A SERIES of free, fun-packed workshops for kids is coming to Ankerside, as the Tamworth shopping centre launches its superb ‘Sustainable Summer’ campaign during the six-week holidays.
Ankerside Shopping Centre is focusing on all-things green this summer, with three exciting sessions at its Sustainable Hub set to spark young shoppers’ imaginations on how everyday items can be given a new lease of life instead of throwing them away. Event-goers will also explore the many wonderful things that make the outdoors great.
On Wednesday 25 July, budding Charlie Dimmocks can take part in a gardening workshop to learn top tips and tricks for looking after plants and flowers. Visitors will get creative when upcycling clothes and materials on 8 August, while the final session on 22 August will be a wildlife adventure, where children will have their very own bug-spotting kits to help them identify a variety of critters and more.
The event is expected to be hugely popular following last year’s floral-themed, smash hit ‘Ankerside in Bloom’. Mark Burbridge, Ankerside’s centre manager, says that to ensure the success of this new campaign, donations from the public of unwanted clothing will be needed for ‘make and take’ workshops, which can be dropped off at the collection box on the mall.
“Sustainable Summer is all about engaging with our children and educating them about green issues and the effects of unnecessary waste in an educational but fun way,” said Mark.
“We have so many great activities that will keep the young ones highly entertained during the school holidays,” he said. “They can try new things such as upcycling, where there will be opportunities to be hands on with materials to make brilliant creations. It’s going to be really exciting.”
Sustainability is high on the agenda at Ankerside, with retailers including Costa Coffee, Greggs and Druckers signing up to the centre’s initiative where visitors can receive free water refills, without having to make a purchase. Popular bakery, Greggs, goes through approximately 20 milk bottles a day and will also be saving these for children to decorate during the activities.
Mark continued: “Sustainable Summer at Ankerside is set to be the event families will want to attend together, as there is much to be gained. Developing lifelong skills and knowledge are beneficial to all, no matter our age.
“It’s important for us to collectively work together to be kinder to the small part of the world we occupy. With Ankerside being a focal point of the community, we are 100 per cent committed to leading the way on green causes as much as we can,” he added. “We look forward to our wonderful shoppers joining us in a few weeks’ time for this brilliant event.”