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Dens, Nests and Mysterious Marvels will be the theme of the next BIG Adventure.

Dens, Nests and Mysterious Marvels will be the theme of the next BIG Adventure.

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Dens, nests and mysterious marvels will be the theme of Angus Arts’ next BIG adventure that will take place on Sunday, September 8.

Taking place at The Retreat, the charity’s fifth adventure will appeal to those who want to be creative and get some fresh air at the same time.

Also taking place at The Retreat on the Saturday and Sunday will be The Little Fawn Theatre who will return with their ‘Puppet Theatre in a Caravan’.

Puppet-making workshops will be held at the UK’s only puppet theatre in a caravan, making this a weekend of entertainment and creativity for the whole family at The Retreat in Glenesk.

Maria MacDonell, co-creative director of Angus Arts, explained: “We’re thrilled that The Little Fawn Theatre are returning to The Retreat with their wonderful, unique ‘puppet theatre in a caravan’, the only one of its kind in the country.

“Last time they came to The Retreat the caravan was a huge hit with both children and adults alike. The atmosphere inside is really magical.”

The show this year is ‘The Pied Piper’ and the 20 minute long performances will run all day Saturday and Sunday.

“To complement the show on the Saturday we’re running a day-long drop in session for people of all ages and abilities to make their own tiny, magical puppets,” added Maria.

“You don’t need to pre-book for the show or the workshop, just turn up on the day.”

‘The Pied Piper’ will run on Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8, with the 20-minute long performances running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the cost of £3 per person.

The puppet-making workshop will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Saturday only, with tickets priced at £5.

Maria continued: “On the Sunday, we have our fifth BIG adventure in the afternoon. ‘Dens, Nests and Mysterious Marvels’ will appeal to those who want to be creative and get some fresh air at the same time!

“Who knows what we’ll find in the dark mysterious places where the sun doesn’t reach, or the clearings which can be full of sunshine.

“What we do know is that we will use what we find there to make marvellous constructions, big and small.”

Anyone wishing to attend have been advised to wear strong shoes and to bring gloves, like gardening gloves, for handling sticks and branches. Trousers are best too.

Be prepared for all weathers, and for making some brilliant creations.

‘Dens, Nests and Mysterious Marvels’ takes place from 2 to 4.30 p.m. on Sunday, September 8, meeting at The Retreat at 2 p.m. to be guided elsewhere.

Tickets cost £5 (under 8s must be accompanied) with a family discount available.

To book a place for the BIG adventure, or for enquiries about any of the events, please phone Angus Arts on 01674 850842, 01356 648669, 01356 670304 or email angus.arts@btinternet.com.

Angus Arts would like to thank the Angus Council Community Grant Scheme for making the BIG events possible.