Our workshops integrate art, filleting and cooking and the history of fishing communities in Devon through creating an informal classroom environment for children from 3 years to 18.

Children and young people learn a Japanese fish printing method – Gyotaku, create art from observational drawings of seasonal fish and a range of other art activities.  

Alongside the artwork children and young people learn about identifying, filleting and cooking with fresh fish, and have a go themselves.

This hands on approach provides a fun and accessible way for children of mixed age and abilities to learn and experiment with a new creative skill alongside learning informally about seasonal and inshore fishing and heritage.  

The transformation is clear where our approach builds confidence and enables children to realise the connections they have with the sea and coast.



“If my face was wider, my smile would be even bigger!”

“It’s very fun handling real fish”

“I loved it! It’s a fantastic workshop and is surprisingly educational.  I really think this should be done in more schools.”


“Thank you so very much for todays incredible workshop!  The students and staff who visited had a fantastic time and everyone has commented at how diverse, interesting and creative the morning was.”

Sam Eyre, Coombeshead Academy.

“Thank you for your contribution and time given to our drop down day here at Ratcliffe School. The children have been enthusing about the activities they undertook and the outcomes are fantastic.”

Cherie White, Ratcliff School

“Our students were completely engrossed and engaged and the work they produced was excellent. It was the sort of day that will have a real impact on all those involved.”

Tim Wightman, KEVICCS


Creativity on the Coast is a short film about Sidmouth Coastal Community Hub’s schools programme. This lovely film shows, through the eyes and voices of the children and young people, the fun they have through bringing art, fish and fishing knowledge, heritage, filleting, cooking and eating together, to create a rich learning, confidence building experience.

A Sidmouth Coastal Community Hub production, funded by Babcock Devon Education Fund. Videography by Kyle Baker and Simon Vacher. Music and Graphics by Tom Hodgkinson. Edited by Pip Hodgkinson.

Thanks to all the Students and Teachers At Exminster Primary School, Dawlish Community College, Haytor View Primary and Nursery School, Coombeshead Academy, King Edward VI Community College and Sidmouth Church of England Primary School.

For the past two years we have received some grant funding from Babcock’s Devon Education Fund to deliver our workshops to coastal schools in Devon.   Additionally we can be commissioned directly to provide a bespoke workshop to suit your school or group (adults love it too!)

 Please email us to discuss how to book a workshop