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Jun 10 / edwardsj

Workshop : Technology for Fun!

Join Caroline Alliston at Orinoco on Thursday 29th October for an exciting Technology for Fun workshop.

In this fun practical workshop you will design, build and test your own working models made from recycled and everyday materials.

Make balloon buggies and use them to learn about forces, energy transfer, wheels, axles and bearings.

Make pizza-base sailing boats and learn about materials, flotation, air and water resistance.

Make teddy zip wires and learn about gravity and centre of gravity.

You will also be able to try out other models, including a motorised chair-o-plane for Lego men, vibrating brush monster, marble run, ballista, teddy buggy, coloured spinner, lighthouse, spectroscope, cardboard box house with doorbell, lights and fan and many more projects.

Discover how you could run these projects at your school, club or Scout/Guide troop, and take away the models you have made. Mechanical design engineer Caroline Alliston, author of the popular Technology for Fun series, will be leading the session, and will also be happy to sign books. Check out the website to find out more.

The session costs £15 per participant and is open to adults or children (recommended age 7-13) with an accompanying adult. Contact Chris Bonfiglioli, Manager at Orinoco, on 01865 761113 or 07960 661748 to book your place.

Jun 1 / Chris

Summer of Play has started!

Orinoco Summer of Play

The Orinoco Summer of Play has started with a dazzle at the Headington Festival!  A friendly pirate did spot the ship despite its dazzling camouflage.

You can read about the original ships here:

Dazzle Ships on Wikipedia.

Orinoco will be doing play days across the county this summer with more dazzling creativity from everyone who comes along to get creative.

We are still raising funds for a new van, so please let us know if you can help with that.


Dazzle Ship with Pirate


Not sure who this is.

Dazzle Ship

Apr 29 / Chris

Another bag made from Orinoco fabric

Made with the help of the Carol Parks bag book, some velvet, a scrap of Sanderson cotton, an old button and a length of curtain tie back.



Velvet BagBag by Bonfiglioli – Fabric by Orinoco

Velvet Bag

Velvet Bag

Apr 29 / Chris

Upcycled Ladder

 This old wooden ladder looks lots nicer now it has been painted with lovely Orinoco Paint.






Apr 24 / Chris

Amazing Stuff Incoming

Have fun at the molecular level?

We have lots of amazing stuff in. Make your own kite? The world in the palm of your hand? Build a tetrahedron, or a bucky ball? Make your own larger than life molecules? Make a model of your own DNA? Also lots of fine lining material just in. Large cardboard drums are also back in stock!  More garden tools available – lots of hand tools. read more…