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Want to help build a beach hut?

Traditional Skills Workshops with Boat Builder, Ben Neville

As part of the beach hut project we are delighted to offer 5 free, practical workshops led by local boat builder Ben Neville. In each workshop you will be taken through a traditional construction technique using timber and a range of tools and finishes.

During the workshop you will make part of a prototype hut and this piece will be used in an exhibition taking place on West Bay, July 2022. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the local heritage of beach huts, West Bay and the We are building a beach hut project.

You do not need any prior experience to take part in workshops, just a willingness to learn, ask questions and support this project. Places are free, but limited and are open to anyone over the age of 18. Workshops take place on Wednesdays in a variety of locations in Dunoon including: Dunoon Burgh Hall, The POP shop and West Bay.


Make a tool, use a tool

Dunoon Burgh Hall, Wednesday, 25 May 2022 at 9am - 12:45pm

Traditional Basic Joinery

Dunoon Burgh Hall, Wednesday, 25 May 2022 at 1.15pm - 5pm

Boat Builder's Hut roof

Grass in front of Argyll College, West Bay, Wednesday, 1 June 2022 at 10am - 6pm

Coppiced Hazel Woven Viewing panels

Morag's Pavillion, (near play park, West Bay) Victoria Parade, Wednesday, 29 June 2022 at 10am - 2pm

Frame the View

POP shop Wednesday, 6 July 2022 at 10am - 6pm

Additional workshops may become available, so please contact Claire Hallybone if you want to be involved, but can’t make any of the above times and dates.

With support from the CHArts: Heritage Horizons, workshops are also taking place at Dunoon Grammar School to give young people an opportunity to take part in this project.

The We are building a beach hut project is a community led design initiative developed by Tacit Tacit and a local team of creative practitioners based at the POP shop, Dunoon.

The project is delivered in partnership with the Dunoon Area Alliance and Dunoon CARS project, and aims to involve people living in the area with the regeneration of West Bay through exploring the heritage of beach huts and looking at how the natural and built environment will be impacted by climate change.


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