Since 2014 we have offered a week of summer camp which combines drama activities with nature art and craft and forest school. Aimed at primary school children, the camp provides a last chance to enjoy the summer sunshine and be outdoors. Children have created and then acted out their own plays, coached by drama teachers. In some years, a group of older children, 13-18, have rehearsed and performed abridged versions of Shakespeare’s A mid-summer night’s dream, and The Railway Children. A local artist has encouraged them to become creative with clay, willow weaving, flowers and leaves. And of course, there has been den making, hide and seek, treasure hunts, and camp fires on which to toast marshmallows, lead by a forest school leader.
After taking a break last summer, we have regrouped and are now offering two opportunities for children to be involved in our camps. At Easter, we will be offering a two day taster, focusing on Roald Dahl’s stories, which will take place on April 16th and 17th.
From August 24th – 28th, we will be offering a full week (Mon- Fri) of activities. Details of the theme for the summer event will be published in late Spring.
If you are interested in experiencing more drama in the gardens, we have several events lined up. At Garden Open events, you can enjoy a stroll around the gardens, and a cream tea or cakes.
If you are interested in outdoor theatre, the Handlebards will be performing “A comedy of Errors” in May, and Felici Opera will be performing highlights from Opera in July. See the details below.
Sunday 29th March – Garden Open, in aid of National Garden Scheme (NGS)
Thursday 16th – Friday 17th April – Children’s activity camp “Forest of Frogs” in the Garden. Outdoor theatre workshop, nature art and craft and forest school.
Sunday 5th May – Garden Open, in aid of National Garden Scheme (NGS)
Thursday 28th May – Outdoor theatre: Shakespeare’s A comedy of Errors, performed by The Handlebards. In aid of All Saint’s Church, St. Paul’s Walden.
Sunday 7th June – Garden Open, in aid of National Garden Scheme (NGS) and also Open Farm Sunday.
Sunday 12th July – Concert in the garden. Puccini, by Felici Opera, in aid of Garden House Hospice
August 24th -28th – Forest of Frogs Summer Camp. Outdoor theatre, nature art and craft and Forest School.