Caterham Valley will officially shake off the winter blues with its Colour Caterham initiative during the Easter holidays.
Shoppers will be greeted by colourful displays, with handmade craft work popping up around the town, and trees decorated with pompoms. Local schools will be creating vibrant artwork to be displayed in the windows of shops and businesses.
The community is also being invited to have a hand in colouring Caterham. Jodie Green, owner of Caterham Galleries in Godstone Road, will be turning the shop’s outside wall into a giant canvas and encouraging people to come along and leave their handprint.
“This is a wonderful way of getting the people of Caterham Valley to brighten up the town and put their own personal stamp on the place,” she said. “The hand-printed wall will create an eye-catching piece of artwork for anyone driving or walking into Caterham Valley from the Godstone Road.”
A children’s colouring competition has also been organised to coincide with Colour Caterham. Entries will be displayed in shop windows during the Easter holidays and the winners in both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two categories will have their artwork professionally framed by Caterham Galleries and displayed in their window before being presented to the winning artists.
Colour Caterham has been organised by Caterham Valley for You, which brings together the town’s businesses, from independent boutiques and specialist retailers to household names and national corporations, to help make Caterham a better place to shop, work and visit.
“We wanted to celebrate the start of spring and create a vibrant and fun atmosphere in Caterham Valley so that visitors feel uplifted when they come to shop here,” said chairman of Caterham Valley For You, Andrew Browne. “There are certainly some surprises in store and businesses will be supporting the event with colourful promotions.”
The Colour Caterham initiative launches on Thursday March 29, runs for a couple of weeks and coincides with Tandridge Art Society’s annual exhibition taking place in Soper Hall over the Easter weekend.
Easter Saturday is looking like a busy day in the Valley as Church Walk Shopping Centre will be hosting free Easter activities, from 11am to 3pm. Kids will be able to decorate their own egg to take home or make their own Easter bonnet, as well as enjoy face painting and music. At 2.30pm, Church Walk’s annual Easter bonnet parade will take place with a prize for the best hat.
You can leave your paint handprint on the Caterham Galleries wall on Easter Saturday, March 31, between 10am and 1pm, and Friday April 6, between 10am and 1pm. Cheerful paint colours, plus gloves, will be provided.
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