WHITCHURCH will come alive with colour from this weekend with the beginning of a three-week art trail.

With no Blackberry Fair for the second year running, the event's organisers have come up with an alternative to the traditional autumn event.

Held over three weekends, the art trail will celebrate art, storytelling and sustainability, with participants encouraged to explore the town to discover hidden artworks.

Steve Chapman, event organiser, was full of celebration for the launching of the trail.

He said: "With no Blackberry Fair for a second year the team behind Whitchurch's zany autumn street festival couldn't sit still or let the community down in these challenging times.

"Thanks in part to the town council, Whitchurch Business Group, a very generous donation and a whole bunch of new and old friends, kicking off this Saturday the Blackberry Fair brings a brand-new kind of art trail to Whitchurch.

"Celebrating 'Hope from the Wild' and 'The Power of Together', it's a welcome return to your town.

"Put on a coat, pick up a map or download it online, follow the waymarkers and seek out the hidden artworks with stories to make you think, laugh and hopefully act."

The trail will take place September 18-19, 25-26 and Saturday, October 2, from 10am until 5pm.

The trail will also feature the Blackberry Fair's traditional dance.

Steve added: "To finish it all off, a Blackberry Shindig just wouldn't be right without a dance.

"On Saturday, October 2 from 11am until 5pm, join the emeritus Professor Bramble with his 'maker of positive vibes' at the bandstand in Jubilee Park for a grand community picnic.

"Bring your rug and chairs.

"It's live music all the way from past friends Mary and the Mudlarks, Jeep Johnson and get ready to splice the mainsail with the raucous Old Time Sailors.

"Poetry, food, drink and a chance for families to dance together again.

"Come forth all ye pirates, faeries, vikings and good folk of Whitchurch, it's fun, it's free and it's another day of daring to be different.

"If you're more comfortable wearing a mask do feel free, we can't wait to see you all."