Programme of summer fun for youngsters

A summer programme of activities for young people has been unveiled by Whitley Bay Big Local Partnership.

The programme kicks off with ‘Big Fish Little Fish’ drop-in session from 10am to 3pm on Monday, August 4, at the Big Local shop in Park View for budding artists to create luminous fish to take home.

Textile artist Claudia Van Leishout Smit will show how to give old clothes a makeover at a fashion upcycling workshop at the same venue on August 11 and 13, from 10am to noon for under 12s and 1pm to 3pm for over 12s.

Photographer Neil Atkinson will be leading a small group of young photographers on ‘Marooned’ on St Mary’s Lighthouse on August 19.

Film director Rad Miller is in town for a ‘Film in a Day’ workshop on August 25 from 10am to 4.30pm.

Artist Holly Brown invites young artists to the shop to paint and draw on a large scale in her ‘Big Art’ session on August 26 from noon to 4pm.

Nik Alevroyiannis will be leading the Summer Youth Samba School ‘Make a Noise’ workshops from August 26 to 29 between 2pm to 4pm at the Yoga Station, Whitley Bay Metro station, culminating in a performance at the Dome Piazza on August 30.

Jessica Burns, local resident and Whitley Bay Big Local Partnership board member, said: “It’s great to be able to offer some really exciting opportunities to young people in the town over the summer months.

“We have listened to what people say they want and hope we have some of it covered.

“It’s an opportunity to try some things not usually freely available, a chance to develop a skill, meet other young people from the local community and have some fun.

“Whitley Bay Big Local is all about bringing people together to do things that make this town a great place for all of us who live and work here.”

For further information on any of the activities and to book please contact