CREATIVE young people are being invited to sign up to free ‘zine’ making sessions on board a narrow boat moored on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Skipton.

Part of the Great Place: Lakes and Dales programme, which aims to encourage younger people to live and work in the Dales, the 'Water Shed' sessions offer 14 to 19 year olds the chance to work on various making activities in a creative space.

Organiser Marie Millward said: “The Water Shed’s maiden voyage was a great success with lots of positivity and fantastic canal and Skipton-themed zines made. It was a lovely relaxed creative activity. It’s not too late to join in as we have more sessions to come, featuring different activities including music, song writing, stories and photography.”

Lindsey Hebden, GPLD programme manager, said: “We love the idea of a cosy boat providing a space for younger people to let their imaginations and originality run riot. It’s just one example of how our area can inspire and enthuse creativity.”

The Water Shed is also connected with Ignite Yorkshire, a project working with young people in Skipton alongside North Yorkshire Youth – a charity providing youth clubs and mentoring support for young people across the county. Also involved is Canal Connections, which works with communities on Yorkshire’s canals.

Places for the Water Shed are free and include pizza, but they must be booked in advance by contacting or by texting 07803 628538. The remaining sessions are today (Thursday), tomorrow; and on November 14 and November 15 between 5pm and 7.30pm and on Sunday November 17 from 11am -3pm.