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).