School holiday activities: Creepy and Crawly at Taurus Crafts
PUBLISHED: 14:19 30 January 2017 | UPDATED: 12:24 31 January 2017
Keep the kids entertained this February half-term! From February 11–26, Taurus Crafts will host hands-on activities with nature’s creepy crawlies and an insect theme to many of the sessions
This February Taurus Crafts hands-on activities take on a creepy and crawly nature with an insect theme to many of the sessions. With kooky caterpillar stories, wire Insects, pom-pom bugs, doodlebug rocks, chocolate bugs and real live spiders, stick insects and millipedes. There are also some of the centres more traditional activities on offer including pottery painting, pottery throwing on a wheel, finger knitting and stone carving.
The live insect handling will be conducted by experienced professionals to ensure no bugs get stressed out or tired. There will be an informative display and plenty of opportunity to find out more about these fascinating mini beasts. Check out Taurus Crafts’ website or join their mailing list to get a full list of the activities on offer from February 11-26.
Taurus Crafts is a vibrant visitor centre where kids can get creative. Based near Lydney in the Forest of Dean Taurus Crafts is a home to local crafts, cafe, gifts, events, markets and art exhibitions and provides visitors a chance to meet the makers in their craft units and shop for distinctive gifts from the artisan businesses on site.
King Arthur & The Kooky Caterpillar: Watch an amazing puppet show with BBC ventriloquist Leesa Cartwright. Make your own Kooky Caterpillar puppet and perform your own puppet show. £2.00, (1hr show), age 2+ 10.30, 11.30, 1.45. February 13, 18, 20 and 25.
Throw Your Own Pot: With a Taurus Crafts’ potter & take away an unfired pot. £8.00, (20min approx), all ages, 11.00-1.00 + 2.00-4.00, February 11, 18 and 25th.
Stone Carving with Cats Eye Carving: £5.00 to have a go (20min), £20.00 to carve a design on a 4” square piece of stone to take home (45min), age 5+ Feb 13, 16, 20 and 23 10.30-4.30.
Finger Knitting with Silk Road Bazaar: Learn this innovative technique to create your own necklace. £15, (1hr), adults & children aged 7+. 11.00-4.00, Feb 11-26.
Arnie Kazzam: Laughter & magic show. £2 per child £1 per adult, (40min), all ages. 12-12.40 & 2.00-2.40, Feb 15.
Beaded Wire Insects with Balm Jewellery: Make a beaded wire insect or jewellery with new & up-cycled beads. £3.50 (20 min approx), all ages, 11.00-4.00, Feb 11 and 19th.
Pom-Pom Creepy Crawlies with Mad Dog Designs: Create pom-pom creepy crawlies with yarn, Free (20min approx) all ages, 11.00-1.00 & 2.00-4.00, 13th, 18th, 22nd and 26th Feb.
Doodlebug Rocks! by Nicole Iredale Designs: Create fun decorative stones using unique and colourful insect artwork. £4. (30min-1hr), age 4 +, 11.00-1.00 & 2.00-4.00, Feb 14, 15 and 21.
Paint Your Own Pot: Paint pottery items and have them glazed and fired. From £6, (20min approx), all ages, 11.00-1.00 & 2.00-4.00, Feb 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24 and 26.
Spiders, Scales & Snails: Come and meet tarantulas, stick insects, millipedes, giant snails + more. £3, (stay as long as you need), all ages, 1.00-3.00, Feb 12th, 17 and 24th.
Paint a Colourful Chocolate Bug with The Chocolate Bar: £5/person (20min approx), all ages, 11.00-1.00 & 2.00-4.00, Feb 13, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24.
Free Bug Trail: Hidden around Taurus Crafts are images and facts about insects. See if you can find and match the images of ten insects with the interesting fact. Trail sheets are in the Gift Shop. Hand in your finished trail sheet to enter the prize draw. Free, Feb 11-26.