Summer Reading Challenge

Here at Freshwater, we love nothing more than getting into a good book over the holidays, but we know that children’s reading skills can sometimes ‘dip’ over the summer break as they find it harder to engage. Research shows that taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge by The Reading Agency, can help maintain key literacy skills over the holidays.

Every year we create a brand new drama and storytelling workshop to support the Summer Reading Challenge, exciting and enthusing children about the challenge theme.

Whether you are a library or borough wanting to welcome children into your venue this summer or a school looking to maintain key reading skills over the break, our workshops are here to support you. 

Let's get them hooked on books!

Theme: Gadgeteers.

The session recognises that science is all around us in everyday life, that reading and science is for everyone and It also encourages children to read over the holidays.


Using an engaging mix of drama games and role-play, your children will meet our scientist-inventor who wants to share their science machine with the Gadgeteers. But oh no! The machine is broken! They will need the children’s help and enthusiasm for scientific discovery to fix the machine and show it off.

If you'd like to book, do get in touch


Booking with us has enormous benefits for your library or school. Our sessions will get children into your venue and signed up to the Summer Reading Challenge. 

 Broaden Imaginations

 through role-play and drama activities

 Cultivates Curiosity

 in new stories and literary worlds

 Develops Confidence

 as budding and capable young readers



“I have seen many storytelling sessions in the library but with this session I particularly liked the way children had an active part."

Ann Cartwright, Hounslow Library Service


 "Well pitched for 6-11 year olds... Lots of fun, interesting, imaginative and educational. Clever use of the library and subtle promotion."

Marion Whitehouse, Chelsea Library, London 


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Designed for 6-11 year olds, one facilitator visits your venue. There will be a few props and visual aids but the main focus is on the children exploring the topic interactively through drama and storytelling.


Type: Drama workshop
Length of session: 60 minutes
Price£123 + VAT
Number of children: up to 30 - extra children are negotiable
All Freshwater drama facilitators are DBS checked
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    St Margaret's House
    21 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PL

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    Freshwater Theatre Company offers interactive drama workshops, shows and large group activities for schools to bring your curriculum to life. We hope you enjoy exploring our site!