Totally Thames launched its full programme of events in September, and Whale of a Time was taking part!
An exciting new, month-long arts and cultural celebration of London’s river, Totally Thames featured 100+ river-related events taking place along its entire 42-mile London length.
Delivered by the same team behind the Mayor’s Thames Festival, this inaugural programme featured arts, music and community festivals, colourful regattas, thrilling river races, foreshore archaeology, exploration, environmental and educational activities, as well as river-linked activities in all 17 London riverside boroughs.
Thank you for joining us for some ceative, fun, educational and hands-on clay-modelling for young and old with Whale of a Time in the Blue Ribbon Village on Saturday and Sunday, 13 - 14 September.
After previous years of our huge success running the Whale of a Time Workshop, Whale of a Time was proud to provide its fun, creative and educational workshop for a fifth year running as part of Europe's largest free outdoor festival again this year! The Whale of a Time Workshop attracted hundreds of people from all walks of life and as previously had been one of the most popular activities for families, young and old.
The Whale of a Time Workshop is a free event for the public and we are sending a big whale thank you to everybody who joined us at the weekend in our wonderful oasis for artistic outlet, some fun and education for sustainable living. You may download your photos taken during the workshop in the Whale of a Time Gallery free of charge.
Thank you for spreading the message to take care of the Earth and live a sustainable lifestyle. Please get all your friends involved and we hope you join us again having a whale of a time!
Comments from organiser and participants
”Just a quick note to say a big thank you to you and your team for another great workshop which was as popular as ever. It is always so busy and it’s lovely to see parents and children working together to create something. I hope you enjoyed it. Here’s to the next time. Thanks.” commented by Helen Wilding, Production Coordinator, Thames Festival Trust, Totally Thames
“Fantastic modelling with clay whilst gazing as the river paradise”, commented Amanda
“Wonderful project to help raise understanding of the environmental issues,” commented Idora
“I really loved making it because it was fun and beautiful! really enjoyed the this again - remember it well from last year and this year the little one was able to join too. thanks!” commented The Quinte family
“A fantastic activity for children,”
“My kids love coming every year to do this!”
“Wonderful but quite tricky”, commented by Safiya
“Stop buy fish or educate fisherman”, commented Lindsey Didl
“I thought this place was amazing! It can really get your hands dirty (liberty!) To save the environment too if you cut one tree, plant 3 or four.”
“Protect these amazing creatures, fantastic that this raises awareness and the kids can get creative. My daughter can’t wait for her duck to dry! keep up the good work! Thank you!”
“Very wonderful event for children and us all! Love it! Yayyyy!” commented by Helen
Are you looking for an exciting activity for your events? Especially in times of social and environmental change people need to be able to re-connect with their Earth. Whale of a Time can support your event and entertain your audience in a fun and creative way whilst raising awareness of the most pressuring environmental issues of today and supporting community and planetary wellbeing. We organise clay modelling workshops for children and adults based on endangered species. The Whale of a Time Workshop might be just what you are looking for!
Photo: Elle Macpherson and children at Whale of a Time Workshop, Earl's Court Boat Show
Whale of a Time is organising holistic and participatory events on environmental issues with the aim to encourage sustainable living inspired by a positive attitude.
We work largely with young people at public events, local community festivals, as well as youth clubs and schools promoting ecological awareness. Our work has been recognised by many national community and environmental awards schemes.
Whale of a Time events have been run successfully at WhaleFest in Brighton, Mayor's Thames Festival, National Living Seas Programme at the National Marine Week, Lambeth Country Show, London Green Fair, Earl's Court Boat Show and many local community events across London and the UK
The Whale of a Time Workshop is an educational, therapeutic, hands-on and fun activity, where young and old are able to model whales and other endangered species out of clay, and at the same time nurture creative skills, confidence and team bonding whilst raising awareness and learning about the environment, biodiversity and sustainability and having a whale of a time!
Richard Yeoward, former Vice President at WWF UK commented, "Conservation works best when the people are involved."
Andy (age 13) said, "It was the best event of the whole festival!"
Each individual chooses an endangered animal or plant species. We work from wildlife photographs and participants create their personal art pieces, whilst exploring the natural world. The workshop methods are based on modeling techniques, where participants learn how to use clay-sculpting tools whilst discovering their artistic skills.
During the Whale of a Time® Workshop we facilitate a safe and inspiring environment for participants to explore and express their creativity. The artistic process is supported by creative workshop leaders, who have experience working with children and adults of all age groups. Workshop leaders hold a CRB.
Ian Rowlands, Co-Founder Planet Whale, WhaleFest commented, "A big part of what's made this event so cool is having Whale of a Time here. The kids have loved it. It's been a huge buzz all around the stand all day. The best thing we ever did was have these guys come here.”
Tiphaine Tailleux, Project Manager, Mayor's Thames Festival commented, "An absolutely brilliant way to spend an afternoon by the Thames, come rain or shine. Thank you Whale of a Time for inspiring children to take an interest in our fellow creatures whilst making beautiful clay sculptures at the same time. We loved having you at the Thames Festival for a fourth year running!"
Promote your “green credentials” & support ecological awareness!
If we see the true beauty in nature, we can appreciate what we have and have the will and passion to save it. During the Whale of a Time Workshop we discuss the most pressing environmental issues of today and we aim to find pro-active and positive solutions to live a sustainable lifestyle.
Mark Brownlow, BBC Producer, “Ocean Giants”, commented, "It's things like this, which will really inspire people to get aware of the plight of whales and dolphins and do something about it. It's a fun way of engaging people."
Andy Hope, Green Roadshow Organiser commented, "Once again it was wonderful to have you all along - your enthusiasm and commitment to educating the kids about marine life is refreshing and just what the planet needs."
Support community wellbeing
Community wellbeing is intrinsically interlinked with a healthy ecosystem. Clay-sculpting is therapeutic and participants have the opportunity to find their roots in nature.
Lucy Smith, Public Health Manager at NHS Lambeth, said: “As part of the Lambeth mental wellbeing programme and work to improve access to psychological therapies, we have funded these workshops with the aim of increasing awareness of ways in which people can actively improve their wellbeing."
Syed Haque, Community Leaders and Engagement Manager, Strategic Commissioning and Community Directorate, London Borough of Newham commented, "Whale of a Time clay modelling was by far one of the most popular intergenerational activities at the event."
Workshop Capacity: Up to 500 active participants per day
During community events and festivals participants have the opportunity to wander in and out and get creative whilst bonding with families and friends and the whole of the community. We offer custom-designed programmes for schools and we can facilitate the whole school in a full day. Maximum capacity at any one time is 60 participants.
Venetia Harpin, Events Officer, Lambeth Events Service, commented, "Whale of a Time once again to be a very popular workshop at this year's Lambeth Country Show. It was great that they were so organised, with plenty of helpers on hand. By the end of the afternoon we had tables and tables of wonderful animals!"
Public Events & Schools: Mobile, outdoors and indoors
The Whale of a Time Workshop is mobile and can be hired to complement educational projects at schools, as well as an attraction for families and kids areas at community events, exhibitions and festivals, outdoors and indoors
Jo Hill, Hawthorn School, Science Week Coordinator, "Thanks again for a fantastic day - I know all the kids had a great time."
Anna Godsiff, Streatham and Stockwell Festival Manager said, "Whale of a Time is number one on my list for children' activities."
Loretta Hoy, Beam Parklands Community Ranger, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham commented,
"Many thanks to your team! Absolute pleasure to have Whale of a Time there. As always the workshops proved extremely popular. The friendly, professional and approachable staff is an asset to Whale of a Time. The children who attended the event had a whale of a time, as did the fellow rangers and myself!"
Photo above: Vicky (Exhibition Coordinator), Sarah Brook, wife of James Brook (MD of the Sail, Power and Motor Show, right) and children having a whale of a time making models of seawaves, frogs, turtles and many more marine species at the Earl's Court Boatshow, "Sail, Power and Motor Show"
James Brooke, Show’s Managing Director at the Sail, Power & Motor Show, said, "Thank you so much! You've made the show!"
Sarah Brooke, wife of James Brook said, "My sons couldn't wait to get back to do the workshop. They love it! Not only do the children love this but I feel I’ve gone back to my artistic days. So much fun you have to be here next year.”
Ruth Claricoates, Barking & Dagenham Community Park Ranger, commented, "Whale of a time has been the most popular event out of all of them (Barking & Dagenham Community Park events) in the whole year.”
Bhupesh Thapa, West Area Parks Manager, Environment & Regeneration Department, Islington Council said, "We were so happy to have Whale of a Time at our event at Barnard Park. The kids loved the workshop, which was very professionall run. We look forward to having Whale of Time back in Islington and would highly recommend the workshop.
Robin Brooke, father of James Brooke, Earl's Court Boatshow, said “This has been a fun experience for all the family and has made the kids more aware of the importance of our wonderful sea creatures.”
Dom Mee, famous rower who crossed the Atlantic, said, “Very cool. Save the whales.”
Hedre (mother, 44) said, “What a wonderful idea to make the children - young and old - aware!”
Nicola said, "Thank you for organising such a fantastic event and I will be in touch after speaking to my head teacher regarding a workshop."
Nathalie (mother) and Isabelle (daughter) said, “Had a lovely, fun time making animals with clay with friendly, helpful staff. Good luck with all your work.”
We'd be delighted to organise the Whale of a Time Workshop at your events, and provide an area of entertainment with educational purpose, while adding a creative and environmentally conscious element to the ambience.