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Going on the trail of hares, giraffes, Snowdogs and elephant sculptures

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:10 22 March 2018

Elmer the Elephant sculptures will be taking over Ipswich next year. Pictured are Agatha and Evelyn. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Elmer the Elephant sculptures will be taking over Ipswich next year. Pictured are Agatha and Evelyn. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

If you can’t wait for Elmer the elephant’s trail to be launched in Ipswich in 2019, why not go on a sculpture trail around the UK this year?

Ed Sheer-Ham was one of the stars of the Pigs Gone Wild event in Ipswich, standing outside UCS. Picture: SIMON PARKEREd Sheer-Ham was one of the stars of the Pigs Gone Wild event in Ipswich, standing outside UCS. Picture: SIMON PARKER

Pigs Gone Wild proved a smash hit in 2016, as thousands of families from far and wide travelled to Ipswich, raising money for St Elizabeth Hospice.

Now Elmer has been unveiled as the colourful successor to the pigs, with the hospice benefiting once again.

As well as 50 big sculptures, there will also be 100 baby elephants. In the meantime, here are some other Wild in Art sculpture trails to follow.

GoGo Hares will be arriving in Norwich this summer. Monique Oulare jumping for joy at the launch at White Women School, Old Catton. Picture: NICK BUTCHERGoGo Hares will be arriving in Norwich this summer. Monique Oulare jumping for joy at the launch at White Women School, Old Catton. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

GoGoHares are coming to Norwich this year, after two previous events, GoGoGorillas in 2013 and GoGoDragons in 2013.

The Hares trail will run from June 24 to September 8, with 50 sculptures in the city and 15 in other parts of Norfolk.

The charity being supported by the event is Break, which works with children and young people in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

Giraffes in Worcester! Ivan Knezovich, managing director of West Midland Safari Park, and Tricia Cavell, fundraising director at St Richards Hospice, out on safari. Picture:  WEST MIDLAND SAFARI PARKGiraffes in Worcester! Ivan Knezovich, managing director of West Midland Safari Park, and Tricia Cavell, fundraising director at St Richards Hospice, out on safari. Picture: WEST MIDLAND SAFARI PARK

Giraffes are the choice of Worcester for its sculpture trail this year, appropriately called Worcester Stands Tall.

More than 25 2.5m tall giraffes will appear across the city, in aid of St Richard’s Hospice.

The event is due to run from July 9 to September 16.

Nottingham Forest legend John McGovern with Robin Hood bird sculptures, which will be in Nottingham for Hoodwinked in 2018. The football club is a sponsor. Picture: TRACEY WHITEFOOTNottingham Forest legend John McGovern with Robin Hood bird sculptures, which will be in Nottingham for Hoodwinked in 2018. The football club is a sponsor. Picture: TRACEY WHITEFOOT

Robins will be flying into Nottingham, appropriately dressed in green as legendary outlaw Robin Hood.

Hoodwinked: A Twist on the Tale will run from July 7 through to September 30, raising money for charity partner Nottinghamshire Hospice.

An art trail map and app will both be launched in July, to help families keep track of all the sculptures.

Bee in the City will be taking place in Manchester in 2018. Au Bee is one of the first sculptures to be painted. Picture: DAVID OATESBee in the City will be taking place in Manchester in 2018. Au Bee is one of the first sculptures to be painted. Picture: DAVID OATES

Manchester is set to get buzzing in summer, with more than 80 giant honey bee sculptures on show.

Bee in the City will take wing in July and fly through to September, over a nine-week period,

The event will raise money for the We Love MCR Charity, which aids people in Manchester and their communities.

Maggie's Penguin Parade is set to bring sculptures to Dundee this summer. Picture: ALAN RICHARDSON/MAGGIE'S CENTRE DUNDEEMaggie's Penguin Parade is set to bring sculptures to Dundee this summer. Picture: ALAN RICHARDSON/MAGGIE'S CENTRE DUNDEE

You don’t have to go all the way to the Antarctic to see penguins, because there will be plenty of them in the Scottish city of Dundee.

Maggie’s Penguin Parade will feature 80 colourful giant birds and 100 ”baby” sculptures, from June 29 to September 7.

The trail will raise money for Maggie’s Dundee, which provides support for people with cancer and their families.

Sparky the Snowdog has a tour of Ashford to give a sneak peek of the sculpture trail heading to the town this autumn. Picture: ASHFORD BOROUGH COUNCILSparky the Snowdog has a tour of Ashford to give a sneak peek of the sculpture trail heading to the town this autumn. Picture: ASHFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL

Moving into autumn, the Snowdogs Discover Ashford event will see the Kent town celebrating the art of Raymond Briggs.

More than 25 Snowdog sculptures will be displayed around the area from September to November.

The event will raise money for Pilgrims Hospices.

Two year old Fabienne Mackendrick meets one of the Snailspace snails outside the Theatre Royal, Brighton. Picture: SIMON DACK / VERVATETwo year old Fabienne Mackendrick meets one of the Snailspace snails outside the Theatre Royal, Brighton. Picture: SIMON DACK / VERVATE

Another autumn event is Snailspace Brighton & Hove, running from September to November.

There will be 50 giant snails moving into the city for an eight-week stay, before they are auctioned off in time for Christmas.

Money is being raised for Martlets, which provides hospice care in the area.

Sue North, Sarah Hodge and Emma Maddison from Hillside Primary School with Elmer, looking forward to next year's elephants event in Ipswich.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNSue North, Sarah Hodge and Emma Maddison from Hillside Primary School with Elmer, looking forward to next year's elephants event in Ipswich. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

If you’d like to find out more about the various sculpture trails around the country, visit the Wild in Art website.

And don’t forget to look forward to next year’s Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk, which will run for 12 weeks during the summer.

The Pigs Gone Wild event attracted more than 250,000 visitors to Ipswich, and it is hoped the elephants event will be even bigger!

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