Now this really is a fun run!

Art On The Run. Picture: Mark Carline
Art On The Run. Picture: Mark Carline

By Simon Donohue

This event was originally scheduled for April 1

Now taking place on May 21, Wild Rumpus has joined forces with the Forestry Commission England to stage a run with a difference through LIVIA, a Forestry Commission Woodland on the Prestwich/Salford border.
Art On The Run is billed as a ridiculous run like no other – a 5k dash through the most beautiful landscape encountering surprising and fantastical large-scale art installations.

Art On The Run is the first event of this scale at the newly regenerated LIVIA Forest which spans Salford and Bury councils and is part of the City Forest Park, an initiative by City of Trees and the Forestry Commission to create a huge public park in Greater Manchester bigger than New York’s Central Park.

Lots of trees have been planted across the site in recent years to provide a haven for wildlife and an expanse of woodland for local communities to enjoy.

LIVIA is part of the Irwell Sculpture Trail and made up of many community woodlands and nature reserves linking Clifton Country Park and Drinkwater Park.

Sarah Bird and Rowan Hoban, Directors of Wild Rumpus say: “We love running, we love music, we love art and we love exploring forests, so we put all this together to create a new event. We’re thrilled to have found such a beautiful and inspiring site to host our first ever Art On the Run.”

Richard Topley, Forester for LIVIA at Forestry Commission England, said: “We are delighted to be able to host the “Art On The Run” event at LIVIA. The woodland has developed over the last few years and this event is a great chance to open the doors to a wider audience and invite families to enjoy the site in a different and unusual way. LIVIA is host to a wide range of habitats and wildlife, and being stone’s throw from Manchester City Centre it’s a great place to spend a day walking, cycling or running!”

ART ON THE RUNLIVIA Forest, Prestwich; 11am, May 21.

For information and to book tickets (£20 adults, £10 children) visit  (please note tickets will not be available to purchase on the day)