Discovery centre fun

Contributed by localrags on Sep 10, 2003 - 07:27 AM


<IMG alt="Stiltwalkers are appearing at the festival" hspace=20 src="" align=left vspace=10 border=1>A musical street procession, drama workshops, jugglers and dancing stilt walkers will help mark the official opening of the Discovery Centre this Saturday.

The new facility incorporates a library, adult education, museum, café, nursery, Bronze Age boat gallery, UK o­nline centre, theatre and more.

It has been funded by a combination of Kent County Council, Dover District Council, Kent & Medway Learning & Skills Council, Single Regeneration Budget, and Lottery money.

The day kicks off at 10am when costumed characters, stilt walkers and jugglers will appear around Dover and the Discovery Centre. Inside the centre, visitors can try various adult education classes for free such as arts and crafts, bell ringing, aromatherapy, Indian head massage or family French and young people can take part in drama workshops. A musical street procession with St. Martin's Primary School from Dover parade through the town at 10.30am to announce the start of the celebration.

Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, Leader of Kent County Council, will officially open the centre at 11am and unveil a special plaque. He said: "The Discovery Centre is a first for the county, people are able to try out and experience a wide range of services from just o­ne place.

"This opening is going to be a fantastic event for Dover and the Discovery Centre a great facility for the future." 

Throughout the day arts workshops, face painting, storytelling, Baby Bounce and Rhyme and family history Book Talks will take place. Take a break for lunch while being entertained by loud and lively music from the Ian Shawcross Band. There's also a scavenger hunt around the Discovery Centre and Bronze Age jewellery-making in the museum.

Drop into UK o­nline to surf the net for free and sample the delights of the café, which has been created in the style of a New York deli. Adventurous children 10 years and over as well as adults looking for fun will be able to try aerial workshops and trapeze demonstrations!

The celebrations will round up with an evening concert in the theatre. From 8pm Kent Wind Soloists will perform a programme of popular classical pieces, the event is free but tickets must be booked.

All activities are free. To find out more or book places o­n the workshops phone the Discovery Centre o­n 01304 202413.