What’s the Big Hoot all about?
A family-friendly fun day out in Chichester and Arundel
Watch out for 30 arty owl sculptures nesting around Chichester and Arundel in summer 2024. For eight weeks people of all ages will be able to discover these decorative art sculptures nestled in various locations across the two town centres.
Whether you’re visiting for the day, or you’re a local, young or old – there’s fun to be had for everyone! You’ll be able to follow the outdoor and fully accessible trail, finding each owl – which are all unique and tell a different story through their design.
Put the date in your diary: 10 July 2024 – 1 September 2024
An artistic showcase
Every owl will be uniquely designed by local and national artists, these owls will be nestling around Chichester and Arundel for your to explore.
and we’ll also have a parliament of little owls decorated by local schools and children’s groups. These mini sculptures will be displayed in indoor venues around Chichester.
All of the large owls will be auctioned at the end of the trail to raise money for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.
FAQs about the art trail
What is the Big Hoot?
The Big Hoot is a free sculpture trail, taking place in Chichester and Arundel in July – September 2024. The sculptures have been designed by different artists, and there’ll be 30 unique owls to find!
There’ll also be an exhibition of all our little owlets – mini owl sculptures – designed and decorated by local schools and youth groups.
Who’s behind The Big Hoot?
The Big Hoot 2024 is a Wild in Art event, all in support of Chestnut Tree House – a children’s hospice located just outside Arundel. Find out about Chestnut Tree House.
Is the trail free?
You’ll be able to enjoy all the owls completely for free.
Where will the owls be located?
All owls will be located in Chichester and Arundel. There’ll be an app you can download which will help you locate all the owls – and we’ll also have paper maps available.
Check back nearer the time for more information.
Who are Minerva and Chester?
Minerva is our magnificent heroine owl, she’s been inspired by the Roman history of Chichester and her namesake – the Roman goddess of art. Minerva was painted by local artist Judith Berrill in 2023 – and since her grand unveiling helping us announce The Big Hoot, she’s been touring the local area getting everyone excited about the full art trail to come!
Chester is our friendly owlet mascot! He’s been out and about posing for pics with sponsors and meeting the public. Chester’s been designed by Stuart Upperton, who’s been sharing his artistic skills at Chestnut Tree House since we opened!
- Find out about Stuart and Chester >
- Want to meet Minerva or Chester? Follow us on social media to find out where they’ll be next
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