Winterton Sculpture Trail Opening Weekend Deemed Huge Success!

Joan Venus-Evans from Hull visiting the Winterton Sculpture Trail

Visitors have flocked to the town of Winterton over the Bank Holiday Weekend to be among the first to follow the Winterton Sculpture Trail, hosted by Lottery Funded Winterton 2022.

The Winterton Sculpture Trail comprises of 26 tractor and owl sculptures located around the town of Winterton, each create by community groups and organisations in a series of workshops with local artists Fiona Caley and Mandy Keating. 

Among the visitors was Scunthorpe Sculpture Trail enthusiast Stephanie Wright.

Having followed her first trail in Hull when visiting the Larkin with Toads in 2010, she has since followed a further 27 Sculpture Trails around the country, travelling a far as Weymouth Dundee and Paisley.

Stephanie said, “I was surprised not to have heard about the Winterton Sculpture Trail until a friend tagged me on a post on Facebook.”

“I had great fun following the Winterton Sculpture Trail and have already recommended it to local friends, picking up extra leaflets to hand out to them.”

“I have a few friends online that I’ve never met, but we swap maps and information on trails we come across. One of them is coming up from Essex to follow the Winterton Sculpture Trail.”

“The sculptures all looked fantastic; my favourite one is the Grangefield Residents Committee sculpture, due to the bright colours. My close second is the bowling club one as I love the green they used.”

The opening weekend for the trail also saw visitors travel from Hull to experience the trail.

Having only ever passed through Winterton on Top Road when travelling to Scunthorpe, Joan Venus-Evens and Lynn Wise from Hull were ‘surprised’ with what they found.

Joan said, “We arrived in Winterton to follow the Winterton Sculpture Trail at 11.30am and didn’t leave until 7.00pm!”

“Everyone was very friendly, from the people at the Butchers Arms where we had lunch and a drink after on, to those we met following the trail and others who helped us when we got stuck.”

“We even met the guy who delivered the tractors to their destinations when we got lost in a cul-de-sac looking for one of the last ones which was at the bowling green.”

Lynn said “I thoroughly enjoyed my day following the Winterton Sculpture Trail.”

“It was a great surprise to find the lovely town of Winterton, of which I’m ashamed to say I’d only ever driven past on the Top Road. “

“It was an eye-opener, I don’t think I have seen so many lovely houses in one town”

“I’ve told a few people the trail is worth a visit, and I’ll be back sometime to take more photos.”

Daniel Redhead, Winterton Sculpture Trail Project Coordinator said Winterton 2022 have been ‘overwhelmed’ with the response.

“We have had such wonderful feedback from people who have followed the Winterton Sculpture Trail so far, and everyone that has done so is recommended it to their friends.”

“We have been blown away by the response this opening bank holiday weekend. Social media has been full of stunning photographs of sculptures, and people sending us their #SelfieWithASculpture to be entered into our prize draw.”

“The Winterton Co-op, Winterton Library and Waters Edge ran out of leaflets before the weekend was over – we thought we had given them enough for the full summer!”

“This project is already benefiting the town of Winterton, and I cannot wait to see how it continues to develop over the coming weeks.”

The Winterton Sculpture Trail is free to follow at throughout the summer until 14th September.

For more information about the Winterton Sculpture Trail events and competitions visit www.winterton2022.org.uk/sculpturetrail/getinvovled and follow Winterton 2022 on Facebook and Twitter

 

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