A new free Retford Art Trail leaflet is now available from the Denman Library, Bassetlaw Museum and The Hub, at a time when families are looking for outdoor activities during the summer months.
During the last 10 years Retford Civic Society (RCS) has been instrumental in providing Retford’s murals and sculptures by working in partnership with artists, property owners, councillors, local businesses and grant-funding organisations.
Now, a leaflet with a map and a short trail from the Clarks of Retford mural next to Chapelgate Car Park, to the Chesterfield Canal Mural near Albert Road, will take in six outstanding pieces of art. Each one has two questions to test your observation skills – and the answers are on the back!
Retford Civic Society, with generous funding from Retford Rotary Club, are pleased to be able to provide this guide, celebrating Retford’s heritage with all age groups. A great idea by Joan Turner of RCS’ committee.
The trail is also available on the Retford Civic Society website in pdf form. If you are interested in finding out more, see www.retfordcivicsociety.org.uk or email rcs@retfordcivicsociety.org.uk.

Did you know that Retford Art Society were behind these displays?

Spa Lane
The Spa Lane Sheep Mural was created in 2018 using photographic images from Bassetlaw Museum of the sheep fairs that had taken place on Spa Common for over 100 years. Local artist Andy Massey developed the design and was then ably assisted by other artists from Retford Art Society to paint it onto the renovated wall opposite Wilkinson’s.

Chesterfield Canal
The Chesterfield Canal Mural was designed and painted by Retford artist Jenny King, who worked with a number of other local artists and schoolchildren from Ordsall Primary School. The panel was placed in the walkway between the canal and Albert Road to improve that thoroughfare and remind people of the canal heritage.

Retford in Bloom
In 2019 the Retford in Bloom Metal Sculpture was produced by local sculptor, Kenny Roach, thanks to a bequest from the late Laurie Hudson, a former RCS member. Kenny worked with students from Retford’s Inspire Learning Centre and the sculpture continues to attract interest and approval outside HSB Bank on Carolgate.