June 29 - 10:30 am


June 30 - 11:00 am

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Proper Job



58-60 The Square, Chagford, TQ13 8AB

Chagford, GB, TQ13 8AB

Copepod Puppets from Plastics Workshop


Proper Job are collaborating with internationally renowned puppeteer William Todd-Jones (Labyrinth, Muppets, Who Framed Roger Rabbit) to host an exciting FREE children’s workshop creating copepod puppets from discarded plastics. The workshop is inspired by the talk given by leading marine biologist, Dr Ceri Lewis of Exeter University, at our plastics free day back in January.

“What even is a copepod”? I hear you ask! Well these oar-footed marine creatures are in fact the most abundant animal on the planet, with an estimated 1,347,000,000,000,000,000,000 copepods in the world’s oceans!! Not only are there a lot of them, they are also essential for the marine food chain, as secondary producers they gobble up algae gathered by their front three pairs of legs, turning it into the more complex carbohydrates, fats and proteins needed to sustain larger animals. Their combined mass is over 400 times that of the human population and at their fastest, copepods travel 100 times faster than Usain Bolt. These little creatures rock!

Attendees will be helping to make a giant copepod designed by William Todd-Jones as well as a whole group of ZooPlankton, which will be paraded and displayed at this year’s Chagstock Festival to tie in with their ‘Under the Sea’ theme. They will learn to make puppets using willow frames, upcycled plastics and even have the chance to wire in a simple LED light

There will be two sessions of the workshop available on Saturday 29th June, 10.30am-2.30pm & Sunday 30th June, 11-3pm. There will be a half an hour lunch break so please bring a packed lunch or make use of Chagford’s wonderful cafes and food outlets.

This workshop will be educational, highlighting the effects of plastics on our marine life, as well as extremely creative and lots of fun! This workshop is suitable for children of all ages, but children under12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please click on ‘Register’ to book your place, one ticket allows admission for a child and accompanying adult.

Please NoteIf you have booked but are unable attend please let us know at the earliest opportunity so that we can reallocate the space.