City Council to waddle with Worcester next summer

Date published: 12 July 2023

The Mayor of Worcester says he hopes the city’s third public art trail will drive local residents and tourists to explore Worcester once again next summer.

Councillor Louis Stephen was speaking about the great Waddle of Worcester – an eight-week trail of penguin sculptures which will make city streets and public spaces their home.

The City Council is a major partner in the event, taking place from 22 July to 15 September next year, and will also sponsor one of 40 large penguin sculptures.

Each sculpture will feature a dazzlingly designed penguin suite and will be auctioned after the trail to raise money for the free care St Richard’s Hospice provides to local patients and their loved ones across the county.

The Mayor said: “The city’s giraffe and elephant trails brought much excitement to Worcester as thousands followed the six-mile trails around our wonderful city.

“Next year’s parade of penguins is sure to recreate that magic and it will be wonderful to see both local people and trail-goers from further afield snapping selfies and waddling with our feathered friends.

“The City Council is proud to support St Richard’s Hospice once again in its fortieth year caring for our local community.”

Children from schools across the county will also get involved in the art trail – with many painting smaller, penguin chick sculptures.

Forty baby penguins will wind through local shops and Crowngate Shopping Centre in Worcester, creating a mini penguin parade of children’s artwork.  After the trail comes to an end, each sculpture will be returned to the school  or community group which decorated them as a lasting memory of the project.

Sara Matthews, Business Development Manager for St Richard’s Hospice, said: “The great Waddle of Worcester is very much about celebrating our city so we’re delighted the City Council has got on board as Presenting Partner.

“Our previous two trails not only gained support from the local community but also attracted visitors from far and wide and raised Worcester’s profile.  We can’t wait to see the city buzzing once again.”

A couple of large penguins are still available for sponsorship. To get involved call Sara Matthews, Business Development Manager, on 01905 763963, or email [email protected]

Forty baby penguins will be available for adoption by local schools and community groups. To register interest as a school or community group visit our Schools page.

You can follow the great Waddle of Worcester on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The great Waddle of Worcester is supported by Presenting Partners; CrowngateDRPGWorcester City Council and Worcestershire Ambassadors, Community and Education Partner; Worcester BID and Media Partners; the Worcester News and BBC Hereford & Worcester.

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To discuss sponsorship opportunities, call Sara Matthews, Business Development Manager, on 01905 763963, or email [email protected]

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