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Workshops and clubs

Space Youth Services

Space (formerly the Devon Youth Service) has 8 youth centres which are buildings for young people to meet, develop skills, try new things and belong. Find out more about Space Youth Services.

African drumming workshops

For 7-16-year-olds (under 7s welcome but must be accompanied by an adult), these workshops take place at Ocra Pavillion in Okehampton, every Thursday from 10.30 – 11.30 am. The cost is £3.

Drumming is fun and provides healthy exercise as an interactive, engaging activity that easily replaces pursuits such as computer games and television.

Music is a natural wonderful part of life. Being able to make their own music rewards children with a great sense of accomplishment.

Find out more and book a place.

Woodland Family Group

Woodland Family Group is an educational charity based along a three-mile stretch of the river Dart in South Devon.

The group runs a regular monthly gathering of families to inspire and support parents and children, of any age, who are non-schooling.

They will be running two sessions, one on Thursdays, and the other on Fridays from 28 March. The sessions run from 10 am until 1 pm. Each session is facilitated by rangers who are experienced working in nature-based education and play.

The sessions are a mixture of story-sharing, seasonal crafts and bush craft skills to stimulate the intellectual and the practical, and provide a diversity of learning process.

Booking in advance is essential as numbers are limited. If someone hasn’t been before there is the chance to join for a session to see if they like it.

Cost is £5 per person, £2 per sibling and for under four-year-olds. Advance bookings only, payable on the day.

For further information about the group or to book a place, families should contact Beth Coombes on 07972 855542 or email bethcoombes@ambios.net.

Home Ed’s Go Wild – Orchard Forest School

These sessions are aimed at home educated children and provide a range of fun activities for the whole family, including:

  • Bushcraft
  • cooking
  • tool use
  • craft

Sessions cost £15 per family and take place fortnightly on Tuesdays from 12.30 – 2.30 pm (excluding school holidays)

Email orchardforestsch@gmail.com for more information.

The 2 Minute Foundation Beach Sessions

Join the 2 Minute Foundation for a day on the beach, in Bude, exploring our coastlines and its inhabitants and learning how to protect them.

Bring your children or group to the beach for a day of extended environmental education and fun in an imaginative and inspiring setting. Activities may include rock-pool rambles to discover local sea life; beach games; beach bingo; how to beach clean – making use of our finds and more.

The sessions are free of charge due to funding kindly provided by the National Lottery Community Fund.

They can be flexible around days and times, in January and early February, and spaces are limited so get in touch as soon as possible.

For further information and to register your interest along with your preferred date(s) and times, please send Helen an email at helen@2minute.org.

Volunteer Police Cadets

The cadets offers young people a lot of opportunities to gain a practical understanding of policing, along with teambuilding, first aid and much more.

They regularly get involved in social action to support their community and make it a safer place to live. They are not trying to recruit police officers of the future (although a fair percentage consider it as a career option) but hope to give the young people skills and confidence that will help them in the future.

Find out more about the Volunteer Police Cadets.

Exeter Picture House

A home education club showing child-friendly films to promote learning through film and related activities. The second Wednesday of every month – activities from 10.15 am, with a film showing at 10.45 am.

Arts Award at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (Exeter)

Arts Council England and Trinity College London have teamed up to create an ‘Arts Award’ which consists of five levels and results in a recognised qualification.

Aimed at young people aged between five and twenty-five, it assesses art form knowledge and understanding, creativity and communication rather than specific art skill.

The first level of the award can be completed at the RAMM at any time during their opening hours by buying a £5 booklet from the shop at RAMM. The booklet can then be completed unassisted, alone or in groups, in one or several trips. More information about the award.