Harrogate charity to bring Quadrophenia to life on 'urban beach'

Flashback - Mods from Yorkshire scooter clubs at the release of the movie Quadrophenia.
Flashback - Mods from Yorkshire scooter clubs at the release of the movie Quadrophenia.

A local charity which supports people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities in the Harrogate area has launched a Crowdfunder campaign for an exciting fundraising event

If everything goes according to plan, not only will the hugely popular ‘urban beach’ return but Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough but it will host a recreation of a famous scene from Quadrophenia, the classic movie by rock band The Who.

Fun for all the family at the urban beach at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough.

Fun for all the family at the urban beach at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough.

To run for three weeks in August around the time of the feva festival in Knaresborough, the urban beach will present a wide range of activities for all the family on real sand.

For the first time ever, however, the event will culminate in ‘Mods on the beach’ featuring visits to Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre at Bond End by scooter clubs and live music from a ‘Mod’ band.

While not quite Brighton Beach in 1964, it should make a spectacular end to the urban beach at the centre whose workshops enable people living with a range of disabilities to discover their talents, put them into practice and realise their full potential.

Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre's senior workshop leader Rufus Beckett said: “The urban beach has become a fantastic part of the feva festival. When the sun is shining it plays host to hundreds of children and parents every day. It’s got a magical atmosphere.”

As well as the arts and crafts centre which supports disabled people in becoming ‘art makers’, Henshaws also runs a specialist college at Bogs Lane in Harrogate.

Catering for both day students and residential accommodation, the college empowers young people aged 16-25 living with a disability in the Harrogate district to progress and live life the way they want.

The target for Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre’s Crowdfunder campaign is to raise £2,500 by May 12 to ensure the urban beach takes place this year.

If you would like to support the Crowdfunder campaign, visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/henshaws-urban-beach

Other activities planned for the urban beach this year include:

VIP Beach opening (Entry via crowd funding pledge) – Friday 4th August 7-10pm

Beach Party – Sunday 6th August 1-9pm

Circle Live (Acoustic Music) – Saturday 12th August 4-8pm

Lure of the Sea (Belly Dancing) – Saturday 12th August 8-10.30pm

Make and Take Market Place (Craft Fair) – Sunday 13th August 10-4pm

Blind Jack Birthday Festival – Tuesday 15th August 12-4pm

Snake Davis – Tuesday 15th August 7.30-11pm

Practically Theatre – Wednesday 16th 2pm

Holy Moly and the Crackers – Friday 18th August 7.30-11pm

Burlesque – Saturday 19th August 7.30-11pm

Beach Closing Party ‘Mods on the Beach’ – Sunday 27th August 2-10pm