The RTW Together Business Improvement District has created the first Royal Tunbridge Wells colouring book, as part of its inaugural Art Week event (August 22-29).
Featuring familiar scenes from across the town centre, the pictures to colour include Royal Victoria Place, Chapel Place, The High Street, The Ivy, Sankey’s Old Fishmarket, Spa Valley Railway and The Pantiles. Local illustrators were commissioned for the project, featuring talent from Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks.
The 40-page professionally produced book is completely free to pick up around the town centre from August 22, with an initial run of 2,000 copies to give away.
And enthusiastic artists can scribble their way to success with a colouring competition, completing a page in the book to win £100 hampers of art goodies from either Rymans or M. Saltmarsh.
As proprietor of M. Saltmarsh, the oldest art shop in England, Sue Luck will be casting her expert eye over the entries as judge.
‘Enthusiastic artists can scribble their way to success with a colouring competition, completing a page in the book to win £100’
BID Director Sarah-Jane Adams said: “The first town centre colouring book has proven to be very popular, even before launch, with rumours circulating on social media about where to get your hands on one!
“We really wanted this piece to look exactly like a professional colouring book and the fact that we’re able to supply it for free enables us to bring extra visitors into businesses who are stocking it.
“It’s also a real celebration of the beautiful vistas and architecture that make up the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells, and showcases a mixture of outdoor scenes and business frontages – and grown ups are going to love it too,” she added.
Stockists include: The Amelia Scott, The Plant Base, Sankey’s, Glass by Claudia, Bodyworks Lab, Ruby’s of London, Fuggles Beer Café, Fuggles Bottle Shop, Seasalt, Fixio, Stampede, Il Vesuvio, Manic Ceramix and many others.
Colouring books will be handed out free of charge at the BID’s Art Week event at the Calverley Precinct clock tower, on Saturday August 27, 11am-3pm, where big and little kids can also enjoy free face painting and glitter stalls, and take selfies with arty stilt walkers and promotional characters.
A full list of pick-up points can be found at: rtwtogether.com/artweek
Businesses who would like free stock should contact: email@example.com