Creatives Unlocked – Paul Blakemore
I’m a professional, freelance photographer with over ten years experience working amongst the performing arts. I have built an extensive catalogue of published work in various national newspapers including pictures used on various national arts platforms such as the British Council and Arts Council. Regular clients include the Bristol Old Vic alongside many other theatre makers and companies including MAYK, The British Para Orchestra and Theatre Orchard.
I moved to Weston nearly three years ago from Bristol and it’s brilliant!
Sssshhh! Weston secrets
The best kept secret about Weston is the Worlebury Woods. With endless paths branching in and out of the trees you never struggle to see the woods in different lights especially as the seasons change. It’s a wonderful walk even in the rain. Listening to the rain drops falling from the dense canopy is simply tranquil or catching an eye of the diverse wildlife is a joy too. It offers cycle tracks and cross country running for all those hyper active folks like me 🙂 Plus a historic iron age hill fort, kept and maintained by the community of volunteers in WsM.
My top picks are Weston Artspace for Culture and Creativity, Loves Café for entertainment and as I’ve already revealed as my Weston secret, Worlebury Woods for wellbeing. Amongst my favourite places to eat and drink are Papa’s for classic fish and chips, Meze Mazi for Greek tapas, Sakura for sushi (or Yoji if you want to splash out!), The Coffee House for fresh coffee and obviously Loves for tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes.
The landscape here is a joy to live amongst. To live by the sea is what a Midlander heart has always wished for. It’s the perfect location for getting some headspace from your desk too and within minutes you imagination is stimulated and surprised.
My wish for the town is that more independent businesses and organisations can survive and prosper, hopefully transforming the town into wonderful hub of supportive trades.
Weston Walk the Walk
My choice of person to walk along the promenade with would probably be ‘Banksy’. Just to prove to him it’s not so dismal after all but how we could do with another lick of paint please!