Family Arts Festival: May half term 2024

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Come and get creative at these fun holiday sessions for all ages.

A family of four making crafts


Tuesday 28 May

Thursday 30 May



There are two sessions available:

10.30-11.45am and 1-2.15pm


£3 per participant (plus booking fee)

Non participating adults / children / babies go free. Everyone attending requires a ticket.

Suitable for all ages, but activities best suited to age 3+ supported by an adult.


Pre-book your tickets here.


Come and get creative at these fun holiday sessions for all ages. 

Tuesday 28 May: This session is inspired by the ceramics on display. Here you'll find ceramics decorated with fish designs, and learn about artists who've been inspired by aquatic nature. You can then create your own crafts inspired by underwater creatures - choose to make an octopus with wavy legs, or a paper fish that really moves. If you have time, you might even be able to make both. 

Thursday 30 May: Make a small keepsake box using air drying clay. Use the clay to shape small decorations to add to your box; and a variety of tools to make marks such as patterns or your name. At home, let you box dry for 24hr, then paint it yourself if you'd like to add colour.
This session is led by Sunderland University who specialise in ceramics. While you're here, you'll be able to view a small exhibition of their work and find out more about their creative processes and inspiration.

Suitable for all ages.
Best suited to ages 3+ with support from an adult.
Children must be accompanied.
 Everyone attending requires a ticket.

Seating is on communal tables but a quieter space can be provided by prior arrangement for those who need it - please contact

This event is part of our Ways to Play programme - free and low cost events across Tyneside at your favourite family destinations during school holidays. 

Ways to Play is sponsored by Tyne and Wear Metro.

Make your ‘Ways to Play’ adventure a great value day out by travelling to our venues by the Metro and/or Shields Ferry. Up to three children aged 11 and under can travel for free on the Metro and the Shields Ferry with a fare-paying adult. Metro is the convenient, fast and frequent way to get to your favourite attractions and now it’s even more affordable.


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