Spark Festival 2019 | Sat 30 & Sun 31 March

Spark is the Maltings’ multi-arts festival for children, young people and families, bringing people together to enjoy, participate, watch and celebrate the arts.  Over two days we have free workshops and performances for all the family to enjoy together.

Sat 30 March FREE Creative Workshops for ages 0–10yrs and their families

 Make and Create  11am–2.30pm – all ages

Come and have a go and create something to take home or for Mother’s Day.  No booking required – just drop by.

Family movement workshop with New Adventures 11am–12pm

New Adventures returns to Spark to deliver a fantastic dance adventure for children and their families.  Come and step into the world of the iconic Swan Lake and enjoy storytelling together.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Family Drumming  1–2pm ages 5–10yrs plus parents/ carers and families

Have fun with a hand drum, learn simple rhythms and free style jam. You will sing some familiar songs while drumming and learn some new ones.  A fun and inclusive workshop for children and their parents/carers.

Drama Workshop 1–2pm (5–10yrs)

Creative, energetic and fun workshop where children will take part in drama games and improvisation while developing acting skills.

Shibori and Indigo dyeing 12–1pm (5–10yrs) Please note this workshop is now FULL. Contact Emma if you would like to join the waiting list. 

Come and create your own unique design on a cotton bag using Shibori/Tie dye shaping and manipulation techniques. Once you’ve wrapped, pleated, bound and knotted your plain bag you will dunk it bag into an indigo dye bath.   Finished bags will be rinsed and popped into a plastic bag for you to take home.

 All workshops and make and create is free.  To book onto a workshop please email or call 01252 745 447

Sat 30 March 11.30am & 2.30pm Age guidance: 3+

The Star Seekers (Group bookings and family tickets available) book here

£8 / Family (group of 4 – must include 1 adult) – £28

Do you want to fly to outer space? Visit a space station? Become a Star Seeker? Star Seekers Alph, Betty and Gammo need your help to save their space station, collect all the orbs and delve into the great unanswered question of the universe: what do astronauts really have for tea? Award-winning The Wardrobe Ensemble have created a unique theatrical experience for children. The Star Seekers is an interactive show that explores the limitless majesty of galaxies, the solar system, shooting stars and planets through songs, silliness and anti-gravity antics.

Sunday 31 March FREE creative workshops for ages 8yrs +

Graffiti Kings 11.30am–3pm 8 yrs +

Pop into the Maltings and have a go at creating your own masterpiece.  Work with the Graffiti Kings to explore and learn spray painting techniques and design your own picture to take away.  No booking required – just pop by.

Drama Workshop with Rachel Lincoln  1.30–2.30pm (8yrs +)

To book onto a workshop please email or call 01252 745 447

Spark Celebration Performance

Sun 31 March 6pm £3

To finish the Spark weekend with a big bang, children and young people from across Waverley will be performing a mixture of dance, drama, music and film pieces.  This is a chance to celebrate the talents of Waverley’s young people and all their hard work. Tickets are limited to 2 per performer.  Book your tickets here.



Spark is Farnham Maltings children and young people’s multi-arts project, bringing people together from across Waverley to enjoy, participate, watch and celebrate the arts.

Our Spark project includes:

  • Vibrant and exciting outreach sessions in visual and performance arts across the local community to children and young people who are disadvantaged, marginalised, vulnerable and battling financial inequalities
  • 2-day festival weekend where we open our doors and offer a programme of free creative workshops, pop up craft, exhibitions and performances for all the family.

Community Outreach Projects:

Spark uses the transformative power of the arts to support young carers, those who are homeless, not in education, employment and training, at risk of offending and participating in anti-social activities, young people with additional needs and those that suffer with on-going substance misuse. Spark enables young people to:

  • Be exposed to and explore creative art forms led by industry professionals
  • Develop fundamental life skills to support their cultural, educational, social and personal development
  • Raise aspirations and achievements through learning and developing creative skills, creating work and discovering talents.
  • Develop independence, resilience and confidence needed to make positive, healthy decisions
  • Build deeper social interaction and healthy friendships enabling them to value differences
  • Build confidence to contribute positively to their communities and make a difference

“The Spark Project is crucial to the development of the lives of young people living in and around the surrounding area of Farnham.’’ Andy Fowler, Spark artists and project lead.

“Spark helped the young people have pride and ownership of their youth hut, it created positive promotion of it within the community and it would not have been possible to makeover the youth hut without the support from Farnham Maltings’ SPARK.”  Tracy Scares, Sandy Hill Detached Youth project, Neighbourhood Youth Worker.

For all things Spark contact our Community Engagement Producer