Makendoo run painting and making workshops for children of all ages. With over twenty years of experience we can provide creative entertainment for every event, perfect for festivals, fun days, corporate events and shopping centres. We have a huge range of workshops and themes so whether you are looking for Halloween entertainment for your centre, a pirate theme for your fun day or parade banners for a festival talk to us.

‘Fantastic! Unforgettable! Now one of the family, Makendoo provide lots of colour and
lots of laughter as a regular feature of our summer programme. Not to be missed!’

Sara Clews, Jersey Arts Centre

Makendoo were brilliant, nothing was a problem and they coped with the numbers beautifully.
We would certainly use them again, very professional and had a lovely approach with the kids and parents.
The masks/hats etc were fabulous and the kids had a ball creating them.’


Makendoo drop in workshops can accommodate large numbers at busy events and our simple makes ensure everyone goes home with artworks to be proud of. As well as classics such as Jungle, Carnival and Pirates and Mermaids, we have workshops for all calendar events from Easter to Halloween and a huge range of themes - Dinosaurs World, Circus, and Space to name just a few. - We are constantly creating new designs and can theme for specific events such as The Royal Wedding or the Olympics. We can also run workshops to create bigger projects such as parades or site specific installations, so if you have a particular idea in mind talk to us.









Chinese New Year

St Patricks day





Special Events

Bespoke themes

Cards for all occasions


Bigger projects

Historical events

Useful information

Makendoo workshops are ideal for shopping centres, festivals, fun days, and community projects. We have evolved to thrive at busy events and our workshops are suitable for children of all ages. Our classic makes, generally masks, hats and small banners, painted and decorated with glitter and ribbons, are quick and simple, ensuring that everyone leaves the workshop with artworks to be proud of, lasting souvenirs of a great day out.
Times and numbers - Our standard day consists of 2 x 2 hour workshops with a break in between, during this time we can get through up to 260 participants. Working a drop in system kids can join in at any stage during the workshop and can spend as long as they like creating their artwork, usually 15-30 minutes for standard makes. Children remain the responsibility of their accompanying adult. We can run longer sessions and accommodate higher numbers by arrangement. We can also run closed workshops for smaller numbers of kids to create more complex artworks or group projects.
Makes and materials - At our drop in workshops we like to keep things simple in order that everyone can achieve amazing results. Whatever the theme kids get to choose from a variety of makes, eg a Pirates and Mermaids workshop will include pirate hats, mermaid tiaras, pirate and mermaid masks, parrots, dolphins, seahorses and fish on fishing rods. We use recycled card, paint (child friendly and washable) and biodegradable glitter. We have plenty of paint free options such as puppet making or card making and we are constantly coming up with new designs for specific events so talk to us if you have anything specific in mind.
Set up  - Makendoo workshops are self-contained, well controlled and leave no mess. We provide two members of staff and all materials, equipment and signage. Our standard set up uses 3 trestle tables which we can bring if the organiser can not provide, we do not normally use chairs. We are happy to work indoors or outdoors though we do require the organiser to provide wet weather cover. The workshop needs approx 4 x 4 m of space though we are very flexible and can adapt to most spaces. Unless otherwise arranged we will arrive 1 hour before first workshop to set up. We generally require parking for one vehicle.
Bookings and cancellations - Once the cost and details have been agreed we will send you a confirmation e-mail, risk assessment and PLI documentation - Cancelations are free up to 3 weeks before date, up to 48 hours before date 50% of fee, less than 48 hours 100% of fee liable.
Makendoo is a limited liability company.
VAT registered no
Makendoo have Public Liability Insurance to £5000,000 

About us

Makendoo was established by
Katy English and Gabrielle Bradshaw

Gabrielle and Katy met at Camberwell School of Art and later collaborated on several children’s arts films for the BBC. In 1992 they set up Makendoo, running creative workshops for children of all ages at festivals, corporate events and in Shopping Centres. The business quickly grew and within a couple of years they were running workshops all over the UK and beyond. Regular bookings include Glastonbury Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and Cushendun Big Arts Weekend. They have also travelled as far afield as Singapore, Arab Emirates and Australia.
 Gabrielle and Katy have always been passionate about getting kids to discover, enjoy and develop their own creative skills and over the years they have built up a team of artists and workshop leaders who feel the same way. Parades, festivals, fun days and celebratory events are all brought to life with the addition of colourful workshops and children are always thrilled and proud to take home artworks they have created themselves. A vibrant and lasting reminder of a great day out.

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Just a sample of what we do.

Katy English and Gabrielle Bradshaw
m 07958738067

168 Forest Hill Road
London SE23 3QR