The Cotswold Hare Trail
"There will also be a few 'celebrity leverets' by some famous names dotted about the towns."
Running from 25th March to 10th September, the Cotswold Hare Trail is based around a trail of 5 foot high hare sculptures, across 20 towns and villages in the Cotswolds.
At the end of the festival, the sculptures are auctioned to raise money for charity. Last year, the auction raised a fantastic £75,000 for the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, who set up the Hare Festival Way as a permanent legacy of the festival.
First run in 2014, the Cirencester March Hare Festival is a not-for-profit, independent organisation which promotes public art as a means of charity fundraising. It is run by a team drawn from the local community, the trails are free to everyone, and care is taken to make sure the routes are as accessible as possible.
This year, the festival is promoting local culture and heritage with a historical theme, meaning that our hares will be decorated as historical figures, landscapes or architecture and they will be placed in positions that will highlight our Cotswold heritage. Proceeds will go to National Star and to local historical projects within those Cotswold Towns on the trail.
Most of the five foot hares have now been sponsored, but the team are still looking to have a hare or two in Banbury, one in Oxford and some in the Oxfordshire villages, and are also now engaging artists and sponsors for a batch of smaller, 18-inch hare sculptures – ideal for smaller independent retailers. There will also be a few “celebrity leverets” by some famous names dotted about the towns. See if you can spot those!
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