Tea Party at the Haven
On Thursday 15th May we hosted our first ‘Marks Gate Pop-up’ event, a tea party at the Haven. The tea party was a great way to kick off a series of creative events taking place across May and we had a brilliant time!
Taking over the porta cabin that the Haven runs from twice a week, we decked the space out in colourful bunting and vibrant florals dressed our tables, creating a welcoming space for Marks Gate residents to join the creative fun. We had a great turn-out with over 40 local people joining us throughout the event; we had activities for both children and adults.
© Photo credits: Andrea Hayden
Adults enjoyed a cup of tea and a slice of cake whilst they crafted their own individual flags as part of the Marks Gate Bunting project, in which we’re asking local people to design a flag as contribution, these flags will be stitched together, growing with time and the intention is to present this at the events and activities we host during our time on Marks Gate.
The children got creative by designing their very own paper tea cups and taking part in the ‘Vote ART’ activity, where they were presented with 4 arty activities that they could take part in for the event ‘Marks Gate Get Arty’ taking place on Thursday 29th May, the activities were; ‘Draw your own portrait’, ‘Make a puppet’, ‘Make a flag for the Marks Gate bunting’ and finally ‘Make a model house’. And……you guessed, it ‘Make a model house’ won hands down! So were looking forward to making lots of miniature houses, hopefully we’ll make enough to fill a small town!
Adults and children were both asked to contribute to the ‘Art Is…’ display, exploring what they thought art is and what it means to them….We had some lovely and interesting responses:
My favourite part of the day was discovering a young, budding and creative girl called Tenayah. 10 year old Tenayah shared the current creative craze that is ‘Loom bands’ that is sweeping across schools in the country. Loom bands are bracelets made of coloured rubber bands. Tenayah taught me and her mum how to make our own bracelets over the course of 20 minutes, I was really impressed with Tenayah’s clear and enthusiastic instructions and the end result! See here:
All in all a great first event on Marks Gate, we’d like to thank Tina Franklin from the Haven and Havenites; Hayley, Kate and Stav who were a great support on the day. Thank you ladies! Looking forward to next week’s 3 ‘Marks Gate Pop-ups’!