Outdoor art and sculpture

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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End of your C2C route with a series of exquisite artwork

End of your C2C route with a series of exquisite artwork

Enjoy a series of fascinating artworks as you complete your final mile of your Coast to Coast cycle route.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Cycling
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Check out Banksy's art in Bristol

Check out Banksy's art in Bristol

Home to Banksy and more, Bristol is a mecca for street art and graffiti in the UK.

Location: Bristol

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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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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Performing art at the Ropetackle Arts Centre

Performing art at the Ropetackle Arts Centre

Immerse yourself in the arts at this newly-built, intimate venue located on the bank of the River Adur.

Location: Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex

Performing arts
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Find The National Forest’s six time-telling sculptures

Find The National Forest’s six time-telling sculptures

Beautiful and intriguing, these natural installations interpret the distinctive nature of six different landscapes that form The National Forest area.

Location: Multiple locations, The National Forest

Forests and woodlands
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Chainsaw sculptures capture the eye at Beacon Hill

Chainsaw sculptures capture the eye at Beacon Hill

Where would you expect to see a sheep duo, rock character, miniature train and fairy castle, all carefully carved out of wood?

Location: Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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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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Follow Portland’s Tout Quarry Sculpture Trail

Follow Portland’s Tout Quarry Sculpture Trail

Portland’s rugged landscape is home to breathtaking views, as well as some history and heritage surprises.

Location: Portland, Dorset

Budget
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Public art trails around NewcastleGateshead

Public art trails around NewcastleGateshead

Across NewcastleGateshead you will discover public art in the most surprising of places.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Outdoor art and sculpture
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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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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 the Barbara Hepworth Museum

Explore the Barbara Hepworth Museum

Whether you’re a garden lover, art aficionado or simply a St Ives devotee you can’t fail to fall for the magic of the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

Price: From £6

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Find yourself face-to-face with gigantic outdoor sculptures

Find yourself face-to-face with gigantic outdoor sculptures

Each face reveals a story as you meet the gigantic outdoor sculptures that span the width and breadth of the seaside resort.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Outdoor art and sculpture

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