Festival engages the imagination in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 May 2016 | UPDATED: 08:41 10 May 2016

The Honiton Festival of Imagination was a big success. Photo: Jeremy Trew

The Honiton Festival of Imagination was a big success. Photo: Jeremy Trew

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The Beehive was a-buzz with activity this month as Honiton held its second Festival of Imagination.

The Honiton Festival of Imagination was a big success. Photo: Jeremy TrewThe Honiton Festival of Imagination was a big success. Photo: Jeremy Trew

Nearly 60 children from primary schools in Honiton, Awliscombe, Stockland, Offwell and Upottery 
enjoyed workshops led by an astronomer from the Ogden Trust, a physicist from the Institute of Physics, a meteorologist from the Met Office, a fellow from the Primary Science Teaching Trust and a chemist.

The activities included learning about planets using different sized balls, talking through string-telephones, seeing cells using a microscope, making paper snowflakes in a session on weather and making a variety of models of crystals from sweets and cocktail sticks.

Audiences of about 20 adults also attended four talks about architecture, gluten-free cookery, astronomy and theatre and enjoyed drinks and refreshments in The Beehive café bar. A family event was held on the second day, with hands-on activities, and pop-up performances from Honiton Youth Orchestra and East Devon Dance Academy.

Children and adults enjoyed putting a stick through a balloon; building a wooden ‘rainbow’ bridge with help from a member of the Institute of Structural Engineers, dressing up as engineers in safety vests and helmets, while they built bridges from art straws under the guidance of a member of the Institute of Civil Engineers, and creating a ‘Spaghetti Tower’.

The Honiton Festival of Imagination was a big success. Photo: Jeremy TrewThe Honiton Festival of Imagination was a big success. Photo: Jeremy Trew

The talks, including ‘Oliver Cromwell’s Ointments’, ‘Shakespeare - sonnets and plays’, ‘Raindrops to Superstorms’, and ‘Arches and Bridges’, were well attended.

The festival organisers would like to thank all workshop leaders, speakers, activity leaders and performers for generously giving their time and energy in planning and delivering such 
engaging presentations.


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