Artists’ plan to boost the British seaside

Artists plan to boost the British seaside

Artists’ plan to boost the British seaside

Coastal towns are among the areas most severely affected by the challenges presented during the coronavirus pandemic.

With so many events cancelled and trade lost during the summer season, the situation has proved disastrous for coastal communities across the UK, despite the few weeks immediately after lockdown when some towns were overwhelmed by visitors.

But, one organisation has launched a series of artist-led festivals during the October half-term to help lure people back to the seaside and boost the economy.

Luckily, an event in Cleethorpes has been confirmed as part of the line-up!

The movement is inspired by a need to support the fragile economy of seaside towns.

The events, which will take place between 26 October and 1 November, are being curated by organisation Back & Fill.

In addition to Cleethorpes, 11 other seaside towns have signed up so far!

These include Hastings, Margate, Newhaven, Portsmouth, Ramsgate, Sandown (Isle of Wight), Southwold, Westward Ho! and Weymouth – along with Swansea in south Wales and Northern Ireland’s Portrush.

The events are typically small and keep to the rule of six, with a view to adhering to current social-distancing restrictions.

As part of the scheme, local organisation Birdhouse will be hosting a week-long programme of cultural activities in Cleethorpes over the October half term.

These will consist of a range of enjoyable and educational activities, combining a series of nature-based and creative activities.
The event is scheduled to take place between 24 and 30 October.
Birdhouse are expected to open for bookings and announce further details this week.
Discussing the programme of events, Co-organiser Dan Thompson said:
“They’re an antidote to big crowds.
“They’re about exploring and discovering, about beauty and magic. We wanted to plan something for people to look forward to, that would extend the summer season. A moment of joy and happiness somewhere over the horizon after the summer has ended.

“We’ve also created a new network of arts organisations in seaside towns that will talk to each other and offer mutual support in these difficult times.”

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