Cleethorpes’ wildlife, accompanied by creative making tutorials by artist Kathleen Smith (available on the Birdhouse website) https://www.birdhousetheatre.co.uk/lifes-a-beach/
- A beach ramble led by Dr Sam Griffith of the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network, allowing children and families to discover Cleethorpes archaeological heritage, with a chance to spot a number of known ship-wrecks
- The opportunity to contribute to an evolving work of public art, created by artist James Brunt www.jamesbruntartist.co.uk
- Outdoor story-telling of the Snail and the Whale among the sand-dunes, by Rhubarb Theatre
- The chance for children aged 5+ to gain the Arts Council England-backed Arts Award, through participating in Life’s a Beach activity and logging their experience
Life’s a Beach also forms part of a national initiative called Back & Fill – a one-off series of locally organised festivals, ‘inspired by the currents of seaside life’.
Back & Fill is a sailing term, for using the advantage of the tide being with you when the wind is not, and activity is happening at a range of coastal locations across the UK from Cleethorpes to Northern Ireland. It has been purposely coordinated to happen at the end of a tough summer season with local projects supporting artists, independent shops and seaside tourism businesses, through place promotion.
Charlotte Bowen, creative director for Birdhouse, said: “We aim to provide engaging opportunities for families and to inspire children’s creativity. Cleethorpes is well-loved and has so much to offer on top of being a traditional seaside resort.
“Through Life’s a Beach, we’re drawing attention to its natural qualities, while providing creative outdoor and at-home activities that ultimately help deepen children’s connection to the world around them.
Charlotte continued: “We’re fully on-board with championing Cleethorpes and the merits and importance of the UK’s coastline while allowing residents to see the town in a different light and to connect to nature.”
For more information and to book tickets, please visit: www.birdhousetheatre.co.uk/lifes-a-beach