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Get Creative Day - what's happening near you?

The Get Creative campaign has been running for just over one year and is the biggest ever joint campaign by the BBC and the UK’s Cultural Organisations.

On Saturday 2 April Get Creative Day will celebrate the country's abundant creativity with a nationwide day of free access to creative events across the country.

If you're a Get Creative champion that is hosting an event not listed here, please email and we'll add it for you.

There are a huge number of events happening all across Wales - find them on the event finder map.

Voluntary Arts are hosting a Createathon in the Ulster Museum. Events will include:

Eastside Arts in Belfast are holding taster music sessions and showcasing music and dance.

Craft NI are opening their doors to the public, offering visitors a chance to see makers at work and have a go themselves.

Big Telly Theatre Company will be hitting the streets of Coleraine, Portrush and Portstewart and asking the general public to get creative and tell their stories as part of their Trade Secrets project.

The Traditional Music Forum at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh will showcase wall hangings created by people of different ages and cultures, plus an interactive, musical storytelling journey for springtime, making musical instruments from recycled materials.

Art from the Lens Gallery in Tynemouth will turn over their space to showing printed images by local people. You'll also be able to view some of their original photographs dating from the 1850s onwards.

Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields will be offering visitors have-a-go Roman creative activities. Try to create textiles the Roman way with Nest the Weaver or try your hand at Roman style Face-pot painting.

Rocking Chair Crafts in Tynemouth are offering free jewellery making sessions: Easy Earrings & Beginners Bracelets.

The Sage Gateshead will be open as a Creativity Welcome Here space. There will be a stage for bands, buskers and poets from 11am-3:30pm.

Stockton Central Library are holding an open day, and have invited artists and craftspeople to demonstrate their work and encourage people to have a go. Activities include felting, knitting, crocheting, card making, wood turning, braiding, ceramics, book folding, folk art, colouring and even biscuit decorating!

Action Factory Community Arts in Blackburn work in partnership with Blackburn and Darwen libraries and are putting on a range of events including singing, craft, seed potting, urba sketching, drumming and a dance flash mob.

Curious Minds in Preston are working with Blaze to open their doors for a workshop consulting young people on what they want to see happening to cultural education in Preston. They will be working with a comic book artist to pull all their ideas together in a creative way and this will be shared with the decision makers across Preston.

Manchester Craft & Design Centre is putting on a free ceramics taster workshop.

Stanley Grove Primary Academy in Manchester will have a programme of taster workshops including belly dancing with The Northern Belly Company, Samba drumming, print making, green screen film making, ukulele sessions and creative 'free-play'. A local business will be supplying lunch.

Hazlehurst Studios in Cheshire are opening their doors for fabric dyeing, cyanotype making and a few other things to do, as well as chatting with the resident artists and having a nosey in their studios.

The Comedy Trust in Liverpool are hosting a Well Funny Workshop.

Allerton Brass in Liverpool are holding open rehearsals and taster sessions for young musicians.

Alt Valley Community Trust in Liverpool are holding music and creative taster sessions with Peter Hooton and Steve Grimes from The Farm.

Impropriety in Liverpool are holding an improvisation workshop.

Liverpool Carnival Company are hosting a beginners' Samba dance class and carnival costume making workshop

Off the Wall at Bramall Hall, Stockport: a 14th Century Manor House and surrounding land hosting a series of community engagements events planning to give local people an opportunity to show what Bramall Hall means to them - sharing memories, discussing hopes for new facilities and engaging with professional artists and storytellers.

At Leeds College of Art the Young Creatives team will be offering a range of free taster sessions at the college. The sessions will be around the theme of 'Portable Art',

Children and young people aged 7-18 will have the opportunity to try a range of techniques and materials, experimenting with:

Bookbinding – making their own Concertina book, flipbook or travel journal from a range of materials.
Sculpture – creating paper sculptures and mixed-media 3D pieces that can fit into a box.
Drawing and mark-making – exploring colour, texture and pattern in exciting ways.

Space2Create are holding a printing workshop for all ages, a 'have a go' stone carving workshop and the opportunity to visit artists and creatives at work in their studios.

The Children's Art School at the Byram Arcade in Huddersfield are inviting you to come and make a 3D clay 'selfie'. They're aiming to create a crowd of clay selfies in the ground floor atrium of the arcade. This is a drop in event for children, families and adults. They will be encouraging participants to give their selfie a placard to make a statement and give a voice to their feelings, thoughts, wishes or dreams.

Bloomingart in Warrington are taking part in Children's World Book Day. They will be making little Emperors from Hans Christain Anderson's book, 'The Emperor's New Clothes' with materials on hand for you to make your own Emperor.

Mechanics at Home in Burnley will be running a series of activities based around the theme of reusing and upcycling. Print your own tote bag, make a creative journal to keep, write a poem and build a city out of scrap materials.

Road Studios in Liverpool are holding a free film screening of 'The Creative Process'. The film interviews fourteen Merseyside artists – painters and photographers, sketchers and sculptors, each with their own compelling stories – and investigates the highly subjective nature of their creativity.

BBC Radio Merseyside, with Cinema for All and Up for Arts, are holding drop in sessions. You can find out about setting up your own cinema group, discover how you can screen films, or if you just love the big screen, then come along and meet like-minded film fans too.

Blaze, in partnership with Curious Minds, are holding a graphic novel and comic book art workshop in Preston - with Ben Hunt of Vogarth Comics.

Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool are holding a sun photography workshop - create a unique sun photograph by placing any object on light sensitive paper and exposing in the sun, before rinsing with water to reveal a brilliant blue print!

Brighter Sound in Manchester are holding a Golden Voices Open Sing session - an open rehearsal for anyone who fancies a good sing, a cuppa and a chance to meet what must be the friendliest choir in Manchester. No previous experience is necessary!

The Factory in Kendal will be opening its doors with Get Creative Champion Space to Create. From 12 til 4pm resident Print Guru Kevin Hankey will be running free drop in printing sessions. All members of the family can call in and have a go at a wide range of printing techniques including balloon printing, mono printing, colourgraphs and dry point. As well as Space to Create, all the other studios will be open to see the artists and makers showing off their work and skills. Sculptor Danny Clahane in Unit 18B will be running have a go stone carving sessions and in Artspace 26A there’s an exhibition of work by all the artists at the Factory.

Gallery Oldham in Manchester: Explore drawing and painting a colourful textured landscape scene with artist Jack Doyle, with inspiration from new exhibition "The Fragile Moorland” by Margaret Uttley. Families can visit the exhibition and be inspired to create their own masterpieces and develop their own art techniques.

Stretford Sip Club in Manchester are organising a day around the theme 'Stretford Hidden Gems'. Sessions will include origami, photography, water colour painting, creative writing, knitting and crocheting.

FACT Liverpool are holding a 'do something' Saturday. Through a range of activities and games, you're invited to contribute to real scientific research around star activity, learn about the different things you might see in the night sky and even create your own star!

Writing on the Wall, Liverpool, will be preparing for Pulp Idol, their creative writing competition. They're offering the chance to join author John Donoghue (Death's Head Chess Club) for a creative session designed to help you develop your writing, your novel, and get you and your first chapter in tip-top shape.

At Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool you can learn how to make a small robot from recycled materials with local artist Mike Badger.

A taster Film & TV acting workshop is being given in Liverpool by UK & LA Casting Director Kerrie Mailey and actor Phil Perez - learn audition technique, improvisation and script work.

Community Compass will be at Jubilee Hall in Malpas, Cheshire from 10am-2pm. Try out free taster sessions of ‘Compass Clubs’ - local activity clubs designed to help people of all ages find a way out of loneliness. Taster sessions will include knitting, writing, poetry and more!

Meet the artists at ArtWork Studios & Gallery, Chester. Mixed media art and poetry exploring thought provoking themes of love and loss. Open studios featuring the work of nine resident artists.

At Liverpool ONE, children's storytellers from The Reader will be running group and one-to-one reading sessions for young children and their families.

DanceSyndrome will be at Blackburn Library holding a dance workshop.

Support to Recovery are running a Terrarium Workshop at Create Space in the Packhorse Shopping Centre in Huddersfield. It involves creating your own miniature indoor greenhouse, using plants, soil, gravel and repurposed glass jars as a way to improve well-being through creativity and nature.

TakeOver are holding a flash mob in York City Centre as a way to generate conversation about the arts, and members of the TakeOver team will be on hand with their programme of events and to discuss more ways of getting involved.

Cast in Doncaster will be a Creativity Welcome Here venue from 10am-1pm. Drop-ins include a children's arts and drawing table, a writer's corner, drama games and a tour of the theatre.

Derby QUAD are holding a day of digital drawing with local artists Laura Mossop and Tony Hall. Try your hand at Photoshop, iPad apps and 3D printed drawing. There will also be 30 minute life drawing sessions every hour.

Sharpe's Pottery Museum in Derbyshire is holding a hands-on craft workshop, suitable for all creative abilities.

mac birmingham will be a Creativity Welcome Here space, and is offering a free animation workshop – children will devise their own animation. There will be free arts and craft workshops throughout the day, which parents and children can enjoy.

Woodsetton Art Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent are inviting you to have a go at throwing a pot for free.

NORCA (Norwich & Norfolk Community Arts)and Norwich Council, in Norwich Arts Centre, are holding a Carnival Inspiration Day. The day will be convened by Pax Nindi, one of the UK's leading carnival experts, and will include presentations on other British carnivals, ideas for costume and float design, the history of the procession in Norwich and a panel discussion.

North Wymondham Community Centre in Norwich are holding a community arts event including: painting, adult colouring, food art, music, creative writing presentation, a crafts showcase and photography

OPEN Youth Trust in Norwich are holding comic drawing workshops and a drawing and doodling workshop

The Friends of Kett's Heights are holding an event where you're encourage to bring your sketching things or cameras and follow in the footsteps of the 18th and 19th century artists who were inspired by the landscape, walls of St Michael's Chapel and the panoramic view. You'll be invited to post your efforts on the Friends' website.

Aviva Leigh Creative Textiles invites you to an open weekend at Aviva's studio by the sea. Drop in and see her at work, see demonstrations of natural dyeing, weaving and spinning - and have a go and be inspired.

The Patio in Great Yarmouth will be a Creativity Welcome Here venue. A small bistro/tapas bar in Great Yarmouth, opposite St George's Theatre - much loved by musicians/painters and writers.

RIBA are holding a family fun day including a Meccano bridge building challenge, story dens and architectural challenges with leaning towers and worlds of water. Games will happen throughout the day.

Art4Space - Mindful Mosaics - create 2 mosaics. Take one home and leave one to support our Africa Fundraiser.

Young Vic Theatre are holding backstage tours on Friday 1st April.

At Sadler's Wells, the National Youth Dance Company members invite you to join them in the foyer for a group improvisation. You can dance along or simply travel with the dancers as they move throughout the theatre. The company will also offer the public the opportunity to learn a sequence from its new work, In- Nocentes, which they’ll be premiering at Sadler’s Wells on 7 April.

Razed Roof at the Gravelly Barn in Hertfordshire are going to open-up their annual "Twelve Inch Canvas" event. This event is a fund-raiser for local charities through the sales of the blank canvases, and then the sale of painted canvases in the exhibition. They are offering an 'all-in' day where the canvases and all the materials are available to all, plus artists will be there giving advice and guidance.

Zoe White of Zinfinity is running workshops at the Dugdale Centre in Enfield - teaching you how to make Punky 3D bird badges. With lots of colour, high quality materials and wool felt tops you can make your bird to your own imagination and even play hair dresser by giving your bird a style of a lifetime.

Battersea Arts Centre will be a Creativity Welcome Here venue and have their Homegrown Festival, with live music, performance and spoken word from young voices. Audiences can see a show, join a debate, and sign up for a workshop or open mic.

The Albany in Deptford are opening up a post-show jam: Are you a singer? Slam Poet? Play an instrument? Love to dance? Or just love performing - join the cast of the Broke n’ Beat Collective and local artists at our legendary post-show jam! Young artists are welcome to perform as individuals or groups.

Street stories workshop 4pm-6pm, for young people aged 13-25, led by award-winning 20 Stories High and Theatre-Rites.
Influenced by the techniques used to make The Broke ‘N’ Beat Collective, this Hip- Hop Theatre workshop creates drama from voices and characters in your community.

Jackson's Lane in North London are holding their National Theatre Connections Project.

Turnstyles Creative Arts in Islington will be opening up their Saturday Creative Arts Academy for children aged 2-12 to join in with a free taster session, in Ballet, Street Dance and Drama lessons.

They will also be building they "Green and Yellow Brick Road" to get them to OZ in their summer show - come and make your footprint!

Ideas Test in Sittingbourne, Kent have commissioned Wide Eyed Theatre to run storytelling workshops, inviting local people to bring along an object and develop a story about it. The results will be captured as audio and will be added to our Wandering Words site.

Aspex in Portsmouth are holding a fun-filled artistic day for the whole family. They will be delivering a variety of free creative activities, and responding to their exhibitions through photography and creative writing.

The Sidney Cooper Gallery in Canterbury are opening their space up for the day. Participants will be given a guided tour of the current Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015 exhibition and then will have the opportunity to create a large scale collaborative collage, plus some smaller scale cut-out collages that can be taken away afterwards, with works inspired by Henri Matisse.

Arts@theCrypt in Seaford, East Sussex are holding taster sessions with local ceramicists. They will be coiling, slabbing and pinching.

Creative Junction are holding a Photo Treasure Hunt at Slough Library - learn tips and tricks from a professional photographer, get involved in a self guided hunt for photograph ‘treasure’ and upload your smart phone photo on the day to win a prize.

Worcester Cathedral are hosting a right royal affair across the whole weekend. Join in a portrait drawing master class with 'King John' and take your turn at being the King John model. There will be a dressing up box with choice of crowns, robes, and royal throne to sit on. Drawing boards, a few easels, paper, and charcoal will be provided. Develop your “King John” drawings into paintings or prints to enter our King John portrait competition.

The Plough Arts Centre in Devon are holding a drama games workshop.

ICIA, University of Bath will open their doors for members of the public to take part in a range of free activities, including gallery exhibition spaces with frequent tours throughout the morning and several craft activities on offer in the Art Studio. Knit Soc will be doing free taster sessions, the student Latin and Ballroom Society will be demonstrating their skills and teaching some of the basic moves - and much more.

Go Sketch at Cabot's Circus in Bristol are hosting drop in art sessions all day

Barnoon Workshop in St. Ives, Cornwall, will be inviting the public to participate in making ceramic wall tiles to form part of a large outdoor mural.

Redwing Arts in Penzance will have Peter Fox, percussionist with Latin band Quijada, leading a hands-on Afro-Cuban music session. International performer, clown, director and playwriter Pep Mogas will be running a Physical Theatre workshop and the Redwing Guerrilla Art Studio will be available throughout the day for anyone to create a drawing or painting for the gallery.

Modern Art Oxford are inviting you to come into the gallery for a tour and discussion of what happens behind closed doors. Their guide will explain the processes of de-installing and installing exhibitions, and you can see the production team and curators hard at work.

Black Swan Arts in Frome, Somerset are holding free sessions including a wire workshop, demonstrations on how filigree jewellery is made and how 24ct gold leaf can be bonded to silver, making casts using silicon moulds and basic painting techniques.

The National Trust will be holding open sketching sessions in Leigh Woods near Bristol. After the free drawing sessions, participants are invited to stay for an extension session to review their progress and develop their work. To round everything off, participants can opt to show their work in a pop-up exhibition in Leigh Woods in July.

The Somerset Guild of Craftsmen are holding a creative 'Fish, Chips & Peas' event, giving you an insight into the varied skills of the Guilds craftsmen. Members will be demonstrating their skills, tools, procedures and techniques.

Superact's EXE-ARTS programme is hosting an Open Day at the Pottery Studio in the St. David's Community Centre Pottery studio in Exeter. Everyone can come and have a look and try something with clay.

The Children's Scrapstore in Bristol will be a Creativity Welcome Here hub and are holding an open day.

The Royal West of England Academy in Bristol are offering a morning of creative fun for children and adults, with a free Scribble and Sketch session.

The Architecture Centre in Bristol is holding a Super Streets family drop-in event: from hopscotch to street parades, pocket parks to scooter routes, come along to their creative afternoon with Playing Out.

Drop in taster events in Torbay - part of a new project to use the arts to improve wellbeing for men in Torbay. It is a collaboration between Torbay Culture Board and Public Health Torbay. Printmaker Simon Ripley and film maker Josh Gaunt will work with groups of men creatively to develop their own stories about their lives.

The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath is a Creativity Welcome Here venue - a space to get creative, to explore, to make and create. They're also running a challenge: making sketchbooks from one piece of paper and then exploring them in 100 ways.

Boscastle Artists Cooperative in Cornwall: from midday, and throughout the afternoon, many of their artists will be painting and sketching outside on the forecourt....come and meet them, have a chat and even try something new for yourself.

Into Film have curated their top filmmaking tips: from the likes of Ron Howard and Aardman Animations, these clips will inspire young viewers to get making their own films. Each clip will be supported by a corresponding resource – free to download and offer more support on specific areas like sound in films and animation.

The Crafts Council are encouraging you to Get Creative with an Easter-themed origami bunny design by artist Mari Ono - find out how to make it here.

AccessArt have a range of free participatory projects, including drawing, making and sewing.