Local bookbench trail launches across North Nottinghamshire

by | 3 July 2021 | Art, Community Event, Retford

North Notts BID is encouraging residents and visitors to follow the new ‘BookBench’ sculpture trail that has been unveiled across North Nottinghamshire.
Available for the public to explore across the region, the North Notts Journeys ‘BookBenches’ have been created by local schools in partnership with artists and businesses, celebrating the region’s heritage while showcasing its creative talents.
The trail has been organised by North Notts BID in collaboration with Wild in Art – a leading producer of spectacular public art events – and includes 40 uniquely designed benches on display across Worksop, Retford, Harworth and Tuxford.
The benches can be uncovered using a virtual trail map, available to download on the North Notts Journeys website, www.northnottsjourneys.co.uk, or printed versions that can be picked up in shops and cultural institutions around North Nottinghamshire.
The trail will run for eight weeks throughout the summer and features a selection of vivid designs that celebrate the area’s rich literary history, promoting a life-long love of reading and coinciding with the return of the North Notts Lit Fest in September.
Several of the ‘BookBench’ designs are also inspired by the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower crossing – telling the story of its significance within the region – and more modern journeys that include a heart-warming tribute to NHS key workers.
Sally Gillborn, chief executive of North Notts BID, said: “The trail is an incredible tribute to the local community – both past and present – so we hope that people enjoy visiting it as much as we have enjoyed putting the project together. As part of the initiative, we’re also encouraging people to share their experiences of the ‘BookBenches’ by posting pictures on social media with the hashtag #NorthNottsJourneys, so we can see first-hand how much fun people are having while following the trail.”
When the trail comes to an end in September, the ‘BookBenches’ will be returned to schools that have taken part in the project so they can continue to inspire creativity among students for years to come.