The Art Hopper

The Art Hopper hosts creative workshops, parties, music events and occasions in inspiring spaces. Luckily North Devon isn’t short of beautiful historic buildings or fantastically talented artists and musicians, Dion puts the two together and you get to enjoy the results.


The Art Hopper summer holiday programme is now open for bookings. Come along to try out something new, be creative together as a family and meet new people. Every Wednesday through the summer there’s a free family drop in workshop between 11am – 4pm. On 14 August come and enjoy a free mid summer Mad Hatter’s party with craft workshops, music, characters to meet, face painting and games. Plus through the summer there’s an array of other workshops to book in advance for 8 – 16 year olds.

Dion Sears - The Art Hopper

Event organiser Dion Sears, The Art Hopper, has been running a creative summer holiday programme in Barnstaple for nearly 7 years and now feels she has the perfect offer for families. “By working with Barnstaple Learning Community and Barnstaple Town Council I’ve been able to put together a really affordable and high quality set of workshops. I just love seeing children being creative and discovering just how talented they are. It’s my favourite time of year and enjoy nothing better than dusting off the pots of glitter, jumping on my bike to cycle down to St Anne’s and open up for another year”.

The workshops are all happening in the beautiful St Anne’s Arts Centre, if you haven’t visited before then you are in for a treat. Set in a grassy quiet oasis in the centre of Barnstaple it’s the perfect spot to bring your picnic and try something arty. All The Art Hopper workshop leaders are experienced teachers, carefully checked and often professional artists in their own right. They are skilled at setting the right balance between having fun and learning a new art technique at the same time.



A programme of creative workshops for adults will be following in the autumn, so get in touch to make sure you are on the mailing list, places are likely to sell out quickly.

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