'THEY CAME FROM THE DEEP' artwork by Quinton Winter

Myths and folklore have long been entwined into the fabric of British culture and the historic town of Whitstable is no different.  Taking inspiration from local stories, strange sightings and seafaring legends, ‘They Came From The Deep’ is a community project that will bring to life a new mythical folk tale inspired by our remarkable seaside town.

After the success of last year’s Oyster Festival Parade, we will again be creating big build models for the annual parade based on the theme of local myths and legends. The parade models will also be part of a summer exhibition in the Horsebridge galleries that will inform a programme of creative workshops and activities for children.

All activities are FREE therefore booking is recommended

We would like the local community to be at the heart of all these events. If you, your community group or organisation would like to get involved here is how:

Take part in our FREE workshops

Throughout July there will be both guided workshops and drop in sessions to create models and carnival props for the Oyster Parade. All sessions take place in our gallery which will be full of inspiring pictures, local stories and legends and plenty of materials to let your imagination run wild.

FAMILY BIG BUILD SESSIONS
Drop in, no need to book

Thursday 18th July:  3pm – 5pm
​​​​​​​Sunday 21st July:     11am – 3pm

Help us decorate our big build parade models or make your own wearable costumes at our creation stations should you like to join in the parade too.

PARADE PROPS WORKSHOPS

In these guided sessions, learn to make mini mythical creatures and create costumes and props that will feature in the parade.

Thursday 25 July

10 - 11am
Under 6’s
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11.30am – 12.30pm
Ages 6 - 11
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Friday 26th July

10 - 11am
Under 6’s
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11.30am – 12.30pm
Ages 6 - 11
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Visit our creating space and exhibition

19 July - 11 August

The galleries will be transformed into a creating space filled with stories and pictures to inspire the making and decorating of the mythical models for the Oyster Parade.  These creatures will then return to the Centre after the Parade to feature in a special exhibition from the 28 July, when our gallery will be reimagined into a magical place where our creatures from the deep will inhabit together.


Take part in our FREE workshops

5 - 8 August

Inspired by ‘They Came From the Deep’ exhibition, we will be holding a special programme of creative activities for young people.  Help bring our mythical model creatures to life through storytelling, drawing and animating in these fun and imaginative workshops.

STORY TELLING SESSIONS

Local story-teller Stella Fry (Away With Words) will create stories and informal performances based around Whitstable’s rich history and traditional lore.

Monday 5 August

10 - 11am   Ages 3-6 years
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11.30am - 12.30pm   Ages 7- 9 years
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2 - 3pm   Ages 10-12
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'THEY CAME FROM THE DEEP' ANIMATION WORKSHOPS

Work with The Young Animators Club to plan and create stop motion animations inspired by our mythical models in the gallery.

Tuesday 6 August

10am - 12pm
Ages 8-11 years
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Wednesday 7 August

10am - 3pm
Ages 12-16 years
(packed lunch needed)
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MAGIC AND MYTH DRAWING WORKSHOPS

Join artist Laura Watson to create beautiful images of our enchanted creatures to imagine and illustrate the world they live in.

Thursday 8 August

9.30 - 10.30am    Ages 5-7
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10.45 - 11.45am    Ages 8 - 10
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12 - 1pm    Ages 11-14
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This project has been inspired by our collaboration with the Whitstable Oyster Festival. We are proud to be the creators of the delightful big build models that feature in the Oyster Parade.  If you would like to join in with this wonderful community event, then please see details below:

The Oyster Festival Parade

Following straight on from the Landing of the Oysters, join the revelry as the Lord Mayor and the Oyster Cart echo history as they lead the way in symbolically delivering Oysters to restaurants along Harbour Street, High Street and Oxford Street. This year it will be kept lively with costumes, musicians plus our very own creations.

The parade takes place on the morning of Saturday 27 July. Timings and meeting places will follow.