Caterham Valley is embracing all the colours of the surrounding countryside for Colour Caterham 2021 this summer, by creating vibrant artworks throughout the town to form a nature trail with a difference.
Organised by Caterham Business Improvement District (Caterham BID – known as Caterham Valley For You), the pictorial trail, which runs until Saturday July 31 and starts at Clarks Shoes in Church Walk Shopping Centre, tells the story of a group of local woodland friends setting off for a picnic, and follows their adventures along the way.
Free family fun
“We’re well known in Caterham Valley for our trails – people really love them,” says Andrew Browne, Chairman of Caterham BID.
“After a break due to the pandemic, we’re delighted to be laying on this free activity, which is our way of saying thank you to the community for their loyalty, and really putting a smile on everyone’s faces.
“Although it’s very much a family trail, we’ve made sure there’s plenty to amuse people of all ages, and there are educational elements, too.”
Fancy dress optional
Youngsters are encouraged to dress up as their favourite woodland animals and bring along cuddly toys to join in the fun with characters such as Owlbert the owl, Brian the badger, Bella the bee and Cuddles the hedgehog.
There will be prizes for the best costumes, with selfie spots along the route to capture pictures around the town (don’t forget to share your photos on the Caterham Valley For You Facebook page), and also for the winners of a quiz at the end of the trail.
Colourful window displays
Many of the town’s businesses have got involved in the project by offering up their windows to be painted by a professional artist with scenes featuring the woodland friends, whilst others are joining in with themed displays for Colour Caterham.
And the fun continues at Caterham Valley Library, where you’ll find plenty of nature and wildlife books ready to be discovered.
“Caterham Valley is surrounded by nature and our website includes suggestions for walks which can start from Caterham Station,” adds Andrew Browne.
“We’re very fortunate that Caterham is surrounded by greenery, so it seems a natural step to be bringing the countryside right into town so it can be enjoyed by all visitors to the town centre.”
Need to know
- Caterham Valley’s free Colour Caterham woodland story trail runs from Saturday June 26 through to the end of July, 2021.
- Once you’ve completed the trail, share your children’s selfie spot pics on the Caterham Valley For You Facebook page and enter our Woodland Story Trail Quiz for the chance to win prizes.
Find all the woodland story trail artworks…
As you journey around Caterham Valley on the woodland story trail, you will find colourful artworks in a number of shop windows. To follow the characters’ full story from start to finish, you should aim to follow the route below and take advantage of the selfie spots along the way…
- Clarks Shoes
- Park & Bailey
- Touché Hairdressing
- The Bathing Machine
- Moda Furnishings
- Vitaltone Pharmacy
- Rawlings Opticians
- The Beach
- Time Hair & Beauty
- Magnet Kitchens
- Shard Solutions
- Bib & Tucker
- Morrisons corner
- And then, make sure to visit Caterham Valley Library on Stafford Road where you’ll find plenty of nature and wildlife books ready to be discovered. They are participating in the annual Summer Reading Challenge, which has a Wild World Heroes theme in partnership with the WWF this year.
- Finally, we would like to say a huge thank you to Caterham Valley’s Hawke Financial Services LLP for sponsoring the prizes for our Woodland Story Trail.
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