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Half Term at Rural Arts

??Half Term Fun at Rural Arts!??

We’ve had yet another lovely half term at Rural Arts with pirate-themed workshops, the wonderful children’s show “A Heart at Sea” and a fabulous CREATE Tour workshop with RJC Dance and Kirkham Henry Performing Arts.


On Wednesday, Trisha from RJC Dance went along with our Arts Development Officer, Sorcha, to teach a dance workshop to young people at Kirkham Henry Performing Arts.

We had 20 young people taking part and it was amazing to see how focused, talented and full of energy they all were. Throughout the day they learnt a variety of carnival dance moves all culminating in a final routine that they will be performing at The Milton Rooms next Friday!

We also got them to show off a few of their best moves for our @create_tour Instagram #showusyourmoves campaign, for which we will be posting daily videos of the group in the lead up to the RJC Dance tour next week in Ryedale.


RJC Dance will be touring their show “Still Blazin'”to the students at Norton College next Tuesday, with another workshop with Kirkham Henry students on Tuesday evening for one last rehearsal before the big show!

“Still Blazin'” will then go on to tour to Wintringham Community Hall on Wednesday 6th March at 7.30pm, Helmsley Arts Centre on Thursday 7th March at 7.30pm and finally the Milton Rooms on Friday 8th March at 8pm, where the fabulous group at Kirkham Henry will also be performing their piece before RJC Dance perform.

Last year’s Still Blazin’ show at Thirsk Town Hall went down a storm, with the audience members both young and old finding it really enjoyable. The dancers from RJC Dance are amazingly talented and the show is a culmination of all the best bits of RJC Dance’s past repertoire, which means there are a variety of dance styles for all to enjoy!

There are still tickets available to buy at all venues, with discounts and ticket offers as well, so make sure you don’t miss out! Visit our website to find out more

Half Term Workshops


We had some great workshops delivered this half term by our Community Engagement Officer Poppy! On Tuesday we made paper ships, on Wednesday; treasure chests and maps and on Thursday; playful pirate props. Above are just a few of our favourites from the workshops but we had so many lovely things produced at all of them!

A Heart at Sea

After making playful pirate props on Thursday morning, we welcomed Half a String theatre company to perform their show A Heart at Sea.

The show was absolutely magical, with songs and tales of boats and whales! Our audience described it as “beautiful” , “unique” and “amazing.”

Make sure you don’t miss out on our next family show in May Half Term where the popular puppet theatre Lempen Puppets will be coming along to perform Carboard Carnival! (Tickets and more information here.)

New Vacancies

This week saw the announcement of two brand new vacancies at Rural Arts as the lovely Poppy prepares to leave for a new job with Yorkshire Sculpture International as their volunteer co-ordinator. We wish her the best of luck with her new job!

Our new vacancies are Community Arts Practitioner and Community Arts Programme Manager so make sure to apply and become part of the Rural Arts staff! 

Coming Up

Next week will be just as jam packed, with a variety of events happening both at Rural Arts and beyond, including:

Saturday 2nd & 9th March: Kay Latto Ceramic Heads
Monday 4th March –  Monday 18th March:  FRESH Exhibition at The Courthouse
Wednesday 6th March – Friday 8th March: CREATE Tour and RJC Dance: Still Blazin’ 
Wednesday 6th March: A Taste of Art: Scandinavian Gouache Painting