Lots going on on the Kingswear and Brixham peninsula

Exciting programme announced to help residents connect with their local area

Details have been announced of an action packed programme to engage communities with the natural heritage of the Kingswear and Brixham peninsula using a range of creative and innovative activities.  The aim is to generate opportunities for the whole community to discover more about the special landscape on their doorstep. The activities are part of the Heritage Lottery and Environment Agency funded ‘Routeways and Connections’ project.

The events will include a fish drawing workshop on the old fish quay in Brixham on 28th March,  free running ‘Parkour’ on the coast, woodlands and countryside near Brixham on 14th April , and an alternative dawn chorus experience at Mansands on 3rd May.

The community will have the chance to look at maps and discover the best places to explore the countryside, see butterflies, enjoy  the sunrise and the best views.

There will be guided walks looking at local heritage. On the 25th April a day long ridge walk will take place from Brixham, through to Churston Cove, then onto Greenway. This will be  led by local historian John Risdon, with scheduled stops en route to meet key individuals who are responsible for looking after the landscape. Participants will then board a ferry down to Kingswear ready to catch the bus back to Brixham just before dusk.

From 28th March to 10th May a peninsula ‘quest’ will be staged - a treasure hunt taking  searchers to ten  iconic points on the peninsula with a prize for the best entry.  There will be primary school involvement from Kingswear with music, poetry and performances planned around the water catchment theme.

The project will culminate in a free showcase event at Lupton House near Brixham on Sunday 10th May involving performances, art, peninsula food and drink, poetry recitals, and tours of the house and  gardens.

South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Communities Project Officer Nicky Bailey said “We are thrilled to be working with Encounters Arts,  The National Trust, Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, The Lupton Trust and Galmpton and Churston local history group, on helping people to discover their local area in such innovative ways.”

Shelley Castle project lead with Encounters Arts said "For the last 12 years Encounters has worked with communities to look deeper into their connections with the area they live in, each other, and the wider world. Through 'Routeways and Connections' we are exploring an area of specific historical and natural importance together with the people that inhabit, volunteer and work in the peninsula."

"The events created by Encounters will focus on various aspects of the natural world, engaging a broad range of local residents with different backgrounds, ages and interests, and inviting them to see their local environment through a new lens.”

Full details of the events are at http://http://www.southdevonaonb.org.uk/explore/events/

Shelley Castle’s blog about her work can be found at: http://www.encounters-arts.org.uk/index.php/strangers-and-stories/