Street art and flower beds in Morecambe

Previous to my ‘behind the scenes’ theatre tour at Morecambe’s Winter Gardens I’d found out that back in 2016 several murals and mosaics were commissioned and created as a project to help reinvigorate the town and celebrate its heritage so when I came out of the theatre after my tour I went in search of them, although with the exception of one I’ve been unable to find out who the artists were.
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Child-like art on a boarded up shop window
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Discovered down a back alley
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The first piece of artwork to be produced and the last one I photographed was, to me at least, the best one, and was on the side of what was once the Victoria Inn. It was a collaboration between Morecambe artist Kate Drummond and Sheffield-based artists Faunagraphic and Rocket01; given the title ‘The Sands and Seas’ it was so large and detailed that I had to take several separate shots of it.
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Walking down a side street on my way back to the seafront I discovered the Central Methodist Church with its attractive front portico. Built in 1875/76 it was given a Grade ll listing in January 1993; unfortunately I’ve been able to find very little information about it but the lack of a board outside detailing service times etc. leads me to suspect that it’s no longer used as a chapel.
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Not having Poppie with me meant that for once I was able to have a look round the stalls in the indoor Festival Market where dogs aren’t allowed, then after coffee and a meal in Rita’s Cafe I went to have a wander along the Central Promenade. Above the shoe shop near the cafe was a brightly coloured psychedelic pattern and not far from the Midland Hotel and the stone jetty the walls surrounding the area where the fairground is usually situated were painted in many different patterns and colours.
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Although it had only been a couple of months since my previous visit to Morecambe the weather and the views across the bay were so good that I couldn’t resist taking several more photos. The gardens and flower beds were looking particularly attractive, possibly even more so than in July, and though I don’t profess to be any sort of gardener I do have a great liking for bright and colourful flower beds so the camera was put to good use.
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To say that it was well past mid September the weather was fabulous, and still warm enough to be wearing a t-shirt even though there was a breeze. I would have loved to stay to see the sunset but I had a little dog waiting for me at home so eventually it was time to think about going back, but not before I’d had another coffee in Rita’s Cafe, which just finished the day off nicely.

14 thoughts on “Street art and flower beds in Morecambe

  1. As you say, some fabulous art, and how sad that most of the creators are now unknown.

    You always manage to make Morecambe look so inviting – maybe I will have to go back when we are eventually free to travel around again.

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    1. Maybe we could meet up there some time next summer Jayne. The town centre isn’t much to write home about but there’s a big outdoor Sunday market on the car park behind the Winter Gardens and the stalls in the Festival Market are worth a look. If you ignore the few scruffy shops on the seafront the promenade itself and gardens are really lovely πŸ™‚

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  2. I agree with your opinion of the best artwork. that anchor is wonderful. The flower beds are so colourful, just lovely. You were blessed with good weather for your day out too.

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    1. The different sections of writing in that artwork all tell a story but there were so many I couldn’t put them all on here. The flower beds were gorgeous as was the weather – I really only went for the theatre tour and if it had been a dull day it wouldn’t have mattered so the warm sunshine, blue sky and clear views across the bay were an absolute bonus πŸ™‚

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  3. Really love that street art. I don’t know Morecambe at all, I only passed along the seafront on my coastal walk, so it’s good to see more of it.
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  4. Maybe you could have a ride over there some time next year Paul. The promenade is lovely, and I can guarantee your girlfriend won’t get muddy πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  5. Never been to Morecambe, but it sure looks interesting. I think we both enjoy murals/street art & have both been on a roll with photographing them this year. I did my last post on another one too. One of the photos you took reminds me of some quilt patterns cobbled together which would make a lovely top. The gardens are doing well this late in the year. Thanks for sharing load of snaps, take care, stay safe & hugs from down under.

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  6. The promenade and gardens are lovely Susan, especially the central area northwards from the Midland hotel, and there are big plans for a new Eden project to be developed on the promenade in the area where the fairground used to be, which was a pool and leisure centre years ago. I only became interested in street art a couple of years ago but I love it, I’ve got loads of photos taken in Manchester earlier in the year for a couple of future blog posts πŸ™‚

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  7. Thank you πŸ™‚ I only found out about the street art by accident, there isn’t a great lot in the town really and it’s mainly concentrated around one street. There was one I didn’t take a photo of as it’s sports related, something to do with some well known motorbike rider I think, but I’m not into sport at all so I ignored it. I do like the psychedelic ones on the promenade though πŸ™‚

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  8. Thank you. There are some very talented street artists around, especially in the cities – I wish I was one of them but I can’t draw or paint to save my life πŸ™‚

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  9. The daisies were such lovely colours, the bed where they were planted was quite a long one so it looked just like a colourful carpet. I had to look up their name though as I wouldn’t have known it πŸ™‚

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