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Learn how to make giant puppets at the Abbey Museum Caboolture

By James Brown

Did you venture east from your new piece of Caboolture real estate and go back in time in a puppet-making workshop last weekend? Hosted at the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, the Abbey Medieval Festival turned 25 this year and volunteers helped make the celebratory parade a success!

Residents took part in the process to create the two giant puppets, the Green Man and the Jester. In separate workshops on 31 May and 1 June between 9am and 4pm they used bamboo and rattan to make the frameworks of the puppets that'll be used in the July show. Residents had the opportunity to help the artists from the Upatree Arts Collective to recreate this ancient tradition, which began in medieval and Tudor times.

The workshops are open to all abilities and if you missed the fun last weekend, there are more to come. On 28 June and 5 July, you'll have the chance to get involved with more puppet-making workshops. Children aged 8-16 are very welcome to attend, as long as they're supervised by an adult. The $10 price for adults and $5 for children includes lunch – so you can stay and create all day long!

The artistic activities may mean working outside – wear comfortable clothes and take a hat.

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