Enjoy a summer of heritage fun!

ith the school holidays just around the corner, Jersey Heritage has plenty of entertainment ready and waiting for families to enjoy as part of a five-week programme of fun activity.

‘A Summer of Fun’, kindly sponsored by Ogier, involves creative sessions across the castles and museums every weekday from 11am-3pm, starting from next Monday (25th). From pottery to performance, there will be something to engage and delight youngsters at a different heritage site each week.

Nicky Lucas, Jersey Heritage’s Events Curator, said: “If you’re short on ideas on how to keep the kids in your life occupied during the summer holidays, we’ve got lots of fun and activity planned and can’t wait to get started! Families can begin with ‘Oodles of Doodles’ at Elizabeth Castle, then take part in some wild play, drama sessions and pottery during the middle of the holidays, before heading into the ‘Junkyard Jungle’ at Hamptonne as the summer comes to an end.”

‘A Summer of Fun’ involves artists Jools Holt and Margarida Lorenco Olivier, naturalist Stephen Le Quesne, the Butterfly Theatre Company and potter Stuart Copeland. All sessions are drop-in with no booking required, although children must be accompanied by an adult who’s on hand and ready to help as the creativity begins!

Kate Kirk, Director of Marketing for Ogier, said: “Ogier is committed to supporting education projects and we’ve partnered with Jersey Heritage to offer a series of family learning events packed with activities across the year. We can't wait for ‘A Summer of Fun’ to begin - such great opportunities for families to have a fun, creative day out at the heritage sites, while also learning about our Island’s culture and history, is something we’re proud to support.”

Usual site entry fees apply. Free to Jersey Heritage Members and children under the age of six.

‘A Summer of Fun’ programme 2022:

Oodles of Doodles Elizabeth Castle Monday to Friday, 25-29 July 11am-3pm

Take your imagination for a walk with artist Jools Holt, who’ll be providing oddles of fun opportunities to draw, play and explore. We’ll provide the materials and clear up afterwards, all you have to do is join in, ‘collabradoodle’ and create!

Wild Play Hamptonne Country Life Museum Monday to Friday, 1-5 August 11am-3pm

Wild Play days at Hamptonne are perfect for connecting with each other and experiencing nature through crafts, skill learning and free play. All sessions are led and supported by naturalist Stephen Le Quesne. Activities will vary daily but themes will include dens and ropes, wood and whittling, the art of colour, natural crafts and the living world (insects).

Kids Castle Theatre Mont Orgueil Castle Monday to Friday, 8-12 August 11am-3pm (sessions start 11am and 1pm and are two hours long)

Explore Mont Orgueil through the world of theatre with a professional team from Butterfly Theatre Company and enjoy an exciting week of immersive and creative workshops. Each day will centre on a different theme, giving the opportunity to learn fun performance skills through games and activities.

Going Potty La Hougue Bie Monday to Friday, 15-19 August 11am-3pm

Pottery is an ancient art form so where better to spend time creating with clay that at the ancient and beautifully-inspiring La Hougue Bie. Join potter Stuart Copeland, whose enthusiasm for his craft is contagious. He’ll help you to create unique artworks to take home with you.

Junkyard Jungle Hamptonne Country Life Museum Monday to Friday, 22-25 August 11am-3pm

Escape into your imagination with the help of artist Margarida Lorenco Olivier. Join her in the Orchard at Hamptonne to turn everyday rubbish into creative treasure, inspired by the natural beauty of your surroundings.