Silverdale art trail returns

Views of Silverdale.
Views of Silverdale.

THE SILVERDALE and Arnside Art and Craft Trail is returning for its eighth year running.

The annual event is being held from June 29 to July 1, and is expected to draw in the crowds.

Hosted by the two neighbouring villages of Silverdale in Lancashire and Arnside in Cumbria, the event has built up a huge following over the years and is visited by locals and tourists alike.

Located within the Area of Outstanding National Beauty on the edge of Morecambe Bay, the scenery and wildlife provides inspiration for artists and artisans all over the area and the event has attracted over 40 exhibitors in recent years.

Debbie Copley, one of the Trails joint co-ordinators, said: “I think the Art Trail is brilliant.

“Three years ago a couple of friends and I plucked up the courage to ‘show off our stuff’; we loved it and I have been exhibiting every year since.

“The most enjoyable thing is meeting with the visitors in a relaxed and stimulating environment; the Trail gives off a real buzz.

“As a direct result of the success of the Trail, I have now managed to turn my hobby into a fairly successful little business.

“I’ve met some great new friends and have thoroughly enjoyed it.”

The three day event is open on the evening of Friday, June 29, between 5pm and 8pm and then Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1, from 10.30am to 5.30pm.

During this time, the artists and artisans welcome visitors into their homes, studios and exhibitions to view or purchase their work and participate in a variety of workshops.

Several key venues in the area will provide a starting point for visitors from which they can collect information on the other sites taking part. Established key locations include the WI Hall in Arnside, Silverdale CE School, Gaskell Hall in Silverdale, and the Silverdale Hotel.

This year, the Trail also welcomes a new addition to their key site list, Leeds Holiday Camp in Silverdale.

Another exciting new aspect to this year’s trail involves a ‘Poetry Trail’ that will take in six natural locations around Silverdale, with a poem to be read at each site.

Maps for this will be available from the key venues.

To find out more about the event visit www.silverdalearttrail.co.uk or contact the Joint Coordinator, Debbie Copley via email on trail@silverdalearttrail.co.uk or phone 01524 702563.