Daily Archives: July 19, 2012

Witches and wizards at Scarborough Art Gallery

Young witches, wizards and warlocks can brush up on their magical skills at Scarborough Art Gallery this summer.

The Witches and Wizards Academy, a drop-in workshop for youngsters aged five and over, will be held at the gallery throughout the school holidays. Each day, would-be Harrys and Hermiones can take part in broom-making workshops, learn how to pot up medicinal herbs, and many other essential skills.

And on Saturday 11 August, there’ll be some very special guests when owls from the Falconry UK Birds of Prey Centre at Kirby Wiske, near Thirsk, pay a visit.

The Witches and Wizards Academy will be at Scarborough Art Gallery from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 July, Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 August, and Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 August. The daily programme includes:

11-12.30: Essentials (including making broomsticks and hats)
12.30-2pm: Pets at home (looking at some of the museum’s collection of stuffed animals, and making owl and cat masks)
2-3pm: Wicked Words (spell-writing, inspired by Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes)
3-4pm Hypnotic Herbs (Herbology; learning about and planting medicinal herbs)

On alternate weeks, the Gallery is hosting the Haus of Faeries workshop, which proved a big hit with youngsters during the Easter holidays (11am to 4pm on Tuesday 31 July to Saturday 4 August, Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 August, Tuesday 28 August to Saturday 1 September).

Summer events on the Dinosaur Coast

Fossil fans and geologists of all ages are invited to join Scarborough Museums Trust’s team of geology experts on a series of outdoor events along the Dinosaur Coast this summer.

The Trust’s Head of Public Programmes, geologist Will Watts, said: “This is an opportunity to find out about the amazing geology of this area, with local experts including John Hudson, Roger Sutcliffe and Byron Blessed.”

The events are:

Filey Devils Fossil Hunt (Mondays) – 1pm, 23 July; 1.30pm, 6 August; 12 noon, 20 August (meet on the Coble Landing at Filey)

Plesiosaur Hunt (Tuesdays) – 2pm, 24 July; 1.30pm, 7 August; 1pm, 21 August (meet outside the supermarket within Reighton Sands Holiday Park)

Boggle Hole Belemnites (Wednesdays) – 1pm, 25 July; 2pm, 8 August; 1pm, 22 August (meet opposite the Youth Hostel at Boggle Hole)

Sandsend Sea Monsters (Thursdays) – 2pm, 26 July; 2.30pm, 9 August; 1.30pm, 23 August (meet on the slipway to the beach, near the boatyard car park, at Sandsend)

Runswick Prey (Fridays) – 3pm, 27 July; 3.30pm, 10 August; 2.30pm, 24 August (meet at the bottom of the slipway to Runswick Bay).

And keen geologists will also enjoy the current exhibition at Scarborough’s Rotunda Museum. Scarborough’s Lost Dinosaurs can be seen until September 2013, when it will end with a week of geology and fossil events. It aims to answer a question which has baffled geologists for years: why, when so many ‘trace’ fossils – mainly dinosaur footprints – have been found in the Scarborough area, have so few dinosaur bones been found?