Common Ground

Discover, Define and Design Your Heritage

PlayTest: Peckover

Free 5-day creative workshop for 13 to 18 year olds

Mon 25th – Fri 29th July

On 25th – 29th July, Common Ground is teaming up with theatre-makers Coney at the National Trust’s Peckover House! Join us for a free creative, playful workshop for 13–18-year-olds exploring arts, heritage and games. Find out more through a game here (codeword: playtest)! 

During the 5-day project, you’ll create new ways for people to experience the amazing Peckover House and connect to the heritage of Wisbech, led by your interests. What if a visit to a historic house didn’t have to be a guided tour, but an immersive escape room experience? Or a phone game that interacts with the exhibits? How would you like to use Peckover House? Let your imagination run wild! 

The BAFTA award winning team from Coney will share their methods of creating interactive theatre, games and adventures that can take place anywhere. Learn how to design and use physical games, digital platforms, storytelling techniques and the heritage around you to create new, exciting experiences that connect people to places. 

Discover and share what matters to you and what you’re passionate about. The environment, human rights or even your favourite food! You’ll learn how to make a change through your games and Coney’s methods of encouraging playful activism.  

Over the week you’ll develop creative thinking and making skills, build confidence, gain experience in the arts and share what matters to you. It’s a great opportunity to get inspired by heritage and try out new and exciting ways of creating. Whether you’re a regular visitor to the sites or you’ve never heard of them, you can get involved – no experience required! 

Access information

Common Ground is dedicated to making our workshops as comfortable and accessible as possible, so that everyone can join in the fun!

On the signup form, you can let us know about any additional support you may need and how we can help you to best access the workshop. You can also let us know about any allergies or medical conditions you may have. If you have any specific questions regarding access, please get in contact with us at commonground@nnfestival.org.uk

FAQ

Do I need to pay to attend?

No, the workshop is totally free, including transport and food!

Do I need to have any experience to join?

Nope! You don’t need any previous experience of arts or heritage to join the workshop, just excitement to try new things!

Do I need to book?

Yes, we ask participants to register by using the link to a form at the top of the page.

Will transport be provided?

Yes, transport to and from the site can be provided from a central location for those who require it. We can also reimburse public transport costs. Please let us know if this is something you’d like in the signup form.

Do I need to bring lunch?

No, lunch and snacks throughout the day will be provided. This is usually a choice of sandwiches, drink, fruit and snacks such as crisps or chocolate. You can let us know of any allergies or dietary requirements on the signup form, which we will accommodate.

What should I wear?

We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sturdy footwear that’s easy to walk in, as we’ll be exploring the site and playing games. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring sun cream.

Find out what we did at our taster days here!

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