Whitstable Wellness Week


Get Together. Create. Feel Better.


Saturday 23rd - Friday 29th
March 2019


Enjoy a week of FREE creative activities taking place at The Horsebridge Arts Centre and the Umbrella Centre and Café in Whitstable.

The event is organised by Red Zebra in partnership with the Horsebridge Arts Centre and the Umbrella Café. It has been made possible thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.

It aims to highlight the power of creativity to help people feel well by offering adults, throughout East Kent, a wide range of free creative activities that are known to help people feel better; both physically and mentally.

As well as the bookable activities shown below there will be a drop-in creative activity in Gallery 2 at the Horsebridge every day.

No experience is needed to participate in any activity, just enthusiasm to try something creative!

A creative drop in activity will take place in Gallery 2 at the Horsebridge every day throughout the week but all other workshops must be booked in advance and tickets are limited to two per person to allow as many people as possible to benefit.

* = all materials provided
The following events take place at
MORNING PAGES Peggy Riley 10 - 11am
Every morning you can join Peggy to learn a variety of approaches to free writing, including plenty of prompts and tips for getting started and keeping going. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced you’re very welcome. Bring your pen and a journal and a cuppa!

You can book just one or all seven workshops.
Saturday 23rd Book now
Sunday 24th Book now
Monday 25th Book now
Tuesday 26th Book now
Wednesday 27th Book now
Thursday 28th Book now
Friday 29th Book now
MOSAIC MAKING FOR THE GARDEN Rob Turner 10am - 12pm Book now
Make your own patterns with colourful ceramic and glass tiles to create mosaics for the Umbrella Café garden.*
BEGINNERS MEMOIR WRITING Marnie Summerfield Smith 1pm - 2.30pm Book now
If you’ve considered writing your life story but don't know where to start this calm and confidential workshop is for you and will give you the confidence to make a start. Writing is not therapy but it can be a therapeutic process.
TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH Lucy Fisk 10.30am - 12pm Book now
Ideas and tips on how you can improve and maintain your mental wellbeing from someone who suffers with depression, anxiety and self esteem issues. Lucy is not a therapist and cannot give medical advice but has much to offer in her "Mental Health Toolkit.”
LEARN TO CROCHET Anita Small 10am - 12pm Book now
The benefits of crochet have been well documented and can help with mental health and chronic pain. Whether you’re a beginner or want to refresh your skills you’ll learn how to start a crochet project with basic stitches.*
MODERN JIVE TASTER Mandy Broughton and Greg Davidson 12pm - 1.30pm Book now
Learn an easy dance with no complicated footwork, just stepping to the musical beat. You don't need a partner and if you can walk, you can dance. Wear comfortable shoes that allow you to turn on the ball of your foot.
GROUP SINGING Abi Gilchrist - Kent Soul Choirs 2 - 4pm Book now
Enjoy an informal, fun, singing workshop. You’ll be guided through some basic warm ups to give you a glimpse of what your voice can do and learn a simple arrangement of a well known song. All voices and ages welcome and no singing experience needed.
FELTING FOR BEGINNERS Jan Lewis 2 - 3.30pm Book now
Learn how to use merino wool to create a beautiful piece of felt in vibrant colours inspired by the colours of spring flowers. You can then embellish it at home with stitch and add to a cushion or bag or simply frame it.*
SLOW STITCHING Yvonne Fuchs 2 - 3.30pm Book now
Mindful and contemplative stitching is a way to engage with fabric and thread in a creative and gentle way. You’ll re-use old fabrics embellishing them with simple stitches and work in silence some of the time to experience the joy of just stitching.*
MOSAIC MAKING FOR THE GARDEN Rob Turner 3 - 5pm Book now
Make your own patterns with colourful ceramic and glass tiles to create mosaics for the Umbrella Café garden.*
FELTING FOR BEGINNERS Jan Lewis 1.30 - 3.30pm Book now
Learn how to use merino wool to felt around a bar of soap, Felted soaps are hypoallergenic and they exfoliate too, due to the natural properties in the merino fleece and natural silk fibres. Wrapped in ribbon they make beautiful gifts too.*
CONTEMPORARY DANCE Sarah Turner 2.30 - 3.30pm Book now
Contemporary dance is a fun and interesting way to improve your posture, strength, stamina and alignment. Learn some basic techniques to explore how to make the most of moving your body. Please wear comfortable clothes.
MONOPRINTING Nicola Priest 11.30am -1pm Book now
An introduction to monoprinting techniques that you can replicate at home where you’ll use perspex sheets and ceramic tiles to print one-off images. Inspiration for designs will be provided but if you wish to incorporate your own designs please bring them with you.*
CREATIVITY FOR PARENTS AND BABY Suzanna Ward and Jenna May Hobbs - White Slate 12.30 - 2.30pm Book now
A workshop for new parents who might be experiencing shifts in identity, isolation and a lack of adult conversation. You’ll build characters, make poetry, explore perspectives and challenge assumptions. All parents welcome, and bring your lovely baby and don’t worry if they cry.
BINDFULNESS BOOKCRAFT Hope Fitzgerald 1 - 3pm Book now
Make a multi-section book using a combination of folding and sewing with paper and card. We will look at the most common bookbinding tools and learn about weights and grain direction in paper. If your have any decorative paper or bits of ribbon please bring them to personalise your book.*
SELF CARE JOURNALING Anita Small 11am -12.30pm Book now
Learn the basics of setting self-care goals in a journal; from mood trackers to fun lists. There will be cheats, hints and easy tips for all levels of artistic ability. Holding a pen is really the only skill you need. Journal and pens provided.*
PRIMITIVE STITCHERY Anne Clifford 10am -12pm Book now
Enjoy this easy, freer, version of embroidery. You’ll be provided with a simple design and shown how to stitch a straight line and french knots to produce a pleasing picture using threads and plain fabric.
MURAL MAKING Nicole Bates 11am -1pm Book now
    2 -4pm Book now
Paint a small image to help create a large painting. You’ll be given a section of a picture to replicate in your own style on a small square canvass.*
CREATE A MIXED MEDIA PICTURE Jennifer Hedley 1 -3pm Book now
Have fun and create a unique image with collage and paint. You’ll be inspired by the variety of colours and textures of the sea to produce an image that celebrates its healing qualities. No experience necessary.*
The following events take place at
10 Oxford Street CT5 2BQ
COOKING ON A BUDGET (Umbrella Cafe) Jo Verney and Catherine Glanfield 3 - 5pm Book now
Don’t let a small budget stop you from eating yummy and nutritious home cooked food. Join us at the café to create a lentil based Dahl from scratch and whilst it’s bubbling away we’ll make a flat bread and as it bakes discuss top tips, recipes and budget shopping advice.*
Zest! Creative workshop (Main Hall) Bright Shadow artists 2 - 4pm Book now
An opportunity for anyone with memory problems, those living with a dementia, your families and friends to get creative together. You’ll sing, get moving, share stories and laughter in these award-winning sessions that have been proven to boost wellbeing.
Every day you can collect a recipe from the Umbrella Café. All recipes will be simple but yummy and nutritious; won’t require lots of preparation and can be made without the use of a cooker. Ingredients will be those that can be bought cheaply including tinned ingredients that can be stored without refrigeration. A limited amount of ingredients will be offered free of charge.


If you have poor mobility or are on a low income may be possible to arrange transport for you to attend the event. Call Monica Boulton at Red Zebra on 01227 272781.

Both the Horsebridge and the Umbrella Centre have lovely cafés so arrive early and pick up a cuppa to enjoy with your workshop or stay longer before or afterwards and enjoy a light meal.

Wednesday 27 March 12 - 3 pm & Friday 29 March 9 - 12.00

Meet the Red Zebra team and representatives from some other local organisations that can help you with your wellbeing in the Hub at the Horsebridge Arts Centre.

Red Zebra provides the Social Prescribing service for East Kent and meet people to discuss their needs and then connect them with other people and who can help them using the Connect Well database, www.connectwellkent.org.uk.