Stalham art trail aiming to recreate magic of Norwich’s GoGoGorillas!

The Stalham town sign features a wherry. Business leaders are hoping its new Wherry arts trail helps

The Stalham town sign features a wherry. Business leaders are hoping its new Wherry arts trail helps put it on the map. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE - Credit: Archant

The GoGoGorillas! sculpture art trail did wonders for Norwich - and a north Norfolk town hopes its own trail featuring the wherry boats that are synonymous with the Broads will work similar magic.

The Wherry Art Trail features 35 decorated miniature boats in businesses and shops in Stalham.

It follows last year's successful Stalham Town Trail, which explored the history of the town through cycling or walking.

The trail, which will run until the end of August, is part of the ongoing work being carried out by the Stalham Area Business Forum, which promotes trade and tourism in the town.

The forum is working with local organisations and the town council to put Stalham on the map, and spokesman Diana Cornell said the town was buzzing and bucking the trend for market towns.

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She said: 'We have no empty shops. only great shops and businesses and two empty banks. We also have the largest boatyard on the Broads, Richardson's, and the only museum in the world dedicated to telling the story of the Broads - the Museum of the Broads.

'We also have the second oldest fire engine in Norfolk, which is housed in the Fire Engine Museum in the High Street.'

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The next event on the calendar is the annual public meeting in the town hall, at 7pm on May 15.

This year's focus will be on the art trail and the new permanent historical interpretation boards, which tell the story of Stalham from different aspects of its history.

Ms Cornell added: 'We received grants of £16,000 from local organisations for these boards which have been two years in the making.

'A small dedicated team has been quietly working away on these, their content and design. They are going to be spectacular in size and content. They will be placed in nine different locations around Stalham.'

Forum members will also be distributing 10,000 free Stalham trade directories at the end of June. And in August, a vintage collectors' street fair will be held along the High Street.

The GoGoGorillas! and GoGoDragons! charity art trails were a huge hit with people of all ages in Norwich in the summers of 2013 and 2015, respectively.

The next forum monthly meeting is at 6pm on June 6 at Cafe Charlotte in the High Street.

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