Yes! They’re back!
And they’ve brought all the puns with them!
Break’s GoGo Hares have LANDED for 2018, and free trail maps are now available in the Tourist Information Centre, Castle Mall, Chapelfield and from the Norwich City Hosts. Time to get out there and get spotting!
New to Norwich and not quite sure what’s Go(Go)ing on? We’ll explain…
GoGo Hares is a sculpture trail by Break Charity, which sees 68 enormous hare sculptures land in Norwich and Norfolk. For eleven weeks, you can explore this beautiful county on the tail of the hares, each one individually designed and painted by a different artist. The trail is free, culminating in a charity auction in October, when each hare will be adopted and taken to a new, permanent home. The proceeds of this project will fund the valuable work of Norfolk charity Break, who support vulnerable children, young people and families.
A HARESTORY LESSON
We’ve been on a little trail ourselves, and been on the case to discover more about some of our favourite hares. Remember to pick up a map to do some exploring for yourselves!
Sponsored by opticians Dipple and Conway (who are a grand 101 years old this year!), Haremione is about much more than “books and cleverness”. This magical hare is adorned all over with wizarding details, referencing Harry Potter. How many details can you spot? Can you remember which book they’re each from? The Norfolk-based opticians chose to sponsor Haremione because she represented reading, and also wears glasses! What’s more, Dipple and Conway stock a selection of glasses by ‘Savile Row’, who were the company that made the glasses worn by Harry in the film series (the model is called ‘The Warwick’, if you fancy a pair…). Haremione is so clever she’s even got her own twitter account! Follow her at @GoGoHaremione
This lovely hair is bursting to life with many different animals, birds and insects, all depicted waking up to start a new day! First Bus chose this hare because just like all these animals, they are up and ready as the day starts, taking the people of Norfolk to wherever they need to be in the morning. On this hare you can spot all kind of wildlife that Norfolk is famous for, swallowtail butterflies and seals, in particular!
Hare Comes the Sun
Designed to replicate Norwich BID’s city mural on Pottergate, this bold and colourful style encompasses Norwich’s proud status as an UNESCO City of Literature and a ‘City of Stories’ (hello…). Stacks of books create the Norfolk landscape with key Norwich landmarks bursting out of the open pages of a book. The river Wensum runs through Bishops Bridge and into the broads. Vibrant in style, ‘Hare Comes the Sun’ represents our lovely Norwich.
Bittern and Wherry Hare
In Norwich’s train station, you will find a nod to Norfolk’s beautiful broads on Greater Anglia’s dreamy Bittern and Wherry Hare. ‘Bittern’ and ‘Werry’ are actually two Community Rail Partnership train lines, taking you out of Norwich and into the countryside. The Bittern Line goes from Norwich to Sheringham, and Wherry goes from Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. Why not take the train to see some of the other hares around the county? ‘Bittern and Wherry’ hare features a small train, making its way through the peaceful Norfolk landscape, which reflects some of the views you can see on the train lines themselves!
Artist Mik Richardson has always loved architecture, especially gothic, so the design for C-hare-thedral came from gothic-revival style of The Cathedral of John the Baptist itself. The idea was originally designed on one of the moon gazer sculptures, but was converted to a city hare sculpture, requiring a little re-work but enabling Mik to include the stained glass "Queen’s Window" on the under belly of the sculpture and more elements of stained glass on the head and ears. While you’re at the Cathedral, you could take the opportunity to look for more hares around the place! While C-hare-thedral is in residence you can also see his friends scattered all around the Cathedral and its gardens (which incidentally look BEAUTIFUL this time of year)!
Find this magical hare down at Riverside, sponsored by Riverside Entertainment! Based on nature, the forest, labyrinths and the Green Man, there are so many animals to spot on this hare. See if you can find otters, butterflies and more hares, all hidden in a spectrum of leaves. Forest'are was perfectly designed and executed by Teresa McElhinney and represents the spirit and nature of the forest!
Want to know a secret? There is a ‘2’ hidden in the binary decoration of this hare – can you find it amongst all the 0s and 1s? Just like its name, Binary Hoppositions is covered in Binary, and was designed and created by the students at Norwich University of the Arts. This Hare is about how opposites sometimes overlap: virtual reality brings the digital world of 1s and 0s into the real world around us; opposites can overlap in nature too. Find this hare tucked in beside the NUA’s Duke Street building
To celebrate GoGoHares, the charming Cupcakes and Bubbles have a ‘We’re all Mad Hare’ offer on! From Monday to Friday, quote ‘BOX’ and receive a Classic Indulgence or Savoury Afternoon tea for two, for £30.00! Visit their website for more information!
WIN A HARE
Break are also holding a very special raffle, and is giving everybody the chance to own a GoGo Hare! You can win Pablo the circus hare, who was created by Antonella Beschorner, to celebrate 250 years of circus. Raffle tickets are £10 each, and available from the information desk at intu Chapelfield until 1st October 2018. Because who doesn't want a hare in their home?!
COMING TO VISIT?
Greater Anglia has Advance fares from £10 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Greater Anglia also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.
East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham. Flights into Norwich served from Edinburgh, Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen and Amsterdam, and seasonally from Guernsey and Jersey.
To plan a trip to Norwich check out our website www.visitnorwich.co.uk