Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Big Hop Trail?

The Big Hop Trail is a mass participation public art event comprising of 40 individually designed large Hare forming a trail across the north-east, Moray, Orkney and Shetland for nine weeks from Sunday, July 2, 2023 until Sunday, September 3, 2023. 

The trail coincides with Clan’s 40th anniversary, with the 40 large hares being the focal point to celebrate the charity’s commitment to supporting people affected by cancer.  

Corporate sponsors, artists, schools and community groups have come together to support Clan Cancer Support transforming the streets, parks and public spaces into a fun, free art gallery. 

The Big Hop Trail is a Wild in Art event supported by headline sponsor Hellman Worldwide Logistics and presenting partners Colin Lawson and DC Thomson  

After the event, the Hares will be auctioned to support Clan Cancer Support. 

With an accompanying learning programme, local schools have designed and created 52 sculptures, which are displayed at venues across the region as part of The Wee Hop.  

See all the sculpture locations by downloading our map here 

What is The Wee Hop?

The Wee Hop is a collection of 52 small leveret sculptures which will also be on public display alongside the main trail. These smaller sculptures will be displayed in groups across a range of venues throughout the north-east, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. The locations for The Wee Hop are listed on the trail map.  

Local schools across the trail’s geography have designed 47 of the leveret sculptures. These sculptures will be returned to the schools once the event has concluded.  

The remaining five leveret sculptures were designed by artists specially commissioned by Clan Cancer Support and will be sold at auction 

How long is the trail live for?

The trail is due to launch on Sunday, July 2, 2023 and will be live for nine weeks over the summer until Sunday, September 3, 2023. 

Who has organised the event?

Clan Cancer Support has organised the event with sponsors, artists and local schools to transform the streets, parks and public spaces across the north-east, Moray, Orkney and Shetland into a fun, free art gallery.  

Clan Cancer Support is working with global public art producers Wild in Art to deliver the trail. They are supported by headline sponsor Hellman Worldwide Logistics and presenting partners Colin Lawson and DC Thomson 

The charity beneficiary is Clan Cancer Support (Registered Charity No SC022606).  

How can I get involved in the trail?

Taking part is easy – pick up or download our trail map for details of the sculptures and their locations and then explore them in your own time and in any particular order until the trail concludes on Sunday, September 3, 2023.  

The best way to explore The Big Hop Trail is by using our dedicated mobile app.  

This will help you navigate and ‘collect’ the sculptures, discover new places and unlock exciting rewards and discounts provided by sponsors. 

You can also track your steps using the pedometer and share your pictures with us! 

You can download the app by searching for The Big Hop Trail via your app provider. 

Is the trail free?

Yes! It is free to take part in The Big Hop Trail.  

You can choose to pay to download the app to help you complete the trail, but you can also complete the trail without it. You just won’t be able to keep track of all the sculptures you’ve collected and unlock rewards along the way.  

If you choose to pick up a trail map at one of our distribution points we kindly ask for a £3 donation to Clan Cancer Support which you can make via the QR code on the map.  

You can also download our trail map for free here 

How do I get the app?

The best way to explore The Big Hop Trail is by using our dedicated mobile app.  

This will help you navigate and ‘collect’ the sculptures, discover new places and unlock exciting rewards and discounts provided by sponsors. 

You can also track your steps using the pedometer and share your pictures with us! 

You can download the app by searching for The Big Hop Trail via the Apple App Store or Google Play.

What happens to the sculptures once the trail finishes?

At the end of the trail the sculptures will come together for a special farewell event. It gives everyone a final chance to see the sculptures, meet some of the artists involved, and maybe choose one to bid for at the charity auction! 

Many of the sculptures take centre stage at a glittering auction on Monday, September 18, 2023 at The Music Hall, Aberdeen to raise vital funds for Clan Cancer Support (Registered Charity No SC022606).  

The little leveret sculptures decorated by local pupils will be returned to the schools that created them. They are a permanent reminder and legacy of their achievements.  

What is Wild in Art and what does it do?

Wild in Art is one of the leading creative producers of spectacular, mass-appeal public art events, which connect businesses, artists and communities through the power of creativity and innovation.  

Since 2008 Wild in Art has animated cities across the world including Sydney, Melbourne, Cape Town and São Paulo, and created trails for the London 2012 Olympics, the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Historic Royal Palaces and Penguin Random House.  

Wild in Art events have:  

  • Contributed over £3.8m to local creative communities  
  • Enabled over £23.5m to be raised for charitable causes  
  • Engaged over 1 million young people in creative programmes  
  • Helped millions of people of all ages to experience art in non-traditional settings. 

Why a Hare sculpture?

Clan Cancer Support chose the hare sculpture as they are an indigenous animal found in all parts of Clan’s geography. Much like Clan’s clients during their cancer journey, hares have to navigate rough and difficult terrain in order to survive. They are also adaptable, like our services team who deliver support to anyone affected by cancer. Most importantly, hares have incredible hearing. What better way to depict Clan’s lifeline listening and support service and the importance of being heard?

Where will the sculptures be located?

The sculptures will be based in public locations across the north-east, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.  

The sculpture’s trail map provides information about the locations for both large and small sculptures. You can download a copy of the trail map here.

Where can I get a copy of a trail map?

You can pick up our trail map from any of the following locations: 

Aberdeen:  

Clan House, 120 Westburn Rd, Aberdeen AB25 2QA 

Clan Shop, 117 Rosemount Pl, Aberdeen AB25 2YH 

Bon Accord Shopping Centre, 25 George St, Aberdeen AB25 1HZ 

The Music Hall, Union St, Aberdeen AB10 1QS 

The Lemon Tree, 5 W N St, Aberdeen AB24 5AT 

His Majesty’s Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen AB25 1GL 

Northlink Ferries Ferry Terminal, Jamieson’s Quay, Aberdeen AB11 5NP 

Aberdeen Science Centre, 179 Constitution St, Aberdeen AB24 5TU 

Stagecoach Bus Terminal, Union Square 179 Constitution St, Aberdeen AB24 5TU 

Visit Scotland Aberdeen iCentre, 23 Union Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5BP 

 

Aberdeenshire:  

Macbi Community Hub (Clan Centre), Newlands Rd, Mintlaw, Peterhead 

Clan Centre, Banchory, 16A Bridge Street, Banchory, AB31 5SX  

Clan Shop, Peterhead, 38 Marischal St, Peterhead, AB42 1HS 

Clan Shop, Ballater, Bridge Square, Ballater, AB35 5QJ 

Cruden Bay Library, Station Rd, Cruden Bay, Peterhead AB42 0NL 

Ellon Library, Station Rd, Ellon AB41 9AE 

Bennachie Visitor Centre, Pitcaple, Inverurie, AB51 5HY  

Milton of Crathes, Banchory AB31 5QH  

Haddo House, Methlick, Ellon AB41 7EQ 

Crathes Castle, Banchory AB31 5QJ 

Garioch Heritage Centre, Loco Works Rd, Inverurie AB51 4FY 

Visit Scotland Ballater iCentre, The Old Royal Station, Station Square, Ballater, AB35 5QB  

Turriff Library, Grange Villa, The Sq, Turriff AB53 4AE 

 

Moray:  

Clan Centre Elgin, 227 High St, Elgin IV30 1DJ 

Elgin Library, Cooper Park, Elgin IV30 1HS 

Gordon Castle Walled Gardens, A96, Fochabers IV32 7PQ 

 

Orkney:  

Clan Orkney, 30 Victoria St, Kirkwall KW15 1DN 

Orkney Library, 44 Junction Rd, Kirkwall KW15 1AG 

VisitScotland Kirkwall iCentre, The Travel Centre, W Castle St, Kirkwall KW15 1GU 

Stromness Ferry Terminal, Ferry Road, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3BH, United Kingdom. 

 

Shetland:  

Clan Shetland,  First floor Islesburgh Community Centre, King Harald St, Lerwick, ZE1 0EQ

Shetland Library, Lower Hillhead, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0EL 

VisitScotland Lerwick iCentre, Market Cross, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0LU 

Holmsgarth Ferry Terminal, Holmsgarth Road, Lerwick, ZE1 0PR 

 

You can also download a copy of the trail map here.

Where can I donate the £3 suggested donation, as detailed on the maps?

You can make an online donation to Clan by scanning the QR code which is displayed on the trail map. The QR code will take you to the below webpage: www.clancancersupport.org/donate/   

Alternatively, you can make a cash donation by visiting any of our shops and centres. Our locations are listed here. 

What are the rewards?

Some of our trail sponsors have kindly offered rewards for collecting certain sculptures on the trail.  

These include discounts, exclusive offers and the chance to win some fantastic prices. To benefit from these offers, download The Big Hop Trail app and make sure you enter the sculpture’s unlock code which is displayed on the plaque at the base of the sculpture.  

How long is the trail?

The Big Hop Trail stretches across more than 550 miles approximately.  

Don’t worry if you don’t manage to cover the distance to see all the hares! There will be an opportunity to see and collect the entire drove of 40 large hares and 52 small leverets at the Farewell Weekend 

Is there a starting point?

No. You can begin your trail experience at any sculpture on our trail map.  

How can I volunteer for The Big Hop Trail?

The volunteering opportunities on offer throughout The Big Hop Trail include:  

  • Hare carers: Throughout trail 
  • De-installation: September 4 – 8 
  • Farewell Weekend (various roles): September 16 – 17 
  • Auction (various roles): September 18 

Anyone interested in volunteering as part of The Big Hop Trail can get in touch or sign up here.

Find out more by contacting thebighop@clancancersupport.org or call 01224 647000.

How easy will it be to see the hares?

The aim is for the trail to take people on a journey of discovery and to showcase communities and locations across the region. Each of the locations have been chosen as they are fully accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, some local restrictions may apply. Clan Cancer Support and Wild in Art cannot be held liable for any hares that are unavailable for viewing. 

How can I get to the trail?

The trail is located across the north-east, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. The trail map details all the locations across the regions. Most sculptures are based in central locations which can easily by accessed by car, local transport or on foot. Many of our sculptures are located on a bus route with our transport partner Stagecoach providing information for relevant bus services for each region within our trail map which can be downloaded here 

Where can I buy merchandise?

You can browse our merchandise in person by visiting The Big Hop Pop Up Shop at Burnside Court, Inverurie – next to the hare sculpture! We’ll be open every Wednesday from July 5 – August 16 from 10am to 4pm.    

You can also check out our merchandise online by visiting: Merchandise

What happens if a sculpture is vandalised?

If we do experience any vandalism, all efforts will be made to restore the sculpture. If there is repetition of the vandalism once the sculpture has been restored, a different location will be found for it.  

If you need to report a vandalised or damaged sculpture, please call: 01224 651035  

Why isn’t there a sculpture in my local area?

The Big Hop Trail is a partnership-led event and very much depends on the buy-in of local communities, funders and sponsors. Additionally, we invited schools throughout Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Orkney and Shetland, to get involved and showcase young people’s creativity in their local area as part of The Wee Hop.

Who’s paying for the sculptures to be made and designed?

All large sculptures on the trail are sponsored by different companies in the region, the small sculptures have been paid for by different schools in the region or, a company who has kindly sponsored the sculpture for them. The Big Hop trail is a full cost recovery project and it’s thanks to our sponsors that we’ve been able to put the trail on. 

How can I take part in The Big Hop Bungee?

Registration is now open for The Big Hop Bungee at Aberdeen beach on Saturday, August 19, 2023. Participants are required to pay a £40 sign-up fee and raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship to secure their place.  

Daredevils will plunge 160ft from a 60-tonne crane specially erected by sponsors Global Crane Services on the old tramlines near the Beach Ballroom, giving jumpers a spectacular view of the North Sea before their descent.  

For more information and to register please click here: www.clancancersupport.org/fundraising/events/big-hop-bungee/  

What happens to the sculptures at the end of the trail?

At the end of the trail, the sculptures will come together for the Farewell Event, giving trail goers the opportunity to see the entire drove of 40 hare and 52 leveret sculptures under the one roof! 

You can collect any sculptures you didn’t manage to visit during the trail and check out our trail merchandise.  

After the Farewell Weekend, the 40 large sculptures and 5 specially commissioned leveret sculptures will be sold at auction at The Music Hall on Monday, September 18 with all proceeds going to Clan Cancer Support.  

All leveret sculptures created by pupils will be returned to the school following the Farewell Weekend.  

When and where is the Farewell Event?

The Big Hop Trail Farewell Weekend will take place on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17 at The Music Hall, Aberdeen.

To celebrate the end of The Big Hop Trail, the full drove will reunite at The Music Hall, Aberdeen for a very special farewell weekend. This will be your only opportunity to see all 40 large hares and 52 wee leverets in the one place!

This will also be your last chance to pick up The Big Hop Trail souvenirs from our merch stand so hop on down and see us there!  

Please note this is a ticketed event.  

When and where is the Auction?

The Big Hop Auction will take place on Monday, September 18 at The Music Hall, Aberdeen. 
 
The auction is the very final event of The Big Hop Trail. The stunning sculptures from the trail will be auctioned off to raise money for Clan Cancer Support to enable the charity to provide practical and emotional support to anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis.  
 
This will be a night to remember! The auction will be hosted by TV personality and renowned auctioneer Charles Hanson and will be set in the spectacular surroundings of Aberdeen’s Music Hall.  
 
An online auction will run alongside the event so everyone will have an opportunity to snap up one of these unique sculptures. 
 
If you would like to register your interest in attending the auction, please click here or contact us at thebighop@clancancersupport.org 

Can I buy a blank sculpture?

Blank sculptures, both large and small, are not available to buy currently. This is to protect the value of the sculptures at the auction which will raise funds for Clan Cancer Support. 

Have a question which isn’t answered here? Please email thebighop@clancancersupport.org and the team will be in touch with you as soon as possible.  

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