The Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership is holding its first ‘Festival of the Views’, which will use views from around Teesdale to inspire local people, as well as celebrating the influence Teesdale’s landscape had on famous painters and poets. The festival runs over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd November, with many different activities taking place, all of which are free.
The festival kicks off on Saturday 1st November with a watercolour workshop with local artist Anne Mason, from 10am until 4pm at The Witham. The participants will be taking inspiration from local views to help them create a watercolour sketch of their own, under Anne’s guidance. Some of the views they will be using are those that have been painted by famous artists such as Turner and Cotman. No previous experience is required. On Saturday evening local historian Michael Rudd will give a talk about the development of Rokeby Park as a tourist attraction, in particular the impact Sir Walter Scott’s Poem ‘Rokeby’ had on tourist numbers in the area. The talk will take place from 7pm until 8.30pm at The Witham and is open to all.
Michael Rudd will also be leading a guided walk on Sunday morning, from 9.30am until 12.30pm, which will again focus on the cultural history of the area in relation to its impact on famous poets and painters. The walk is roughly five miles and will start at the front of the Bowes Museum and take a circular route via Egglestone Abbey with points of interest being discussed along the route.
Family activities are taking place on Sunday afternoon from 12.30pm until 3.30pm with local artist Sara Cox holding a felt picture making workshop. The children will be able to take inspiration for photographs of views to help them create their very own felt picture. Children must be aged nine years and over and be accompanied by an adult.
All the events are free, however please do book a place as all the events, apart from the Saturday evening talk, have limited places available. For more information and to book please contact Susie Lane on 03000 264903 or firstname.lastname@example.org.