The Big Hoot has flown into Ipswich

Following the success of Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk and Pigs Gone Wild, the third trail by St Elizabeth Hospice and Wild in Art is now live!

The Big Hoot is a free art trail of 50 ornately decorated owl sculptures, featuring designs celebrating all things Suffolk. They are scattered throughout Ipswich and showcase the wealth of artistic talent of the county and beyond.

It is the biggest free art event in Suffolk which will attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to the town.

Visitors will also be able to meet the Little Hoot owls, who are in special locations all across town; designed by local schools and groups. An app is available to see all the locations and to track your owl spots.

The Big and Little Hoots will attract thousands of local families, residents and visitors to Ipswich and in turn contribute financial benefits to the local economy.

Each of the Big Hoots are sponsored by a local business and at the end of the trail, they will be auctioned to raise valuable funds for the hospice’s care and support services to those living with life-limiting or progressive illness.

St Elizabeth Hospice’s previous trails raised awareness and funds for the hospice as well as encouraged more people to visit Ipswich town centre.

Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk, and its subsequent sculpture auction and accompanying fundraising activities, raised more than £260,000.

While Pigs Gone Wild is estimated to have brought an extra £1 million to the town’s economy through increased visits and spending in the town, as 250,000 people completed the trail.

Where: Ipswich
When: 19 June – 3 September 2022
Event partner: St Elizabeth Hospice
Website: The Big Hoot
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