Online storytelling adventure

Do you enjoy story-telling and adventures? Then sign up today for a journey into the Forest-Garden City with Chief Story Inventor Oliver Wallace.

This live, free, online storytelling adventure for 7-10 year olds is taking place on Saturday at 11am and we have limited places – so please sign up today!

Patchlarks’ chief story inventor, Oliver invites you to zoom into his storytelling cabin and help discover a unique tale from the mysterious and quirky Forest–Garden City.

A crackling transmission has come through our Story-scope from a strange, green city in a world just sideways of ours. What at first thought was radio static was actually the rustling of millions of leaves. Imagine a city that’s also a forest? What wonderful characters live there? What mysteries does it contain? What stories can we find? We have to explore!

Using our imagination-powered Story-scope we’ll go on an interactive storytelling adventure, where we make up what happens, together. Will we uncover mysteries, change the fate of the city, or help someone with their very important shopping? Who knows? The only things we know for sure is that we are bound to find a story and have a brilliant time doing it.

After the session Oliver will transform the story we find into an illustrated digital Postcard from the Forest-Garden City that will be available online. Sessions are 40 minutes and we have just ten places per session so that everyone can join in fully.

Booking a place* means booking a screen and you could have two or three people there if you like.

Note that the session is aimed at 7-10 year olds and there should be someone in this age range on the screen, but playful older and younger siblings (and adults) are most welcome! 

Booking via Eventbrite.

This event is hand made by Patchlarks. Find out more at or on Instagram @patchlarks


Every School and Family Invited to Create and Make!

Forest of Imagination have put together a feast of Forest creative ideas and inspiration, to share with teachers, carers and students. Designed in collaboration with Forest Artists in celebration of 10.10.20 TEDx Bath, TED Countdown and The Big Green Draw

This invitation to schools includes seven unique lines of creative enquiry, initial preparation for teachers and suggestions about what the imaginative co-enquiry process with your students may involve. Please share this free creative tool with colleagues, parents and carers!

View the invitation here.


A Climate of Change

Forest of Imagination and The Big Draw join forces

Forest of Imagination and The Big Draw join forces during the pandemic to shine a light on the importance of nature and creativity in our wellbeing.

Harnessing the power of their collective message, and to promote the importance of creativity and collaboration; Forest of Imagination will work alongside The Big Draw, supporting a shared vision in response to the climate emergency, endorsing the positive viewpoint that ‘A Climate of Change’ is essential using creativity as a tool for change.

Working Together 

The two arts organisations will reach out to work with artists and organisations, encouraging them to respond to the climate crisis, through at-home re-invention, making, drawing, singing, writing and many other forms of expression. To further distribute their message of ‘A Climate of Change’ by building a radical and creative response together.

Local and international artists will bring a collection of videos, interviews, news and blog posts to support the importance of creativity, drawing and making to a broader audience. These will be shared on our mutual social media platforms and right here on our website.

Dr Penny Hay, co-founder of Forest of Imagination and House of Imagination said: “This is a wonderful and creative collaboration with big themes and key messages in response to the climate emergency – it is an invitation for everyone to get involved in a conversation about our collective imagination and how we can work together to make a difference”.



Forest of Imagination 2020

We are sewing the seeds and coming up with ideas on how to keep everyone connected with Forest of Imagination 2020

In 2020 & 2021 Forest of Imagination will create a radical response to the global environmental crisis through creativity & research

This year, the award-winning arts event was due to return to the city of Bath with its multi-sensory array of outdoor participation art installations, workshops, architecture, sculptures and audio experiences inviting the entire city to participate…

…However, due to COVID-19 and its impact, we are doing our best to create a virtual Forest of Imagination across the world, to everyone’s imagination alive in this time of crisis.

We will continue to work with artists, collaborators, architects, musicians, writers, sponsors, businesses, local and global organisations as the roots of Forest’ reach around the globe.


For updates please visit

Forest of Imagination 2019

Discover a free, fantastical forest and outdoor gallery right in the heart of Bath! Designed by a collective of local and international artists and creative professionals. Forest of Imagination will transform areas around the Holburne and Sydney Gardens into wondrous sensory installations and architectural artworks, with creative activities for all ages.

Forest of Imagination is returning to the World Heritage City of Bath for its sixth year. Everyone is welcome!

View the 2019 event programme here.

View the Schools’ flyer.

Schools can book a visit on 21 and/or 24 June 2019.

Please contact Sarah Macdonald:


Please visit the FOI website for more details

To make a donation towards the event, please visit our Local Giving page.

We hope to see you in the Forest…

Forest of Imagination 2018

Forest of Imagination (FOI) is a four-day participatory, contemporary arts event and creative learning programme delivered by a collaborative team of local creative organisations in Bath. The event transforms a familiar public place into an inclusive space for contemporary creativity and intuitive play, offering an immersive experience for participants through interactive installations, artworks and workshops. Forest of Imagination is free and open to all.

Please visit the FOI website for more details

To make a donation towards the event, please visit our Local Giving page.

We hope to see you in the Forest…