Visitors to Bristol’s shopping quarter will find unexpected beach scenes in the courtyard of the New Room, otherwise known as John Wesley’s Chapel, on the mornings of Wednesday 8 and 15 August.

The education team at the New Room, together with members of the Ark Bus team, are transforming the courtyard into a drop-in summer activity centre with seaside-buckets-full of child-appeal.

The beach scene will feature a sand pit, holiday-themed craft tables and a treasure hunt. A gazebo and deckchairs will be available for the grown-ups, as a relaxing alternative to retail therapy, and coffee and cake are available in the award-winning on-site café.

In keeping with the New Room’s green credentials, recycled and reclaimed materials will form the basis of most of the children’s craft activities.

At introductory sessions, one of the favourite craft activities was to create a fish to add to the shoal which features on the courtyard wall, swimming alongside a display that challenges participants to reflect on the use of plastics and its impact on the marine environment.

The New Room’s remaining two ‘Beach Bonanza’ mornings will run from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday 8 and 15 August. All activities at the drop-in sessions are free of charge. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The entrance to the New Room’s courtyard is opposite Boots on Broadmead, with an alternative entrance (through their café) on The Horsefair opposite Primark. Baby changing facilities and accessible toilets are available on-site.