September Arts Scene 2017

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Top 5 Arts Trails in East of England 

This month follow the road to vivid colour and crafts with September’s line up of art trails and open studios

9 September – 1 October, Hertfordshire Open Studios

For almost 30 years, local artists have been opening their their homes or place of work to the public for a free exhibition over the course of a three-week period. The event is designed to bring awareness of the diversity of the talent available throughout the county. Visitors can always expect to find artists ready to show, demonstrate or talk about their work, or just allow quiet browsing if preferred. Regardless, a warm welcome is assured at every venue. Find out more at


8-23 September, Billericay Art Trail

Town Centre, Billericay, Essex, CM12 0

The trail begins at the library, showcasing work from each exhibiting artist, enabling you to watch some of them at work before you hit the Trail. The High Street and surrounding area will showcase the work of local, professional, semi-professional and amateur artists in shops and other businesses, with much of the work available for sale. Children can explore to with the ‘I-Spy’ Trail for kids, free kids Saturday art activities.

23 Sept – 1 October, Maldon Arts Trail

Town Centre, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6

The annual event showcases local artists works in shops, cafes and public buildings around the town. There’s a diverse range of art available to view including paintings, photography, sculptures, textiles and paper cutting. Further details at

11-23 Sept, Rochford Art Trail

Town Centre, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1HA

The trail boasts a variety of art, craft and design displayed in stores and buildings throughout the town. Guided walks of the trail are available and will take in the diverse collection of traditional and contemporary arts plus the medieval market town. Artist demonstrations, music evenings and arts and design sale will also be available.

12-17 September, HighTide Festival

Aldeburgh, Suffolk

An annual celebration featuring new plays on the Suffolk coast. The festival will include a programme of talks from world-class artists, play readings, comedy, cabaret and more. This year features a new temporary theatre space called The Mix on the heart of the seafront.


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