Tea party fun in Bognor Regis

Tobias Guardia-Fowler and his siser Madelane, seven with the hats they created at the Mad Hatters day at Hotham Park - picture by Kate Shemilt C130459-2
Tobias Guardia-Fowler and his siser Madelane, seven with the hats they created at the Mad Hatters day at Hotham Park - picture by Kate Shemilt C130459-2

ARTS fans were busiest than ever as their Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in Bognor Regis proved a big success.

The Easter Monday event was the most popular workshop in the three years since Community Arts Bognor Regis has been running them.

It is also set to be the last before the group fulfils its aim of opening a dedicated art gallery and workshop, the Cloudhopper Gallery, in the High Street.

Community Arts founder Su Cloud said: “The success of today gives us real confidence there is a real need for community workshops to get families involved in working together on creative activities.

“It’s not so much the finished result that counts as the fact families are working together making something.”

Some community workshops at the gallery will be connected with events in the town. Carnival weekend in June will see a cartoonist present to link with the parade’s theme.

“The gallery is going to be very good for us, with a high footfall past its door, but we will still want to do outreach events like this in Hotham Park.

“This is such a good position and we are still in partnership with the Hotham Park Heritage Trust,” Su said.

Monday’s event in the park’s lodge was based around Alice in Wonderland. It included making Easter hats, giant cupcake sculptures and Easter bunny masks. A total of 80 participants had signed in with two hours to go.

Among them was Megan White, 22, of Blakes Mead in Felpham with her son, Jayden White, four, and her partner’s son, Lewis Blissett, seven.

Megan said: “It’s the first time we have been to one of these events. It’s a nice thing to do and a real family event.”

Lewis said: “I have put lots of effort in making my Easter bunny mask. I enjoy making things.”

Honour Smelson, two, of Gordon Avenue, Bognor, also had fun making an Easter hat.