Harwich Haven Authority – the East of England’s largest trust port – will be hosting a series of free craft workshops on Ha’penny Pier during the summer holidays.

The drop-in workshops will take place on Monday 20, Wednesday 22 and Friday 24 August in the Visitor Centre between 10am–1pm. The creative sessions will be delivered by the team from the Harwich Festival and are suitable for all ages. Children, must however, be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Artist Monique de Vlieger – whose community installation Fishy Business can be seen on Ha’penny Pier until the end of October – will lead the workshops. Children can decorate fishy bunting or have a go at sewing a small felt fish using recycled materials to take home. Harwich Haven Authority is also providing free lollies to children taking part in the activity.

“The workshops are just one of many community initiatives we have organised throughout 2018,” says Fiona Brunning, communications manager, Harwich Haven Authority.

“We have taken inspiration for the workshops from Monique’s beautiful Fishy Business installation and from our Turn the Tide on Plastic campaign  – as the children will be working with recycled materials.

“There’s no need to book a place and more details about the workshops can be found on our  Facebook page @harwichhaven.”

Michael Offord of the Harwich Festival, commented: “We are proud to be working with Harwich Haven Authority to deliver these free fun workshops. It’s a perfect opportunity for children of all ages to try out a new craft and to take part in the hugely successful Fishy Business community art project.”





For further information contact:

Hannah Theobald, communications officer, Harwich Haven Authority

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 01255 252310



Notes to editors


About Harwich Haven Authority

Harwich Haven Authority was established by act of Parliament in 1863. As a trust port, we’re responsible for preserving 150 square miles of the Haven; with 40% of the country’s container traffic travelling through the Haven, our role is critical to its ongoing success and development.

We also ensure the safety of everyone using the harbour. Our PilotageVessel Traffic Services and supporting marine services work to keep the Haven flowing night and day.

As an independent organisation with no share holders we generate income through the services we provide. This enables us to reinvest surplus profits for the benefit of our stakeholders.


About Harwich Festival

The Harwich Festival is a year round arts organisation that aims to promote arts in Harwich and the surrounding area.

The Harwich Festivals work culminates in the annual 10 day combined arts festival but also includes a number of one day events, public arts projects and community arts workshops for more information visit www.harwichfestival.co.uk.