Dukes offers half term treats for kids

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The Dukes Theatre will be taken over by young people of all ages this October half term.

The Dukes Half Term Takeover will see a variety of fun workshops every morning from October 29 to November 2 and a family film screening every day from 2pm.

Children aged up to eight years old are invited to fun sessions in The Dukes café from 11am to 1pm.

Every day there will be a themed arts and craft activity, a story and a sing-a-long.

There will also be a daily book swap where youngsters can bring a book in good condition and

swap it for another.

These sessions are free, just turn up on the day. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For those aged 8 to 12, there’s a series of creative workshops led by professional artists in The Dukes gallery from 11am-1pm.

On October 29, young people can make their own Grimm Fairy Tale; on October 30, there’s an introduction to portrait photography and on October 31, there’s a Halloween maskmaking session, perfect for the night of Trick or Treating ahead.

November 1 provides opportunities to have fun sketching and drawing and the final workshop on November 2, is a puppetmaking session.

All the gallery workshops are £5 each and must be booked in advance. Children aged 8 to 12 need not be accompanied by an adult.

Teenagers aren’t left out either this half term at The Dukes which is offering weeklong film-making and radio production events.

Budding Spielbergs will work with professional artists and creators to write, storyboard, shoot and edit their own films and have them shown on the big screen at The Dukes.

Those more interested in radio can spend a week working with professional sound technicians and producers to make a show for broadcast on Internet Radio.

The film-making week is £50 and the radio production week costs £40. Subsidised places are available for families on means tested benefits. Please ask at time of booking.

From October 29 - November 2, The Dukes will also screen a family friendly film at 2pm, tickets priced £3. Brave (PG) is screened on October 29 and 30; The Dark Crystal (PG) on October 31 and November 1; and Paranorman (PG) on November 2.

For more information or to book, ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org/half_term.