Easter fun at Coalhouse Fort

COALHOUSE Fort is the place to be over the Easter break with a series of fun activities planned for young people aged five and upwards.

Activities cost £5 a child – and accompanying adults go free.

The fun starts on Tuesday, 29 March, with Decoupage Animals where children will be making their own animals out of polystyrene and decorating them using the decoupage – decorating by gluing coloured paper – technique.

On Thursday, 31 March, the youngsters will be invited to build their own fort, looking at the shapes used in Coalhouse Fort to make their own forts using recycled materials such as cardboard and plastic. The children will be able to test their forts to see who has the strongest!

The following Tuesday (5 April) the fun is entitled Paint your own mug, where those taking part will look at different examples of crockery from the local area and different time periods to help design their own mug using porcelain paints.

And on Thursday, 7 April, the children will using sewing skills to make an animal or shape from felt, something they can hang up and take home.

All the activities run in two-hour blocks 10am to noon and 2pm to 4pm. They are designed to be suitable for children aged five and upwards, but the children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

The advice is: Come dressed for the outdoors!

It is important to book a place to ensure enough materials are provided, and bookings can be made through the Thameside Theatre’s box office.

Bookings can be made online through thurrock.gov.uk/theatre or thurrock.gov.uk/events, by calling 0845 3005264 (between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday) or in person at the Orsett Road Thameside complex on Saturdays between 10am and 1pm.

For more information: facebook.com/coalhousefortpark, or Twitter: Coalhousefortpk

The new café at the fort will be open every day during the holidays between 10am and 4pm.

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