‘Wayfaring’ connects 1,100 people to the North Wessex Downs landscape

‘Wayfaring’ connects 1,100 people to the North Wessex Downs landscape

21st July, Saturday evening, at Basildon Park, Berkshire

Over 700 people connected with and journeyed through the landscape of the North Wessex Downs on Saturday evening at Basildon Park, a National Trust Property.

The visitors were attending Wayfaring, a free outdoor art installation and performance, created by artists Mandy Dike and Ben Rigby, who work together as And Now: The characters of Wayfaring took the visitors on a dusk journey through the woods and into the landscape of Basildon Park, where they discovered the Wayfaring installation, which was bought to life with theatre and music.

Earlier in the week, 400 children from Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire learned about chalk landscape and its habitat, and contributed to the Wayfaring art installation, via a schools engagement program run in partnership by the Corn Exchange, Newbury and The North Wessex Downs. Furthermore, on Friday, a group from Oxfordshire Mind, a charity who supports people with mental health challenges, also experienced Wayfaring as well as the historic landscape, and habitats within the Basildon Park Estate.

Henry Oliver, Director of the North Wessex Downs, said;

“Wayfaring has been a magical experience for all that have visited the installation across the week and tonight. By looking through the lens of art, it has enabled at least 1,000 people to experience and connect to this fascinating chalk landscape, which hopefully will inspire more to come and enjoy the countryside”.

Wayfaring is inspired by ancient chalk landscapes and the Icknield Way, which is claimed as the oldest road Britain. The project was produced by Activate in partnership with the North Wessex Downs AONB, the Corn Exchange Newbury, 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space and the National Trust, with support from the Arts Council.

For more information visit; Wayfaring.org.uk and Northwessexdowns.org.uk.