Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Salts Mill and Penguins

The other saturday I had the wonderful privilege of doing a signing and penguin workshop at Salts Mill (Saltaire - West Yorkshire). If you have never been to Salts Mill I would definitely recommend it. A former mill built by Sir Titus Salt in 1853. It was transformed into a gallery and shop by Jonathan Silver and his wife back in 1987.   

fun had by all - including cats and penguins

It also has a massive collection of David Hockney prints and paints on show, many prints are available to buy from their poster shop, alongside books,home ware, jewellery and more. (you can find out more on the Salts Mill Website).

Its bookshop is one of the best I have been in for years - with a great and varied selection for kids and adults, spread over the vast mill floor (you have been warned). A great way to spend a rainy or sunny day. When I was there it also happened to be the Saltaire Arts Trail and a very lovely sunny day, so there was plenty for all to do...

The workshop went really well, with lots of children and their parents taking part in mask making and penguin hunting...

Here is my mask
For the penguin hunt, we hid 20 mini penguins around the children's department, and offered penguin detective badges and maps for the kids to hunt them out. Even after hiding them all I had trouble finding a couple of them! 

penguin hiding out with Dr. Seuss
We also held a Disguise the penguin competition, which had some great entries...

this was one of the winning disguises. 
some really clever and colourful disguises - can you spot the penguins?

even the staff had ago...

It was a really SUPER day and it wouldn't have been possible without the lovely people at Salts Mill and the wonderful Beth Crowley (she made the excellent disguise worksheets, stickers and the maps for the hunt - go check out her website)
Penguin wearing a Salts Diner t-shirt designed by Hockney.

In other penguin news the lovely Zoe of Playing by the book blog has written a really great piece about  Penguin and Peril with many fantastic activities you can play around with..... all I can say is PENGUIN BALLOONS! 

Plus there are lots of other penguin recommendations - including these great books... 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental and Joelle JolivetPenguin and Pinecone by Salina YoonPing and Pong are best Friends (Mostly) by Tim Hopgood and Penguin by Polly Dunbar, each post has some great activities to keep the kids (and  even adults) amused long after reading the books.


1 comment:

  1. Hey Helen, I've not visited Saltaire since my teens... this looks like so much fun. I thought of your work when Judith Kerr (90 today) said she was 'enchanted by the strangeness of cats'... no penguins though!