Wallace and Gromit fans in North Bristol will be thrilled with the news that the Willow Brook Centre is set to get its very own giant sculpture this summer…
It’s the first time that the shopping centre is involved in the award-winning arts trails from Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity which supports sick children, babies and their families.
Willow Brook is one of more than 60 locations that will feature one of the Academy Award®-winning characters – Wallace, Gromit and Feathers McGraw.
Centre manager, Andy Wynn, said: “We couldn’t be prouder to be playing our part to support this fantastic charity. We won’t ‘just’ have a Gromit, we’ve also got a summer of exciting activities celebrating his stay with us.”
In previous years, avid Gromit hunters have scoured the city ticking off each of the 60 plus sculptures from their trail list, which of course now includes a visit to the Willow Brook Centre.
From July 2 until September 2, trail visitors can expect to see dozens of sculptures, each individually designed and decorated by high-profile artists, designers, innovators and local talent, spread across the city and the surrounding areas.
Thornbury represents the most northerly point, with Avon Valley Country Park and Chew Valley marking the East and South boundaries respectively, and Weston-super-Mare in the West.
Nicola Masters, director of The Grand Appeal, said: “Over the last year, we have worked with our amazing sponsors, local community groups and the council to determine the best locations for each sculpture. It’s only with the support from our local community that we can continue to support sick children and their families at Bristol Children’s Hospital, so we are delighted that we are able to give something back to our supporters.”
Hunters can download the Gromit Unleashed 2 app, available to help avid trail fans to seek out sculptures, while a special passport trail will be created to celebrate the trail’s innovation themes.
As well as the returning popular elements, The Grand Appeal has revealed that new, unprecedented trail ‘innovations’ will keep trail fans on their toes.
Andy added: “The Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Neonatal Unit is an amazing resource that we are privileged to have on our doorstep. We are honoured to be playing our part to help raise much-needed funds for this invaluable charity.”
New Gromit Unleashed 2-inspired products, including the popular figurines, will be available for purchase with all proceeds benefitting patients and families.
The Willow Brook Centre will be updating and sharing information on The Grand Appeal and the latest Gromit Unleashed updates on its social media: Facebook @WillowBrookCentre, Twitter @WillowBrookCtr, Instagram @willowbrookcentre
For more information visit www.gromitunleashed.org.uk.