Laura James on half-term activities
The half-term is just around the corner, causing many of us to look for ways to keep the family entertained without resorting to computers or television.
This year sees the start of the Family Arts Festival, which is part of a two-year Family Arts Campaign funded by the Arts Council with the aim to develop the quality and overall experience of the range of arts events and activities available to families all over the UK. With the festival boasting over 1,500 events taking place at 700 venues over a period of 17 days around half-term, there really will be something for everyone to enjoy and get involved in.
Over a third of the events on offer are completely free of charge and participating venues in Wiltshire will be providing an exciting array of diverse and accessible activities for all the family.
The Corsham Contemporary Arts Festival runs from October 17 to 20 and incorporates live music alongside theatre and exhibitions. Most events take place at The Pound Arts Centre and are set to include Teddy Edward's picnic, a family twining workshop and a family percussion concert. There will also be offerings in Trowbridge from October 19 to November 2 as part of their second annual Arts Festival.
Children can be part of the Trowbridge Carnival procession and attend free taster sessions for the Salisbury Playhouse Youth Theatre, while the whole family can enjoy a range of live music, theatre and craft workshops.
In Cirencester The Corinium Museum will be running workshops with family drop-ins from October 28 to November 1, and the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford On Avon will be hosting a Kathakali family concert on Sunday November 3.
On Saturday November 2 the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon is holding its first-ever family fun day. Suitable for all the family and free, the fun day will include face painting, a colouring competition, storytelling and appearances from Peppa Pig's Mr Potato and the Wyvern Pantomime's Daisy the Cow.
There will also be an illustrating workshop with Horrible Science's Tony De Saulles, free dance classes from Swindon Dance and family-friendly live music in the band stand opposite the theatre.
Don't sit inside this half-term! Show the family that there is an abundance of activities to enjoy in Wiltshire. With so much going on, and this is only a few highlights, you never know what you might discover…