Blogpost: Five reasons to love Harlow
News / Tue 30th Jul 2013 am31 07:11am
By Jo O’Reilly
AS we come to the end of out first month at YourHarlow, we thought we stop for a minute and look at:
Five reasons to be grateful you live in Harlow.
Access to Nature
If you want to get away from it all, then a picnic in the Town Park followed by a stroll around Pets Corner is a good place to start. Designed by Dame Sylvia Crowe in the 50s, the hundred and sixty-four acre park is a great way to spend a summer afternoon.
If you really want to get up close and personal with nature then you should to head to the other side of town to check out Pardon Wood nature reserve, the winner of the Green Flag award the reserve is open year round and includes a 1.5km trail through ancient woodland. The reserve also has a conservation centre where visitors can learn about the woodland and some of the species living within it.
We’re a sculpture town!
They’re everywhere in Harlow, so much so that many of us don’t even notice them anymore, no not roundabouts, sculptures. Many of the works are dotted around public places and like me you, probably walk past them everyday on the way to work or when out shopping without ever stopping to really look. Despite this the collection is impressive including Rodin’s Eve, and works by such well know artist as Elizabeth Frink and Henry Moore. Heading out of town, a new collection of work has been unveiled along the River Stort creating three and a half mile waterside sculpture trail, including an impressive glass and metal walkway with attractive views of the river.
Local Live Music
For over 30 years The Square has provided Harlow residents with access to live music, and a chance to see some of the best up and coming British bands before they hit the big time. Independently run since 2008 by a group of local musicians, The Square continues to provide top quality musical entertainments as well as comedy nights, open mic nights and a monthly quiz. Out in the open air, the bandstand in the town parks still play host the live music events in the summer with this years Linkfest, due to take place on the August Bank Holiday weekend.
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A Seemingly endless network of cycle tracks.
With Chris Froome making it a second British win in a row at The tour de France this year, it is not surprising that cycling has seen a resurgence in Britain. With many of us now choosing to give life on two wheels a go, but not yet confident enough to cycle on the roads, Harlow’s extensive cycle network is perfect. It’s a great way to get across town, putting less pressure on your wallet and the environment and a excellent way to get your heart pumping. A route map can be downloaded from the Cycle Harlow website, and for those who need a little more confidence getting back on the bike Cycle Harlow also run weekly led rides with experienced coaches.
Hyperlink to: (http://www.cycleharlow.co.uk/site/) (http://www.cycleharlow.co.uk/site/led-rides)
A thriving local art community
Sculpture isn’t all Harlow has to offer in the name of Art, the Gibberd Gallery at the civic centre is free for all to visit and The gatehouse art project has regularly shows in its Westgate exhibition space. Their exhibitions often feature the work of local artists, including open exhibitions where anyone can submit art. For budding actors The Moot House Players host regular performances in The Stow and anyone can get involved both on and behind the stage. The Playhouse has a packed schedule of theatre, dance and comedy events with regular open auditions as well as volunteering opportunities.
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