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!

Where do I keep up to date?

Follow us on Social Media to keep up to date with all the exciting behind-the-scenes goings on!

Get involved

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity for businesses, the creative sector and communities to come together to create something special. There are many exciting ways to benefit from creative collaborations with your sponsorship support.

Together we are award-winning.

Winner – 2023 2023 Year of Culture Project, Leeds Compassionate City Awards

Finalist – Best Arts or Cultural Event, New Zealand Events Awards 2023

Finalist – Best Use of Event or Community Fundraising Initiative, Scottish Fundraising Awards 2023

Community Initiative of the Year, IOM Newspapers Awards for Excellence 2022 – Hospice Isle of Man

Special Recognition Award, Kent Charity Awards 2022 – Heart of Kent Hospice

Campaign of the Year, Scottish Charity Awards 2022 – Leuchie House

Commendation – Mobile/App Design Award, Scottish Design Awards 2022 – Blue 2

Finalist – NZEA Best Event Creative 2021 – Publica

Silver – Gov Design Awards 2021 – RCH Foundation & Alexander Know

Bee in the City, Manchester – Best Event, Manchester Culture Awards 2019

Winner – Event of the Year, PPA Scottish Magazine Awards 2019

Best Event of the Year, PR Moment Awards 2019

Finalist, Family Event of the Year, Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2019

Glasgow Inspiring City Awards, Art and Culture Award Winner 2019

Bee in the City, Manchester – App of the Year, Prolific North Awards 2019

Sally-Ann Wilkinson – Manchester BEE Award, Inspiring Women Awards 2019

Event of the Year and Charity Award Finalist, PRCA Dare Awards 2019

Best Not-for-Profit Event, New Zealand Events Association Awards 2018

Best Art Event / Exhibition, CityLife Awards 2018

Leading Live Event, This is Manchester Awards 2018

People’s Choice Award, Norfolk Arts Awards 2018

Special Recognition Award at Sheffield Business Awards 2017

Best One Off Event, New Zealand Events Association Awards 2015

Best Event or Festival, Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards 2015

Tourism Event of the Year, Bristol Tourism and Hospitality Awards 2013

Tourism Event of the Year, English Riviera & South Devon Tourism Awards 2013

Finalist, Australian Event Awards 2013

A Wild in Art Event

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