Visit Lichfield announces District Doodles winners

The artwork will be featured in The Hub at St Mary’s Letters from Lockdown exhibition.

Children from across the district have been putting their artistic skills to the test as part of Visit Lichfield’s District Doodles competition, and now the results are in.

Last month Lichfield District Council’s visitor economy service, Visit Lichfield, set children and young people the task of creating a piece of art featuring a local attraction they are looking forward to visiting once lockdown restriction are eased.

The competition came to a close at the end of May and the judges have now met virtually to choose a winner in each of the three age categories.

District Doodles judges included Councillor Iain Eadie, Peter Walker, artist in residence at Lichfield Cathedral, and Mandy Billington, an artist whose Lichfield illustrations appear on mugs sold at Lichfield’s visitor information centre.

They chose one-year old Isaac Jackson’s finger painting of Beacon Park’s flowers and trees as the winning entry in the 0 to 5 age group.

Competition was fierce in the 6 to 10 age category, and the judges picked a winner and runner up. Nine-year-old George Lewis won with a rainbow coloured drawing of Lichfield Cathedral. Ten-year-old Ruby Neville scooped the position of runner up with her picture of the nursing memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Finally, 11-year-old Henry Epstein came first in the 11 to 15 age group with his picture of Lichfield Cathedral reflected in Stowe Pool.

All four winning entries will be featured in The Hub at St Mary’s Letters from Lockdown exhibition, which is planned to take place following lockdown. The children will also each receive a family ticket to a choice of Visit Lichfield tours, to enjoy when they are up and running again.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Investment, Economic Growth & Tourism, said:

“I really enjoyed judging District Doodles with Peter and Mandy. We had some lovely entries that showed how much our local attractions are valued and missed.

“It meant we had a tough job to choose the winners, and I’d like to thank everyone for taking part and to congratulate the winners on their artwork.

“I know we are all looking forward to the time when we can get out and start enjoying all that the district has to offer.” 

To find out more about Visit Lichfield, go to

Find out more about Letters from Lockdown, visit

To see the winning entries, check out Lichfield District Council's Facebook or Twitter pages.

Published: 9 June 2020