Sculpture display will cover nine miles

What may well be Britain's biggest outdoor arts festival will welcome more than 8000 visitors to a small village just a few miles south of Norwich when Bergh Apton runs its fourth Sculpture Trail in May and June.

What may well be Britain's biggest outdoor arts festival will welcome more than 8000 visitors to a small village just a few miles south of Norwich when Bergh Apton runs its fourth Sculpture Trail in May and June.

This will be the fourth Sculpture Trail, and 65 professional sculptors have already signed up to show their works in the 20 private gardens around this exceptional village that turns itself into a huge open air gallery for three weekends in the summer.

Music provided by visiting musicians can be heard along the trail.

Refreshments as well as picnic areas are available.

Visitors walk, cycle or ride on free transport around miles of lanes and footpaths to see the exhibition.

Maggie Smith, chairman of the organisers, likened the project to a very large open-air art gallery accompanied by country sounds and birdsong.

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She said: “We want people to have the opportunity to spend a day with works of art in a tranquil country setting – something of a rare experience in modern life.

“Our visitors see how sculpture can work in an open-air setting. They may buy a work of art to enhance their own garden and remind them of the day they spent in a unique village.”

The trail will be open on May 21 and 22; May 28 and 29; and June 4 and 5.

Each day opens at 10am and finishes at 6pm.

The trail operates a free park-and-ride service that connects the car parks to all gardens on the trail.

Access on foot is easy, but the trail is nine miles long so bring stout

shoes.

Or you can 'go green' and do the trail on two wheels!

Bring your own bikes or hire them at the main (Manor House) car

park.

A day ticket costs £6, or a two-day ticket costs £10.

You can also pay £15 for a six-day rover.

Children under 16 enter free.

For further information, call Sally Leigh on 01508 521298, log on to www.berghapton.org.uk, or e-mail sculpturetrail@berghapton.org.uk

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