Events and Workshops
Design it! LEGO WeDo Workshops
16 – 24 February: 11am & 1.30pm each day
This February half term, a fun gadget-filled activity awaits for visitors to the Beacon Museum.
Using innovative LEGO(c) WeDo 2.0 technology, design your own solution to a simple problem that larger machines are used to solve in real life! Experts from the world of engineering and design will be on hand during selected days to help set the scene for a fun and free one hour activity session.
Suitable for ages 3+, this session is for beginners to LEGO and to basic programming. So for younger children who are interested in activity programmes such as First LEGO League, but haven’t yet got the chance to participate, then this is for you!
Also, these sessions are an opprtunity for parents to learn alongside their kids. Experience how your child learns and adapts to new situations and enhance your abilities to engage with them on these new digital platforms.
Brought to you in collaboration with funding partners, The Institute of Engineering Technology, and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
Sessions are free but must be booked in advance, either by online booking or by reserving at the Beacon Museum reception. Simply click below to register for places or call 01946 592302 for more information.
Kevin Weaver: War on Life Events
Kevin Weaver will be running a number of workshops during February and March in relation to his War on Life exhibition. Kevin is a nationally respected artist and photographer, and the emotive content within this collection tells a harrowing but relevant story of humanity in the face of conflict.
19 & 20 February: Open gallery Session during school half term where Kevin will be painting a piece in the Harbour Gallery. He will also be guided the public in helping to create a community art piece inspired by the War on life exhibition. Free with admission to the Beacon Museum.
12.30- 4pm each day. Free for Copeland Pass members.
Sunday 24 February: Painting half day workshop. An immersive workshop that seeks to develop technique, style and content through the experience and examples found with Kevin’s War on Life exhibition.
12- 4pm. Ages 16+. Sketching materials will be provided, although any other art supplies should be self supplied. Light refreshment included. £20. p.p. call 01946 592302 to reserve spaces.
Sunday 3 March: Photography half day workshop. Photography workshop that seeks to develop technique, style and content using Kevin’s experience as a professional war photographer.
12- 4pm. Ages 16+. Camera or Smartphone required. This session may take participants outside the museum and a level of mobility may be required. For more information contact 01946 592302. Light refreshment included. £20. p.p. call 01946 592302 to reserve spaces.
2nd Tuesday of each Month, 2 – 3.30pm.
The Beacon Portal, West Strand, Whitehaven.
Anyone over 16 welcome.
What is it?
Meet with friends, chat, and listen to interesting local people on a range of topics.
Plus! Nibble on sweet treats with tea and coffee at each event.
£4.50 per session. Includes all refreshments and talks. Booking recommended.
Tuesday 15 January
A Good Liar: combining history with fiction
Cumbrian author Ruth Sutton reveals how local context and history shaped her ‘Jessie Whelan’ trilogy, which begins in Barrow in 1916 and ends with the Windscale fire of 1957.
Tuesday 12 February
The Breweries of West Cumbria
Tony Calvin explores the history of the local beer brewing and distilling industry through the vessels that were used. Tasters of the subject matter also come included!
Tuesday 12 March
War on Life: Bosnia and Beyond
Artist Kevin Weaver recounts his steps as a reporter in 1990’s Bosnia, scene of one of modern history’s darkest chapters. With access to his exhibition ‘War on life’ and music from Kevin himself.
If you would like to reserve a space on any of these events, please contact
01946 592302 to reserve a place, or press the ‘contact us’ link in the menu above to send an email.