On a lovely June day, nineteen WEA Creative Arts and Creative Writing for Wellbeing students from York came together with tutors to take part in an “Out of the Box” cultural visit to Saltburn by the Sea.
The purpose of the day was to experience the town of Saltburn as a piece of live history, learn about Henry Pease and how his vision of a heavenly town on the cliff top became a reality and take inspiration from the visit to work on pieces of creative art and writing in follow up study sessions. Another important intended outcome of the day was to provide a much needed opportunity to enhance students’ health and wellbeing providing a perfect setting to relax and lower stress levels.
After a very social and relaxing train journey the group arrived at Saltburn and were immediately able to admire the colourful mosaics which adorned the station wall, learning about the history of the town which they depicted. From here the group were taken on an informative walking tour exploring the landscape, discovering the history of some of the fine old buildings, and saying hello to the sculptured statue of Henry Pease. Other highlights of the day were a fascinating funicular ride and a scintillating stroll along the Victorian pier.
Cameras were clicking as students took every opportunity to capture the colourful surroundings. Images were shared and discussed with enthusiasm on the train journey back to York. So many ideas emerging already for poetry and art work to follow. It had been such a good day; a day full of learning and new experiences, and one which had a significant impact on students’ health and wellbeing.
Student reflected and responded with the following comments:
“This day was an injection of wellbeing into my tired system, with the WEA organising everything to the last detail. The visit to Saltburn has been my most memorable experience in my 4 years with the WEA.”
“I loved our Saltburn trip. The fresh sea air, the interesting location and the good company were exactly what I needed to lift my mood. What a beautiful place! I can’t wait to get my paints out and capture some of the joy of the day.”
“A very good day, lots of valuable experiences for our learning in the future. Strong bonds made between individuals and the group. Good support available and the itinerary wasn’t too demanding.”
“The visit went really well. Took a lot of photos and got so much inspiration for my art work. Enjoyed the company.”
“Lovely scenery. I’m certainly thinking of going to Saltburn again.”
“Saltburn; a beautiful day, sharing hidden gems and moments of discovery.”
“Today will be a beautiful memory that I will treasure forever. Thank you for making it possible