Easter Activities with The Auckland Project

Easter activities, Easter Trail photo: Bec Hughes courtesy of The Auckland Project
Easter activities with The Auckland Project will include an Easter Trail. Photo: Bec Hughes courtesy of The Auckland Project.

Families can search for hidden animals, create their own art and enjoy traditional crafts as part of a cracking series of Easter activities in Bishop Auckland.

A special woodland trail through Auckland Castle’s historic Deer Park will be running from 30 March to 15 April. Visitors can hunt for clues leading to wooden animals hidden around the medieval park. Each will reveal part of a secret word, with special Easter-themed prizes waiting for anyone who cracks the code.

Easter Trail

The Easter Trail was developed by The Auckland Project’s Gardens and Park apprentices, with help from two local artists who both sell their work at The Auckland Project’s No.42. Sinead Croarkin, founder of The Three Peaks Company, which specialises in wooden greetings cards, produced the wooden animals dotted around the Deer Park, while artist and entrepreneur, Gillian Gamble illustrated the trail map.

The beginning and end of the Easter trail is the Mining Art Gallery in Bishop Auckland Market Place, where free Easter-themed craft activities will be on offer from Monday, 2 to Friday, 6 April.

Traditional Crafts

Craft Activities. Photo: Bec Hughes courtesy The Auckland Project
Easter activities will include craft workshops at the Mining Art Gallery. Photo: Bec Hughes courtesy The Auckland Project.

Here, visitors can try their hand at traditional crafts between 11am and 3pm each day, including decorating eggs, making chicks and creating Easter cards inspired by printing techniques used by mining artists. In addition to craft activities, there will also be a chance to learn more about the artists featured in the gallery by following a special family trail, also designed by artist Gillian Gamble.

Hannah Peaden, Head of Visitor Experience for The Auckland Project, said: “The Mining Art Gallery showcases the inspiring work of local artists. It is therefore very fitting that our programme of Easter activities encourages young people to enjoy art – from exploring an Easter Trail created with the help of local artists to making their own artwork with traditional Easter crafts.”

Art Workshops

As well as craft activities in the Mining Art Gallery, children aged 5 to 11 can also take part in Arts Award – Discover in a Day workshops, offering youngsters the opportunity to explore different types of art and find out about local artists. Participants will then create their own artwork, inspired by what they’ve seen and heard.

The one-day workshops at The Auckland Project’s community gallery and shop, No.42, will run from 9.30am-3.30pm on Wednesday, 11, Thursday, 12 and Friday, 13 April and cost £15 per child, including entry to the Mining Art Gallery.

The Auckland Project has specifically tailored the workshop activities to enable participants to achieve the first level of the Arts Award, a unique range of qualifications that inspire and challenge young people to get involved with art.

Carys Harper, Learning Officer for The Auckland Project, said: “The Discover in a Day workshops will not only keep children entertained during the Easter break, they will also provide a fantastic opportunity for children to begin their journey through the Arts Award scheme.”

To book a Discover in a Day workshop, contact The Auckland Project on 01388 743791 or email education@aucklandproject.org.

Mining Art Gallery

The Mining Art Gallery, which launched in October 2017, features works by prominent mining artists including Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish and explores life in the coalmines and surrounding mining communities.

The gallery is open daily, 10am-4pm. Tickets are £4, concessions £3, and admission is free for under 16s, National Art Pass holders and HHA members. The Easter Trail is included in the price of admission to the Mining Art Gallery, or £2 if purchased separately.

For more information about The Auckland Project’s Easter activities and the Mining Art Gallery, visit www.aucklandcastle.org.


Easter Trail
Friday, 30 March – Sunday, 15 April
Trail runs through the Deer Park, Bishop Auckland
Trail maps available to collect from the Mining Art Gallery, Bishop Auckland Market Place
Free with gallery admission or £2 if purchased separately
Adults £4, concessions £3, Under 16s, National Art Pass holders, HHA Members free

Easter Crafts
Monday, 2 April – Friday, 6 April
Mining Art Gallery, Bishop Auckland Market Place
Free with gallery admission
Adults £4, concessions £3, Under 16s, National Art Pass holders, HHA Members free

Arts Award – Discover in a Day
Wednesday, 11 April – Friday, 13 April
No.42, Bishop Auckland Market Place
£15 per child, including entry to the Mining Art Gallery

For more information on all of the above, visit: http://www.aucklandcastle.org


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