Free summer workshops for all the family

Photo caption: Spare Room Arts will be running a series of arts activities in The Hopmarket for the second year running.

Worcester’s Hopmarket – home to an eclectic mix of shops – will be hosting a month long series of workshops this summer.

The retail space on The Foregate will present packed sessions of free arts and crafts for children of all ages. Organised and delivered by Spare Room Arts for the second year running, the activities are all based on a theme of The Great British Summertime.

Dates and activities are as follows :

Tuesday 30 July – summertime badges, magnets and flags
Tuesday 6 August – seaside-themed bunting, sea crowns and masks
Tuesday 13 August – kite making and sun visor-making workshops
Tuesday 20 August – sun, sea, sand and seagull puppet-making workshop
Tuesday 27 August – mermaids purses, treasure chests and treasure maps

All the workshops are free with children and families welcome to stay as long as they wish. Soft play and sandpits will be provided for little children. There will also be a British summertime peep board; those taking part will be encouraged to upload their photos using the #hopmarket.

Sarah Edwards from Spare Room Arts said : “We are so looking forward to being back in The Hopmarket this summer; last summer was such a success. This year’s theme is all about the Great British summertime and will combine nostalgia with some fabulous and very British activities. We look forward to welcoming you all!”

Bill Simpson, Trustee at The Hopmarket Charitable Trust said : “We are delighted to be hosting another summer of creative activities and events. The Hopmarket is a great home for them. Free and open to everyone, we look forward to welcoming lots of families again starting Tuesday 30 July then every Tuesday throughout August.”

Spare Room Arts has been operating for 10 years, specialising in outdoor events, music festivals and tailor-made workshops. The team at Spare Room Arts work with schools, community groups and on council and Arts Council-funded projects.

The Hopmarket has been a place to do business since 1731 where dealers came to trade hops. In the early 1900s, the site was replaced with the current building to become a hotel and bank before being converted to a thriving shopping courtyard.

For further information please contact Sarah Edwards, Spare Room Arts on 07894715680 or email her at