‘I suppose it’s Barbara from Scarborough that we need to thank' says Claire Thornley AKA. Our Favourite Places as she starts her talk on CreativeMornings’ May theme, #CMCommitment.
Claire met Barbara when staying in the seaside town for a holiday. The B&B owner gave Claire and husband Glenn a scrap of paper, detailing her recommendations for things to do in Scarborough. The couple spent the weekend working through Barbara’s list, discovering the very best of Scarborough, according to a local. The words on top of that list?
Our Favourite Places‘We’ve really committed to Our Favourite Places and it’s paid off…at least I think, we haven’t really measured it. It’s just great to have something where you can be your own client.’
Our Favourite Places is a product of Eleven Design, the design studio run by Claire and husband Glenn. It was Eleven’s commitment to Our Favourite Places, that led Claire to the Ecclesall Woods to speak on #CMCommitmment.
The venue for May’s CreativeMornings Sheffield is the JG Graves Woodland Discovery Centre. Nestled in Sheffield’s leafy suburbs, the centre is set within 142 hectares of ancient woodland and surrounded by a friendly community of craftspeople, rangers and volunteers. A beautiful, peaceful place for CreativeMornings Sheffield to call home for the morning.
‘We spent time, money and resources on something we didn’t know anyone would be interested in. We made a guidebook.’
Claire and Glenn’s frustrations that the city wasn’t shouting about the fantastic things happening within its seven hills, first inspired Our Favourite Places, Sheffield’s culture guide.
One guidebook became four, an Our Favourite Places guide to typography in Sheffield was listed as one of the best in Britain by The Guardian, then came website www.ourfaveplaces.co.uk, and an event, the now annual Sheffield Photo Marathon.
Alongside working with some of the region’s largest institutions and artists, having a baby boy, and helping to promote the city with the Sheffield Culture Consortium, Eleven remained committed to Our Favourite Places. Most recently a new website launched, and more exciting announcements are to come in 2018.
‘Now we’re kind of some unofficial tourist board for the city with Our Favourite Places.’
Words by Molly McGreevy