Hare we go - chamber joins popular trail to help boost visitor numbers

January 31 2017

BUSINESSES in Chipping Sodbury have signed up to a festival trail that is aimed at attracting more visitors and raising money for charity.

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BUSINESSES in Chipping Sodbury have signed up to a festival trail that is aimed at attracting more visitors and raising money for charity.

The annual Cotswold Hare Trail is being expanded to take in extra locations in and around the area, with sculptures of decorated hares being positioned in a variety of places.

Having originally started in Cirencester, this year’s event will also go to towns and villages along and near the Cotswold Way, with people encouraged to seek out the hares between the end of March and September.

The sculptures will have been decorated by local and national artists, both amateur and professional, including celebrities.

Sodbury Chamber of Commerce will sponsor one of the hares - although the theme is still under wraps and won’t be revealed until the March edition of Yate and Sodbury Voice

Families will be encouraged to not only track down the sculptures but also spend time visiting the areas in which they have been positioned, so the chamber hopes more people will discover Chipping Sodbury and what it offers.

The trail will be launched on March 25 and continue until September 10, after which 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.