Working with St Elizabeth’s Hospice, the Council announced the ‘Big Hoot Trail’ at the start of the year. The new ‘Little Hoots’ initiative, which is funded by the Council, means that in addition to the 50 ‘Big Hoots’, a further 40 miniature sculptures have been placed in the windows of independent retailers and coffee shops throughout the town centre.
Alongside spotting the sculptures, a competition to win one of three prizes is running. Hidden with the ‘Little Hoots’ are 40 colour-coded letters. To enter the competition, you need to find all of the letters, unscramble the anagrams and submit the correct words to the Council.
Councillor Sophie Connelly, Portfolio Holder for Culture at Ipswich Borough Council, says:
“I’m really pleased to announce the details of the addition to the trail which is in Ipswich this summer.
“It is great to have been able to work with St Elizabeth’s Hospice on this project and there have already been signs that footfall is increasing in our town centre which will benefit our local, independent retailers.
“The 40 ‘Little Hoots’ dotted around the town bring added excitement to the trail and I would encourage everyone who can to go on the trail and see if you can spot all of the Hoots and solve the puzzles!”
Previous trails in town have been a huge success with more than 390,000 people coming to see Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk in 2019 with over 35% of those people coming from outside Ipswich.
More information on the Big Hoots Trail can be found on the St Elizabeth’s Hospice website.