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Join the procession!

As part of The Offering, artist Shelley Castle is looking for participants to join a very special procession on 16th June 2019. 

Watch this film by our partners The Seahorse Trust to get a glimpse of these wonderful creatures.

Register here.

Human Seahorses

You will be adorned with make-up to imitate the seahorses living in Tor Bay, whose eyes blacken like a mask as they engage in their courtship dance. Dress in clothes that reflect the colours of the spiny and snout-nosed seahorses - yellows, whites, textures, pale greens. Register here.

Ship-Bearers

You will carry a model of the 1850's fishing vessel 'The Pilgrim' in the procession and down onto the beach. Dress in clothes that reflect colours of the sea: blue, green and grey. Register here.

Gift-Givers

You will hand out over 60 hand dyed gift bags to passers-by and onlookers, each with sea-related gifts and information. Dress in clothes that reflect colours of the sea: blue, green and grey. Register here.

Banner-Bearers

You will carry the seahorse banners (belted and with gonfalons). Dress in clothes that reflect colours of the sea: blue, green and grey. Register here.

Shell-Bearers

You will carry the audio-shells of the sea in Torbay. Dress in clothes that reflect colours of the sea: blue, green and grey. Register here.

Run-through for those who can make it: Join the Seahorse Studio preview (5-7pm at Palk Street Torquay) on Wednesday 12th June. Then from 7pm we will have a walk-through rehearsal down to Torre Abbey Sands.

The Offering: On Sunday 16th June, we will meet at the Assembly Room, Torquay Town Hall: Make-up/dressing 9am to 11am, Procession Performance 11am to 1pm. Beach celebrations will continue from 1pm -  3.30/4pm (depending on tide)

When you register you will need to leave your mobile and email so we can send you more details. If you are under 18, you will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Seahorse Studio - Drop-in creative sessions

The Seahorse Studio will be opening its doors to anyone who would like to come and find out more about the seahorse project ‘The Offering’.  There’ll be books, magazines, refreshments and workshops to help make costumes, flags, gift bags, paper, natural dyeing workshops and screen printing.  ALL FREE, no need to book, just drop in. 

  • Monday 3rd June textile repair, upcycle, natural bag dyeing and embroidery 11-4pm

  • Tuesday 4th June Screen Printing 11-4pm (bring an old pale t-shirt or a second hand one to print)

  • Wednesday 5th June basic woodwork, decorating the model ship, paper-making 11-4pm

  • Thursday 6th June Screen Printing 11-4pm (bring an old pale t-shirt or a second hand one to print)

  • Saturday 8th June Drop in workshops, fun and colouring in, biscuit decorating 11-1pm

  • Tuesday 11th June Various textile workshops 11-4pm

  • Wednesday 12th June 5-7pm PREVIEW of The Offering costumes, ship and other objects for the procession on Father’s Day 16th June.

  • Sunday 16th June THE OFFERING PROCESSION leaving from Torquay Town Hall at 11am to Torre Abbey Sands. (If you want to join the procession as a gift-bearer, ship-bearer or human seahorse please sign up as places are limited).