Gromit statues moved ahead of Bristol’s Harbourside Festival
our of our Gromit sculptures located in the busiest areas of the Harbourside are being given a temporary new home for the weekend, ahead of the Bristol Harbour Festival events.
Peter Lord’s pirate creation ‘Salty Sea Dog’ is being moved from Cascade Steps, ‘Bark at Ee’ from Queen Square, ‘The King’ from King Street and Oscar-themed Gromit ‘Groscar’ from Thunderbolt Square for the duration of the festival. They will join ‘Stats the Way to do it, Lad!’ outside Aardman’s headquarters in Gas Ferry Road from Thursday 25th July after 6pm, and will return to their usual locations from 9am Monday 29th July.
It will still be easy to visit the four Gromits, and with another 15 sculptures to see around the Harbour Festival site, visitors to Bristol this weekend will have great fun ‘Gromiting’ while walking around the festival’s great attractions.
More than 20,000 people have downloaded the Detect-o-Gromit app to their phones to help them navigate around Bristol’s Gromit trail and the Gromit Unleashed Shop at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway has seen more than 1,000 visitors each day since the trail began. Gromit Unleashed fans can also buy figurines, gifts and souvenirs online on the trails digital store and from our very own Aardstore!
It is estimated that the Gromit trail will generate around £58 million for the city’s economy and raise valuable funds for Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal.
All proceeds from Gromit Unleashed will benefit Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity.
The charity supports Bristol Children’s Hospital, one of only a few specialist children’s hospitals in the UK providing life-saving surgery, care and treatment to children on a local, national and international scale. The hospital is now expanding to create one of the most influential children’s hospitals in Europe.
Specialist paediatric healthcare and pioneering treatment require constant investment. By supporting Gromit Unleashed, you will be helping to save the lives of sick children. Treatment unimaginable a decade ago is now within reach, and with your support we can make this happen.
To find out more about the charity visit www.grandappeal.org.uk