Walking with witches

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THE artist duo behind a series of events to mark the 400th anniversary of the Lancashire witch trials are inviting people to walk part of the trail taken by the witches on their way to execution in 1612.

Pete and Sue Flowers, of Melling-based Green Close Studios, are offering a first chance to walk part of a new long distance footpath.

The walk is part of Green Close’s contribution to the Bowland Arts Festival. They are also staging a week of free family workshops at their studios this month as part of the festival.

There will be opportunities to create a paper quilt, meet artists involved in the 400th anniversary of the Lancashire Witches project and look at artwork created by local schoolchildren as part of the Walking With Witches Open Studio from June 16 to 24.

On Sunday, June 24, there will be a celebration of all the work created during the week, including the unveiling of the paper quilt.

There will also be an opportunity to meet Gary Foxcroft, director of Stepping Stones, who will talk about children in the Niger Delta accused of witchcraft. The Lancaster charity will benefit from money raised from the auction of a community quilt later this year and during the week visitors will be able to watch artist Hilli McManus making it.

The walk from Lancaster to Caton is on June 23, booking is essential and Green Close are asking people to make a voluntary contribution to the cost of transport provided back to Lancaster.

For more information go to www.lancashirewitches400.org or www.bowlandarts.co.uk