Banbury care home residents take part in worldwide art festival

Residents at a care home in Banbury picked up their pencils and went back to the drawing board for The Big Draw Festival 2021.

Residents at Highmarket House care home, in Banbury, teamed up with Rainbows Day Nursery for the Big Draw Festival 2021 (submitted photo)
Residents at Highmarket House care home, in Banbury, teamed up with Rainbows Day Nursery for the Big Draw Festival 2021 (submitted photo)

Residents and team members at Care UK’s Highmarket House, on North Bar Place, have partnered with pioneering charity, The Big Draw, for a third successful year to promote the therapeutic benefits of drawing for expression and promoting positive wellbeing.

As part of their event, residents and team members joined forces with Rainbows Day Nursery for a host of bumblebee-themed art activities, including a draw-along session in the home’s cinema for residents. The works of art created throughout the month have been turned into an impressive collage as an ode to nature and its wonders and is now on display in the home.

Launched in 2000 as part of the ‘Campaign for Drawing,’ the month-long Big Draw Festival promotes drawing as a tool for learning, and invention, and has encouraged over four million people to get arty since its inception.

‘Make the Change,’ this year’s theme, focuses on the relationship between people and their living environments, and offers a great opportunity for older people to reminisce about their favourite nature spots, how the environment has changed, and look to the future at what action can be taken to help safeguard the natural world in light of the climate crisis.

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“Intergenerational relationships have proven to be incredibly enriching, as they provide an opportunity for younger and older generations to learn from each other. These relationships can be particularly beneficial for older people, as they can offer a sense of purpose and prompt conversations as residents reflect on their younger years.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to Rainbows Day Nursery for taking part, and we can’t wait to join forces again soon for some more arty fun!”

After a successful participation in the Big Draw Festival in the past two years, Care UK renewed its partnership in 2021 as the main health and social care partner and leading the way in changing perceptions of life in a care home by promoting activity-based care and encouraging other care homes to follow suit. Across the country, Care UK homes have been getting creative and working with their local communities virtually to create works of art around the theme ‘Make the Change.’

For more information on Highmarket House see their website here: find out more about Care UK’s partnership with the Big Draw, and for more top tips on how you and your loved ones can get involved at home, visit find out more about the Big Draw festival, please go to