The hare has a special place in the history of Cirencester. In 1971, a mosaic bearing a hare was found close to the River Churn and is now the symbol of the Corinium Museum where the mosaic is now housed. Last year, the summer Cirencester was invaded by 50 giant hares which had been decorated by artists and celebrities. The Hare Festival has just returned to Cirencester with 30 small hares hidden around Cirencester. Visitors can pick up a 'Hare Passport' from the Tourist Information Centre at Corinium Museum and then each time they spot a hare they can note down it's name and have their passport stamped. Each of the hares is decoraed in a unique style.
The one pictured, 'Hare's Wally' can be round in 'Gift' in Cirencester. Photo via their facebook page.
The much anticipated auction of the amazing Cirencester Hares took place over the weekend with individual Hares being sold for as much as £9000. Altogether over £100,000 has been raised for Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. A superb achievement!
Over the summer more than 50 five foot tall decorated hares graced the streets of Cirencester. In just under two weeks time a Gala Auction will be held to sell off these amazing artworks. Excited festival fans up and down the country have their eyes on their chosen hare. The Gala Auction, at Bingham Hall, will be held on 24th October. Tickets for this Gala Charity Event are £30 which includes champagne and a canapé style supper. There will be an opportunity for potential buyers to inspect their favourite hares prior to the auction at 4pm. The auction will raise money for Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and the Chum Walkway project.
Chester had rhinos, Bristol had Grommit the dog and now Cirencester has Hares! The hare has a special place in the history of Cirencester. In 1971, a mosaic bearing a hare was found close to the River Churn and is now the symbol of the Corinium Museum where the mosaic is now housed.
This summer, 50 decorated 5 foot hares have been placed around Cirencester and the surrounding area. They are accompanied by 24 small decorated hares which are placed in shops and cafés.
A number of celebrities have decorated hares – they include Adam Henson, Chris Beardshaw, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Amy Williams.
All the family can have fun seeing how many hares they can find….for an insider’s map check out http://bit.ly/1ujQHf5