Stoke Reads BookBench Trail

Stoke Reads BookBench Trail

Friday 12 April - Sunday 30 June

Stoke-on-Trent City Council, the National Literacy Trust, and Wild in Art have brought their iconic BookBench sculptures to Stoke-on-Trent. The local campaign, known as Stoke Reads, aims to promote reading and boost literacy levels across the city.  The BookBenches help to inspire an enjoyment of reading and assist parents and practitioners to support children’s literacy skills.

Children and community groups, across Stoke-on-Trent, have painted 20 BookBenches with designs inspired by their favourite books. These have created a BookBench trail where residents and visitors can discover the decorated sculptures in 13 venues across the city region. There are literacy-focused events being held around the benches in some of the venues, including stories, poems, art and crafts. 

World of Wedgwood is delighted to be a display venue with three benches that have been designed by local schools: Etruscan Primary School with “Pathway To Your Dreams!”, Glebe Academy with “Once Upon A Time” and The Willows Primary School with its namesake “The Wind In The Willows”. 

The Benches can be seen, and enjoyed, in the Atrium and Wedgwood Museum, which is free to all visitors.  Pick up a BookBench trail map from your local library or venue taking part in the project.