We’ve teamed up with Hereford River Carnival and Carnival Arts Group to run our very own Carnival Clubs in Herefordshire! With the help of a BBC Children in Need grant, these clubs will provide children from primary and special needs’ schools with fun, creative workshops.
The aim of the Carnival Clubs is to encourage children from all backgrounds, and their families, to get involved in the Hereford River Carnival. They will also give them the chance to participate in activities they wouldn’t usually do. Our clubs will work with over 100 children, facilitating their participation in the clubs and Hereford River Carnival, whilst also making sure they feel part of the community as a whole.
Clubs have been running in Blackmarston School, Marlbrook Primary, Barrs Court and the Kindle Centre. The sessions have involved some brilliant activities for the children. They’ve done African drumming and dancing, and created masks, t-shirts and sculptures based on mythical creatures from the Mappa Mundi.
Josie and Sadie, our Carnival Club leaders, have really noticed the positive impact the clubs are having on the children. In Marlbrook Primary School in South Hereford, children are really feeling a part of a group, proudly wearing their Carnival Club wristbands and River Carnival badges every day. They were excited to take their badges away to show their friends and family, and keen to invite them to join the River Carnival day – “I have been wearing my badge all day for everyone to see.”
Fancy getting involved? Clubs are open to all during the Easter holidays, taking place at the Kindle Centre on the 19th and 20th of April, from 10am – 12pm.
There will also be Carnival Club workshops during the morning of the River Carnival on 29th April from 10am on Castle Green. We’ll be exploring circus skills, face painting and making costumes and head-dresses for the procession at 1pm. Everyone is welcome – see you there!