Hare today, gone by autumn - catch the festival sculptures in Chipping Sodbury

March 27 2017

The Cotswold Hare Trail has been expanded this year so decorated hares can be sited in more locations.

FOUR sculptures of hares have appeared in Chipping Sodbury as part of an annual festival.

The Cotswold Hare Trail has been expanded this year so decorated hares can be sited in more locations.

The idea is to encourage families to track down the 5ft-tall creatures, record their sightings on social media and spend time visiting the areas in which they have been positioned.

Each sculpture has been decorated by artists, both amateur and professional, including celebrities, and will remain in their locations until September 10.

Sodbury Chamber of Commerce has sponsored three of the hares - Harey Potter, decorated by Sarah Fortes, Sara Rickard’s Mr Horatio Hare and Jane Veveris Callan’s piece, Panthare Tigris - with the help of South Gloucestershire councillors Rob Creer and Linda Boon through the council’s Member Awarded Funding scheme.

Chamber chairwoman Joanne Cox, said: “Chipping Sodbury is looking forward to welcoming everyone to come and see our hares and explore the town. We have so much to offer.” 

The fourth hare, Charlotte, has been decorated by Sue Guthrie and sponsored by Waitrose, which has placed it at its Chipping Sodbury store.

Meanwhile, trail followers can also see Rosie at the Rose and Crown pub in Rangeworthy and Wulfstan at the Beaufort Arms pub in Hawkesbury Upton.

After the trail closes, the hares will be auctioned in aid of the National Star Centre - the specialist further education college for people with physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries and associated learning difficulties. Some of the money raised will also go to a number of smaller projects.