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The Anchors Aweigh! Art Trail and Summers Sessions, a unique and vibrant celebration of Woodbridge’s maritime history, has been taking place at 12 venues throughout Woodbridge all summer.

The workshops continue this autumn, starting with a day of family drop-in sessions at the Long Shed during Transition Woodbridge’s Harvest Fair on Saturday 7 October, including a mini art trail around Woodbridge’s historic riverside locations.

Twelve community groups – Aspire Black Suffolk, Dora Brown, Jetty Lane, Just42, Suffolk ArtLink, Transition Woodbridge, Woodbridge Art Club, Woodbridge Memory Café, Woodbridge Prep School, Woodbridge Primary School, Woodbridge Festival and 5th Woodbridge Sea Scout Squirrels - decorated an anchor and twelve local businesses/ places of interest displayed them. An interactive map accompanied the trail that guided residents and visitors around Woodbridge’s cultural and commercial districts. The project also marked the 75th anniversary of the landing of HMS Windrush in East Anglia in 1948.

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As an extension of the trail, the festival ran a programme of Summer Sessions. These free-to-attend Audio Visual and Art sessions for 11 – 17 year olds were hosted by established industry practitioners, giving local young people access to professional expertise, software and equipment, whilst also allowing opportunities for vocational guidance. The sessions ran at Jetty Lane and skills covered included Audio Visual VJ skills, Sound Art, screen printing and badge making, Street Art – digital and painting, traditional photography and cyanotype printing.

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The Summer Sessions continue into Autumn with a programme of family drop-in art sessions in the Long Shed on October 7 during Transition Woodbridge’s Harvest Fair, where Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music will be providing music and other entertainment. The twelve anchors will also be on display in a mini historic riverside trail. Everyone is invited to come along and join the fun!

One family reported: ‘On the anchor trail we had ice cream, did our shopping, ground flour at the Tide Mill, coffees and cake on route and colouring activities at the Museum. We had a great day out - the kids enjoyed themselves and we got our shopping done!"

Artworks generated during these events will also be used to light up the Tide Mill during Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music’s annual Fish Friendly Fireworks on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November. A weekend of projections, music and art will celebrate fireworks night in an alternative, eco friendly way.

Anchors Aweigh! Art trail is a Noise of Art project that feeds into the Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music and the Woodbridge Festival Windrush 75 Celebrations. It is funded by the East Suffolk Council UK SPF High Street, Event and Culture grant scheme and Arts Council England.