BUDDING artists in Whitchurch are being invited to help create a street-long installation ahead of the Blackberry Fair Art Trail.

Local artist Fee Jackson will be hosting free art workshops across four days, from Thursday, July 29 to Sunday, August 1, from 10am until 3pm.

The workshops will be based on the children's book The Snail and the Whale and will also raise awareness of recycling and single-use plastics.

Blackberry Fair organiser, Steve Chapman, says he hopes the sessions will help 'fill Whitchurch with colour'.

"With the school holidays upon us you're more than likely busily or frantically planning ideas to keep the kids happy and content," said Steve.

"As keen practitioners in fun Whitchurch Blackberry Fair are jumping to the rescue with at least four free days of 'messy art workshops' on the high street.

"Based around the magical tale of The Snail and the Whale here's your chance to be part of and help create a street long installation making up part of this year's exciting autumn art trail.

"With an added twist this imaginative story raises the important debate around our overuse of single use plastic so it's another reason to get involved.

"We aim to fill the high street with colour and plastic cups.

"If you didn't know what it was before you soon will.

"Fee and the organisers are putting a call out for budding artists or professionals to get involved and make these workshops great fun for all.

"The workshops will be spread around the street so listen out for music and signs to find out where we are.

"It's not that big so you'll soon find us.

"For artists, mums, dads or guardians wishing to get involved, simply contact Steve on 07773 047744 or email us on blackberryfair@gmail.com and we'll get back to you.

"Help us make this a great summer of fun, we all need some big smiles don't we."