Our #loveyourlocalarches campaign is returning this summer and we’re aiming to make this year’s activities bigger and better, to help the businesses beneath our famous railway arches, recover from the pandemic.

On Saturday, 3 July 2021, The Arch Company’s #loveyourlocalarches campaign culminated with ARCH DAY 2021. Celebrating the diverse and brilliant businesses who call our railway arches home, the day was supported by The Arch Company, who offered match-funding grants of up to £2,500 to help tenants make the most of the occasion.

ARCH DAY 2021 was a hit in person and on social media, with a national series of events take place including:

  • Salford’s Chapel Walks Arch Day Fest – a flagship event, this picnic party served fresh beers courtesy of Manchester Union Brewery and Beer Nuveau, with BContours celebrating the power of barre, afternoon teas and live DJ, as well as Mayor of Salford Paul Dennett visiting to show his passion for backing local businesses.
  • Huddersfield: Hoults wine merchants and Kwas Bar raised a glass to Vine-A-Duct Street, with wine tasting throughout the day
  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne:
    • UpSide Down Presents hosted Side by Side with local neighbours Souvenirs upon Tyne and Coffee on the Side. The trio ran special offers and created a decked ‘Yarden’ for passers-by to enjoy.
    • Prima Restaurant’s free-flowing brunch made the most of their new outside space.
    • Centred Chiropractic LTD’s Spinal Assessment Day showcased their services whilst also helping their community with free medical advice.
  • Sheffield:
    • Hell’s Kitchen Diner transformed into Hell’s Art Arch, with live graffiti artists and delicious dishes for guests.
    • Chapeltown Tap House & Gin Bar hosted Chap Tap Art & Food Exhibition. Artist Luke Horton’s Sheffield-themed artwork was available to buy, and restaurant Butcher & Catch served up specials.
  • Worcester: The Worcester Brewing Company’s Worchester Arches Festival brought fellow arch businesses and local artisans together for a full day of live music, fresh food, arts, crafts and locally brewed beers.
  • Leamington Spa: Archway’s Drum School offered complimentary lessons with local musicians.
  • Kent:
    • Canterbury: Platform’s Yard Day celebrated artists from the arch community with demonstrations and talks.
    • Folkstone: Michael Hogben Art Gallery’s Open Day – and 100 new artworks – was hosted by comedian Vic Reeves.
  • Bath: ‘Imagined City’ by the Collaborative Design & Build team explored co-design workshops themed around the city of Bath.
  • London:
    • Brixton: Little Black Pants Club hosted a pedal-powered Sweat Shop event, highlighting slow fashion.
    • Southwark: Wawa restaurant’s Japanese street food extravaganza was a treat.
    • Southwark: Moor Beer Brewery was open for brewery tours and tastings.
    • Wandsworth: the Loft Pilates Studio threw their doors open for free sessions.
    • Bermondsey: skatepark Hop Kitchen celebrated skateboarding with special lessons for all ages.
    • Tower Hamlets: KO Community Projects’ Open Day in Bethnal Green celebrated their incredible array of activities – with a bake sale to boot.

We’re always here to celebrate local arches. For more information about the #loveyourlocalarches campaign and #ARCHDAY2022, please email us at thearchco.comms@thearchco.com.

Below are some case studies about our existing tenants who took part in Arch Day 2021.