Everything you need to know about The Big Hop Trail!

Date published: 30 June 2023

Q: What is The Big Hop Trail?

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

A further 52 leveret (baby hare) sculptures are being displayed at venues across the region as part of The Wee Hop – with 47 of these designed by local schools as part of the project’s learning programme.

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

The Big Hop Trail is supported by headline sponsor Hellman Worldwide Logistics and presenting partners Colin Lawson and DC Thomson.

 

Q: Who has organised the event?

A: 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.

 

Q: Where does it start?

A: You can begin your trail experience at any sculpture on the trail map.

Q: Where can I get a trail map?

A: You can pick up a trail map from any of the following locations for a suggested donation of £3 to Clan Cancer Support.

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 (from Friday, July 7)

Ellon Library, Station Rd, Ellon AB41 9AE (from Friday, July 7)

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 (from Friday, July 7)

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, 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.

 

Q: Is there an app?

A: Yes. The best way to explore the sculptures is by using The Big Hop Trail’s 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 the hares!

You can download the app here.

 

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

A: At the end of the trail the sculptures will come together for a special farewell event  at Aberdeen Music Hall on September 16 and 17.

It will give 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 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.

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