Star Wars proves a big draw for families at Empire Strikes Bath
Light sabres and stormtroopers joined forces with Bath’s historic past on Sunday for an event designed to get more people drawing.
The Empire Strikes Bath was a free family event which saw young and old taking part in activities including creating a timeline around the Holburne Museum.
It combined the museum’s reflection of the history of the British empire with that of another empire – Star Wars.
Visitors were greeted by people dressed in costumes from the cult films, including villain Darth Vader.
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Other activities included a display of children’s art from St Saviour’s schools, hunting for miniature Lego figures hidden among exhibits and screen printing.
Youngsters could also make origami Yoda finger puppets and use a light sabre to draw.
Events manager Simone Homes said the activities, held as part of the Big Draw, a national campaign to get people drawing, had proved popular. She said: “The event is about creating a way of getting people who do not normally draw, especially boys, drawing.”
The event proved popular with the Riordan family from Devizes who had come to Bath especially to take part.
Ten-year-old Kiera got to grips with screen printing, expertly creating a T-shirt with the logo The Empire Strikes Bath.
“It was quite easy to do but I had help from the lady in charge,” she said.