Bexley's bid to be borough of culture is getting a helping artists hand in a free workshop for kids.

The workshops will be lead by Tessa Garland, an internationally renowned artist, in Market Place, Bexleyheath.

The temporary pop-up workshops will use the work of Roald Dahl and characters such as Willy Wonka as inspiration.

Ms Garland will help budding artists create their own lanterns ahead of the borough's first lantern parade.

Cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure, Councillor Peter Craske said: “This is chance for local children to use their imaginations and get creative, guided by an artist who has exhibited worldwide at some very well-known galleries. It’s also about giving residents in the borough the chance to come together as a community during the festive season.

“These are the kind of community events that make us the very best candidate for the title of London Borough of Culture! Make sure you #backthebexleybid.”

The workshops will be held every Saturday from 11am to 4pm for the next month in the old Bensons Bed Shop.

The lantern workshops and parade have been commissioned by Bexley Council and will be delivered by Bow Arts, in partnership with the Bexleyheath Business Improvement District.

Tony Garratt, town centre manager, Bexleyheath business improvement district, said: “We are proud to sponsor this fantastic event. It shows what can be done with vacant space whilst offering young families further opportunity to enjoy Bexleyheath during this festive season. I look forward to seeing all of the fantastic creations in the grand finale.”