FROM beatboxing to bushcraft — 1,700 creative school children headed to a Rotherham theme park resort for a free interactive festival celebrating the arts.
As part of Rotherham becoming the world’s first Children’s Capital of Culture in 2025, Gulliver’s Valley hosted a three-day Gully’s Art Fest, an arts extravaganza and educational event.
Year 5 pupils from across South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire took part in fun educational activities including art sessions and design workshops, a selection of theme park rides, and aspirational presentations.
Children could try everything from dance and theatre sessions, circus skills, culinary art, and beatboxing to magician workshops, ceramics and bushcraft.
All the children attended a performance by African drumming band Khula, and got the opportunity to create their very own artwork.
An art trail around the resort included an arts gallery, cowboy boot designing, a scavenger hunt, jesters, stilt walkers, fire-breathers as well as pirates, dino rangers and the resort’s very own mascot Gully Mouse.
An artist helped create an impressive painting which all the children contributed to and two school groups extended the fun by camping overnight at Gulliver’s Valley, making puppets and creating a lightbox show into the evening.
Julie Dalton, managing director of Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts and chair of Rotherham’s Children’s Capital of Culture Programme Board, said: “This was an amazing opportunity for young people to broaden their awareness of the creative opportunities Rotherham and the surrounding areas have to offer.
“It was a chance to inspire through art and spark interests that will last a lifetime.
“We so enjoyed seeing our young guests getting involved in all the fantastic activities we had planned.”