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The launch of Porlock Vale Art trail was a huge success last Saturday, when the clouds cleared and a warm sunny afternoon brought residents and visitors to visit the amazing artists who took part in the inaugural Porlock Vale Art Trail. Holiday makers from Hampshire to Cornwall and visitors from local towns and villages all came along to give a real holiday buzz to the area.

A town cry by our Town Crier, Grant Dennis, set the scene for a fabulous day out when Porlock High Street was full of people watching weaving, painting and antler carving demonstrations, as well as visiting the many pop-up artists exhibiting their art for the launch day event only. Many artists sold their work or took commissions and future orders. All of the businesses in Porlock said they’d had a busy day with people visiting and sales much higher than usual for a Saturday. Stacked Wonky provided fun for all the family, in The Old School Orchard, when each child became the director of their own mini epic performance with acting and music being performed by the Stacked Wonky cast. The Top Ship had no spare tables as visitors enjoyed their leisurely Saturday in and around Porlock Vale. This is very positive to hear after the long months which they have all endured during lockdown.

Wootton Courtenay Village Hall showcased the many talents of the local art group and there were additional displays of jewellry, photography and ceramics throughout the Village. Sarah Fox from The Courtenay Collection had these words to say “I was so busy all day long and made plenty of sales and now have commissions to keep me busy for quite a while!  Mark also had a successful day with the coffee trailer and said the village hall car park was rammed all day”.

Sarah Easter Collins, based in Luccombe said “ I had a steady stream of visitors through and met some truly lovely people. Thank you Porlock Visitor Centre for making it happen and for putting the entire fabulous thing together – it was genius”

Caroline Ellis, Portfolio Holder for Culture at Somerset West and Taunton Council had these words to say “I would have allowed for more time had I realised just how much was going on, really amazing. I have discovered brilliant local artists who all contribute loads to their community. Bravo to Porlock Visitor Centre for pulling the event together”

Porlock Weir businesses reported that they too had had a remarkably busy Saturday when visitors made their way to see Exmoor Glass, Harbour Gallery and Café and The Wick and Anchor.

Many artists and visitors are already asking for a repeat event for next year and Porlock Visitor Centre have plans to ensure that another great celebration of Porlock Vale Art will take place in 2022.

Download the map here. The free printed map of artists available to visit is still available widely throughout Porlock Vale businesses and in all local Tourist Information Centres, including Porlock Visitor Centre.