Pre-covid, Honiton enjoyed an annual ‘Festival of Imagination’ at The Beehive – a hands-on science and arts festival for all ages. The Beehive is keen to relaunch this event for 2023.
In preparation, on 16th July, was our ‘Imagining our Festival’ event with the theme of ‘Our Environment’.
It was beautiful weather, and we began the day with our green spaces walking tour around Honiton. It was very much enjoyed. Thank you to our Beehive volunteers, Jo and Ian, for guiding the walk and our café volunteers for the post-walk refreshments and cake.
During the day, people of all ages took part in a collaborative ‘Code Red’ animation workshop with artist Isgard Wild which focussed on climate change. We are looking forward to seeing the final animation!
We were also joined by Devon Wildlife Trust and Honiton Scouts, who displayed their recycled artwork.
EDDC’s Climate Change Officer, Catherine Causley, led a climate conversation, and we discussed easy and quick things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.
Chris White, a poet & performer, based in Exeter, ran a creative writing workshop entitled ‘Water You On About?’. Participants got their creative juices flowing during the engaging session, learning new techniques for their writing. A participant tweeted ‘Keeping cool @BeehiveHoniton with the wonderfully talented @ChrisEwhite @Hallambio playing with watery metaphors. I wrote a poem #proud’.
Ideas for next year’s Festival of Imagination were fed back on post-it notes. Thank you for all your suggestions.