The Edge arts and creativity hub at the University of Bath would love to hear from families about what they think of its family programmes, both past and present. And to help out, participating families will receive a £20 Amazon voucher as a thank you!

The focus groups will take place on Friday 20 April, from 10-11am for families who have never visited The Edge before, and from 11.30am-12.3pm for families who have visited.

Each Focus Group will be an hour long, with questions such as what other family events people attend in the local area, where they find out about family activities going on and what helps them to decide which to go to. Both sessions will be accompanied by pastries and refreshments.

“We have two sessions, one for those who haven’t visited yet – aiming to find out what the barriers are for them visiting us here at The Edge and what, if anything, they know about us,” explained Sophie Cooper from The Edge. “The other session is to hear from those who have visited at least a couple of times, to hear what they think of our programme to help us improve our offering and our marketing.

“We are looking for families with children up to 11 years old and children are welcome to come along with parents if they wish.”

“Our family offering is so important to us at The Edge, from our regular monthly creative workshops and interactive storytelling, to our family shows and festival days where everyone can get involved. We want The Edge to be a creation centre where everyone can learn, have fun and see things that inspire creative thinking from our youngest visitor to our oldest. That’s why we’re running focus groups this April, to gain insight on what local families think make great events and how they hear about them. The feedback from these sessions will then help us shape our programme and marketing in the future.”

To take part in the focus groups, families are invited to email Sophie on email hidden; JavaScript is required

One of The Edge’s most recent events was the Family Drawing Festival, which celebrated the Jerwood Drawing Prize with a drawing festival for all the family including art trails, creative workshops and interactive drop in theatre Suitcase Stories. Looking ahead, upcoming events include a Pinhole Photography Workshop for children aged 8+, which takes place on Saturday 28 April from 2-5pm. This is a celebration of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day with an exhibition Collected Shadows, plus an introductory family workshop where you can make and use your own pinhole camera.

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Then on Sunday 13 May at 12pm and 2.30pm, it’s Whoosh! for children 1-4 years, which offers a heart-warming performance where every slight breeze turns into a beautiful sound.

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