Leiths gets ‘crafty’ with new holiday classes for children

For parents seeking to entertain and inspire their children over the summer, look no further than Leiths and Kite Studios.  Responding to popular demand, Leiths have teamed up with creative oasis, Kite Studios to bring kids an action-packed week of inspiring cookery and art.

Open to children aged between 7 and 11, every day will be a different cooking and art experience. Cooking themes range from an Asian Banquet to American Bakes at Leiths; and art activities at Kite Studios feature pop art style sculpture, building 3D models, creating ‘the last supper’ and silk screen printing.  The week concludes with the Mad Hatters Tea Party with Playing card sandwiches, Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts and Drink me! Pink lemonade! Children will take home their own framed etched print based on the party theme.

Camilla Schneideman, managing director at Leiths adds; “the holidays are a great time to develop skills that are not always catered for in schools, but most of all, kids need to be having fun. It occurred to me that cooking and art are so closely related. My kids love getting their hands dirty, and having something wonderful to show for it. It’s a win-win situation.  With Kite Studios almost on our doorstep it seemed crazy not to partner up, and it means that this holiday club will have a unique quality, offering two different creative sessions in one day. We are expecting things to get messy around here, but once the kids realise they are cooking for themselves, they will throw their all into it.”

Whether joining for a day or the week, children will get messy in the kitchen, explore new techniques, and have some delicious and nutritious nibbles and a brilliant body of creative work to take home.

10 – 14 August; daily Classes running from 10am – 4pm.  Open to children aged between 7-11. Cost to attend one class £75 per day. Cost to attend all 5 days £350

For more information visit www.leiths.com/kidskitchen or call +44 (0)20 8749 6400

About Leiths

2015 is an exciting year for Leiths as the renowned cookery school is celebrating its 40 year anniversary. Over the coming year, Leiths will gather a line-up of industry leaders: chefs, food writers, stylists and pioneers, to reminisce, discuss and even predict the next phase of our fascinating food journey.

Leiths School of Food and Wine is a first-class training school for chefs, attracting students of all ages from all over the world.  With its dedicated teaching staff and friendly atmosphere, Leiths guiding principle is to impart enthusiasm for the trade and instil a lasting love of good food and wine.  Many enthusiastic amateurs attend the varied programme of courses and diverse range of special events led by the Leiths experts or guests chefs. Due to popular demand and the success of its classes for teenagers, Leiths is opening its doors to 7-11 year olds for the first time. For those with professional ambitions, the Leiths Diploma in Food and Wine is highly respected in the culinary world; notable alumni include Lorraine Pascale, Matt Tebbutt, Gizzi Erskine, Florence Knight and Diana Henry.

Kite Studios

People describe Kite Studios as a ‘creative oasis in Shepherds Bush’ – and this is precisely what they aspire to be. Founded ten years ago by Auriol Herford, Kite Studios provides quality art education for adults and children. They have since grown and evolved into a Community Interest Company (Kite Art CIC).

Their aim is to make art accessible to everyone, irrespective of income, experience, ability or age. Their range of regular classes cater for children of all ages including pre-school children and children with additional needs. Parents are encouraged to be involved in the creative learning process. Regular adult classes and pop-up taster evenings as well as birthday parties, hen parties, company away days and other special events.

Their expanding team of teachers – most of whom are practicing artists – are passionate about sharing their skills and inspiring others to be creative. Kite Studios is also home to various other creative businesses and therapists occupying workspace on flexible licence contracts.



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