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Young People

The Arts Team organises workshops for under 18s during all the major school holidays each year: Meltdown (February break), Springboard (spring break), Heatwave (summer holidays) and Fallout (autumn break). 

Workshops include dance, drama, music, vocals, art and craft, plus special family activities to which parents can accompany younger children.

These activities happen at The Brook Theatre and a range of other venues across Medway including libraries, community centres, village halls, country parks and heritage sites. Suited to every pocket, fees range from £55 for week-long workshops and £14 for one-day workshops, to completely free drop-in or specially-funded workshops. 

For most activities it is essential that parents book in advance and we have a special booking form that we will need you to complete. 

If you would like advance information on future workshops, priority booking opportunities and special offers, please contact the Arts Team on 01634 338319 or at arts@medway.gov.uk

Springboard 2014

Looking for some creative fun this spring?  With workshops and events to suit every age and every pocket, there's something for everyone.

Medway Council Arts Development Team is proud to support A Rosemary Harris poetry theatre production, presented by Half Moon in association with Apples and Snakes and Nuffield.

One Way Ticket


One Way Ticket - a spoken word theatre show aboard historic ship LV21

For 8-12 year olds

Monday 7 to Wednesday 9 April, 2pm each day




Matilda - a four-day drama workshop

For 8-16 year olds

Monday 14 to Tuesday 17 April, 10am-4pm each day



Grease - a one-day dance workshop

For 8-16 year olds

Tuesday 15 April, 10am-3.30pm


Cartoon and Comic Week

Part of Fuse Medway Festival, in partnership with Medway Libraries. Celebrate the countdown to this year's Fuse Festival with this amazing week of FREE workshops. Professional artists will help you perfect your own drawing technique and create crazy characters, cartoon strips and epic adventures.


ARGH! the Ups and Downs of Life as a Comic Book Creator

For 8-80+ year olds.

Monday 7 April:

7.30pm at Rochester Library and Community Hub



I picked up a pencil''I picked up a pencil and created a baddie!''

For 9-12 year olds

Monday 7 April:

10am-12noon at Hempstead Library

2.30-4.30pm at Chatham Library and Community Hub

Comic book creation

Comic Book Creation with Tim Quinn of Marvel Comics

For 9-12 year olds

Tuesday 8 April:

10am-12noon at Rochester Library and Community Hub

2.30-4.30pm at Gillingham Library and Community Hub


You won't believe what just happened

''You won't believe what just happened!''

For 13+ year olds

Wednesday 9 April:

10am-12noon at Strood Library

3.30-5.30pm at Thomas Aveling Library


Superhero art

Superhero Art

For 4-8 year olds

Tuesday 8 April:

9.15-10.15am at Cuxton Library, 11.30am-12noon at Grain Library and 2.30-3.30pm at Hoo Library

Thursday 10 April:

9.30-10.30am at Rainham Library, 12noon-1pm at Wigmore Library and 3.30-4.30pm at Luton Library


Jurassic japes

Jurassic Japes and Crazy Critters

For 9-12 year olds

Thursday 10 April:

10am-12noon at Twydall Library and 2-4pm at Lordswood Library

Friday 11 April:

10am-12noon at Walderslade Village Libary and 2.15-4.15pm at Walderslade Hook Meadow Library


Fuse Parade Maker Project

Play on Words Theatre Company invite you to work with professional artists and master puppeteers from West End shows such as Warhorse, to make your own beautiful giant puppets to use in the Fuse Festival Parade in Gillingham. This project is funded by Fuse.

Parade Maker

A FREE three-day puppet-making and puppetry workshop at the Brook Theatre

For 11-18 year olds

Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 May, 10am-4pm each day

Free Parade Maker Drop-in event at Sun Pier House

For all ages

Sunday 8 June, 11am-4pm (stay for as long as you like)


Term-time workshops at The Brook Theatre

with Play on Words Theatre Company

Dorothy cropped


Young People's Musical Theatre, April-July 2014

For 9-18 year olds

Saturdays, 4pm to 5.30pm




Brook Youth Theatre, April-July 2014 

For 13-18 year olds

Wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm

The Crucible YAS


Young Actors' Studio, April-July 2014

For 18-25 year olds

Fridays, 7pm to 9pm


Festivals and other local events

Alongside our holiday workshops, we can often be found offering fun, free, drop-in workshops for families at major Medway events. These extremely popular activities usually take place in tents or outdoors and operate on a first-come-first-served basis. 

We regularly appear at the Medway Mile, Will Adams Festival, Capstone Festival and English Festival, as well as the Arts Team’s own Fuse Medway Festival. This is a great way for families to try arts and crafts for the first time and to find out more about what the Arts Team has to offer. Just look out for us in our bright pink t-shirts and join us for some creative fun. 

Special projects

Throughout the year there are always several opportunities for young people, families or the wider community to get involved in exciting special projects. These projects are almost always free to join as the result of successful funding applications or valuable partnerships with other organisations. 

Find out about Time and Tides.