THE Beacon was the backdrop for a family holiday hub bringing people from across Inverclyde together.

Children were given an access-all-areas pass with the studios, theatre and exhibition space all opening up for activities.

Parents joined with their kids to play board games, take part in Bookbug sessions, make comic strips, play the drums and learn to dance.

Beacon development manager Jill Thomson said: "We are really delighted with how successful the hub has been.

"We want to open up the Beacon for everyone, so this was an ideal opportunity to show people what we have to offer.

"It is lovely to see kids playing in what would normally be an office for corporate meetings.

"We have enjoyed working together with community learning and development, the libraries and Active Schools."

Mum Laura Fitzsimmons of Greenock's Buchanan Street looked on as her son Mark, aged six, and daughter Lucy, aged four had fun making comics.

She said: "The kids are enjoying themselves.

"It is great to have something like this to do with the kids during the holidays as it isn't always easy to keep them entertained."

Buses were running from different areas in Inverclyde to make sure that nobody missed out on the free fun at the waterfront arts venue.

Before the holiday hub finished up there was a lunch for everyone to enjoy.

Gourock mum Judith Archibald was there with kids James, five, Emma, two, and Fraser, who is seven months.

She told the Tele: "As a mum of three children five and under it is hard to find something for all of them.

"This is great because there is something for all ages."