Art trail and storytimes in Shirley celebrate beautiful bugs and flowers - The Solihull Observer

Art trail and storytimes in Shirley celebrate beautiful bugs and flowers

Solihull Editorial 26th Oct, 2022   0

FAMILIES with young children can now enjoy a free art trail in Shirley.

The new flowers and minibeast art trails, which are designed to inspire and educate nursery and infant children, follow six brightly painted utility boxes along the Stratford Road.

Councillor Karen Grinsell, deputy leader of the Council and cabinet member for Partnerships and Wellbeing said: “We commissioned Pickle Illustration to turn six dull utility boxes into pieces of public art to brighten up Shirley’s high street and support local businesses.

“It is clear from the feedback we’ve had that people really appreciate these vibrant and gorgeous designs.

“The new trail sheets are a lovely way of developing the idea further to engage young children in some fun and educational activities, making a trip to our high street more enjoyable for everyone.”

Families can collect an art trail from Shirley Library or download a trail from the Visit Solihull website.

Shirley Library also has some minibeast inspired books for little ones to read before or after completing the trail.

These include like The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, What The Ladybird Heard on Holiday and The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson, and It Starts with a Bee by Jennie Webber.

Alongside the art trail, Shirley Library is running two bug-themed storytimes on Thursday, October 27, from 10.30 – 11am.

To book a storytime place click here.

Any local businesses that would like to help form and shape future projects in the area, should contact [email protected] to join Shirley Ambassadors Group.


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