Wilson and Julia Chowdhry northwest

"A fantastic activity for children,"

"My kids love coming every year to do this!"

"Wonderful but quite tricky", commented by Safiya

“Stop buy fish or educate fisherman”, commented Lindsey Didl

“I thought this place was amazing! It can really get your hands dirty (liberty!) To save the environment too if you cut one tree, plant 3 or four. "

“Protect these amazing creatures, fantastic that this raises awareness and the kids can get creative. My daughter can't wait for her duck to dry! keep up the good work! Thank you!"

“Very wonderful event for children and us all! Love it! Yayyyy! " commented by Helen

"I love whale of a time!"

"Thank you very much for a good activity."

"Lots of fun"

"Find out where goods come from so you are an informed consumer." FM

"Love the idea." Nic

“Great fun! Abbie and family ”

“I made panda and i did enjoy it. Look like I want to go again for the third time! " David

“Thanks for a great time!” Imogen (aged 3)

“My daughter and i loved it! Though we're not very artistic, " commented Carol and Eliot (54 years)

"I loved the workshop", commented Frank

"A really lovely workshop"

"It was a really fun experience," commented Jo

"Great fun, I loved it," commented Sophie

“Our family loved the workshop! Thank you!"

"Thank you I had a great time!" commented Charlotte


"Tweet - a - woat!"

"Do not cut the trees!"

"Stop using tiger fur as clothing!"

Whale of a Time is delighted to have organized the Whale of a Time Workshop at the Lambeth Country Show 2014

"Whale of a time came back for a fourth year to Lambeth Country Show. It's always a pleasure having this creative bunch coming to host our workshops in the Cultivate area. There were some really amazing pottery creations, and even amidst the down poor of showers , whale of a time still trooped on. If you haven't had the chance to get creative with these guys - you're missing out! ", commented Camilla Baker, Event Co-ordinator, Lambeth Country Show, Lambeth Events & Film Service, Lambeth Council

"All was simply wonderful too! Shame about the rain on Sunday afternoon though.", commented Venetia Harpin, Events Officer, Lambeth Events Service, Campaigns and Communications, Lambeth Council

"Best show! Great for the kids!", commented Marcus

"Thank you, very good fun!", Mamda

"Great idea! Good fun x What a great place to shelter from the rain" :) R x

"It is very rainy but it is really fun", commented Finn

"We had a whale of a time!"

"It was smashing and fun and rainy creations, a bit sticky but quite cool!"

"I'm scared of the thunder but it was fun!", commented Frank the twinbrother of Finn.

"We can have one last go! Wonderful workshop, wonderful music! See you next year!

Whale of a Time is delighted to have organized the Whale of a Time Workshop at Eastbrookend Country Fair 2014

"Thank you once again to the Whale of a Time team for attending our Country Fair at Eastbrookend Country Park. As always the workshop was a complete success and was a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of wildlife and conservation issues in the borough. The children and adults all enjoyed themselves, exposing their artistic talents with the tactile clay modeling. We will undoubtedly be in touch for some of our future events as whale of a time is always one of our main attractions. Thank you once again. " Loretta Hoy, Beam Parklands Community Ranger, Parks and Environmental Design, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

"Here is so much fun. I really enjoyed it here with my family and all the activities."

"I loved making an animal. Thank you for the great time!"

"My girls loved making animals, lovely day!"

"This was the best day out!"

"Kids really enjoyed lovely day thanks"

"We really enjoyed making our" Horton "elephant"

"Macie and Georgie Horter enjoyed making their clay animals"

"Many thanx, the children enjoyed this thoroughly!" A. J. Chatters

"Carol enjoyed making the dinosaur of clay"

"Jimmy - had lots of fun clay modeling and made a killer whale"

Whale of a Time is delighted to have organized the Whale of a Time Workshop at Tree of Life (Seedcamp) in 2014 (Kautzen, Austria)

"Thx's a lot, Irene, for you marvelous ° Whale of a Time ° - Workshop." Our whales are the memory of the world and the keepers of time ... " [Our whales are the memory of the world and the keepers of time], Stefan Stein, Tree of Life / Seedcamp, festival organizer

"Really great photos from a great workshop !!!" :-) [Really fantastic photos of a fantastic workshop !!! :-)] Heidi Schmidt

Whale of a Time is delighted to have organized the Whale of a Time Workshop at The Plaistow Summer Festival 2013

"Excellent work by the workshop to make us aware of the problems." Busha xxx

Yurate "This is a lovely creative event, to bring awareness of the environment. Keep on!" xxx

Sara - "I really enjoyed it as never have time to do something creative."

"I would like to save the turtles because they are living things and they have feelings", commented Fatima, Whale of a Time Volunteer

"We do this at Plaistow festival. We enjoyed it so much we are doing this again. Really good fun."

"I made a starfish and i like it because there really beautiful. I like snails because they are small. To save fishes and starfish and turtles you shouldn't litter inside the water."

"Let's saver tigers! We must save them so our kids can see them in the future!"

Michel - "The birds are amazing. You should save them!"

"There are not many lions left in the world."

"Zakiya and Rayhena want to save their elephant and their snake by protecting their environment and save them from cutting down trees. Diana wants to save her tiger by giving charities money so they might help them."

Tolish - "Support charities so we can protect the rhino."

Lara, age 7 - "Help to protect the animals' homes and recycle!"

Dionne - "Help animals and people and give them a shelter."

Kyra - "I want to save the leopards."

Fatima - "Don't cut trees!"

"I want to support bears!"

"This child did a whale and wants to save them in the ocean."

"I would like animals to live and not die."

"I would like global warming to stop so penguins could live at their homes."

"Stop using chemicals and save butterflies to make sure they live everywhere!"

"I want to save moths because they are beautiful lovely creatures."

Frames - "We have to take care of them, instead of chopping down the trees. We can help the animals to have their home."

Mehwish - "I want to save the worms."

Shamimaer - "I was very good and nice to do."

Beatrice - "I enjoyed it and i really like sharks."

Khizer - "I found it challenging but it was creative."

Samia - "I want to save the wild cats. The time is ticking and the wild cats need help."

Nicola - "I like the idea, very creative, only good activity in this event. Looking forward to more." xxx

Whale of a Time is delighted to have organized the Whale of a Time Workshop at The Thames Festival 2013

Stef, RSPB, Greater Thames, commented, "Lovely to meet you! What a great idea - fun and educational! Look forward to possibly working with you."

Una, Thames Festival Publicity - "Thanks for the whale! What a fantastic workshop! I love it."

Tiphaine, Thames Festival, commented, "An absolutely brilliant way to spend an afternoon by the Thames, come rain or shine. Thank you Whale of a Time for inspiring children to take an interest in our fellow creatures, whilst making beautiful clay sculptures at the same time. We loved having you at the Thames Festival for a fourth year running. Thank you! "

"I had such an amazing time at Whale of a Time, Thames Festival! I met some incredible inspiring people and will carry on to make a difference to our planet a better place to live", commented Thimedi, Whale of a Time Volunteer

"I had a really lovely time and enjoyed sharing my art skills with others. A memorable experience which has inspired me to carry on being creative", commented Rebecca Lee, Whale of a Time Volunteer

"Good times we love dolphin on a rock, chimpanzee and splat by Alma! Project managed by Hawkes MGT SuS. HMS"

"I'd like whale of a time should have a base. You should do parties and have coffee, advertise at schools. We need to be kinder to the environment! Don't throw away plastic bags, cruise ships need to stop throwing theirs garbage on the other side, stop cutting down trees! Thank you! "

"We should be watching what we buy, get fair trade products, making sure I don't buy products from far away places, recycling as much as possible."

"Stop killing the orang-utans, cutting down their homes."

"I really recommend to come back again!"

Alicia - "Try and let more people know about endangered animals and how to save them."

Jesus V. - "Take killer whales out of captivity and the entertainment business."

"It has been really nice to volunteer with you and help children realize that certain animals are endangered." - Volunteer

"Thank you for lots of fun! Save the rhinos!" Zoe and Leipia, Cape Town.

"Thomas had a lovely time making Windowitz! Thanks!"

"Fantastic fun for the children! Many thanks!" July Moktaelir

"I had lots of fun making my pot smoking Panda, Thank you!"

"Fantastic opportunity! My children loved creating some amazing clay animals. Thank you!"

"The children loved making the animals! Thanks for the help too."

"Our first clay modeling experience with lovely encouraging people to help."

"Had a great time today!"

"Great workshop, never seen so much excitement for endangered animals. Keep it up!"

"This was a great experience! Well enjoyed! Thank you!"

"It was fun!" Ciera

"This is such an awesome idea! Me and my boyfriend had lots of fun making our elephants and we also became aware of the many endangered animals" xxx

"Thank you for a fantastic time! It's great for all the family! Thank you!" Alison and cash register

"Fantastic idea! Well done! We really enjoyed the afternoon and the activity!" Claire

"Wonderful opportunity to feel clay and try out 3D skills. Thank you!" Janice and Rowland

"It was fun and i had a great day! The day was very appealing and very fun time. Thank you!"

"Thank you for this rare opportunity to make a lovely creature. We've done a monkey. I've tried this first time in my live and it was so great. Awaiting to repeat it soon."

"Lois and Lee - made a lovely fish. It was great fun."

"We love it, it was great fun." Francis and Corailie

"I had a fun time" xxx

"I had a brilliant time here" Marina

"We love this activity and it was great fun time!" Vaishnaivi

"Great activity, kids and adults had fun!" Liz

"Please come back again next year! The kids loved it." Kim

"Excellent, my daughter came back two days running! She loved it. So did i. Great fun and very educational too. A good combination of both. It made learning fun! Thank you! Please return next year!" Rene and Alicia Dexa

"Great activity for a good cause! What's not to like?" Phil

"No more orcas in captivity!" Michelen

"Reciclar para salvar el planeta. Recycle to save the planet."

Whale of a Time is proud to have organized the Whale of a Time Workshop at the Leytonstone Big Weekender 2013

Organizer's comment included:

"Thank you for your part in making the Waltham Forest‘ Big Weekender ’event at Cathall park on September 7th such a memorable occasion for our local community", commented Margaret Agana Community Development Arts Officer, Waltham Forest Council.

Participants' Comments included:

"Wish you the best of luck!" Mayor of Waltham Forest

"Lovely idea for a family outing! Thank you!" Sandra

"Fantastic workshop. Lovely people! Many thanks!" Sam

"Had a great time today, enjoyed every minute of it. Had fun with the clay and chili. Love to do it again sometime." Riswan Haji, Whale of a Time Volunteer

"Grace Price age 6 1/2, had a lovely messy time making a jellyfish mummy, however also enjoyed making a mushroom! Better still we get to take it home as a treaure! Thank you!"

"This day was lovely! I really had a whale of a time! I loved modeling with clay all those lovely animals!" Carlos Asensio, Whale of a Time Volunteer

"Sarah made a harper seal and a lion! (Roar!) Thank you for a fun day!"

"What a lovely idea. My son made a platterperson and I made a seahorse. Thank you!" Alison P.

Whale of a Time is proud to have organized the Whale of a Time Workshop at the Green Roadshow 2013

Organizer's Comments included:

Andy Hope, Green Roadshow organizer commented, "Once again it was wonderful to have you all along - your enthusiasm and commitment to educating the kids about marine life is refreshing and just what the planet needs."

Participants Comments included:

"It was very informative and a very good way to et your message out!" Loraine

"Brilliant fun and a good way for the children to learn about animals.""It was super fun!"

"I love making a lot of things trying new things and I come every year and I love it." Veronica

"I love making stuff out of clay. I made a star and it was really fun! I would love to come here next year!"

"I made a dog out of clay."

"I made a tortoise and it was really really good."

"I did a Mayi Dolphin and it looked really good and I worked really hard to achieve it and I will help the Maui Dolphins by donting!"

"I did a lizard. It's really nice."

"I think that it is very fun and educational!"

"Thank you for letting me do this!"

"It is fun!" Holly

Whale of a Time is proud to have organized the Whale of a Time Workshop at the Lambeth Country Sow 2013

Venetia Harpin, Events Officer, Lambeth Events Service, commented, "Whale of a Time once again to be a very popular workshop in the Cultivate Zone at this year's Lambeth Country Show. It was great that they were so organized, with plenty of helpers on hand. By the end of the afternoon we had tables and tables of wonderful animals! "

Yili Fu, Whale of a Time Volunteer, commented, "The event on 21st July was really as great as before, and I also met both old friends and new friends. Our workshop successfully attracted both children and adult to create clay model. Everything is just perfect, children, parents, young people and staffs were all enjoying the time and sunshine. "

Welly Edjenguele, Whale of a Time Volunteer commented, "I have really enjoyed volunteering with you during the Lambeth country show. The event gave us the occasion to be surrounded by more children. It was fantastic to help them shape their favorite animals ... I have greatly enjoy working with the new team. I believe we were all happy to share whale of a time ideas about endangered species. "

Whale of a Time is proud to have organized the Whale of a Time Workshop at the Family Fun Day at Beam Parklands 2013

Organizer's and Particiant's comments:

"Many thanks to your team for attending the event at the weekend. It was an absolute pleasure to have whale of a time there. As always the workshops proved extremely popular and a fun time was had by all. The friendly, professional and approachable staff are an asset to whale of a time. The children who attended the event had a whale of a time, as did myself and the fellow rangers! Many thanks! " commented, Loretta Hoy, Beam Parklands Community Ranger, Parks and Environmental Design, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (organizer)

"Irene does this skill amazingly, with a thorough and professional approach in every aspect", commented Andy Hunter, Green Roadshow

"The event was amazing, because of the surrounding, because of the curiosity of the children, and also because we worked well as a team. I really enjoyed clay modeling with the children, and I think that it is a very good idea to encourage children to protect animals in a creative way. There were not any dangerous tools, which made it easier for us to supervise the children and to make sure that they were safe. I really enjoyed setting up the tent and decorating our workshop. I also greatly enjoyed the fact that whenever I had questions about the job, they were answered. The leaders of the group did a fantastic job, and because of their dedication, I have greatly appreciated the whole experience. My only regret is that the event had an end . Some families wanted to join us in the late afternoon but we had to load every thing in the van. Overall, I have really enjoyed my time with the whale of a Time team ", commented Welly Edjenguele, Whale of a Time Volunteer

"Thank you for offering me volunteer opportunity, I really did enjoy the time today with new friends and excellent experience. Everything today was just fantastic successful, that kids were learning and spending great time in our tent. LOL", commented Yili Fu, Whale of a Time Volunteer

Whale of a Time is delighted to have been part of the Plaistow Spring Festival 2013

Syed Haque, Community Leaders and Engagement Manager, Strategic Commissioning and Community Directorate, London Borough of Newham (organizer) commented, "Community Lead Councilor Forhad Hussain lead the Plaistow Community Hub event at Plaistow Primary School. Over 1500 families and residents attended the fun packed day. Newham Council is dedicated to working and communities groups and residents to deliver fun free events, run and organized by residents Activities included a rapping workshop, talents show, Zumba taster sessions, 'Whale of a Time' clay modeling, which was by far one of the most popular intergenerational activities at the event. "

Whale of a Time is delighted to have organized the ESRC Whale of a Time Festival of Social Science 2012

"Traveled from Coventry to come here today. Well worth the journey. Really informative day.Will go away making every effert to make a difference and to promote the hard work of others. " Laura

"I have never met anyone as passionate as these people (Whale of a Time) about the environment apart from Earthwatch team. You should join Earthwatch!" Nigel Winser, Executive Vice President, Earthwatch UK

Read what Whale of a Time Experts had to say!

"The Whale of a Time Festival was so uplifting and enriching! What dizzying and dazzling information; freely given by wonderful, passionate, compassionate people. What beautiful works of art framed the charming and engaged audience! I learned so much. Hearing about the journeys of film makers and speakers was life changing. The Festival reconnected my love and gratitude to the great oceans for sustaining life on earth. I simply had a whale of a time! "

Penney Poyzer
Presenter and Expert on Eco-homes and Urban Permaculture Gardens, 'Eco Queen - the Queen of Green', from BBC program “No Waste Like Home”

“Amazing people, great fun and a wonderful sense of community and enthusiasm for the ocean are ways in which I can sum up my first encounter with Whale of a Time. It is that sense of passion for the ocean and enthusiasm to bring together experts, the pubic and art that will help save the blue heart of the planet. I look forward to my next encounter with a great group of people and hope that my presentation helped add a little inspiration and sense of hope to the proceedings. "

Dan Laffoley
Marine Vice Chair
IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas

"The festival or better a conference 'Whale of Time,' was a wonderful experience. It was well organized, well structured to cover all major aspects of wildlife issues as well as current environmental concerns. Most all the speakers had first hand knowledge in the areas of their expertise and were able to make effective presentation that could be easily understood by laymen as well as people with advance knowledge of the subject matter. It was a very effective exercise in wildlife and environmental advocacy. More events like this ought to be encouraged to increase awareness about contemporary environmental problems. "

Sudhir Chopra
Prof. Sudhir Chopra, LL.M., J.D., Ph.D., FRGS. Law Fellow, Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Cambridge, UK

"The Whale of a Time Festival was truly a place to make some amazing connections - connections that were not only personally rewarding, but also those that really moved forward the vital agenda of ocean conservation. I really look forward to the next one!"

Ian Rowlands
Planet Whale and WhaleFest

"Thank you to Whale of a Time and all for an inspiring event and celebration of Earth's gift of life and all her communities. Let's continue collaborating to live in harmony with the wider Earth Community."

Carine Nadal
Coordinator of Earth Jurisprudence Learning Center and legal researcher
Gaia Foundation and Wild Law UK

“Being at the Whale of a Time festival was energizing because it brought together a stimulating set of speakers with an audience that is keen to do what they can for conservation to work. Such engagement between various stakeholders in conservation is essential for it to succeed. Conservation and sustainable management of the planet will only happen if all segments of society discuss these issues together and work towards solutions together. Events like the Whale of a Time are crucial steps in getting us there. I am grateful to have been invited to such a great festival. "

Serge Wich
Scientific Advisor to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP)
Professor at Liverpool John Moores University

"The Whale of a Time Festival brought together a range of experts, passionate environmentalists and leaders in their field to create two days of inspiring ideas, innovations and solutions. It was a truly inspiring and fun event but with some very serious environmental problems brought home through some moving films. A big thanks to all the team for a great event, I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to the next! "

Louise Kulbicki
Lawyer and Advocate
Eradicating Ecocide

"A BIG THANK YOU FROM THE SMALLEST DOLPHIN AND NABU INTERNATIONAL to Irene and the Whale of a Time Team for hosting us at your spectacular event full of inspiration, creativity and knowledge. We wouldn't have wanted to miss it for the world!><>"

Barbara Maas
Head of International Species Conservation
NABU International

"I very much enjoyed the festival and found the audience very receptive and engaged with the material presented. The debate was vibrant and open."

Mark Mulligan
Co-Designer of I-Terra
Senior fellow at the United Nations Environment Program World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC)
Geographer, King’s College London

"A big thank you to all of you who made the Whale of a Time festival happen. The audience was amazingly engaged during the lectures and panel discussions and it was great to meet and talk with so many interesting participants. Well done!"

Falko Schmidt
Regional Coordinator UK
DESERTEC Foundation

"I would like to thank you for the amazing opportunity that you gave us to join this festival. It was a very inspiring day. Everybody, the presenters and the members of the audience, were there together to celebrate the oceans. Thank you again for organizing this and for supporting our Be a Fisherman's Friend campaign "

Cristiana De Lia
Assistant Campaigner

Whale of a Time is delighted to have been part of the Little Big Peace Festival on September 22, 2012

"This event is a very good one for the community to get together and also for the children to be able to be creative!"

"Very good event! Kids really enjoyed the workshop!" Sasha and Nicholas (8 and 7)

"Great idea to get everyone together and sharing ideas. Enjoyed the clay modeling with the kids!"

"This was a phenomenal appeal for saving animals. I made a turtle." Patrick Dennis, age 9

"Thanks for a fantastic afternoon!" Philippe and Family

"Thank you for the opportunity! Let's help others!"

"Thank you for educating me on what more I can do to help to look after our planet and the creatures in the wild. I now feel better informed about the fish and seafood that I can eat and more aware of other issues around the world. " Susie

Whale of a Time is delighted to have been part of the Lambeth Country Show 2012

"The modeling is really fun. I never knew I was so good."

"It was so fun I have never done it before."

"I have loved it and it was great."

"I have been proud of my shell and my mum is a great artist." Alice

"My daughter enjoyed getting creative with the clay. Lovely afternoon with friendly people." Amanda :)

"I had a very fun day and I wish we could do this all the time!"

"The kids had a nice time making animals."

"Thank you for coming and bringing the sunshine!"

Whale of a Time is delighted to have been part of the Mayor's Thames Festival 2012

"Great workshop, my son loved making a penguin, thank you so much!" Rita

"Very good idea! Thank you for this!"

"Thanks for a great day! My son loved it and knew a lot of the sea creatures in the photos." Bonnie-Katie Dewon, E14 London

"Thank you for a fun day with clay. My 2 year old cousin had a lovely cay!" Chaya

"I like the animals of the sea. Seals and Octopus! Thanks for a lovely time with the clay." Suzon 6 years old

"Thanks for a great opportunity to be creative!" Cecilia & Ruby (4 and 12 yrs)

"What a fantastic idea to offer children the opportunity to make models with clay and even better that it is free." C Thomas

"Thank you for a fantastic opportunity for the kids." Melody

"Good fun & opportunity to learn for the kids." Prav

"From Daniela and Maddie. Very enjoyable experience. Informative staff. Looking forward to the Whale of a Time Festival in November!"

"My favorite sea creature is the crab. I had fun making one." David

"I also like sea creatures." Dorothy

"Great family fun and interactive for the children. Brilliant idea for a Sunday afternoon." Nikki and Maya Bigwood (age 2)

"We really enjoyed making clay animals. Rose mad a ball! Thank you! Save the dolphins! Great workshop!" xx

Whale of a Time is delighted to have been part of the Green Roadshow in Dagenham

September 8th - 9th, 2012

"I love dolphins."

"dolphins forever"

"Very fun! Very fun!"

"It is very fun making things out of clay. It was fun exciting and very interesting."

"I like playing and making things with clay."

"I enjoyed a lot with my kids and we made things with clay that was a good experience."

"Modeling with clay was really fun and I enjoyed it really much."

"Making models in clay is so fun. I really enjoyed doing it." Maria Sanocka

"I like clay models!" James

"I have done this the first time in my life and it was great!" R. Iqbal

"It's very fun making something with my body and I'm enjoying having fun."

"I really enjoyed making all these things and doing it all with clay." Vera

Whale of a time is delighted to have been part of Furzedown Festival 2012
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June 23, 2012 - Big Day Out

Educational and fun - what could be better? !!! The Mayor of Wandsworth

Great time! We have done this before at Streatham Festival. Kids really enjoy making things. Thank you!

Wonderful. Very worthwhile!

The Dons: Megan, Skye & Victoria made narwhales! Epic !!

Absolutely fantastic! - Keep Tabi happy! Alice

Thank you for a great activity! My granddauhter made a fish and a turtle. She really enjoyed her time. Thanks again!

It was very fun. I made a fish.

It was very fun and i learned from this.

We had a brilliant day here !!! Lovely people and nice cause as well! Good luck!

Very interesting! Very cool!

It's very fun my favorite one is fish!

Great clayey! Dave

It was very fun.

It was great fun!

It was good.

It was hard!

My mum was making it and I was helping her. It was fine.

My hands became very dirty!

I have done this about twice so found it hard, but it was very fun and enjoyable.

It's really fun and raises awareness of endangered animals.

It was awesome!

Thank you for your time! Malik

I love clay. Dalya

I like the shark! It looks like it's going to eat an animal !!! Andrew B.

IIII liiiiike theeese sluuuuug !!! Veeeeryyy much !!!! Niell B.

Had a great time! Carmen

We have been here! Carter, Harry and Lewis

Had fun! liz

It was very fun! Alice and George

Thank you! Messy fun.

My hands were like cement. Keep up the good work!

How lovely to bump into you (Whale of a Time) again! We were at the kids fair and nearly didn't come too. My kids loved making their animals. Great to have a stall where you don't need to spend money but would because it's so constuctive. Sarah Davies

Great stand - my kids loved creating. Great job. Many thanks. Miranda

Very fun, enjoyed it. India

June 16, 2012 - Festival Launch

Great event! Love it!

Great activity! Will keep in touch with events.

Thank you very much for the lovely activity! Atsko

It was really fun! Yosai

This is a really great idea!

Looking forward to the big day!

Great idea and great fun! Peanut and Dom

Thank you for my experience in clay and I know it is good for the elderly as well as the young. Paula

Thank you! It was really fun!

It was fun, I made a whale shark. Lila Comins, age 11

Claytastic! Dave

It was very good and it was great for children, I and my friend made a bear. Bernadette, age 9

I love it, I thought it was brilliant. Thank you so much! Katie Sharp, age 10

Whale of a time is delighted to have been part of Eastbrookend Country Fair 2012
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5th June 2012

Andrew Flegg, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Parks and Countryside Ranger, Parks Management and Development commented, "The Eastbrookend Country Fair was a joyful affair as close to 3000 people turned up for the event. The British weather didn't let us down as we had sun, wind and rain all in one day. The Whale of a Time stand proved it's pulling power as it was busy with smiling children every time we walked past. Great day and see you all next year! "

"Tia Bronwyn Harris said," Our daughter really enjoyed the workshop, thanks! "

Valeine said “Truly enjoyed the workshop. Always wanted to work in clay and today I got the opportunity. Thank you - would love to do it again. ”

“It was really good and fun. ”

Emily said “Thank you for doing this today. It made me feel happy. It's fun to do. I would love this to come to our school at Rush Green. ”

Momer Sally said, “It was great fun, my kids really enjoyed it. ”

Emma said, "Thank you - it was great to try something different and get creature! ”

Fantastic! Cool! ”

Whale of a time is delighted to have been part of Redbridge Carnival 2012
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5th June 2012

Wilson Chowdhry, Redbridge Carnival Organizer, commmented, "It was great to have Whale of a time join us again this year. They have a talent for inculcating young minds with responsibility for the preservation of our world, in a manner that is both fun and informative. Their participation made an already special event into something spectacular that people of all ages could enjoy. "

Omar Moumeh (age 8) said, “I like cheaters because they are fast and strong and have nice black spots like pattern. ”

“I made a turtle and not a cheater because I would find it hard to make a cheater that can stand up for a long time. ”

"Children liked the activity and especially a it was outdoors. I made a sea turtle which I really enjoyed making. ”

"Me and my son Joe Roy made a lovely shark with some help from the person on the stall. His name is Sharkey the Shark ”

"Thank you, for helping Loue my little boy make a very nice and scary shark. ”

"I liked spraying the clay and squidging it with my fingers" (age 5)

Elanor (age 5) said, "I liked suidging the clay" "

"My daughter Aushika has realy enjoyed it. Thank you. ”

"Myself and my daughter had a great time, thank you! ”

"Myself and kids had a nice time! ”

"I made a fish with bubbles and I had a good time. ”

"I made a butterfly. I had a great time. ”

"I made a turtle and I had a good time. ”

"My daughter made a cup plate, snail and penguin. It's very enjoyable for me. ”

"Enjoyed the day! Will bring the kids for the next event. Even if it rains! ”

Georgia enjoyed making the models, staff were very helpful and interactive. Thank you. ”

4th June 2012

“I enjoyed a lot. Riya ”

“He was very happy and enjoyed. ”

"It was really fun. ”

"It was great fun and I hope I get another go. ”

"It was very fun and I like the workshop. ”

"I like the pedals of the flower"

Bagir (age 8) said, “I like the workshop because you can make things. ”

Hassan said “I like the birds they are very nice. ”

Zubeida said, “I enjoyed it because I had great fun. I made a leopard. ”

Ahmed said, “I had a great time and I made a lino lion and his name is liono. ”

Fadeen said, “I really enjoyed it a lot. I was enthusiastic when I made the rhino. I really loved it. ”

Ums said, “I really enjoyed making the orangutan. It was great fun. I hope to come again to make another endangered species. Best wishes. ”

"The workshop was great for my child because she could take part in it herself. The helpers were great. Thank you! ”

I love this workshop! Very educational! You can build your molding skills. I enjoyed this very much. I give it 5 stars! ***** ”

This workshop was very fun. I rate this workshop 5 stars ***** !!! ”

This workshop activity was fund to make models of dolphins! 5 stars ***** ”

Collin said “The concept is good for the children in shaping their ideas into clay molds. Definitely a good platform for the kids to harness their skills. ”

It was very good. I won’t forget how much help I got! ”

Urrashan (age 13) said, “It was very enjoyable and fun to do. I can't or will never forget the brilliant experience. ”

"I made a peacock"

"And me a shark!"

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"The event program ... was enhanced by the fantastic workshop put on by Whale of a Time. The workshop attracted hundreds of adults and children, truly inspiring intergenerational interactivity, embracing and releasing creativity. Feedback from visitors said that they found the workshop therapeutic and stimulated conversation whilst learning about endangered species. "

"It was well worth investing our time in working with Whale of a time!"
commented, Syed Haque, Community Leaders and Engagement Manager, London Borough of Newham

Kids really enjoyed it. Wouldn't use clay but couldn't resist.

Great for bringing the community together. Don't see much of these workshops.

It's very good for the kids. Something fun. They are enjoying it. Thank you!

Workshop is very good.

Good fun, love the dolphins, penguins, big cats.

It's very great having lots of fun with other children and families, thank you.

It's good fun, allowing children to be all creative. Many thanks!

Good for kids, nice to be creative.

This workshop was really cool!

Good fun, enjoy working with the clay. Although I did most of the work. (mother)

It's very creative for the kids. Need more workshops like this. Good for this kind of education. Good display.

Whale of a time is delighted to have been part of Whale of a Time at Beam Parklands, Spring 2012. Read full review ...

Ruth Clarricoates, Beam Parklands Community Ranger commented, We had a fantastic day at Beam Parklands Country Park, out in the fresh air. Everyone loved getting their hands messy and were amazed at how many different and amazing animals live in the parklands so near to where they live.

Thank you for entertaining the children.

Good idea!

Thank you for the clay it was really fun! Cherie, 13, Shelly, 12, Leia, 10, Bailey, 9, Sarah-Rose, 10, Michael, 8.

Whale of a time is delighted to have been part of Science Week at Hawthorns School. Read full review ...

Jo Hill, Hawthorn School, Science Week Coordinator, "Thanks again for a fantastic day - I know all the kids had a great time."

Whale of a time is delighted to have been part of WhaleFest in Brighton and Hove 2011. Read full review ...

Ian Rowlands, co-founder Planet Whale commented, “We are particularly delighted to welcome Whale of a Time to WhaleFest, as we share a mission to bring whales and dolphins and the marine environment to the widest possible audience. This is especially true in Brighton & Hove - the very place where the world took the decision to ban commercial whaling. "

Irene Schleining, Founder Whale of a Time commented, "Everybody was having a whale of a time at WhaleFest! What a great way to celebrate these magnificent beings of the oceans. Hundreds of children and adults participated in the Whale of a Time Workshop - one of our busiest workshops ever! We met inspiring guest speakers. There was so much to learn and share with everyone. The whale spirit was certainly present and WhaleFest set a milestone in whale history! "

Ian Rowlands, Co-Founder Planet Whale, WhaleFest commented, "A big part of what's made this event so cool is having Whale of a Time here. The kids have loved it. It's been a huge buzz all around the stand all day. The best thing we ever did was have these guys come here. ... WhaleFest exceeded our imagination. There's something about whales that even inspires people with even no interest in the natural world. It's great having Whale of a Time here to add to that success. "

Anne Meadows, Mayor of Brighton & Hove commented, "It's great fun. Children are exploring clay and the idea of ​​expressing themselves with the whales and dolphins. It's wonderful."

Mark Brownlow, BBC Producer of Ocean Giants commented, "Watching people of all ages enjoying making their favorite whale species .. It's things like this, which will really inspire people to get aware of the plight of whales and dolphins and do something about it so it's a fun way of engaging people and i think I'll have a go at it myself. "

David Rothenberg, Professor of Philosophy and Music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, author of "Thousand Mile Song" commented, "It's great to be here at WhaleFest and to see how many people are interested in whales, watching them, learning about them, making them ... and the Whale of a Time Workshop is so fun. They get all these kids making whales out of clay and thinking about whales. To see how much fun they are having - it's so great you're bringing these workshops all over the place where people are inspired thinking about whales and get the next generation excited about these important beautiful animals that are suffering there as we're hunting them and polluting their habitat. The more people appreciate animals the more we are gonna work to save them. Whale of a Time is right in the middle of that battle and struggle and it's doing a wonderful thing in a wonderful way to get kids to care about whales and spread the word ... It really makes me feel good and hopful about humanity that we can do something about the damage that we have done in the past and the next generation is gonna be different. "

Paulina Dixon, WhaleFest Crew commented, "The Whale of a Time stand was amazing, it touched many hearts with the love and joy that you gave to all .... It's very impressive, I can't believe what the children created. Amazing!"

Amanda, Dolphin Connection commented, "The children absolutely loved your stand and I heard from one parent that their child was drawing whales all the next day! ... I love it. The children are so engaged and they are learning so much. It really is the most amazing inspiration . Thank you very much for coming to WhaleFest. "

Mags Sorrell, WhaleFest Crew commented, "I'm here at this amazing workshop called" Whale of a Time ". Look at this amazing model of this whale. It's just a wonderful thing for children to be interacting like this."

A WhaleFest Volunteer commented, "There have been lots of children in the Whale of a Time stall all day. They had a lot of fun making clay whales. It's been absolutely packed and they really enjoyed it."

Irene Schleining, founder Whale of a Time commented: “We're excited to be part of the first ever WhaleFest! We need to do all we can to engage people in caring for our oceans as we are facing major challenges ahead in the next decades to come. That’s what we’re doing through Whale of a Time. "

WhaleFest Volunteer commented, "The Whale of a Time Workshop has been going really well. There's been a heap of kids at the workshop all day making all kinds of mess with the clay and it all looks like it's all gone really well. It's been really popular.

Gino, Hove Park Cafe commented, "This is a brilliant workshop, which you must all come to. It's inspiring for children, it makes them happy, it makes them create things about the environment, particularily use their knowledge around issues that will effect us for the rest of our lives. I live by the sea here in Brighton and there are so many endangered species that people aren't aware of. This is one way of raising their awareness, engaging young people and engaging the whole community. Please come along and enjoy yourselves. "

"We had a great time making our clay models of whale tails. We had a whale of a time!" Summer Wilson (age 9)

"I had a great time making my eel." Daniel Back (age 6)

"I really enjoyed making a seal out of clay. It was very fun!" Tom (age 10)

"I liked making the sperm whale out of clay. It was really fun." William (age 12)

"I love whales!" Anton

"We loved making clay whales and dolphins!"

"It was great fun." Celine Meyer

"Jimmy and Matilda loved the clay! It feels squishy!"

"We had such a lot of fun making a clay dolphin and turtle. Ivy Ann was lucky and had her picture taken with the Mayor!" Izzy and Ivy Ann

"The children had a fantastic time making clay whales and sharks. Very much hope you are back here again next year!"

"Nice idea!" Sophie from Poland

"Thank you for heling me! I had fun!" Finn (age 4)

"Loved it!" Saina (age 18)

"I love all the activities. It is so cool !!!!" Francesca (age 9)

"Really great clay and help making whales and dolphins. Martin loved it - Thank you! A brilliant idea to raise awareness." Emily & Mani, Brighton

"Really enjoyable and quite therapeutic - thanks!" Kaylee xx

"I liked making my model. Thank you!" Louisa

"Favorite activity of the day! - Loved it!" Hamish & Allan

"I love clay - clay with whales mixes well! My daughter made loads of stuff!"

"I enjoyed myself. I made 9 whales!" Ashley

"Thank you, it was lovely." Cat & Jasmine (age 5)

"I really enjoyed making creatures and it was very useful to have photos to help you." Holly

"G.V.I was here 2011 - 1st ever WHALEFEST! Wicked!"

Whale of a time is delighted to have been part of National Association of Gifted Children NAGC Explorers Club 2011. Read full review ...

Organizer's Comments included:

Sue Landaw said, "Thank you very much, on behalf of the children and parents who came along to our Explorers Club on Sunday 2nd October, for taking the time and trouble to make the afternoon so successful.

The evaluation forms have now been collated, and your activity was extremely well received by everyone. It received nearly all ones, meaning very enjoyable / super, and several twos, meaning very good.

We received lots of great comments - they included: "

"Whole thing was excellent"

"I had lots of fun when I was making the animals"

"Very good afternoon with interesting things to learn"

"Really good fun!"

We are delighted to have organized Whale of a Time at Beam Parklands Community Events in October 2011. Read full review ...

Ruth Clarricoates, Barking & Dagenham Community Park Ranger, commented, "Whale of a Time has been the most popular event out of all of them (Barking & Dagenham Community Park events) in the whole year."

Dominic, Community Park Ranger said, "Great fun workshop! Lots of cool animals."

Jessie Potts (3 1/2 years) and mother said, "Jessie made a lizard and butterfly. She's had great fun. She loves to get messy. She's excited about painting them when she gets home."

"Alice (7), George (10) and Grace (4) really enjoyed making clay models and learning about endangered animals. They are looking forward to painting them later. Great fun."

"Jaya (4) Really enjoyed being in the outdoors and making models."

"I had a good time making my woodpecker."

Debbie (mother) said, "Billy (2), Horry (4) had a good time making snakes in the parklands."

Poppy aged 8 said, "I loved this clay making. I hope to come here again. Thank you xxx"

Reeplo (7) said, "It was good."

Ellie Tayler (8) said, "It was very very good."

Emily and Oliver Pieles said, "We had a lot of fun with modeling. We love this so much. Thank you!"

Whale of a Time was delighted to be part of Redbridge Peace Concert 2011. Read full review ...

Organizers' comment included:

Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of Redbridge Carnival Association commented, "The Whale of a Time Workshop is awesome. I've seen children busy here all day long, really enjoying themselves, using the fun, creative workshop that you provide to learn about endangered species, about the environment and that's exactly what we want at our Peace Concert - Children of all diversities sitting together, talking together, sharing that moment, spreading peace and love. Thank you again to Whale of a Time, I remember you from the Redbridge Carnival, you did awesome. It's been brilliant to have Whale of a Time in Redbridge. They have been at two events now, Redbridge Carnival and the Redbridge Peace Event. Without them it just wouldn't have been the same. I just hope to see them growing from strength to strength and continuing in the same way, especially sharing the passion that they have shared with the people of Redbridge, with the wider London and UK community. "

Irene Schleining, Founder Whale of a Time commented, "It's been really really amazing today here being at the Redbridge Peace Concert we've had lots of people coming by and participating, and out message is about taking care of our planet, appreciating nature and looking after it. Thank you to everybody who has joined us. "

Participants' Comments included:

A mother said, "This whole activity just brought the child inside of me out. All my children are doing it and i'm the one who is enjoying it the most. It's absolutely brilliant. Activites where the parents can be involved should be done . "

A mother said, "I'm a mother of two and what I think about my children is that my children are very much aware about nature and they have a lot of feeling for nature for animals, for trees, for plants, that is why they think about conserving nature. It takes me by surprise that today's generation is so much more aware than it was in my time ... there is a lot of awareness today and that makes me very happy. "

A mother said, "I think it's the most important thing in this world, to conserve nature, we think about all materialistic things in this world, but the main thing we should think is about the place that we live in. So let's start thinking about conserving nature and think about how we can make our home on Earth more beautiful day by day. "

Elspeth, Whale of a Time Volunteer, said "This is my first time doing a Whale oa Time Workshop. I have noticed some kids get it straight away they spend ages making their little models and things and other kids i think they have never played with clay before they don't know what to do and I think it's a real first time experience for them, which is great. It's great for them to try these things and they seem to really enjoy it and are quite fascinated with what they are doing. So it's going well. "

A mother said, "As the name (Whale of a Time) suggests, I think children have a very important role in this project. I think as they are making models, they are also thinking about animals who live in forests as they rightly said just now (while making their models). So as they are in the making of animals you can see their interest in this project as they are modeling animals out of clay. I think they are trying to conserve nature at the same time because their aspirations and their interest in making these models of an animal or a bird, or for a whale it shows their interest in nature itself because they are interested in conserving, making more clay animals. So I think it's important that today's generation has this awareness and i 'm happy that this project has come around in Ilford. I think we should have more of these kinds. Well done for Whale of a Time. Good. Well done. "

A mother said, "It's really nice that we're trying our best to teach today's generation what their role is going to be in the next coming years, next centuries to come, where we can conserve nature and plant more trees and have all the animals to live around here. Myself and my children are vegans because the very thought of killing an animal gives (us) a lot of pain and trouble. I think the very feeling for conserving nature is important and it think that's a good thing. "

A boy (10) said, "It was easy and nice. I like it. It was interesting and fun. We have to care for the animals. We have to love them and take care of them coz animals are a part of our lives they are also like human beings.

Leah, Whale of a Time Volunteer, said, "The thing with kids in the city, you don't really see animals and you don't experience them. So be able to come here and have to think about animals and what they like and where they live it's quite different. it's quite a good experience. "

A mother said, "It's very creative and the kids learn more about everything. They do all mischief things and this is encouraging them to bring out their creativity from inside."

A boy (10) said, "It's nice to make them. I like elephants and animals and it's very interesting to make. It doesn't matter where it's from Asia or it's from Africa, it's an animal that's for sure. Protect them, love them and care for them. "

A father said, "It's quite useful for children that they learn about new things, they get to learn about art, and also how to respect animals as well."

A girl (9) said, "I made a duck and a nest with some chicks in it."

A girl (6) said, "The jungle is save for parots but (only) if they stop cutting down trees."

A mother said, "It's great coz children can learn from this."

A boy (8) said, "We could tell anybody who chops down the habitat to stop doing that."

A father said, "It is very interessting and it's good for the kids to build up their confidence, and see what they want to do. Good stuff. It's very helpful coz this is the time when you can really install this things in the kids that they gotta care for the envrionment. It's very useful and brings them closer to the animals and ecological things. "

A boy (8) said, "Tell the hunters, don't kill birds otherwise there will be no bird left in this world. So then all the birds which are living right now won't be there. Canarries won't be there , parrots won't be there. So that's why you should tell them, don't destroy all the animals. They are also attacking the forests as well so they can get the animals. We shouldn't do that because nature is in the forest. There is many things which will be in the forest which is useful. From trees you can make paper. If there wasn't any trees then you wouldn't have had paper and without paper then nobody would have studied. If nobody would have studied then there would be no education. So that's why trees and animals they are very important.

A girl (9) said, "It was cool and fun, very wet and sticky, it was nice."

A boy (11) said, "There are only 1000 (Iberian Lynx) left. Give them better habitats to stop them from being harmed."

Layla, Whale of a Time Volunteer, said "I live here, a lot of people really keep themselves to themselves. You were doing it here (Town Center), and I was thinking I don't know if people are coming forward to do it. Obviously all the children are here, they don't care, they just wanna do what makes them happy. So I was quite surprised how responsive people were. I thought it was really good. "

A girl (8) said, "I made a camel because I like camels and i never made clay animals before. I really enjoyed myself. I'd like to do it again."

A mother said, "Yeah, it's really fun and it's enjoyable. I would like to learn for myself because I just completed my social worker degree course and I want to focus more on the children so I find it interesting for me to learn something. "

A boy (6) said, "Save them, make the hunters don't do it."

A mother said, "Definately it will make them aware about the nature, to reuse water and to recycle plastic."

Whale of a Time was delighted to be part of Mayor's Thames Festival. Read full review ...

Organizer's comment included:

"Whale of a Time were a great addition to this year's Thames Festival, providing a popular, creative and fun workshop for both children and parents" Ros Croker, Program Manager Mayor's Thames Festival

Participants' Comments included:

"I made a crab and a seal. Thanks my son had a lovely time. We came last year and its just as lovely - Thank you!" Sarah

"Thank you very much for this! Your biggest fan!" Jessie

"We had a fantastic time! The staff members were very friendly!" Haje Elijah

"I had a great time and the staff helped me a lot. Thank you!"

"Had a great time! I hope this will help the fish!" Niamh

"My son and myself had a fantastic time! Thanks!" Youngs Farmers, Surrey Dock

"I loved making my elephant." Alaae

"I enjoyed it! Thank you!" Natasha

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"A great way of subtley introducing children to the need to care for our endangered species. - Well done."

"Thank you, fantastic experence, very good tactile experience."

"My daughter enjoyed the workshop - She learned about endangered animals and why animals are being destroyed and killed."

"Kids enjoyed and learned about animals to take care of them. Thanks a lot." Noreen xxx

"Anushka (3 years) really loved handling the clay and making flowers which ended up as rabbits. Thank you."

"Thank you it was amazing. My bro and sis loved it too !! (12 years, 9, 8)

"It was really really good."

"It was a lovely time and it was free!" Adil (9 years)

"This is cool." Arbaaz (15 years)

"I enjoyed playing and making animals with the clay." Sofia

"Good time had by all." Jason and Simon

"Great fun for the kids. Recommend it." Naveed

"My kids enjoyed making clay figures. Thank you!"

"My daughter loved it."

"I loved it."

Whale of a time was proud to be part of Abbey Green Fun Day and the Green Roadshow. Read full review ...

Participants' Comments included:

"Yasmine had an excellent time making the snail and turtle, thank you!"

Tana Marie and Bradley Jamieson had a really good time and fond it very interesting!

"I had a good time!"

"Very enjoyable and creative time!"

"Informative and fun!"

"Andre (age 5) had a great time making a clay fish, than you!"

"My son Ishaan and daughter Simar had a great time making a clay tortois and dolphin."

"Our three children liked playing with the clay animals"

"My little niece had great time in the workshop!"

"Enjoyed the experience, it was the first time for my son and he enjoyed making a tiger. Thank you!"

"Enjoyed it very much! We liked making a leopard, thank you!"

"I really like it coz I love art!"

"My ddarling had a lovely time making a bird."

"I really enjoy it, it was really fun! I love animals!"

"I done a fish and lots of stuff!"

"I've had much fun doing things like animals i love it! I wish i can do it again!"


"We had lots of fun, thank you!"

"Would love to join in again!"

"We really enjoyed ourselves making a turtle and a beetle thank you!" Georgia

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"A real fun family time! Thank you!"

"It was brilliant and we loved getting dirty, thanks!"

"Had a great time, relaxing atmosphere."

"Very nice friendly people and very helpful."

"Excellent workshop, great fun for children and adults!"

"It was very fun and creative. I really had a great time and would recommend to all ages!"

"Very fun and interesting to learn about endangered species. Thank you!"

"Thank you! A fantastic project with big love! Keep on doing what you do!"

"James had a lovely time making a whale - he loves whales and sharks! Thank you from James and his mummy and daddy!"

"It was really fun and i would like to encourage others to do it!" Beynon

I had a very good time making it. "Millie

"It was very very fun." Ella

"Thank you for allowing me to make my clay whale," Fifionn Lloyd

"A very good time spent - thank you!"

"It was fun and sweet" Natty 8

"Very educational and fun for the kids especially my 9 month old who was eating the clay."

"Girls got very engaged - enjoyed it!"

"Very fun and really cool."

"It is very creative and it was really fun."

"It was awesome."

"I love it"

"It was very easy and I loved it"

Whale of a time was proud to be part of ‘Coastal Capers' at Hunstantion in Norfolk. Read full review ...

Joanne Prendergast, Education Officer / Coastal Capers and Living Seas Program Organizer, Norfolk Wildlife Trust said, "... I just wanna say a big thank you to Whale of a Time for coming to our event today. It's been absolutely fabulous. The kids have loved every minute of it and the message that you get across to help us with the marine campaign and the work we do is absolutely brilliant. Thank you very much! "

Participants' Comments included:

"It was my favorite activity!" Paige Smith (8)

"It was epic and fun." Christian

"Very fun definately doing it again next year." Sam

"Very nice friendly people and very helpful."

"I think this is a good thing for children to do as it gets them thinking about nature."

"Great time, thank you. A really fun and creative way to learn about marine species!" Maddison and Darcy Beales (3, 1)

"We loved getting dirty. Thanks. X"

"It was very good"

"It was very good and my son had lots of fun making his seal."

"I had loads of fun, thank you" Haydn (age 8)

"I done a starfish, everyone helped me. I need it." Nicole

"I think that this is a very good activity and I really enjoyed it."

"I loved this activity because it's fun and enjoyable."

"What a fab activity! Jack loved it." (5)

"How wonderful and so much fun! Thank you!" Billy aged 8 years

"Had a fantastic time making a clay seal! Thank you!" Millie aged 9 on holiday in Sunny Munny!

"Great to sculpt! Thanks!" Noah, Eve, Faith Fox (5, 2 & 2 years)

"Really enjoyed working with the clay to make a sea animal." Danielle and Skye Harrowing (7 & 5)

"It was very fun making clay animals." Leah, age 10

"Grace Bradley had lots of fun !!"

"I enjoyed it!" Eliza (7)

"I had fun." Ruby (5)

"It was really fun and creative." Mollie (11)

"Really fun" William (7)

"I enjoyed this very much." Dotty Harrimon (7)

"It was very fun" Ryan (8)

"I think today was super fun!" Adam (11)

"Really enjoyed it." Edward (7)

"I loved it." Zak;)

"I really enjoyed this activity!"

"I enjoyed it. It was fun." Jordan

"I like." (2)

"I enjoyed it." Lydia :)

"The workshop was really fun!"

"It was super fun and I loved it." Jack A.

"It was brilliant and fun."

"I had a very good time making it." Millie

"It was very very fun." Ella

Whale of a time was proud to be part of ‘Green Gathering 'in Chepstow in Wales. Read full review ...

Simon Craig, Craft Area Co-ordinator for The 2011 Green Gathering, said that, "Whale of a Time is a truely wonderful workshop that brings to life the plight of endangered animals through a clay making workshop. Irene and her staff are excellent, patient , well informed teachers, who make the experience of learning truely fun. I am very pleased that they chose to grace The 2011 Green Gathering with their workshop as I saw many happy children loving making whales, turtles, and other endangered animals and leaving not just with what they made, but also the message of how important all these creatures are to the wealth and beauty of our planet. I would be more than happy to recommend this workshop to all educators and environmental campaigners who are looking to bring to life the true plight of those creatures that human activities have endangered. A big "thank you" to Whale of a Time for their efforts at this year's event. "

Participants' Comments included:

"Great, nice space to relax to be creative, thanks!"

"A whale of a time! Keep eating those seeds";) Rik

"Eric the elephant was born here! Lovely - many thanks" Gran Tefan

"Thank you for a really lovely time here. Your work is really inspiring." Eliane

"I will think before I buy things. Thanks" Paul and Ranka

"Had a great time - soooooooooooooooooooorelaxing. Thank you" Kes xxx

"A lovely afternoon - where did the time go?" Cathy, Thomas and Christopher xxx

"We both had a fabulous time! Several animals created to take home and paint. Thank you very much!" Mady and Lynn xx

"I like doing creative style."

"I like this workshop because there is a space for endangered species"

"I liked doing the animals because it was big fun and a good space." Max

"Great, thank you. We loved making our whale." Claire and Olly

Whale of a time was proud to be part of ‘Eco City Living 'at Barnard Park in Islington. Read full review ...

Lawrence O'Sullivan, Community Ranger, Environment & Regeneration Department, Islington Council, said, "Whale of a Time the event and Greenspace had an excellent day at Barnard Park. - A good time was had by all."

Participants' Comments included:

"Fantastic for the children, my daughter had a great time. Thank you to the friendly staff."

"Great fun. My son enjoyed himself. All the children seemed to be having a great time."

"It was nice. Good idea for the children who can make something using their hands."

"My children Grace and George really enjoyed making animals. It was a great free activity! Many thanks!" Katie

"Mu daughter Skye enjoyed the clay making activity very much." Sacha

"Great FUN !! Isabella really enjoyed it !!" Anita

"I had great fun with you" Isabella

"A great day which was enjoyed by many children and adults. Great work!

"Lots of fun!" I'll definately be volunteering with Whale of a Time again! "Leah

Whale of a time was proud to be part of ‘Beam Parlands Community Launch '. Read full review ...

Ruth Clarricoates, Park Ranger at Beam Parklands said, "We are at the launch event at Beam Parklands space, that has just started. One of the activities is Whale of a Time. We have had lots of kids interested in it. It's really great for us because this site is very much about nature and wildlife and things that are rare and quite special. For us to get the community involved in that through some very hands on activities, especially getting a bit muddy with the clay, getting a little bit wet and getting their hands stuck in is everything that we are about. It fits really nicely i think we will be using Whale of a Time again to do some British species ... we have got some water voles on site and they are very rare. . maybe we some clay water voles in future as well! Yeah! we think it's been great so thanks for coming! "

Michael Parr, The Land Trust, said "Whale of a Time really added value to our event. Children and adults alike had a fab and fun time modeling whilst also learning important environmental lessons."

Participants' Comments included: