London embraces the Big Draw

A month-long event is aiming to encourage more people to become creative across the UK this month.

The Big Draw is an annual event and there are numerous events being held in the capital city that will appeal to those staying in central London hotels.

Throughout October, venues will be putting on special workshops aimed at people who enjoy drawing as well as those who believe they have little artistic talent.

A number of London's top attractions are involved in the popular event including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.

Towards the end of the month, the Big Draw comes to HMS Belfast. Based on the theme of underwater, a series of special workshops will be held during half-term to encourage children to think about art related to the water of the River Thames and items lying on the river bed.

The Big Draw at HMS Belfast takes place from 11am to 4pm from October 27nd October to November 4th.

HMS Belfast reopened in May of this year after an extensive refurbishment programme to improve and preserve the famous vessel.

Phil Reed, Director of HMS Belfast, explained: "HMS Belfast shows first-hand what it was like to live and work on board a warship. Since her arrival on the Thames, more than 40 years ago, she has grown to be a national symbol of the efforts and endurance of sailors who took part in the Arctic Convoys, D-Day, the Cold War and Korea."

Entry to the shop costs £14 for adults and £11.20 for concessions. Children aged under 16 are free of charge. HMS Belfast is a short walk from London Bridge underground station on the Northern and Jubilee lines and Tower Hill on the District and Circle lines.

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