Although people may not be able to explore the amazing Solway Coast at the moment, there are still plenty of free ways to keep in touch with the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The team behind the Solway Coast AONB have arranged a series of virtual events designed to help locals and visitors keep a connection with the area while lockdown restrictions are in place.
The different events cater for people of all ages with draw-a-long tutorials aimed at primary school-aged children and a series of cross-border webinars hosted with the Solway Firth Partnership, which discuss conservation and habitat restoration in the area.
The latest of the ‘Solway Stories’ draw-a-long events is scheduled to take place tomorrow (Feb 18) and is themed on the Romans and Milefortlet 21. It takes place at 2.30pm and while aimed at primary school-age children anyone can take part.
Hosted by Liz Million, in partnership with Cumbria County Council and Silloth Library, the draw-along tutorials are all about the Solway Coast AONB with the next session talking attendees through drawing their very own warrior.
Anna Pollard, Project Officer at the Solway Coast AONB, said: “These easy drawing tutorials will inspire and encourage your little ones, maybe even you, to pick up your pencil more. Be prepared to laugh along as Liz takes you around the Solway Coast's top spots, delving into history and making up stories as she goes along.”
There are other draw-a-longs planned for March 18 and April 15 where drawing everything from moss monsters to wildlife will be done. To reserve a place, go to Eventbrite.
The next ‘Coastal Conservation’ event will take place on February 25 at 6.30pm and will be exploring the dynamic dunes of the Solway Coast. Also free, this online session will look at how these special places are being managed across the Solway Firth, discussing case studies from Silloth and Mersehead.
To book a place on the ‘Coastal Conversation’ go to Eventbrite.