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Our Take5 Festival helps hundreds of children in Devon

Last month, we welcomed nearly 300 primary school age children from across the county to the Abbey to participate in our Take5 Festival – a special event designed to boost mental health and wellbeing.

Held on 26thMay, the Festival saw hundreds of key stage 2 pupils benefit from a series of fun, practical and engaging workshops, focusing on emotional, physical, spiritual and mental health.

During the day, pupils participated in three workshops which included a physical, reflective, and craft-based activity such as Taiko drumming, walking a prayerful labyrinth, kite making, Forest Chi, walking with gentle therapy alpacas, and making wristbands to help children explore their emotions and learn how to deal with them. 

This year’s Take5 Festival was a particularly exciting one for the Education Department as it was the first multi-school event that we’ve been able to host since December 2019.

The day was a great success with lots of positive feedback from teachers, with many of them asking to secure their space for next year before the day was even over. One teacher said, “I simply can’t express how much this day has benefitted my pupils. I think we will be feeling the effects of this for a long time”. One of those pupils put it more simply saying, “I liked being able to think about my feelings and stuff.”

Having received a staggering level of interest from primary schools in Devon wishing to attend this year’s event, the schools that were unsuccessful in securing a place for this year’s Festival have been added to a list for next year’s event.

The Education Team would like to pass their thanks on to staff from other departments – including Gardens, Bees and members of the Visitor Experience Team who ran workshops, and also to St Cuthbert’s staff who provided great support and welcome (not to mention an excellent lunch!).