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Stepping Out – a coastal walk with a difference

Event Date: 8th June 2019, 14:00 – 16:30

Event Category: Walk / Tour

Location: Northam Burrows

Cost: Free

Red Herring Productions

Stepping Out

Saturday June 8th and Sunday June 9th: 2.00 – 4.30 PM

Join Red Herring on a unique shared journey, a fun and intriguing performance walk, which reveals little known stories of our coastline and invites us to experience it in new ways.

Come and walk with us along the unique Northam Burrows coastline. This place may already be familiar to you, we’ll experience it together, in new and unfamiliar ways.  You’ll be immersed in a journey of both travel and time: a monumental journey of the earth beneath our feet; the migratory routes of wintering birds; the marks left behind by boatbuilders and the footprints of life along this coastline.


Through snippets of text, recorded sound and found objects, we’ll investigate the stories attached to the land as we travel across it.


A circular walk, developed in partnership with Northam Burrows Country Park, will cover 2 – 3 miles over uneven ground. Please come prepared to walk this distance with suitable outdoor footwear and clothing. You will walk for about 1.5 hours with frequent stops and creative interludes along the way. We will provide light refreshments. Please note, performance duration and finish times may vary, depending on the walking pace of each group.


Unfortunately, as the walks take place over uneven ground, we aren’t able to accommodate wheelchairs or push chairs. As we’ll be walking in a group, we also request that dogs stay at home.


Walks are suitable for young people aged 13+.


Numbers are limited to 20 on each walk.


Tickets are FREE, advanced booking is essential.


Location: The walks will start and finish from The Skern end of Northam Burrows Country Park. Specific details on the meeting place will be provided after booking.  Performances will start promptly, please arrive 15 minutes in advance to allow time to park and walk to the start. If you drive to the Burrows please be aware, unless you have a season ticket, there will be a £4 access fee.


Cancellations: If weather conditions are unsafe, we will inform you of any cancellations by 10am on the morning of the performance. If, due to poor weather, a performance is cancelled we will endeavour to offer an alternative date. 


Red Herring will be running further Stepping Out events in September 2019, please join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates. Events will include a new Creative Coastal Walk as well as an Interactive Walkabout Performance and Sound Installation see below for details.


Stepping Out is supported with funding from Arts Council England and the North Devon Coast AONB’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) which is funded by Defra.   Stepping Out is part of a series of events celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the North Devon Coast AONB.        


Red Herring Productions CIC: Who We Are

We create playful and exciting outdoor theatre which brings diverse groups of people together to celebrate our shared heritage. These are performed on street corners, in parks and rural landscapes, with a fresh approach that blurs the edges between performers and audiences.  We work with local communities, enabling them to learn about, share and celebrate their cultural heritage through talks, workshops and performance.