On Playday, thousands of children and their families get out to play at hundreds of community events across the UK. From small-scale community events to thousands of children taking part in events organised in parks and open spaces – Playday is celebrated by each community in a way that suits them.
This year the Sculpture Trail is taking part in Playday through our ‘Sculpture Trail with a Tale’ event. In association with The Forestry Commission England, Wyldwood Arts, and The Adventure Bureau we will host a free activity for children – details below:
Adventurers (that’s you!) join an Explorer, sent from the Adventure Bureau, to discover new adventures from every corner of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. From a starting point in the Beechenhurst Forest Glade, we will come up with ideas for a quest and create the adventure together as we walk through the woodland, and around the Sculpture Trail. Along the way we will take inspiration from the amazing sculptures of the Forest of Dean, the very landscape they’re in and the sights smells and sounds that we encounter. Sometimes listening to the Explorer as they describe a scene, sometimes suggesting which way the story can twist next and often being in the very story yourselves! Imagination is key here as the world you thought you knew begins to transform into an epic improvised travelling adventure.
Wednesday 1st August 2018, The Glade, Beechenhurst
10.30-12.00 & 13.00-14.30
This is free event and all are welcome.
Bookings will be open from 9:45am on the day or you can secure a place via the eventbrite page here
Recommended for children aged 4-9.
Children must be accompanied by an adult during the walk.
Part of the trail will involve being in a forest environment, so suitable outdoor clothing is advised.
The trail is on hardstone tracks. There are two short uphill sections.
Please visit https://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-9luhe6 for more information about access on the site. If you have any other access requirements or questions please message us at firstname.lastname@example.org in advance and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust have teamed up with local creative company Wyldwood Arts to deliver a series of creative activities to celebrate the launch of the trails new sculpture ‘Cusp’ by artist Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva in 2018.
An exciting partnership between Wyldwood Arts and The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust will introduce and encourage children and families to creatively consider, question and have fun getting to know the trails newest commission.
All the activities will take place in or near the entrance to the sculpture trail site at Beechenhurst and will be free of charge.
Please email email@example.com for more details.
Dates to get involved
11 April 10am – 1.30pm
Visual Arts led by Josie Rogerson
30 May 1.30pm 4.30pm
Storytelling & music workshop with Chez Dunford & Adam Blake
More dates to follow.
Coleford Walking Festival 2018
The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail are excited to be participating in this year’s Coleford Walking Festival.
On Sunday May 20th our guided walk will respond to the artists and their work, giving information about each piece whilst also enabling participants to creatively explore and bring their own stories, narratives and experience.
Participants will get a greater understanding of our sculptures and how they respond to the Trail, whilst being introduced to the imaginative potential of the landscape.
Meet: The start of the Sculpture Trail near to Beechenhurst Cafe
Distance: 4 miles
Duration: 2.5 hours
To book a place on the walk, please click here
To learn more about other walks as part of this festival please visit the Coleford Walking Festival website
New events and learning activities in 2018
In 2018, to coincide with the launch of the new commission CUSP by Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, we will be developing a range of public events and learning activities in response to the work and the trail as a whole.
If you would like to find out more about our programme, or if you are a local school or community group interested in connecting with us, please email our Audience Development and Participation Producer, Daniel Whitehouse firstname.lastname@example.org
To keep up to date with what’s happening on the trail and information about forthcoming events and opportunities please sign up to the mailing list on our home page.
In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail we are hosting a series of special events:
Wednesday 24th August 2016 – Rainbow Forest Free Rainbow Den Making Day:
Children and families have been building improvised dens and structures all over the Sculpture Trail for years using debris and tree branches that sit around the forest.
Rather than ignore all this guerrilla sculpture making, we plan to use it as inspiration for an exciting event.
Influenced by new sculpture “Yasasin” by Pomona Zipser which was installed on the Trail in July, we will host a multi-coloured den making play day. Painted tree branches in different colours will be available for members of the public to assemble into a variety of striking structures and shelters, transforming the forest into a colourful pop up spectacle.
The event will be documented using photography and film that will then be released online. The result will be a variety of beautiful images and videos of the multi-coloured structures built between the trees.
Like a giant multi-coloured playground, people will create a new landscape together, using branches from the forest floor. We hope that the event will be a collaborative art performance bringing together children of all ages and their families.
A completely free event, you can take part at the Sculpture Trail entrance near Beechenhurst Lodge on Wednesday 24th August 2016 from 11am-3pm. Parking at Beechenhurst costs £3.50.
Sunday 21st August 2016 – Trustees tour of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail:
11am – 12.45pm Meet at the Sculpture Trail banner at Beechenhurst.
Free of charge, to book your place visit Eventbrite click here.
A special guided walk led by the Trustees of the Sculpture Trust, the charity that raises money and selects artists to develop new works for the Trail. Paul Harper, Nicholas Bury and Sarah Bowden will reveal the stories behind a selection of sculptures, and explore the unique history of the Sculpture Trail site.
Sunday 14th August – Poetry tour of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail:
11am – 12.45pm Meet at the Sculpture Trail banner at Beechenhurst. Free of charge, to book your place visit Eventbrite.
A poetry walk with Stewart Carswell, featuring readings of specially-written poems specially-written poems about sculptures past and present.
More about the poet: Stewart Carswell grew up in the Forest of Dean.
He has performed his poetry at the Bristol Poetry Festival, and the In Other Words Festival in Cambridge. His poems have recently been published in magazines including Envoi, Cadaverine, and Brittle Star, and included in the Best New British and Irish Poets 2016 anthology (Eyewear Publishing).
His poems are influenced by the mysterious and secretive nature of the Forest, and its unique layers of history.
For further information, see twitter.com/stewcarswell. Sample poem:
While giants grow up around it
this place becomes what we want it to be.
A place to create stories around
and then carry them home for bedtime.
A place to believe the secrets
the Forest holds from us.
But this is not a real chair:
we complete the image of it
from just the frame, a chair
that none of us can sit on.
It is a viewpoint into the Forest,
into what we hold dear.