Two by Two Hurrah create an Enchanted Speke for the Summer

An enchanting outdoor family trail will be open seven days a week throughout the entire summer at Speke Hall. This beautiful installation of many magical parts was designed in collaboration with community artist Zoe Taylor from ‘Two by Two Hurrah’ with Speke Hall’s  Visitor Experience team Catherine Jackman  and Michele Brennan.

Discover a world of magical and mischievous woodland fairies throughout the grounds of Speke Hall this summer, inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Experience an otherworldly adventure as you hunt for the fairies, listen to the mythical whisperings of the fairy kingdom and enjoy supernatural festivities in the ancient woodlands.

“Creating a trail of magic, mystery and fairy fun for Speke Hall has been an absolute pleasure and plenty of fun. Midsummer Nights Dream is one of Shakespeare’s classics and Speke Hall is the perfect setting for exploring magical spaces for children and families to play, imagine and explore. ‘Two by Two Hurrah’ are looking forward to seeing visitors interact with the installations and wish them a magical summer.” – Zoe Taylor; artist and Director at ‘Two by Two’

The grounds have been transformed into a world of fairy fun and festivities. Areas such as the picnic area, the woodland play area and kitchen garden all contain miniature fairies to find, melodic fairy song to capture and fun activities such as dressing up as characters from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and performing lines and quotes on a lovely gazebo stage.

“There is an exciting sense of magical adventure throughout Speke Hall this summer, and surprises around every corner of the ‘Enchanted Speke’ Midsummer Nights Dream trail. We’re looking forward to seeing all the selfies and family photographs of our fairy visitors making magical wedding banquets of leaves and pine cones in the woodlands and daydreaming on the enchanted golden beds in the Kitchen Garden. This really is a special and extraordinary day out for all the family” – Michele Brennan, Visitor Services Officer

      

          

There will also be story telling and face painting on selected days throughout the summer. Information boards on what’s on each day will be available at reception.

“There will be an extra special treat on Tuesday 22 August when the amazing Pantaloons perform their brilliant and hilarious ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ outdoor theatre on the north lawn at Speke Hall. Tickets sell like hot fairy cakes, so do book online and bring the family for fun alfresco theatre and a picnic tea” – Catherine Jackman, Visitor Experience Manager

There will also be an outdoor theatre performance of  the play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on Tuesday 22 August 

Performed by the always hilarious and incredilbly talented acting troupe The Pantaloons. Tickets are on sale on our website for £14 for adults and £7 for children. 7pm – 9pm on the north lawn. Tickets can be bought online:

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/spekehall

Summer Trails, workshops and Celebrations!

Two by Two Hurrah HQ has landed back from the Whit holidays with an action packed couple of months ahead of us. There is a lot of fun to be had and it seems only fair we share the excitement with you all! Hopefully we will see you all over the summer enjoying our crazy trails and craft antics.

Who Shrunk the Zoo?

 

The launch of our summer trail on Sat 22nd July 10.30-3.30 is going to be another action packed fun day at Waterside Plaza, Sale. To launch the 5 week trail we will be hosting a free craft event in Sale Library alongside great fun outside with the Professor Jigget, facepainting, Ice Cream Van, fun stalls, chalk drawing and more.

Waterside Art Centre are also launching their wonderful Refract week so will have lots going on alongside us on the Plaza, including an open air show.

If you think Who Shrunk the Zoo looks fun, we are running an exclusive workshop the week before on Saturday 15th July at Waterside Art Centre. The workshop will offer a small group of children the chance to contribute towards the trail map design, adopt and decorate their own shrunken zoo animal and become chief Two by Two Detectives. Tickets are £8 and can be booked via Waterside Art Centre.

Midsummers Dream at Speke Hall

It is with huge excitement that we can share news of a second trail that Two by Two Hurrah are running this summer!

We are producing a trail for the stunning National Trust property Speke Hall which is next door to Liverpool Airport. A hidden gem with glorious gardens and house as well as fantastic play areas and maze for the children.

Speke Hall are hosting a series of outside theatre productions during the summer, all adaptations of Shakespeare plays. A Midsummer Nights Dream is included and is the theme chosen for their summer trail.

We are plotting magical fairy gardens, amazing sleep zone installations, a performance stage and not forgetting the wedding banquet. Be prepared for a trail of magic, love mystery and adventure!

The trail will run at Speke Hall from Saturday 22nd July – Sunday 3rd September. Details are yet to be released by the National Trust. We will share information as soon as it is available.

Cow Lane, Sale Water Park

We have been asked by City of Trees, Sale Water Park and Trafford Council to produce information boards around Sale Water Park that are designed with children in mind.

There is a huge amount of work being done at the park to help improve it as a family attraction and much of this is about preserving the nature reserve areas that have been neglected. With that in mind we took a look at the history of the park and the track that runs round the water. The road/track is called Cow Lane, historically because it was used by farmers to walk the cows across fields.

Not to miss out on an animal theme, we are creating information boards in the shape of cows as a dedication to the areas history. We will be working with local schools Temple Moor Infants, Moorlands Juniors and Manor High to design the boards.

Trail of Tales 2018

Our plans for a Trafford wide trail next year are still progressing. Trail of Tales will be an exciting installation of over 70 larger than life book sculptures placed across the borough inside libraries and around town centres and areas.

Similar to Sale Art Zoo, the sculptures will be decorated by schools and community groups, a fantastic opportunity to bring the whole borough together, celebrating our libraries, stories, communities and towns.

We promise to share more news as soon as we can.

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Last but not least…

Don’t forget we are recruiting! Scroll further down our page to see details of the positions we are hoping to fill soon. Closing date is 30th June.

Wishing you all a fantastic summer. Hopefully we will see you at our Sale Waterside launch on the 22nd July, or over the summer at one of the trails.

Two by Two Hurrah

Hurrah!! We are Recruiting.

Two by Two HQ is very excited to be working on a new project which will result in an amazing Trafford wide installation in 2018. Due to the scale, we think it is about time we expanded! There are two different roles available – Arts Community Coordinator and Workshop Coordinator. It is possible that we may recruit more than one Workshop Coordinator, depending on applicants. All vacancies are subject to funding confirmation.

ARTS COMMUNITY COORDINATOR

Employer: Two by Two Hurrah
Location: Sale Waterside
Salary: £18,850 (Pro rota) per annum
Working Pattern: Part time
Working Hours:  initially 15 hours per week increasing to 17.5 hours per week
Contract Type: Temporary
Closing date: 30
th June 2017
Interview date: To be confirmed

An opportunity has arisen for an Arts Community Coordinator position working with Two By Two Hurrah and Trafford Libraries on an exciting community project.

The project ‘Trail of Tales’ will be working with bespoke sculptures in Primary Schools and Community Groups across Trafford. The sculptures will then be installed across Trafford borough in public spaces. Events will be run during the 12 week trail offering both educational and creative workshops for the wider community.

The post would be a temporary post for 11 months (September 2017 to July 2018) and the successful candidate would work 15 hours per week initially with an increase to 17.5 hours in the final stages of the project. 

The role would involve working closely with schools and community groups to organise workshops. You would also be required to attend some workshops so own transport preferable. The post will involve working alongside the Project Manager on the installation of the sculptures, the launch party and the summer events which will be held across all Trafford libraries.

Candidates will need to have an enthusiastic, motivated approach to work. We are looking for a team player that works well under pressure, has excellent interpersonal and communication skills and would be able to be flexible with hours of work to meet the needs of the project. 

A relevant Art or Project Management qualification would be desirable although not essential, however, the successful candidate should also be able to demonstrate that they have experience working in a creative background and/or previous experience of project management. 

If you feel you have the skills and passion to be part of the Trail of Tails project please send your CV and an expression of interest (no more than 500 words) as to why you feel this is the role for you to [email protected]

WORKSHOP COORDINATOR

Employer: Two by Two Hurrah
Location: Across the Trafford Borough
Salary: Fixed rate per allocated workshop
Working Pattern: Part time
Working Hours:  Variable
Contract Type: Temporary
Closing date: 30
th June 2017
Interview date: To be confirmed

An opportunity has arisen for a Workshop Coordinator position working with Two By Two Hurrah and Trafford Libraries on an exciting community project.

The project ‘Trail of Tales’ will be working with bespoke sculptures in Primary Schools and Community Groups across Trafford. The sculptures will then be installed across Trafford borough in public spaces. Events will be run during the 12 week trail offering both educational and creative workshops for the wider community.

The post would be a temporary post for a minimum of 5 months (anticipated October 2017 to February 2018). The hours worked will vary depending on number of workshops allocated and scheduled. 

The role would involve working closely with schools and community groups to plan the workshop content and facilitate the workshops. Own transport essential. 

The post will involve working alongside the Arts Community Coordinator on the schedule and planning of workshops. 

Candidates will need to have experience in a creative background and experience working with children and young people. The candidate must have an enthusiastic, motivated approach to work. We are looking for a team player that works well under pressure, has excellent interpersonal and communication skills and would be able to be flexible with hours of work to meet the needs of the project. 

If you feel you have the skills and passion to be part of the Trail of Tails project please send your CV and an expression of interest (no more than 500 words) as to why you feel this is the role for you to [email protected]