Children enjoy crafting up some summer fun

Children get creative at the Beacon Centre, North Shields.
Children get creative at the Beacon Centre, North Shields.
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Children showcased their creative talents at special workshops held at two shopping centres.

The Beacon, in North Shields, and The Forum, in Wallsend, held summer arts and crafts workshops.

Children of all ages enjoyed their pick of three summer-themed arts and crafts activities which included personalising frisbees, making their own kites and decorating treasure chests for their special possessions.

The activities were provided in partnership with arts and craft specialists, Craft Yourself Silly. Shoppers also went home with hand-drawn portraits created for them by artist and TyneMet College student, Jan Brown.

Centre staff joined in the fun by handing out treats to children and shoppers.

David Menzies, centre manager, The Beacon Shopping Centre, said: “We were delighted to see so many enthusiastic children getting creative and really enjoying themselves at our event.

“We were all really impressed by the wonderful designs produced by the children and it was a pleasure to see how excited both children and adults were as they saw their own hand-drawn portraits.”

Nick Lambert, Centre Manager, The Forum Shopping Centre, said: “With the summer holidays having just kicked off, we knew that this event would be a great way to bring together the local community and have lots of fun.

“Arts & crafts are loved by children and parents so it was no surprise that families were really getting involved, which created a great atmosphere in the centre.

“We are glad to have provided our shoppers with such a memorable experience and look forward to more such opportunities.”