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.’
Craig, Bromley Town Centre Manager


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 & Mermaids, we have workshops for all calendar events from Easter to Halloween and a huge range of themes - Dinosaur WorldCircus, 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 artworks for  parades and site specific installations, so if you have a particular idea in mind talk to us.


Pirates & Mermaids


Bugs World







Special Events

Bigger and Bespoke Projects  

Cards for all occasions


Hat making

Grow your own

Chinese New Year

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.

Bookings  - Once the cost and details have been agreed we will send you a confirmation e-mail, risk assessment and PLI documentation.

Cancellations 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: 830 7751 29
Makendoo have Public Liability Insurance to £5,000,000  

About Us

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.


Just a sample of what we do.


Just a sample of what we do.

Katy English and Gabrielle Bradshaw
m: 07958 738067

168 Forest Hill Road
London SE23 3QR