Creative craft and science on show at first Honiton festival

The Honiton Beehive. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 2243-34-14AW

The Honiton Beehive. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 2243-34-14AW - Credit: Archant

A fun day-long festival of informative and hands on activities has been hailed a success by its organisers.

The Festival of Imagination landed at The Beehive in Honiton on Saturday, March 21, attracting dozens of eager youngsters and parents to learn more about arts and science.

Sue Waring, one of the festival organisers, said: “In the main hall, children and adults alike enjoyed taking part in activities based on the theme of the bee.

“A big attraction was the ‘See like a Bee’ tunnel, a dark space lit only with ultraviolet light in which children were able to experience what the world looks like to bees.

“Children and parents also enjoyed making flowers and insects for the flower meadow and flight-testing ‘Tumblewings’.”

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As well as hosting crafty activities, attendees had the chance to play the role of the scientist. A stall set up by Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum let people use microscopes to look closely at different insects.

The festival also welcomed an exhibit from the Devon Beekeepers Association, Honiton Lace Museum, East Devon District Council countryside wardens, Devon Wildlife Trust and Transition Town Honiton.

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Pop-up Theatre, provided by students from Honiton Community College, also popped up hourly in the Hayward Room and took their audience into the world of Winnie the Pooh and others.

Sue added: “The Beehive was an ideal venue for all the festival activities and events and gave people of all ages a great day out - for free!

“We would like to thank all of our sponsors and helpers on the day. We hope to repeat the event next year.”

Check out the Herald website for the full list of festival sponsors.

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