With the very welcome arrival of longer days and (slightly) warmer weather, lots of us are relishing the chance to get outside more. The benefits of connecting with nature and being creative in the landscape have long been well known, however it has come to the forefront of our lives and news headlines over the last year. As we navigate our way out of lockdown, nature will continue to play a vital role in helping us adjust to change and cope with uncertainty. There are lots of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors during Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2021 but here’s just a couple of ways you can get involved:
On Tuesday 18th May the Burgh Castle Almanac Experience will launch with a Broads walk with Sam Brown from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. The programme is focussed on archaeology, creativity and wellbeing and is based at the Burgh Castle Roman Fort in Norfolk. We chatted to John from the Burgh Castle Community Group, who told us about what it’s like being part of the programme:
“The group for me has changed my mind on nature completely. I didn’t know talking with people round a roman fort, taking in the smells and the scenery does wonders for mental health. It takes the stress completely out the air. You can just relax and recharge.”
Yarmouth Springs Eternal is a community arts, walking and nature project led by Genevieve Rudd, in partnership with originalprojects;. The project is culminating in a series of events including an exhibition showcasing work made by participants and guest artists. Genevieve told us more about the project:
“Yarmouth Springs Eternal is a hopeful and uplifting project that brings communities together to creatively explore personal relationships with nature. It was born out of both the struggles and silver-linings of Lockdown, and recognises that accessing green and natural spaces are often underpinned with social inequality. We began with a series of community walk/workshop sessions, which saw visiting artists working with adults connected to local charities supporting people with experiences of homelessness and migration. As we head towards the Summer Solstice, we have a joyful programme of free public events celebrating resourceful ways to celebrate the natural world, in particular nature found in overlooked and unexpected places”.
You can read more about Yarmouth Springs Eternal on the blog for the project here. You can also follow the project on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – @yarmouthsprings.
We hope this inspires you to get outside or connect with nature, whether that means planting a sunflower to grow on your windowsill or spending an afternoon drawing in the park! Don’t forget to take a look at our full festival guide to find digital events or something happening in your area.
Featured image from Yarmouth Springs Eternal: Walking along the bank at Breydon Water in Great Yarmouth (image credit Moyses Gomes)