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Brentwood's Mini Fest held by Brentwood Theatre, Chicken and Frog Bookshop and The Hermit Club attracts hundreds

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 February 2019

Children's author Gareth P Jones taking part in a workshop for Brentwood's first Mini Fest. Picture: Ian Davidson/Alamy Live News

Children's author Gareth P Jones taking part in a workshop for Brentwood's first Mini Fest. Picture: Ian Davidson/Alamy Live News

Ian Davidson/Alamy Live News

Brentwood's first mini festival of the arts encouraged hundreds of families to get creative this half-term.

Mini Fest, which was all about arts, literature and music, brought together the forces of performing arts venue The Hermit Club, Brentwood Theatre and Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival which is run by the Chicken and Frog Bookshop, from Thursday, February 21, to Saturday, February 23.

From drumming workshops, arts and crafts, dance sessions and rock school, to writing workshops, film screenings, play in a day, creative writing and showtime sing-along, there was plenty to keep around 300 children and their families busy over the few days.

Manager of Brentwood Theatre Ian Southgate said: “It was good fun for us and we’ve heard nothing but brilliant feedback from families that came along at some point during the festival.

“It was a great chance to collaborate outside the theatre as well to put this on for the community.”

Brentwood's Mini Fest. Picture: Brentwood TheatreBrentwood's Mini Fest. Picture: Brentwood Theatre

Natasha Radford from the Chicken and Frog Bookshop said: “This was the first full collaboration between ourselves and the Brentwood Theatre and it was fantastic.

“We have had nothing but positive feedback from our visitors and hope to do it all again in the summer!”

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