Message to the Sea !


Sewerby Hall & Gardens 2014

The Brief

Set to coincide with the re-opening of Sewerby Hall after its £2.6m HLF funded restoration and to help celebrate its 300 year anniversary in August 2014, Rusticus were asked to create a stand-alone festival style event to community engagement and enhance the visitor experience.


What We Did

Our approach was to create ‘Message to the Sea’ – an exciting mixed arts one day festival designed to generate interest and excitement in the venue by celebrating its unique cliff-top location. We took the opportunity to bring in partners – including a music stage run by Cornucopia Festival, Scrapstore Hull, the RSPB, The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas Centre, the RNLI, Flamborough Management Scheme, The Children’s Centre Bridlington, The Harbour Museum Bridlington, Yorkshire Coast Nature photography, the Coastal Voices choir, and the Artwaves Visual Arts Festival from the Spa, Bridlington –


The Result

We created a unique event which featured live music, large scale crafting, photography, nature spotting walk, soundscape & art installation and three bespoke pirate, mermaid and storybook adventures. Visitor numbers were buoyant and bonds with the local arts community were developed.

“I have to say we have had some fantastic feedback so far and I was over the moon when we sold out of the tickets by Thursday morning. We had to turn quite a few people away for Halloween itself – but a good problem to have!”

Marketing Manager

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