summer art trails

Go wild on art trails this summer

Free, fun, family-friendly art trails in cities up and down the country to entertain this summer holidays.

Find giant sculptures of hares, penguins, giraffes, robins and bees summer 2018. Norwich, Dundee, Worcester, Nottingham and Manchester will be home to hundreds of huge fibreglass animals individually painted by different artists. The colourful art trails in support of local charities will weave through the streets, parks and open spaces to entertain everybody that discovers them.

Available to all and free of charge to enjoy, the vibrant, quirky canvases will be unmissable talking points. Trail explorers will be able to pick up a map from information points in the city or download an app to track and record progress to get exclusive content or special rewards.

In the Midlands there are at least 30 Giraffe sculptures standing 2.5 metres tall in Worcester (Worcester Stands Tall, 9 July – 16 September) and 30 Robins to find perched in Nottingham (Hoodwinked, 7 July – 30 September).

Over in the East of England 68 majestic Hares over 1.6 metres in height have hopped into Norwich and across Norfolk (GoGoHares 24 June – 8 September). In Scotland, 80 Penguins have waddled into Dundee (Maggie’s Penguin Parade, 29 June – 7 September) and in Manchester there’s more than 100 Bees causing a buzz (Bee in the City, 23 July – 23 September).

You’ll also discover smaller sculptures decorated by local children and young people. After everybody has enjoyed them on the art trail, these mini versions are returned to the schools and groups that created them to keep.

Meanwhile, the super-sized sculptures will continue their good work: after making hundreds of thousands of people smile over the summer they will be available to buy at auctions to raise funds for the charities.

Cover photo: Lee Blanchflower