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Key Dates

19 June – 3 September
The Trail is live!
10 & 11 September
Farewell Weekend

The App

Download The Big Hoot app to help you explore the trail. Available on the App Store and Google Play.

Trail Map

Find out about where our Hoots are located around the town, and where you can pick up a paper map.

The Hoots!

Preview all of the Big Hoot statues and find out more about their creators and sponsors.

Events

Find out about all of the Big Hoot related events throughout the summer! Sign up and get involved.

Win a Hoot

Find out how you win ‘Nocturne’, one of the Big Hoot statues in our Lucky Ticket Raffle Draw.

Fundraise

Download our fundraising pack and raise funds to support St Elizabeth Hospice’s vital services.

Sponsors

Thank you to all of our supporting partners that have been inspired to be part of the event.

The Big Hoot Ipswich 2022

Twit Twooo and Welcome to the Big and Little Hoot Ipswich

From 19 June to 3 September 2022, St Elizabeth Hospice is bringing a Wild in Art Trail to Ipswich, and we hope you are as excited as we are!

Following the successes of Elmer’s Big Parade in 2019 and Pigs Gone Wild in 2016 our next trail will see 50 individually designed Big Hoot owls placed around Ipswich for everyone to see and enjoy.

Visitors will also be able to meet our Little Hoot owls, who will be popping up in special locations all across town; designed by local schools and groups.

Each of our Big Hoots are sponsored by a local business and individually decorated by an artist. At the end of the trail the Big Hoots will be auctioned to raise valuable, much needed funds for St Elizabeth Hospice services providing care and support to those living with life-limiting or progressive illness.

The Big and Little Hoots will attract thousands of local families, residents and visitors to Ipswich and in turn contribute financial benefits to the local economy.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you on the trail.

Latest News

11th August 2022

You can help us make the Big Hoot this summer! Our Big Hoot volunteers are an important part of our team who are helping to ensure the success of The Big Hoot 2022, Wild in Art trail in Ipswich. There are still a number of v.... Read More

29th July 2022

It has been just over a month since the 115 owl statues made Ipswich their home as part of St Elizabeth Hospice’s Big Hoot Ipswich 2022. 50 Big Hoot and 65 Little Hoots have been nesting in Suffolk’s county town, bringing a.... Read More

21st July 2022

Ipswich runner, Sophie Bell, is one of the first people to visit all 50 Big Hoot statues this summer after completing a 12km route around the trail. A keen runner, who is a leader of running group Run Talk Run and a member of I.... Read More

27th June 2022

A sea of colour and creativity could be seen throughout Ipswich on Sunday, as the Hoot Hike officially launched the Big Hoot Ipswich 2022, after a parliament of 50 owls, quietly overnight, made Ipswich their home for the summer. .... Read More

17th June 2022

A group of St Elizabeth Hospice nurses are set to take part in the hospice’s Hoot Hike to raise funds for the charity. Taking place on 19th June, the Hoot Hike will officially launch the Big Hoot Ipswich 2022 art trail, which.... Read More

14th June 2022

After launch our Big Hoot Trail maps will be available (for a suggested donation of £1) from the following Locations: St Elizabeth Hospice Shops: Dogs Head Street - Ipswich • Heath Road - Ipswich • Hawthorn Drive - Ipswic.... Read More

31st March 2022

One of a number of artists designing sculptures for the trail is Ipswich-based artist, Loïs Cordelia. Specialising in speed-painting, Loïs painted the design for her ‘Hoot’ sculpture, Nocturne, in public over four days at Th.... Read More

31st March 2022

Pupils from Holbrook Primary School had a ‘hoot’ learning more about St Elizabeth Hospice and the upcoming Big Hoot Ipswich 2022 art trail, in a special assembly this March. As part of the school’s involvement in the hosp.... Read More

31st March 2022

With the launch of the Big Hoot Ipswich 2022 art trail fast approaching, fans of St Elizabeth Hospice’s Wild in Art sculpture trails are in for a treat, as the hospice has launched a raffle for entrants to be in with a chance of.... Read More

31st March 2022

Staff at St Elizabeth Hospice have expressed their pride at being named joint winners of the High Sheriff’s Group of the Year Award alongside Kernos Centre and Storehouse Foodbank. The news was announced by the High Sheriff o.... Read More

31st March 2022

Pupils from Bildeston Primary School had a real ‘hoot’ this World Book Day dressing up as owls to help raise funds for independent Suffolk charity, St Elizabeth Hospice. To mark World Book Day, on 3rd March, and to celebrat.... Read More

31st March 2022

From familiar snouts and trunks, as well as one or two new feathered friends, there was plenty to enjoy for fans of St Elizabeth Hospice’s Wild in Art sculpture trails over the weekend of 12th and 13th March. As part of the W.... Read More

Sponsors

Presenting Partners

Associated British Ports

Suffolk County Council

Ipswich Borough Council

Supporting Partners

Poundfield Precast – Plinths

Magnus Group – Logistics

Homestyle UK Windows

Clarke & Simpson – Auctioneers

Healey’s Printers

Hudsons Signs – Signage/branding

Wyards Removals – Transport

Simply C Photography

John Grose – Varnishing

Media Partners

Ipswich Star

East Anglian Daily Times

The Big Hoot Ipswich 2022