An early introduction to budget-busting DIY skills is on offer to children between the ages of 7 and 11 as part of the four-day Food and Home show being hosted by the town’s Brunel shopping centre.
The free ‘You can Do It’ DIY workshops for children will be held daily from 10am to 4pm from Tuesday 2 April to Friday 5 April in the Brunel Arcade. They will be shown how to use tools such as a power drill and a screwdriver by experienced staff from B&Q.
Tony Ryan of B&Q said: “The sessions will last about 15 minutes and each child will make a pencil holder that they can keep and take home with them. We know the workshops are guaranteed to be popular with parents and children alike.”
Other shoppers of all ages are not being forgotten. They will be welcomed to a wide range of entertaining and informative events.
Food demonstrations and tastings will include presentations by chefs from Colleys Restaurant in Lechlade and the De Vere Village hotel whilst the Sainsbury’s Try Team will be showing shoppers how to make family-friendly healthy meals.
TV celebrity chef James Martin in The Brunel and Waterstone’s
The appearance of TV celebrity chef James Martin will be a highlight of the week, when he will be showcasing his culinary skills from 12.30pm to 3pm on Thursday 4 April, and also signing copies of his latest book at Waterstone’s bookshop.
Inspired by the experts, children will have another opportunity to try their skills on Friday 5 April, between 10am and 4pm next to Sainsburys, when they can have a go at decorating biscuits.
All these events are free and designed to attract people to the town centre and benefit both retailers and customers alike.
Kerry Hunter Marketing Supervisor at The Brunel Centre said: “This is the first time we’ve held a food and home show at The Brunel and we hope that, if successful, it’s something that we could do again. We feel it is important for town centres to put on activities and enhance the shopping experience for everyone.”
Earlier this year property managers First Investments announced that the marketing budget for the Brunel Centre had been increased as part of a bid to attract more visitors and increase occupancy rates.
The Food and Home show is the first in a series scheduled to encourage people to explore what facilities the Centre has to offer.