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The Beacon Museum to host family workshops

Black Sheep: the Darker Side of Felt
Black Sheep: the Darker Side of Felt

[F]AMILIES can enjoy making felt using ancient practices and fun designs at a series of workshops held over the half-term holidays.

The Beacon Museum, on Whitehaven Harbourside, will host four workshops that are aimed at beginners, with expert tuition on hand.

They are being held to coincide with the museum’s current exhibition, Black Sheep: the Darker Side of Felt, which explores the most modern interpretations of handmade felting, showcasing the brilliant – and often unsettling – work of seven artists from across Europe and North America.

Alan Irwin, The Beacon’s business development manager, said: “We are committed to offering great learning experiences here at The Beacon.

“These classes are a great way to learn a craft and also understand the connection in style and method to our Black Sheep exhibition, which brings felting to us in a very off-beat and edgy way.”

Flat felting workshops run on May 29 and June 1, and 3D felting workshops on May 30 and June 2. All begin at 1pm and last between two and three hours. They cost £3.25 for children and £6.50 for adults.

The workshops coincides with the return of the Copeland Pass, which entitles those who live in the borough to visit The Beacon for free during certain times of the year. The pass is currently applicable until July 7, allowing visitors to enjoy the current exhibits including Black Sheep (which runs until June 29), and Hero or Villain: Mythbusting Piracy (until July 2).

Copeland residents can register for a free pass upon visiting the museum. ID with proof of address must be provided. For more information, or to book a place on the felting workshops, call The Beacon on 01946 592302 or visit

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