21 – 27 October 2019

Element Kent is a week of FREE events in Whitstable at The Horsebridge Arts Centre's Creative Laboratory, celebrating the International Year of the Periodic Table


Something for everyone from ages 3 - 103

The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is one of the most significant achievements in science, capturing the essence not only of chemistry, but also of physics, medicine, earth sciences and biology.

This year is its 150th anniversary and during half term, The Horsebridge Arts Centre is proud to be hosting a fun packed series of creative events designed for young people, which combine Arts and Science to help celebrate and share in the spectacle.

This project is supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry Kent Local Section.

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All events take place between Monday 21 to Sunday 27 October in our gallery spaces.

All starred sessions must be booked in advance, book below or by calling 01227 281174.


Monday 21 October

DotKids Periodic Table of Artists *

Build and Create a visual periodic table of artists.Open to all ages. Parents to attend

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Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23 and Friday 25 October

Chemical Exploration of the Periodic Table through a series of exciting experiments *


9:30 -10:15am 4-7 years (adults to attend)
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10:30 -11:15am 6-10 years (adults to stay onsite)
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11:30am - 12:15pm 9+ years (drop off)
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Tuesday 22 October

Element Kent Talk with Dr Gemma Scotney *

Evening talk followed by a drinks reception. An introduction to the Periodic Table and the presence and significance of key elements in the county we live in, with local chemist and element enthusiast Dr Scotney.
Suitable from ages 9 and upwards; all children must be accompanied by an adult

45 minute talk from 6:30 - 7:45 pm
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Wednesday 23 October

Macrame Jane and the Periodic Table of Knots

A drop in session introducing the work behind the Macrame Periodic Table and the art of Macrame.
Suitable for all ages

From 10 - 11.30am

Wednesday 23, Friday 25 and Sunday 27 October

Chemistry Game-a-thons sponsored by Pfizer

Come and try your hand at a wide variety of science based games. From Periodic Table Jigsaws to Giant Chemistry Top-Trumps, Elemental Bingo and Battleships, to the latest chemistry and element based board games on the market.

No registration required, drop in at any time of the session – the earlier you arrive – the more games you can play!

Suitable for ALL ages, everyone welcome.
4-7 years (adults to attend)
8-10 years (adults to stay on-site)

Wednesday and Friday 2 - 4pm
Sunday 10am -12pm

Wednesday 23 to Saturday 27 October

Element Town Trail of Whitstable

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Join in the Element Town Trail. Pick up an entry form the centre, take a walk around Whitstable to find the asnwers and be in with a chance to win a prize.

Prizes will be drawn at random from the completed entries at the end of the week.


Thursday 24 October

Periodic Table Messy Art sessions *

For Tiny Tots through to Early years, Messy Art Play is perfect for small budding artists/scientists to enjoy an hour of creative play.For up to 4 years of age who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

9:30 - 10.30am
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10.45 - 11.45am
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Saturday 26 October

Periodic Table BakeOffnium

A Chemistry Bake-off competition! Cooking is another form of chemistry and this will be a chance to showcase your culinary skills.

Categories: Elements & the Periodic Table or Kent Science.

Age-groups: Up to 7 years, 8 - 12 years and 13 years upwards.

From 2.30pm to 4pm:
Drop off for entries at the Horsebridge: 2:30 - 3pm
Judging: 3 - 3.30pm (guest judges from Whitstable's Finest)
Bake-off parade and prize giving3.30 - 4pm