We know the weather is making this feel more like a Bank Holiday weekend, but it is worth braving the elements and heading down to Barton Farm and the Tithebarn Workshops today…
Mummy and Daddy Swan have decided to relocate to Barton Bridge where they have attracted one or two photographers! Looks like the resident kingfisher might get the hump with all the lenses pointed at the new cygnets. If you are launching a kayak or paddle board from here, please be mindful and keep your distance.
It is also very good to see the first exhibition returning to the West Barn in well over a year…
We mentioned a few weeks ago about some of the upcoming events and goings on in Bradford. The Kingfisher Trail 2021 is a very exciting celebration of art organised in support of Cotswolds National Landscape. This years event is to include Bradford on Avon for the first time.
The Kingfisher Trail is a fantastic arts trail of 21 wonderful kingfisher sculptures which have been decorated by some of our most talented local artists for public display in and around the Cotswolds National Landscape in 2021. Residents and visitors are invited to follow the trail in the summer of 2021, get out into nature and enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of the Cotswolds region. The Kingfisher Trail is designed to bring businesses, arts and local communities together and at the end of the project all of these wonderful sculptures will be auctioned to art lovers and businesses to raise funds for the vital conservation work (for projects that support children and young people in the Cotswolds National Landscape.) of the Cotswolds National Landscape.
The 21st sculpture, the ‘Flying Kingfisher’, will move to a new location every fortnight. With Bradford on Avon at the southern end of the Cotswolds, the Trail will now include our portion of the Avon valley too!
Our kingfisher will make two visits to the town, the first in June, and then returning in August. The trail will be available online and via a smartphone App and we will keep you updated of the locations nearer the time. To celebrate the kingfisher’s arrival, we will also be launching a community art project – keep an eye out on our website and social media @BoATownCouncil for more information on how to get involved!
With the increase in the number of visitors to Bradford on Avon and the Barton Farm Country Park, we thought we would put together a very simple little booklet giving information about this beautiful area. This A6 landscape booklet will be available from this Thursday at SerenArts Gallery
There will be a brief history of the Barton Farm area, a bit on the wildlife in the Country Park, a few of the many walks available and just some general information.
I came across this aerial photo of the Barton Farm and surrounding area when I was going through some old files the other day. It was used in a project we worked on for the Preservation Trust, for their book on the history of Barton Farm. Very interesting to see places you know from above and it does show what a beautiful area we have the pleasure to work in…
No, it’s not a misspelling of the Rambo film title, it is a brood of new little ducklings I spotted on the canal this morning… although I am reliably informed that they are called a paddling if they’re on the water… either way, they’re very cute!
The sun is back out and the bank holiday weekend is fast approaching. Come on down to the Tithebarn Workshops and enjoy some much needed retail therapy and a stroll around the beautiful Barton Farm Country Park.
Who’s up for a little bit of socially distanced music at the Tithebarn Workshops?! Eager to find somewhere to practice, the offer of our garden was enough to persuade Tim and a couple of his muso mates to bring their instruments down and treat us all to a bit of much needed music.
If you’re in the Barton Farm area tomorrow, why not pop along for a bit of retail therapy, a cuppa at the cafe and sit in the sun listening to the musical melodies!
Sometimes, when I’m trying to think of something to blog about, I will go to the local news and information websites to see what’s happening in Bradford that I may have missed. During our enforced closure this has been more often than normal as not a lot is currently happening at the Tithebarn Workshops!
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of uplifting news on the Bradford Town Council website. If you’re feeling a bit down just have a read of the positive goodies that are being planned for our town… it cheered me up!
We are pleased to be involved in the new Tithebarn Workshops initiative… the Lockdown Window Exhibition:
The idea is to add a bit of culture to your daily walk by having a regularly changed window display of Serena’s paintings in the windows. All the artists at the Tithebarn Workshops are taking part, so you should be able to take a small, artistic detour around the windows of the Workshops…