Half Term at the RWA


Rosie Faragher image

Tree Tales!

With Rosie Faragher

Tuesday 17 February

3pm – 5.30pm / £10 per child

Suitable for children aged between 7 and 12

Join Bristol-based author-illustrator Rosie Faragher for an afternoon of drawing, storymaking and storytelling, in response to the Arboretum exhibition, including (weather allowing!) a walk on nearby Brandon Hill to find inspiration amongst the trees…

Back at the RWA we will enjoy a hot drink and snack to help warm us up, before Rosie reads some stories, including some of her own wonderful creations.

Christine Howes Wildlife Print Image 1

Print day at RWA!

Wednesday 18 February

Two printmaking workshops for children of all ages, inspired by the theme of nature and wildlife, explored in our current exhibitions.


Family screen print workshop with Simon Tozer

10.30am – 12.30pm / £10 per child

Suitable for aged 5 upwards

Trees are among the most magical and awe-inspiring life forms in nature.  Every tree supports a myriad of other life forms such as plants, insects, birds and mammals for whom it provides food and shelter.

In this workshop we will celebrate both the tree and tree dwellers by making fabulous poster-size screen prints of trees and the creatures that live in them.  Perhaps there will be space in the tree for us, perhaps space for our own tree house high up among the branches.

Christine Howes Wildlife Print Image 1

Butterflies and Bees – Buzzing in the Meadow

with Christine Howes

2 – 4pm / £10 per child

Suitable for 7 – 12 yrs.

From Bees, Dragonflies and Butterflies to a Meadow Buzzing with insects of your creation! Come and print your handmade printing blocks with an Artist printmaker.

Christine Howes has designed many art activities for BBC Wildlife Magazine.

Beau Street Hoard image

The Beau Street Hoard Roadshow!

Thursday 19 February

11am – 4pm (drop-in) / Free with exhibition entry

Come and discover the Beau Street Hoard, a unique find of 17,577 silver Roman coins uncovered by archaeologists in Beau Street, Bath.

  • Learn about the Hoard and its discovery
  • Handle coins from the Hoard
  • Take part in fun hands-on activities
  • Strike your own coin!
  • Illustrated talk at 2:00 pm


Giant, Fuzzy Needle Felting, with Uncanny Creations 

Friday 20 February

Choose a session: 11am-12.30pm, 1pm-2.30pm or 3pm-4.30pm / £5 per child

Suitable for children aged 5+

In our workshop you will learn how to make fantastic 2D Creatures where the only limit is your imagination. We will teach you the techniques and skills you need to create pieces for our giant fuzzy felt board. Needle Felting is a very easy and quick process using a stabbing motion which binds all the fibres together till flat and smooth.

Uncanny Creations is a Bristol based company dedicated to introducing people of all ages and abilities to needle felting.

Come and join us!

Animal mask image

Wildlife mask-making with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project

Saturday 21 February

10.30am – 4pm

Free with exhibition entry

Suitable for all ages

Come and create your own wildlife mask, choosing from a range of designs, including peregrines, butterflies, badgers and the Bristol Onion (a wild flower that only grows in the Avon Gorge and nowhere else in the UK!)

At 2pm Mandy Leivers will also be delivering a short talk about the wildlife of the Avon Gorge and Downs


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