A summer holiday programme of creative artist-led activities for families, CAST-Off takes place off-site and out of doors, encouraging children to explore and enjoy the natural world.

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Den made in a woodland out of a large painting
Ben's Den, CAST-Off, August 2020
Child drawing on grass
Botanical drawing, CAST-Off, August 2020
Child mixing natural pigments outside
Natural pigment making, CAST-Off, August 2020
View out over a river estuary
CAST-Off, August 2020
People paddling in a stream
Origami boat racing, CAST-Off, August 2020

CAST-Off 2020 provided a self-guided trail for families, offering creative things to discover and do along the Cober Valley in Helston – from Lowertown, through the Moors beside the river, to the boating lake, Penrose and Loe Bar.

CAST’s learning specialist Lucy Grant designed a special activity map and families were encouraged to pick up a free map, sketchbook and pencil from the CAST building and set off to find out more aboutthe history, geography and nature of this special place.

In addition, on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout August, artists were stationed at key locations to inspire invention and making. 

Given the overwhelmingly positive response to the first year’s activities, CAST-Off returned in the summer of 2021.

In August 2021 there were two main bases for the programme of artist-led creative activities, which again took place on Tuesdays and Saturdays: the walled garden in the National Trust’s Penrose estate and Ben’s Den, in a little wood on the edge of town near the Bulwark estate. Lucy Grant designed a beautiful new activity map, with a number of challenges and tasks and small prizes for children who completed them.

In August 2022 the CAST-Off programme again took place again in the walled garden at Penrose, and CAST also developed a new programme, CAST-Away, which took place at four different locations on the Lizard peninsula. Drawing on aspects of local heritage and the natural environment, CAST-Away took a range of creative activities directly to local communities, with sessions at Polurrian Cove, Poltesco, Gweek and Porthoustock.

In 2023, CAST-Off returned to the walled garden at Penrose, with additional sessions also taking place at Coronation Gardens in Helston and on Gunwalloe Beach on the Lizard. Prior to this, CAST’s learning team ran CAST-Off sessions for local primary schools, where Lucy Grant’s newly-designed activity maps were handed out ready for the summer programme.

Dates for this year’s CAST-Off programme will be added to the What’s On page soon.

Click here to see the CAST-Off maps from each year:

CAST-Off Map 2020

CAST-Off Map 2021

CAST-Off Map 2022

CAST-Away Map 2022

CAST-Off Map 2023


The development of the CAST-Off programme was enabled by the generous support of the Garcia Family Foundation. 

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