This interactive, sensory workshop introduces the language of poetry through storytelling. Children immerse themselves in the poem by exploring blackberry bushes in our Sensory Garden, before writing and painting with blackberry ink. Children finish their workshop with a tasty snack of scones and pancakes topped with homemade blackberry jam.

Learning Objectives

During this workshop children will:

  • hear stories of the people and places which inspired Seamus Heaney during a ‘mini tour’ of our exhibition.
  • discuss poetic techniques and emotions found in the poem or adapted story
  • investigate the lifecycle of blackberries
  • experiment with a variety of media and tools to produce artwork

Blackberry-Picking workshop enables children to:

  • present ideas and information with some structure and sequence
  • use a range of comprehension skills, both oral and written, to interpret and discuss texts
  • express their own and interpret others’ feelings and emotions
  • experiment with a range of media, materials, tools and processes
  • justify their responses logically, by inference, deduction and/or reference to evidence within the text
  • consider how living things survive
  • develop their management of a range of feelings and emotions and the feelings and emotions of others
  • experiment with a range of media, materials, tools and processes

Booking Information


Monday-Friday throughout year


£6 per pupil

Out & About Community Transport have suggested favourable rates, especially on Mondays and Fridays, may be available for schools in the Magherafelt District.

Contact 028 79300123 for more information.

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Seamus Heaney Home

An excellent experience- pitched perfectly which thoroughly engaged and enthused the pupils.

St Patrick’s PS, Mullanaskea

A fabulous day – pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience- the audio was brilliant

Edendork PS

The team were very engaging and supportive to the children. They made learning fun and meaningful. The children gained a lot from this experience

Magherafelt PS

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