Finishing touches are made to trail

A new winter trail for all the family has been created, thanks to community groups.

Saturday, 10th December 2016, 7:55 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 12:32 pm
5th Ashington Brownies members Neve (7) and Tayla (8) working with Annie Rigby from Unfolding Theatre on ideas for Winter Quest: the Frost of Forgetfulness which will take place at Woodhorn Museum in December. Picture by Craig Connor/North News & Pictures

Woodhorn Museum, near Ashington, is to host Winter Quest: The Frost of Forgetfulness from December 17 to 23.

It has been created by award-winning theatre company Unfolding Theatre and visual artist Bethan Maddocks, who held a series of workshops.

Participants’ stories and designs will be used to inspire the making of a large-scale memory-box for the event.

The 5th Ashington Brownies will be one of the groups invited to Woodhorn to road test the Winter Quest before it opens to the public and the group has been helping Unfolding Theatre director Annie Rigby to map out the trail.

Annie said: “Working with the Brownies has really helped us to think about how the trail will work, and about the story we’re telling. They’ve come up with some really fantastic ideas.”

Emma, aged eight, said: “I’ve been to Woodhorn lots, so we were thinking about what there is to see at the museum. We came up with an idea for the quest in the Pitmen Painters exhibition – people would have to draw something or answer a question about the paintings to solve a clue.”

Tayla, also eight, added: “I think the trail will make the museum more exciting. I’m looking forward to following the map so we can find parts of the museum we haven’t seen before.”

Brown Owl Allison Walters said: “It’s fabulous to be involved; it’s really engaging them with the history and heritage of their home town.”

Theatre maker Ruth Johnson has been working with young people at Leading Link in Bedlington to create a short film which will be shown at the end of Coal Town at Woodhorn as part of the trail.

Bethan Maddocks, the artist who created last year’s beautiful Winding Windows installation at Woodhorn, has been working with Northumberland Recovery Partnership in Blyth.

Bethan said: “Participants were really generous in sharing memories and ideas about what the final installation could look like.

“Over two sessions we created a series of memory jars that will be key elements of the quest. Their generosity, keenness and creativity were really helpful in shaping the work.”

The Frost of Forgetfulness Winter Quest is open Saturday, December 17, to Friday, December 23, from 10am to last entry at 3pm. Admission is free, no advanced booking required. Please allow an hour to complete the quest.

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