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The GoGoHares will be hare before you know it!

The GoGoHares will be hare before you know it!

 

The GoGoHares will be hare before you know it as we say in Norfolk!

 

With trail maps in hand, or app downloaded, people all across Norfolk will be planning their routes around the city and county hare trails this summer.

 

Norfolk children’s charity Break has again partnered up with Wild in Art after the incredible success of the Gorillas in 2013 and Dragons in 2015, for what should be a really exciting set of trails.  This year is a particularly important one for Break as it celebrates 50 years, and what better way to do this than to have a sculpture trail featuring a hare, a creature found around the Norfolk countryside, quietly going about its business, just like Break.

 

Break’s chief executive Hilary Richards said; ‘We passionately believe every child and young person needs a home where they feel safe and loved, so they can grow in confidence and look to the future with hope, and that’s what we strive to achieve every day’.

 

This year is a little different as the team wanted the city trail, comprising of 50 ears up sculptures to be achievable in a day, so almost all are within the city walls.  However to get a wider range of people involved in the trails there are also 18 – to represent 2018 – moongazer sculpture which will be placed around the county of Norfolk.  Locations include the Broads, Great Yarmouth, Wymondham, Dereham, Cromer, Holt, Aylsham, Hemsby, Harleston, Fakenham, North Walsham and Wroxham. 

 

With 68 hares in total representing the year Break was founded by Geoffrey and Judith Davison the summer should give families and visitors a really special time together discovering new locations, having fun, sharing pictures and meeting other trail hunters! 

 

This year we have also have 164 leverets to add to the trails which have been created by schools, sports clubs and community groups sign as part of the learning programme sponsored by Pensthorpe Natural Park.  This has given so many people the opportunity to create a beautiful leveret that form another trail around the city of Norwich.  The small hares are located in clusters around intu Chapelfield, Castle Mall, Norwich Cathedral, The Forum and other independent shops, and their locations can be found on the app or via the website. 

 

There is something for everyone on the trails including super hero characters, a time traveller, book characters, food themes, hares disguised as other animals and some highlighting local interest.  It is hard to pick out some of the hares without mentioning them all, but certainly there are some special connections to the local area like Boudicc’Hare, GoGo Hareatio Nelson and Mr Cel-HARE-brate Norfolk!  There are two hares with a unique book created about them – Mr Harebean and Poppy as well as the Mighty Quinn song headed up by Mike D’Abo for the sculpture Hare LeQuin. Many of the hares have a twitter feed and if you use Instagram you can share your images using the #GGH18 which upload onto the gogohares website.

 

The trail will start on Sunday 24th June and run through to Saturday 8th September.  The leverets will be joining the main trail on 2nd July and return to their owners after 2nd September.  There will be a last chance to see all the large sculptures called Hare today Gone Tomorrow on 7 – 10th October, after which 50 sculptures will be auctioned off on 11th October, raising valuable funds for Norfolk children’s charity Break.

 

Regional children’s charity Break has been changing young lives across East Anglia for 50 years. They support children and young people in care, young care leavers, children and young people with disabilities and families experiencing crisis.  Break help vulnerable children and young people, however they need it, to have a safe place to call home, to grow in confidence and be ready to face life’s challenges.

 

GoGoHares is brought to Norwich with the help from supporting partners Aspiration Europe, The Norwich BID, The Beeston Group, intu Chapelfield and The Norse Group.  The trail is also being supported by the: EDP and Norwich Evening news as media partners, Ridgeons as logistics partner, Pensthorpe Natural Park as the GoGoCreate main sponsor and Jarrold as retail partner.

 

You can find out all you need to know about the trail on the gogohares.co.uk website, pick up a trail map at local tourist attractions or download the gogohares app for £1.99, and begin ticking off the hares one by one!

 

For more information on the trail and the charity visit: www.gogohares.co.uk and follow @GoGoHares2018 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #GGH18

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