Looking for activities to keep all of the family interested and entertained? Good news, there’s stacks of family friendly exhibitions and events to pop along to and get inspired by.

First up, do not miss The Long Way on Armada Way (Fri-Sun, 11-6). Go Happen will be circumnavigating the boulevard in their repurposed boat sharing stories of adventures, transitions and departures. Inspired by the one and a half time circumnavigation of the world by the sailor Bernard Moitessier in 1968/69 their travelling audio installation has been commissioned by Visual Arts Plymouth for PAW18 and includes stories collected from people in Plymouth.

Also on Armada Way:

  • Devon Rocks & Stones invite everyone to get inspired by The Plymouth Rock, a famous rock in America, marking the spot where sailors first landed to create ‘The New World’. Have a go at painting your own #pebbleart (Sat & Sun, 10-5).
  • Try letterpress printing with Alan Qualtrough at the Shed on Wheels (Sat, 1-3).
  • Learn something amazing from Plymouth’s leading women in science and art by visiting Soapbox Art & Science (Sun 1-4).

Make sure you head to Plymouth Athenaeum for YEA Plymouth’s (Young Emerging Artists Plymouth) pop up exhibition in collaboration with Plymouth Zine Library. From 11am-5pm on Saturday you can see work from the next generation of Plymouth’s artist community and get creative badge making, origami, collage, doodling and more.

Also at Plymouth Athenaeum check out the work created by pupils of High View and Prince Rock Primary Schools in their exhibition, Call & Response, our Art Weekender (Fri-Sun, 11-6). Over the last few months children at the schools have been working with local artists and creatives Laura Hopes, Erin Bailey and Gem Smith to make their own art works in response to the Plymouth Art Weekender commissions by Bridgette Ashton and Go Happen.

Over in Millbay the Rhizome Artists’ Collective are back with their fourth Big Watercolour Day at Plymouth School of Creative Arts: a free workshop for all the family exploring drawing and colour, drop in, Saturday 10-4.

Another opportunity to release your inner artist and also check out one of the most spectacular views of the Plymouth Sound is down at the Stonehouse Lawn Tennis Club. For Drawn to the Lawn (Sat & Sun, 2-4) Ellen Sims , Antonia Texidor, Jayne Ashenbury and others will combine art and words in their delightful garden by the sea.

And finally, annual Weekender favourite the Union Street Party takes place once again on Sunday, 12-4. Organised by Stonehouse Action, expect fun and frolics a plenty when they close the road from the Octagon roundabout right up to Aldi for music, dancing, food and creative activities.

Written by Vickie Fear, Visual Arts Plymouth Activator.