Art al fresco

One of the wonderful thing about sculptures and statues is they can be viewed in truly glorious surroundings. Grand houses, manicured parks and picturesque trails form the backdrops to an array of sculpture gardens and collections. Marvel at the sheer variety of mediums in which sculptures come, including brass, bronze, ceramic, lead, metal, plaster, wood and wire. Simply drive along the A1 to see Antony Gormley’s haunting steel sculpture the Angel of the North. Just as accessible is the public art bountifully placed to brighten our municipal spaces.

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Discover Portsmouth’s public art with a Blue Badge guide

Discover Portsmouth’s public art with a Blue Badge guide

Join one of Portsmouth's expert guides on a tour highlighting the sculptures, installations and amazing buildings populating the island.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Tours and trails
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Scarborough Open-air Theatre

Scarborough Open-air Theatre

Visit Scarborough’s open-air theatre to experience amazing acts, in amazing surroundings.

Location: Scarborough

Coastal landmarks and Islands
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Discover the Ellesmere Sculpture Trail

Discover the Ellesmere Sculpture Trail

The Ellesmere Sculpture Trail is a series of sculptures by contemporary artists who took their inspiration from the landscape.

Location: Ellesmere, Shropshire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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See Quantum Leap, unveiled to mark Darwin’s bicentenary

See Quantum Leap, unveiled to mark Darwin’s bicentenary

Quantum Leap was unveiled in Mardol Quay Gardens, Shrewsbury to mark Charles Darwin’s bicentenary in 2009.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Explore Gibberd Garden’s sculpture trail & 7 acre garden

Explore Gibberd Garden’s sculpture trail & 7 acre garden

The Gibberd Garden was designed by an uncompromising modern architect, and has been conserved just as he left it – tranquil, artful and beautiful.

Location: Harlow, Essex

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Discover outdoor art and indoor crafts at Rufford Abbey

Discover outdoor art and indoor crafts at Rufford Abbey

Picturesque and historic Rufford Abbey is located in 150 acres of stunning parkland, woodland and gardens in North Nottinghamshire’s Dukeries region.

Location: Ollerton, Nottinghamshire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Uncover the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

Uncover the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

For lovers of the great outdoors, the Sculpture Trail at Beechenhurst showcases giant pieces created from materials you might find in the Forest.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Be inspired by David Hockney's Yorkshire

Be inspired by David Hockney's Yorkshire

Discover the sites that feature in David Hockney’s collection of vivid paintings inspired by the East Yorkshire landscape.

Location: Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire

Tours and trails
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Laugh out loud on the Blackpool promenade

Laugh out loud on the Blackpool promenade

Take a stroll where every step brings a new giggle as Blackpool has a floor covering with a difference.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Escape to Another Place

Escape to Another Place

Forget crumbly sand sculptures; Antony Gormley’s 'Another Place' is seaside art on a whole new level.

Location: Crosby Beach, Merseyside

Coast
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Experience the beauty of art outdoors in Blackpool

Experience the beauty of art outdoors in Blackpool

The Great Promenade Show is a series of outdoor art installations set on the 2km sea defences along Blackpool's South Shore.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Maggi Hambling’s The Scallop

Maggi Hambling’s The Scallop

The Scallop, this iconic image of the Suffolk Coast arrived on Aldeburgh beach in 2003, courtesy of local artist, Maggi Hambling.

Location: Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Nautical about Newbiggin

Nautical about Newbiggin

Visit historic Newbiggin by the sea, a fascinating mix of heritage, regeneration and art with the UK’s first permanent offshore sculpture in the sea.

Location: Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland

Harbours and fishing villages
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Trip Blackpool's light fantastic

Trip Blackpool's light fantastic

Every autumn, Blackpool lights up the Lancashire skies with a sparkling spectacle that will leave you feeling dizzy.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Historic sites and icons
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Enjoy traditional family fun by the seaside

Enjoy traditional family fun by the seaside

Discover the mythic coastline and its associated sculptures along the seashore from Cleveleys to Fleetwood.

Location: Cleveleys & Fleetwood, Lancashire

Seaside resorts
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Discover outdoor art on the Riverside Sculpture Trail

Discover outdoor art on the Riverside Sculpture Trail

Learn about Sunderland’s past and present on the Riverside Sculpture Trail as you complete the final leg of the Coast to Coast cycle route.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Visit the public artwork of the “TERN” Project

Visit the public artwork of the “TERN” Project

Have your photo taken with Eric Morecambe, and enjoy stunning views over the Bay as you take a stroll along Morecambe Promenade.

Location: Morecambe, Lancashire

Coast
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Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

A fantastic way of exploring the area.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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From the Kissing Policeman to the Kiss Wall

From the Kissing Policeman to the Kiss Wall

Brighton & Hove is an artistic hub with a wide variety of art galleries,the biggest of which is the city itself.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Plan your day out at The British Ironwork Centre

Plan your day out at The British Ironwork Centre

Buy goods made from metal work at The British Ironwork Centre.

Location: Oswestry, Shropshire

Outdoor art and sculpture

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