Image: Ben's Den, CAST-Off, August 2020
Image: botanical drawing with Dominica Williamson, CAST-Off, August 2020
Image: botanical drawing with Dominica Williamson, CAST-Off, August 2020
Image: Cober Camp, CAST-Off, August 2020
Image: drawing made at Ben's Den, CAST-Off, August 2020
Image: Rosanna Martin collecting clay, Trelonk 2019
Image: Rosanna Martin leading a brick making workshop, Trelonk 2019

Make wildwood crowns, Hal-an-Tow sticks, tiny bricks and botanical drawings at different locations on the CAST-Off trail.

Baya Benzing will be at Cober Camp, a clearing in the woods near the footbridge from Mill Lane (look out for the CAST-Off sign by the bridge). Baya will show you how to fashion a wildwood crown or a Hal-an-Tow stick – traditionally used to chase out the winter – from natural materials .

Artist Ben Sanderson will be making charcoal for drawing with beneath a canopy of his paintings in his den, near the stepping stones in Lowertown.

Ceramicist Rosanna Martin will have all the materials and advice you need to have a go at making tiny bricks to build into a cottage, castle, fort or palace of your own imagining in the walled garden on the Penrose Estate.

Botanical artist Dominica Williamson will also be in the walled garden (from 2pm-4pm only) for Pick, Pop, Peek, Pin and Paint Plants, an introduction to botanical art for families. Dominica will explain how you can use simulated UV light to study the shape of a plant and detect what guiding lights a bee might be using. She will also offer advice on how to draw or paint plants and flowers to show what makes each one special and different.

The CAST-Off programme is presented with the generous support of The Garcia Family Foundation, with assistance from Arts Council England, Cornwall Heritage Trust, Feast and Little Parc Owles Trust. 

Tuesday 11 August, 10am-12noon and 2pm-4pm Free activities

All welcome

Pick up an activity map, sketchbook and pencil from CAST in Helston, the Stables Café on Penrose Estate or Lakeside Café at Coronation Park.