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Engaging and Exciting Activities for Children and Young People in Great Torrington this October

‘The Welcome Back Fund’ is a central Government initiative to encourage people use their town centres.  As part of this initiative, the Town Council are putting on a couple of special events in this October.

The first event takes place on Saturday 2nd October when ‘Really Wild Learning’, an ethical, education-based wildlife encounter business will be providing some free children’s animal encounters between 10am-2.00pm at the Undercroft of the Town Hall. A range of reptiles and invertebrates will be on show and there will be the opportunity to handle some of these creatures under the experienced guidance of animal expert Kim Insull.


The event will launch ‘Great Torrington’s Bug Hunt ‘ wherefamilies can enjoy following a trail around the town searching for insect facts in the local shops (think window spotting for animal facts). Everybody who completes the trail and returns their application forms will be entered in a draw with the winner receiving a free family ticket to visit ‘Really Wild Planet’ CIC in Bideford. The trail will run for the whole of October and can be completed over half term. Application forms can be downloaded from the Town Council’s website or collected in person from Whiskers Pet Shop.

In addition to this on Thursday the 28th October between 10.00am and 3.00pm Torrington’s very own Pannier Market will be the location for a very special event half term holiday event.

The Town Council in collaboration with various organisations have put together a jam-packed programme of fun, exciting, creative, engaging, inspiring and most importantly totally free activities for children and young people.


Throughout the day attendees will have the opportunity of working with Tarka Pottery to create something out of air-drying clay, there will be hands on interactive science-meets-art activities with ‘Sciencedipity’ and drop in Circus Skills with experienced and well-known Expressive Arts Practitioner Rob Pudner from Entertainingly Different who will also act as MC for the day.

There will be Street Dance Workshops courtesy of founding Director of ‘Streetz Dance Company’ Amy Avery and Hula Hooping sessions with Circus Performer Maz Manuva.  Della from Fizzog Face Painting will be doing her thing throughout the day as will Dave Hendy who will perform his Punch and Judy show three times at various intervals. If this wasn’t enough children will be able to create a piece of original artwork with Kate and the fabulous Higher Beings paint spinner and last but not least, everyone will be able to contribute to a piece of people participation artwork with Westcountry based fine and digital artist Jo Mortimer. The finished piece – a unique reminder of the day will then be displayed in the town for years to come.

As you can see from above there really is something for children of all ages, abilities and interests and for one day of the holiday at least there should be no moans of being bored – you might even find a brand-new interest is forged or a hidden talent is revealed.

There is no need to book although places on some activities will be limited and delivered on a first come first served basis so whatever the weather just make a beeline for the Pannier Market on the 28th October and you and yours will be guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome and day of family fun. Look out for further details on the town council’s website and around the town, which will include timings of the workshops.

And don’t forget – When in the town centre, continue to support your local traders and “Buy Local”!