The next stop on our summer tour of Islington saw the Here To Beach Hut touch down at The Cally Festival. Last year was great fun, so we were very much looking forward to another trip down to the Cally Road!
This year, we took our place in the Get Active zone near Stanmore Street along with the Islington Boat Club, boxing club and the Youth Stage.
After a few last-minute preparations…
…we arrived at The Cally Festival early to reveal the Here To Beach Hut in all its glory!
Complete with deck chairs, a sand pit, beach games, the trusty Here To Photomatic Machine and a new seed bomb making activity (especially for The Cally Festival), we were ready for visitors to relax, play and do.
We uncovered a whole range of interesting Secret Skills from the comfort of our Beach Hut throughout the day too, from zumba…
…remembering citations (very unusual!)
…and even modelling!
In true festival style, we also met a lot of lovely dogs…
…and the wet weather didn’t put off adults and children alike getting hands-on in our sand pit!
Here To make seed bombs
To celebrate being a part of the Get Active zone at The Cally Festival this year, we added a seed-bomb making activity to the Here To Beach Hut.
For those of you new to seed bombing, seed bombs are little balls of compost, clay, seeds and water that are designed to sew seeds in hard to reach places. Seed bombs are most often used by guerrilla gardeners to improve unloved pieces of land, but you can also throw them in your own garden or pant them like you would plant a plant normally.
We were lucky to have Here To Wizard Ruth on-hand to run this activity…
…so we were able to get our own little cottage industry going, making and packaging seed bombs to give away to passers-by.
If you would like to make your own seed bombs at home, take a look at this Wiki page for step-by-step illustrated instructions.
The Cally Festival was great fun and we enjoyed meeting the different projects, people and businesses that continue to gravitate towards this famous street. The level of community spirit was inspiring and nobody was put off by the cold, wind or rain.
A HUGE well done to The Cally Festival team for organising such a super event!