What to expect

Free outdoor walking trail from 22nd July to 15th September 2024

A happy huddle of forty big, brrr-illiant, yellow-eyed penguins is on display for eight weeks alongside forty chicks designed by local schools and community groups.

This free outdoor walking trail is great for personal wellbeing for residents and visitors of all ages, and will provide a welcome boost to the city’s tourism and wider economy.


Celebrating Worcester

The Waddle celebrates Worcester’s history, its tourism heart, its culture and the many areas of natural beauty, reminding us what makes this such a great place to live, work and play. You can do the trail your way – you might want to dip in and out of areas over the eight weeks, spend a weekend completing the trail, or do it all in a day!

Trail Facts

  • 40 large Penguins
  • 40 small Penguins
  • 1 digital Pebble installation
  • Covers almost 5 miles
  • Takes around 2-3 hours to complete
  • Is around 13,500 steps

Trail Maps

The great Waddle of Worcester is open to everyone and we hope that as many people as possible will explore all or parts of the fully-accessible trail over the summer. Use our specially-designed trail map, available at key city centre locations across Worcester, including our dedicated pop-up shop. Maps cost £1 each. Or use the official trail app to help you explore.


Trail App

The great Waddle of Worcester will include a mobile app to show you the location of each sculpture; big and small, along with information about our Penguin Partners and artists.


Chances to WIN!

Thanks to our friends at West Midland Safari Park and arrangeMY, we have some fantastic prizes up for grabs. From penguin encounters and park passes to a stay in a hippo lodge and even a family holiday to Morocco!

Farewell Events

At the end of the eight-week great Waddle of Worcester art trail, there will be chance to see our happy huddle together in one place for the first and final time.

Standing within the picturesque setting of the Worcestershire County Cricket ground, with the backdrop of the cathedral, this is the ultimate selfie opportunity!


Auction raising funds for St Richard’s Hospice

Take home your very own feathered friend, as each big penguin and one special chick, is auctioned to raise funds for St Richard’s Hospice.


Get ready to have some fun and explore!

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The Sculptures

How penguins power patient care

The great Waddle of Worcester is being brought to the city by St Richard’s Hospice. At the end of the trail, each big penguin and one chick will be auctioned to raise money for the charity’s free care to patients, loved ones and bereaved people in Worcestershire.

The charity has delivered two previous, hugely popular Wild in Art trails; Worcester Stands Tall, in summer 2018, and Worcester’s Big Parade, in summer 2021, which combined raised more than £700,000 for the care of patients and families.


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