A MAGICIAN has set up a wizarding school for children.

A series of Easter holiday activity sessions at Brighton’s Unitarian Church in New Road will see children between the ages of six and ten “get into character as wizards and delve into a different world”.

Wizard School is the brainchild of magician Leon Simmonds. He said it would “help children come out of their shell”, boosting their confidence through “character play, co-operative puzzles, potions-making, and a whole lot of magic”.

He said: “Loads of adults got in touch saying they wanted to go along as well – so we’ve now got a session for grown-ups, too.”

At the end of the sessions, children will attend a graduation ceremony recognising their wizarding credentials.

The school will be run by Leon, in character as the wizard Alatar, and his colleague Esme Sarfas, who plays the magical Ezmerelda.

Leon said: “Teaching magic to children takes a long time.

“Young children’s hands aren’t always big enough for cards and coin tricks – this is more about immersing them in a magical world.”

He said Wizard School sees children become the heroes in their own magical adventure.

It runs on April 6, 8, and 18 for 6 to ten-year olds over the Easter holidays.

There is an adult version on the April 10.

Full information and tickets are available at wizardschoolexperience.com and @wizardschoolexperience on Facebook and Instagram.