Nurturing arts and culture this spring

3:42pm - 26 February 2021

Arts and culture can do wonders for our mental health and wellbeing.

As the lockdown continues for another few weeks, here’s the lowdown on some upcoming events you could get involved in…

  • Stories from Weston-super-Mare’s High Street can now be heard on a new podcast exploring and celebrating the heritage of English towns. The Women at Number 11 is one of the seven High Street Tales commissioned for Historic England’s new weekly podcast series and e-book inspired by local high streets. Writer and poet Rebecca Tantony has used online conversations and socially-distanced conversations, as well as the sights and sounds of Weston-super-Mare, to conjure the lives of the women across the ages. The work is part of the town’s Heritage Action Zone scheme.
  • Popular local band The Lipinski Brothers will be performing live online from the Grand Pier on Friday 5 March. Watch the gig from your own home as it’s live-streamed on Facebook, with money being raised during the event for Weston Hospicecare.
  • Could you become a pen pal for someone in a care home? Weston Pen Pals is a 12-week project focussed on reducing isolation in Weston-super-Mare by connecting people in the local community with care home residents. Volunteers can sign up online.
  • Let’s Ride it Out in March! Got a bike and want to ride it more this March? Love to Ride is a prize-packed way to inspire you to get out on two wheels next month. Join the challenge online and log your real-world rides to be in with a chance of winning top-brand prizes, from panniers and kit to clothing and bikes. Support is also available if you’d like to introduce Love to Ride at your workplace, host free Dr Bike mechanic visits, or free cycle lessons for yourself or colleagues. Email or call 01275 884 605.