The Turnpike offers a range of opportunities for children and young people to get involved in creative activities.

From toddlers to teenagers and everything in between, we provide artist-led workshops and projects which are designed to develop skills, confidence and knowledge.




    Projects and workshops for secondary-school aged creatives who are interested in developing their skills and knowledge in the arts, during the school holidays.


    Summer Programme 

    31st July & 2nd Aug, 1-3pm

    Cut + Paste Workshop with Andee Collard, 11-17yrs

    Learn drawing, collage and riso-graph print techniques and curate your own exhibition in a new youth cafe in Leigh /FREE - book now

    16th, 17th, 18th, 19th Aug, 11am -3pm

    MAKE GOOD, 11-17yrs

    Into saving the world? Like art? Join us for 4 days of creativity exploring a range of art and design techniques to create our own products for a pop up shop!

    FREE - book now


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    Inclusive creative enterprise project for children 7-11yrs


    Saturdays 10.30am-12pm, launching 29 May 2021

    FULLY BOOKED, Join the Waiting List

    New for 2021 we are pleased to launch a new series of projects which explore how designs might 'save the world'. The children will work with three amazing artists through 5-week blocks of activities to create artwork and products which explore climate change, sustainability and social justice, and then work together to create their own pop up shop! 

    Project dates, all Saturdays 10.30am-12pm
    Intro session: 29th May

    Project 1: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th June & 3rd July

    Project 2: 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st July, 7th August.

    Project 3: 21st, 28th August, 4th, 11th, 18th Sept.




    Regular sessions for families with children under 5 yrs, in partnership with UpBeat Academy. 

    Turnpike Tots - Summer Programme

    Teddy Bears Picnics in Pennington Hall Park

    10am - 11.15am, 14th, 21 July and 4th August

    Free, booking essential HERE

    WATCH - Tots Activities Online

    via our YouTube Playlist

    Supported by Comic Relief




    Celebrating the creative voice of children and young people

    Keep your eyes peeled for exciting artworks created by local young people as they are shared across Leigh and in digital spaces in 2021.


    • 'Brave Face Portraits' with children and young people and artist Emma Blackburn - Turnpike window display

    • 'Virtual Gig' with Soapbox and Young Creatives


    • Newbridge Learning Community with artist Sally Gilford - Bradshawgate Banner display

    • Project artwork on display at Leigh Family Welfare Hub (Adult Learning Centre, Walmesley Road). 

    • 'Us Here Now' graphic Zine with pupils from Fred Longworth and Oakfield School, Bubble Up participants and artist Paul Pickford - local distribution. 

    More info.



    October 2020 - March 2022

    A partnership with Togther Trust, Wigan Targeted Youth Services and True Colours CIC

    Young people from across Greater Manchester aged13yrs+ and experiencing complex disadvantages will be working with artists on our Making of Us programme, exploring the ideas that matter to them and creating collaborative artworks. 

    The Turnpike is supporting 15 artists over 2 years to test and explore ways of working together with vulnerable young people. 

    Find out more

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    A partnership with Future Everything, Wigan Council and partners across Greater Manchester

    October 2020 - July 2021, 13-19yrs

    this place [of mine] is an opportunity for young people from Greater Manchester to explore the future of high streets and town centres, imagine alternate futures and discover new realms of digital creativity through online collaboration. 

    The Turnpike is supporting Young Producers from Leigh to engage with the project through workshops and mentoring. 

    Visit the website for more information




    Online videos, playlists, and activities 

    Explore our archive of activities, and be inspired to get creative.

    We have worked with artists, partners and young people throughout

    2020 and 2021 to create

    - Downloadable guides

    - Video Tutorials 

    - Activities and ideas to keep creative at home 

    View all of our Resources HERE