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Fun for the summer as new Book Bench Art Trail comes to Cambridge



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Following last year’s Cows about Cambridge, a smaller but just as colourful art trail has come to the city for the summer.

A bench at Peas Hill. Picture: Keith Heppell
A bench at Peas Hill. Picture: Keith Heppell

The Book Bench Art Trail is delivered by Cambridge BID, together with Wild in Art, aided by funding from Cambridge & Peterborough Combined Authority via Cambridge City Council.

Benches designed by UK artists can now be found across the city, from the historic core to shopping centres, the railway station and the parks and open spaces. A map has been created which can be downloaded from the Love Cambridge website.

Cambridge BID CEO Ian Sandison said: “Following the fantastic success of our Cows about Cambridge project in 2021, we are delighted to be working again with the team from Wild in Art on this Book Bench Trail.

“This new trail will encourage people to visit the city and literally dwell and take some time out as they wander. We are already working with the project team on our next citywide full trail that we intend to deliver in the spring of 2024.”

A bench at the Grand Arcade. Picture: Keith Heppell
A bench at the Grand Arcade. Picture: Keith Heppell

Dr Nik Johnson, mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, added: “Supported with funding from the Combined Authority’s Business Board, these book benches are a wonderful addition to Cambridge. Making our high streets more welcoming and interesting helps support businesses and jobs, brings more money into the local economy.

“And investments into the cultural offering of an area is important in creating a sense of place, which in turn improves public wellbeing. Well done to the Cambridge BID team on another great addition to the city, and I encourage everyone to follow the Book Bench Art Trail this summer.”

A bench at Old Divinity School, St John's Street. Picture: Keith Heppell
A bench at Old Divinity School, St John's Street. Picture: Keith Heppell

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Cllr Alice Gilderdale, executive councillor for recovery, employment and community safety at Cambridge City Council, said: “We are delighted to support Cambridge BID and Wild in Art in bringing these fabulous book bench installations to Cambridge.

“The book benches form part of a wider programme of improvements, which we’ve been leading on, with the support of partners and the Combined Authority funding, to support the city’s recovery from the effects of the pandemic.”

A bench at Lion Yard. Picture: Keith Heppell
A bench at Lion Yard. Picture: Keith Heppell

The team at Wild in Art has developed the book bench sculpture and commissioned the artists. Charlie Langhorne, managing director and co-founder, Wild in Art, said: “We are delighted to be working with Cambridge BID once again to bring these book benches to Cambridge.

Ian Sandison from Cambridge BID, on the bench by Hobbs Pavilion. Picture: Keith Heppell
Ian Sandison from Cambridge BID, on the bench by Hobbs Pavilion. Picture: Keith Heppell

“The book benches are a fantastic spectacle and showcase a wonderful wealth of artistic talent. We hope everyone will enjoy discovering them”.

The benches can be found in the following locations:

  • The Grafton entrance, Burleigh Street
  • Christ’s Pieces
  • Station Road, outside One Station Square
  • Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Old Divinity School, St John’s Street
  • Botanic Garden Hills Road Entrance
  • Donkey Common, Gonville Place
  • Grand Arcade
  • Lion Yard
  • Parker’s Piece, outside Hobbs Pavilion
  • Peas Hill
  • Sussex Street

Visit love-cambridge.com to download the trail map and tag @lovecambridge_ in Instagram photographs.



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