Workshops at the BS4 Arts Trail

There are lots of great workshops and demos happening throughout the arts trail weekend in the community venues and at people’s home studios. All the details are below but keep an eye on social media for any changes/updates to the timetable.

Laura from Colourful Minds is running drop in crafts sessions for all ages at St Anne’s House (Home of Bricks Bristol). St Annes Road, BS4 4AB on both days to create a giant community collage. There are 2 sessions: on Saturday 24th June 2pm – 4pm and Sunday 25th June 10am – 12pm. These workshops are FREE and there is no need to pre-book.

Also at St Anne’s House, Kate Miller will be running a  ‘Going Print Dotty’ Lego Relief Printmaking drop in printmaking workshop for all ages on both days of the trail from 11am to 3pm. Create your own Lego Dots design on a Lego base board, ink up with a roller and water based ink then print your own postcard using a Woodzilla relief print press! This workshop costs £3 or free with any purchase from Kate’s stall.


At St Cuthbert’s Church Hall, the great Art Cart crafty cargo bike is running drop in creative family activities all weekend inspired by the birds and beasts of Brislington. There will be plenty of colourful and curious materials aboard and something for all ages from 3+. Donations are welcome.

At Holymead Hub, there are lots of free wellbeing workshops and demos happening in Studio 1. In Studio 2, there are paid reflexology sessions on Saturday and massage sessions on Sunday.

On Saturday 24th June, Studio 1 is used for a private baby ballet class until 12 and then there are free workshops are in the afternoon:
2 to 3 – Spinecare Pilates with Rachel of Nightingale Pilates. A gentle selection of Pilates movements & exercises to nourish your spine & body.  Educate yourself on how you can safely manage back pain by joining in or talking to Rachel & Sian. Spinecare is suitable for most of us with low back pain, disc issues, osteoporosis, stenosis, spondylothesis, osteoarthritis & other spinal conditions. All equipment provided, pop in to watch or join in.

3 to 4 – Pilates and Mindfulness with Sian of Feel Good Fitness. This session will help you connect to your breath. It will teach you exercises that will will help improve your breathing, help pain & relaxation

On Sunday 25th June, the workshop programme is:
10 to 11 – Maternal journalling with Carmen from The Mother Hood. Carmen is a local doula, mama companion, and systemic family therapy practitioner supporting women at every stage of their motherhood journeys. Join her for this introductory session to Maternal Journal – a friendly, supportive space to explore the ups and downs of motherhood through art journalling & creativity. It takes a village, so come create, connect & know that you’re not alone! Babes in arms are welcome, though this is a space for you! No art materials, creative experience, or pretence of coping needed – just come as you are! @the.mother.hood

11 to 12 – Menopause and Movement with Eva from The Langton Wellness Hub. In this one hour workshop, we’ll move through a gentle Yoga workshop to bring real ease and relief from any Menopause symptoms you may experience (including joint pains, insomnia, anxiety..). We’ll talk mindset shifts and I’ll also share with you my absolute favourite “Cooling Hot Flush Breath” I used myself for the best of 2 years when I went through my own early Menopause at 37/38. Bring a mat if possible.

2 to 3 – Mini breath workshop with Sian of Feel Good Fitness. These mini breathwork & mindfulness sessions will help you connect to your breath. It will teach you exercises that will will help improve your breathing, help pain & relaxation

3 to 4 – Restorative Pilates with Rachel of Nightingale Pilates. Mobility, flexibility, gentle Pilates moves… reach, lengthen, roll, glide, ease your way into comfortable movement. Bliss. Nothing too complicated, suitable for everyone. The perfect way to end a busy weekend and relax into the evening.

All movement and wellbeing workshops are drop-in sessions available on a first-come, first served basis. Each studio can fit around 12 to 15 people. Holymead Hub is the Junior School site off Wick Road, entrance on Rossall Road, not the Infants site on Hollywood Road.

In Studio 2 (on the right at the top of the stairs), there are paid-for wellbeing sessions that you can book in advance or drop in. On Saturday, Alex from Be therapies is offering 20-minute reflexology sessions for £20. You can pre-book by calling her on 07811 258548 or just drop in on the day.

And on Sunday, Alison Westlake is offering 30-minute massage sessions for £30 at 10, 10.45, 11.30, 12.15, 13.00 and 15.15 which need to be pre-booked by calling her on 07543300393. Between 2 and 3pm on the Sunday, she is offering free bespoke oil-blending drop-in sessions where you can work to create an essential oil to suit you. Ailments such as eczema, digestive issues, travel sickness, anxiety disorders and sleep disorders can be addressed with essential oils. 10ml rollerballs with your bespoke oil blend can be purchased for £12.

Wendy Calder is offering “have a go on the wheel” pottery drop-in sessions on Sunday 25th June from 10am till 4pm at her home studio at 62 Arlington Rd, St.Anne’s, Bristol BS4 4AJ

To encourage people to explore Nightingale Valley Woods and see the famous tree we used in our arts trail logo, Naomi at These Two Hands has set up a wooden bird trail through the woods. There are 10 different painted wooden birds to spot on your walk through the woods from the entrance on Allison Road to the exit onto St Anne’s Terrance (where there are 2 brilliant home venues to visit!) or vice versa. Pick up your trail sheet from the These Two Hands shop at 83, Sandy Park Road and the first 10 completed sheets to be handed back in at the shop will get a prize.

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