Langport launches socially distanced art trail

The pandemic has not been kind to the arts. With theatres and galleries closed for much of the summer revenues have been hit. And hit at a time when many would be expecting their best audiences. So the arts scene around Somerset is having to be creative to attract tourists. And there are plenty of people looking for a staycation, especially given the recent issues around travelling to France or Spain.

And there are some great creative ideas starting to pop up.

Langport has just announced it will hold a three week ”Wild Art Trail”. The Trail starts of 22 August and runs for three weeks. It is a fine opportunity to walk a trail near the River Parrett to enjoy the nature that inspires art. Then visit some venues and enjoy the work of some of Langport’s artists en route. Along the way there are cafes and bakeries to stock up with supplies and to visit. Social distancing at it’s best along the river Parrett. Use this map or pick up one in the locations.

  • The Hanging Gallery located within the ancient building the Hanging Chapel – Showing wildlife and landscapes of Somerset
  • Liberty Goodwenbell – Felting Studio and Gallery
  • Slade House – 20th century art and design
  • Art Tea Zen – cafe and art
  • Shakspeare Glass on the River Parrett at Bow Bridge – creating hand made glassware and art
  • Hatch – Art venue installation – weekends only. Book a visit via


  • 5 of us are intending to do the Art’s Trail this coming Wednesday. I have just heard that part of the trail is blocked off due to work being done near Black Bridge. I know we can’t visit Hatch on a weekday but will the shops mentioned be open as it is Wednesday afternoon and maybe half day closing? If this is the case our trip will hardly be worthwhile.

    • According to one of the organisers
      “The Wild Art Trail officially ended on Sunday afternoon when hatch closed and was dismantled.
      As for the paths around trails/ black bridge car parking, at the weekend all trails were navigable. If any diversions are required on the trail they will be in place the next few weeks while the exciting updates and changes are made to the car park : slip way and paths.
      The shops in Langport will be observing their usual opening times, The Hanging Gallery will be Open 10-4pm on Wednesday, Shakespeare glass 10-3pm as it is 6 days a week. Please check with Slade house/ Goodswen and Belle. Artea zen cafe will be serving wonderful food. Langport has lots of other shops and cafes. The river is looking wonderful this week and very warm weather.”

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