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Summer Play Gallery

By admin 09.07.2021

Local children create colourful artwork for the Summer Play Gallery at Whitchurch Silk Mill

Whitchurch Silk Mill has launched its new Play Gallery for children and families, and it is open throughout the school holidays until 5th September. What better way to brighten the walls than with the artwork of local children? Children from Whitchurch Montessori, The Oak Tree Nursery and Pre-school, Rising Five’s Pre-school, and Whitchurch Primary School have contributed work to a fabulous display of colourful paintings that will form part of the new play space.

The interactive sensory play zone will explore the role that colour and light play in silk weaving. Why is silk so shiny? Which colours look good together? How can colour trick our brains? There are fun activities for families, including a mirror wall, sequin pattern board, liquid floor tiles, colour paddles, butterfly selfie station, yarn maze and more!

Alongside this, children love the adventure of being outside and there are more opportunities to explore the Mill gardens too, with a new water play area, a warp and weft grass maze, the popular fairy trail and a nature hunt.

Visitor Experience Manager Lisa Gale said “after the last year, we wanted to do something to welcome local children into the Mill over the summer. By turning our exhibition gallery into a sensory play space, we hope families will use our annual family ticket to drop in again and again throughout the summer.”

Julia Lymbery from Whitchurch Montessori was pleased that the children could take part “Wow! What an amazing opportunity for our children to show off their artist flare. Such a wonderful community activity bringing joy to our families”. The children were all encouraged to explore colour in different ways and the work created ranges from painted rainbows to colourful canvasses.

Covid precautions: care has been taken to reduce touchable elements, while hand sanitiser, replacement items and a cleaning schedule are in place to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

The Play Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday 10.30 am to 5.00 pm and admission is available with a year-long £18 Family Ticket for 2 adults and three children, under 5s are free.

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