Hello! Apologies for the silence. I’m not under a bus! I’ve been on holiday with my family.
Perhaps if I’m ever lucky enough to receive pots of pennies from advertisers, I can schedule posts to go out in my absence. For now it’s in real time – if I go missing, so do my posts.
Anyway I am popping with excitement. About two weeks after I started this blog, Charleston got in touch about partnering with Little Lewes for the children’s events at what was then their upcoming short story festival, Small Wonder.
I reacted in an transparently over-keen and totally uncool way that trashed my street cred.
But look, as a gal who read Art History and English Studies at university, Charleston is Mecca to me. I love it there. Have you picnicked in its whimsical grounds with your littlies yet? Do.
SO TO THIS POST’S POINT:
Small Wonder is THIS WEEK! In fact, it starts tomorrow, Wednesday 25 September, 2013. As you can tell, I am super flattered to be asked to partner the children’s events.
They’re being staged as part of the Outsider Fringe Events and there are three to note:
Yes to this. It’s a family workshop, in the Charleston Garage (who knew such a place existed on this hallowed ground?). Artist illustrator Chris Gilvan-Cartwright will lead the way.
For Oodles of Doodles, all you and yours need to be able to do is hold a pencil and apply it in any fashion to a piece of paper. My 16-month-old will love this as much as my five-year-old, so a rare activity they can share. I hope we’ll be there.
HAWK WALK – Sunday 29 September, 10-11.45am. £10
Huxley’s Birds of Prey Centre in Horsham is the host for this segment. The walk follows the old coach road.
We’ve been to a few birds of prey demonstrations, but never one you can actually participate in – you get to wear the glove! Book at charleston.org.uk/whats-on
Aside: Notice above the detail from the programme above that you can also have a little breakfast-and-papers pitstop before the Hawk Walk at the Studio Café. I’ve eaten here once before. The food was delicious.
POCKET BOOK MAKING WORKSHOP – Sunday 29 September, 12-3pm. Free
Materials and instruction are provided for you to make your own tiny tome – perfect for recording dreams and secrets. I love the idea of my own pocket-sized journal (although those of you who actually read my lengthy posts will suspect I probably couldn’t confine my thoughts to something so small).
My littler boy is obsessed with drawing, but only wants to do it in sketchbooks. So he has a stash of them to help himself to. I’d love my older one to be able to make him a wee book to perfectly match his tiny hands.
This event is lead by artist Lee Shearman of Micro Library Books and for older kids, he’ll show how to make pop-up, fold-out bits, or expandable pockets – all the better for stashing those secrets!
They aren’t specifically for kids, but there are a few other things I think sound brilliant:
Scrabble Wall – a giant Scrabble board where you have to make super short stories from 10 syllables and two consonants sounds (move aside Twitter, with your 140 characters). Throughout Small Wonder. Free
Pizza by the Pond – Pizza Amoré, a woodfired gourmet pizza van, will be in residence from 12-8pm Saturday and Sunday. They do gluten-free and vegan options.
Coctkails and Scrabble Championship – this is my favourite of all. A Scrabble championship that gives extra points for made up, French and blue words, with cocktails from £4. Friday 27 September, 6.30pm. Free
ANECDOTAL ASIDE: I once ate dinner with Audrey Niffenegger (author of The Time Traveler’s Wife) in the kitchen at Charleston after she did a reading of Her Fearful Symmetry (also ace). I was so starstruck by the author and the place that I was mute the entire time… But for asking her whether she’d seen the film of TTTW, like the total berk I am.
Disclosure: I have been asked to partner with and promote Small Wonder at Charleston in return for links from their site to Little Lewes. It is a wonderful association for Little Lewes because Charleston is one of those places that make our area special. I genuinely think this is a great event for families and as a charitable trust, it supports the continued preservation of the former home of the Bloomsbury group. I have been offered complimentary tickets to attend the event on Saturday with my family – this is not to review it, but as an added thanks for this post. I have not been offered, nor have I accepted any other financial compensation for it. I’m very much looking forward to Oodles of Doodles!