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Spectacularly spooky Halloween make-up workshop

Skipton High Street Heritage Action Zone have teamed up with Theatrical & Media Make-up students from Craven College and creatives at Fresh Perspective to bring Skipton’s scariest spooks to life in a free Halloween-themed online workshop on Saturday October 31.

Two degree students from Craven College will teach a range of theatrical make-up tips and tricks as they take attendees through the process of transforming themselves into zombies and ghouls.

This event is part of a creative workshop initiative, hosted by Fresh Perspective, called ‘Joy in Numbers’, which is dedicated to bringing joy to communities through creative engagement, both on and offline. 

Fresh Perspective launched the initiative in lockdown, using Instagram to collaborate and engage with local creatives and talents to provide a series of free, live creative workshops and sessions.  

The workshops are being run in partnership with Skipton High Street Heritage Action Zone Cultural Programme, which is aimed at building greater links across the youth community, local businesses and local cultural groups.

Debbie Cross, Programme Manager for Skipton’s Heritage Action Zone, said: “While Skipton’s woods, waterways, streets, buildings, ginnels and yards are rich in local history, they are also rumoured to be home to some of Skipton’s more unearthly residents, from phantom dogs to boggarts, and this will be a fun way of recreating those stories!”

Sian Laüra, of Fresh Perspective said “I’m so excited to be working with Craven College to host this event. It’s great to find creative ways to bring people together!”

The High Streets Heritage Action Zones (HAZ) Programme is a nationwide scheme designed to secure lasting improvements to historic high streets for the communities who use them. It is Government funded and run by Historic England. Skipton is one of 68 towns to have been awarded this grant.

The Cultural Programme is being run alongside the Heritage Action Zone project. Co-funded with The National Lottery Heritage Fund and supported by Arts Council England, its goal is to make the high street and town a more attractive, engaging and vibrant place for people to live, work and spend time.

The Cultural Programme will celebrate the local character and heritage of Skipton and make the High Street a key place to experience and participate in culture.

Due to Covid-19 Government guidelines, the workshop will be hosted online.  To secure your place and make-up kit for the workshop, please go to

Upon booking, attendees will be able to collect their free individual make-up kits from Skipton town centre or alternatively opt to receive one via post. 

More details of the workshop can be found on Fresh Perspective’s Facebook and Instagram pages.