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Summer 2018 sculpture trails round up

Summer 2018 sculpture trails round up

Bristol has Wallace & Gromit and Bath has owls, but this summer also sees a number of other cities entertaining the masses with sculpture trails that also raise funds for charity. Here are some of the ones on offer.


Gromit Unleashed 2

Gromit Unleashed 2 is Bristol’s second Wallace & Gromit themed sculpture trail, and raises funds for Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity’s Grand Appeal. This year it boasts interactive sculptures and contactless donation points with over 60 sculptures to find in total. It ends on 2 September then giving people the opportunity from 15 – 30 September to visit the sculpture showcase exhibition The Greatest Dog Show on Earth® 2 and bid farewell to their favourites before they go under the hammer to raise funds for the hospital.


Minerva’s Owls of Bath

Bath is currently full of owls, with over 80 Minerva’s Owls of Bath raising funds for four local charities: Royal United Hospital Cancer Centre, the Bath Young Carers Centre, The Archway Project, and the UK Little Owl Project. Following the end of the trail, there will be a Owls Hoot Farewell auction preview weekend on 29-30 September, followed by the charity auction on 17 October.


GoGo Hares Norwich

Children’s charity Break is benefitting from Norwich’s 2018 summer trail, GoGo Hares. There is a city trail, a county trail in the wider Norwich region, and its learning programme trail, GoGoCreate. Altogether there are 50 hares to find, and 164 leverets before it ends on 8 September.


Hoodwinked Nottingham

Nottingham’s summer Hoodwinked trail stars the robin, with 33 sculptures dotted around the city, inspired by the Robin Hood legend. The trail raises funds for Nottingham Hospice, and is on until 30 September.


Worcester Stands Tall

Giraffes are roaming Worcester this summer, in aid of St Richard’s Hospice. There are 57 to find, all within a one-mile radius of the city centre, and the giraffes will be in situ until 16 September. The Worcester Stands Tall auction will raise money for the St. Richard’s Hospice Build 2020 Appeal, which is aiming to raise the final £1.4 million needed to build a bigger hospice.


Bee in the City Manchester

Wild in Art and Manchester City Council have brought Manchester’s communities together for Bee in the City this summer. There are over 100 large honeybees currently residing in the city, as well as 130 small bee sculptures, with this trail benefitting We Love Manchester and available until 23 September.


Maggie’s Penguin Parade, Dundee

Penguins have hit the city of Dundee this summer in Maggie’s Penguin Parade, which benefits Maggie’s Centre. There are 69 hidden in the city until 7 September, with more elsewhere. The mould for the unique penguin sculpture was designed by artist and Senior Lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Janice Aitken after researching penguins at St Andrew’s Aquarium and a penguin specimen at the University of Dundee’s D’Arcy Thomson Museum.



Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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