School & Art Workshops

We provide workshops which take place in local schools and these form a major part of the HYF Programme.  We offer over 2,000 places to young people from Reception age upwards.  A diverse range of workshops gives children a flavour of different activities that they might not have attempted or experienced before. The programme is designed to stimulate children's imagination, build confidence and to inspire them to try out new experiences.


Please see below for an overview of the workshops that are on offer this year. Workshops are selected and booked by schools who will provide details to parents.

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Art Workshops

These workshops have been generously supported by The Arts Society of Henley whose members also assist in our workshops.


Thanks also to the support from Cornerstone in association with South Oxfordshire District Council which allows us to offer workshop places in this year's programme.

We are offering the free sessions and workshops with the following providers - schools apply for these on behalf of pupils.


Create 'n' Make with Michaela Clarke

Michaela will be working with years 1-4  pupils to make hanging heart decorations in jigsaw patterns.

Nick Garnett: Dr Brian Squabbles

Nick will create an up-cycled sculpture with children in years 5 and 6.


Mixed Media with Emily Cooling

Emily is running a workshop making circular mandalas-shapes patterns and colours for our "Friendship" theme for years 4 and 5.

Digital Portraits with Kathryn Fell

Kathryn will be helping children in years 5 and 6 to create digital portraits.

School Workshops

Our School workshops have been made possible by funding from the Henley Educational TrustHenley Town Council and The Lions Club.

Young Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Four Young Shakespeare Company actors perform Shakespeare’s enchanting comic tale in a fast-moving fully-costumed interactive production. The play is brought vividly to life for the children, at times including the whole audience to create such enchanting scenes as the bustling Athenian market and the wood full of mysterious fairies and sprites. The performance concludes with the market traders’ hilarious rendition of ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’.

Throughout the performance the children become actively involved in the play through a carefully structured range of drama and language activities. They are encouraged to explore the motives, thoughts and feelings of the characters, exploring in detail how Hermia and her friends feel at every twist and turn of their confused night in the forest. Volunteers from among the children are also chosen to become individual characters in the story and all the children have the opportunity to speak and enjoy Shakespeare’s words in short, accessible sections.

Years 5 and 6.


School Mural Competition

New for 2022!

New in 2022 we're excited to run a new competition sponsored by Invesco, where we're asking every local primary to create a mural inspired by our 2022 theme "Friendship".


The Winning Mural will receive £250 towards art supplies for their school. All participating schools will receive £50 towards art supplies.


If you are interested in participating please see our poster for more details.


Email and we will deliver your special mural paper.


Closing date for entries is 28 February 2022.