Welcome return for Gromit and pals

December 20 2017

PEOPLE in the Downend area can look forward to another Wallace & Gromit arts trail taking place across Bristol this summer.

PEOPLE in the Downend area can look forward to another Wallace & Gromit arts trail taking place across Bristol this summer.

More than 60 decorated sculptures of the popular pair - and the pesky penguin Feathers McGraw - will go on show in the city from July 2 to September 2.

Locations for the Gromit Unleashed 2 trail are still being decided. If you would like to suggest a site within an approximate 10-mile radius of the city centre, contact the organisers by January 4. 

As with the previous Gromit trail in 2013 and the Shaun the Sheep trail in 2015, schools can also get involved with the project, which is run by Bristol Children’s Hospital charity The Grand Appeal with animation studio Aardman.They can apply to decorate a smaller sculpture of Feathers McGraw.

Nicola Masters, director of the Grand Appeal said: "Ever since we confirmed a third arts trail, we've been blown away by public support from across the country and around the world.

"Gromit is so well loved and has universal appeal, and since our inaugural trail in 2013, he has gone on to help us raise over £6 million for Bristol Children's Hospital. Wallace and Gromit have played a huge part in our 22-year history as a charity."

The trail will raise money for the children’s hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael’s Hospital.

Dr Giles Haythornthwaite, ED consultant at Bristol Children's Hospital said: "The trails bring a real sense of excitement to the young patients we care for, and will help us continue to provide the world-class treatment they need and deserve.”

Gromit Unleashed 2 will be the first sculpture trail in the world to feature three licensed characters. A number of Bristol's leading institutions, including Creditcall, Renishaw, Rolls-Royce and the University of Bristol, are adding expertise to make this the most innovative sculpture trail yet.

Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park and Aardman founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton added: “The Grand Appeal trails have raised an incredible amount of money for a cause that’s very close to all of our hearts here at Aardman.”