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Photos: Charlotte Graham, Matt Cooper, Sarah Lesser-Moor

Grue 2021

By Wintercroft 

Produced by ARCADE 

Commissioned by the Old Parcels Office Arts Centre, Scarborough


Grue; A magical alternative Christmas adventure in the Old Parcels Office in Scarborough in December 2021. Grue took its name from an historic word for snow or shiver and was a festive walk-through experience taking families on a journey through forest, town, sea and sky.



293 community volunteer builders

34 hours of free papercraft tuition for the local community

Open for 36 hours, with 36 bookable slots 

8 artist-led workshops on environmental themes for 120 children from Gladstone Road School

Over 1400 audience members and 1121 ticket sales


Here's a video of Shan, our trainee producer, making one of the houses! 


Community Build Workshops

Community members got involved in the project by attending building sessions - creative, relaxed and fun workshops. Here they built cardboard houses, trees and walls which all became part of the final experience. Templates and advice were provided by world-class artist Steve Wintercroft, so no experience was necessary. 


Volunteers joined in the workshops across four dates in November 2021. The drop-in Community Build Days at The Old Parcels Art Centre, a wheelchair accessible venue with an accessible toilet.


The build days were suitable for the whole family and it was possible for the community to get involved from home too, using three different A4 templates provided by artist Steve Wintercroft.  Once the cardboard creations were complete volunteers were asked to drop them off at The Old Parcels Office Arts Space during one of ARCADE’s build sessions. These can be found below – feel free to keep the magic of Grue alive by creating your own cardboard build now!

A magical, immersive experience

​4 - 21 DECEMBER 2021


Grue was designed to be as accessible as possible, with a ‘Pay What You Can’ entrance fee, and a wheelchair accessible venue. The experience was designed to be intimate, with only 6 people booked per slot. With plenty to marvel at and discover, visitors were also given the opportunity to make their own decoration at the end of the experience, cuppa in hand.


Built by the community and made entirely out of recycled and repurposed materials, the 20-minute final walkthrough experience delivered a clear message about what is possible with a bit of imagination and your leftover Christmas packaging.

Grue by Wintercroft, produced by ARCADE, commissioned by the Old Parcels Office Arts Centre Scarborough, funded by Yorkshire Coast BID and supported by Invisible Dust.

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