Felixstowe Finds sends thousands flocking to the seaside for pebble painting craze
A summer holiday craze has brought visitors flocking to the Suffolk seaside, transforming beaches into a huge collaborative art exhibition.
Thousands of people have been picking pebbles from Felixstowe beach, painting them and leaving their work for others to find.
While the craze has proved particular popular with young families, it appears to have struck a chord with artists of all ages.
On Sunday afternoon, scores of people, young and old, could be seen walking along the seafront carrying buckets filled with pebbles to paint or hide.
The trend began when Felixstowe mother-of-two Kelly Taylor was searching for activities to occupy her children during the summer holidays.
She came across a Pinterest page with pictures of painted stones and decided to give it a go with seven-year-old Daisy and Harry, 12.
After posting on Facebook to let her friends know where they might be able to find the stones, she was inundated with positive responses from fellow parents telling her what a great idea it was. She decided to create a public page to share the fun.
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Just days later, the page – Felixstowe Finds – has been joined by nearly 6,000 people all sharing pictures and tales of their exploits.
“The page has just gone from strength to strength,” Mrs Taylor said. “It started off with just friends and family, but after a while it went viral.”
The artwork on display includes everything from abstract scribbles by the younger painters through to images of emojis, fairy tale characters and superheroes, as well as flowers, hearts and motivational statements.
Mrs Taylor, a 36-year-old teaching assistant at Fairfield Infant School, Felixstowe, says the initiative has helped get youngsters off social media and out enjoying themselves in the fresh air.
“It’s taken off because it’s basically a massive game of hide and seek,” she added.
“People are really enjoying it and finding that it’s actually quite addictive. It’s got so many people on the beach – yesterday there were hundreds of them with their buckets of stones. Lots of people have messaged me to say thanks for giving me something free to do with the kids.”
Search for @FelixstoweFinds on Facebook to join the group and see some examples of the artwork.