Where to go for inspiration

Where to go for inspiration

By Colin | 19 May 2016 | Where Next Project

Feeling creative? Or are you stumped on your Where Next Project application?

Don’t worry, because inspiration is right on your doorstep. We already know that Scotland and the North are home to all kinds of amazing artists. Henry Moore, David Hockney, Ken Currie, James Guthrie, Barbara Hepworth... The list of Northern and Scottish creative talent just goes on and on.

If you ask Julia Bickerstaff, our Where Next Project Art Mentor, why Scotland and the North of England is teeming with so many notable artists, she’ll tell you it’s because we live in such an inspiring place. From breath-taking natural landscapes through to innovative architecture, we’ve got it all.

So where should you visit if you’re looking for that spark of inspiration? Here’s just a handful of places that the experts consider to be among the most inspiring in our region…

1.Cleethorpes

Famous for…

Being a classic English seaside town – although the town actually sits at the mouth of the Humber Estuary, not at the sea. Cleethorpes pier is bursting with traditional seaside activities and the sandy beaches are a sight to be seen all year round. 

Must-see

The shipping traffic that comes and goes across the Humber Estuary. In good weather, you can even see the lighthouse at Spurn point.

How to get there

Visit the world class seaside town directly from Cleethorpes train station.

2. The North York Moors

Famous for…

Dark, moody skies and empty landscapes. The Moors were the inspiration behind the haunting novel ‘Wuthering Heights’. But there’s more than just spooky old tales to these moorlands.

Must-see

Forget about barren hills – the Moors are teeming with life. Journey there in late July to watch the first heather bloom. By late August, the Moors will have turned almost entirely purple.

How to get there

Access the National Park from Thirsk Station in the west or Scarborough Station in the east, then pop on your walking boots and go exploring…

3.Lanarkshire Castles

Famous for…

Being the home to 127 castles in a single county! Whilst some castles have been turned into hotels and wedding venues, others have been preserved and are open to the public. These are steeped in history, offer spectacular views of the River Clyde and let you imagine what it would be like to be a medieval knight...

Must-see

Bothwell and Newark castles. Bothwell is an old Medieval ruin – step into the circular keep and hallowed courtyard to view the largest 13th century castle in Scotland. Newark oversees a Port Glasgow shipyard and is the perfect collaboration between past and present.

How to get there

Our nearest stations to Lanarkshire are Lockerbie and Glasgow.

4. Newcastle’s Bridges

Famous for…

Stunning architecture and jaw-dropping design. The Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the Tyne Bridge are both well known for lighting up the river at night and their distinctive shapes have made them famous national landmarks.

Must-see

People zip-lining off the Tyne Bridge! Nothing to get those creative juices flowing quite like an adrenaline rush…

How to get there

Hop on the train to Newcastle station, then head straight down to the river.

5. The Vale of York

Famous for...

Flat planes and rolling hills, the Vale of York is proper Northern beauty as far as the eye can see. The Vale stretches right across North, East and West Yorkshire, from the bottom of the River Tees right down to the Humber Estuary.

Must-see

Marston Moor and Stamford Bridge. These famous battle sites are now gorgeous villages, jam packed full of lovely locals and quaint coffee shops.

How to get there

Jump off the train at York, Thirsk or Northallerton stations and you’re already in the Vale. All you need to do from there is narrow down which part you want to visit…

Bursting with inspiration? Why not apply to the Where Next Project for your chance to show off your creative chops and be mentored by Julia Bickerstaff

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