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Hop along to Hare Trail for free family fun this summer

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Author: Patrick Baines, Posted: Thursday, 23rd August 2018, 12:30

Some of the 2018 hares, including the nearest one which is sponsored by The Local Answer Some of the 2018 hares, including the nearest one which is sponsored by The Local Answer

Whether you’re looking for some free-range fun to entertain the little ones during the holidays, or an adventure the grandparents can enjoy too, the Cotswolds AONB Hare Trail promises the perfect day out for families across the region, without breaking the bank.

Now in full swing, the unique public art trail features over 128 vibrant hares, springers and leverets, hand-painted by local artists to the theme of living landscapes in the Cotswolds; promoting sustainable tourism and celebrating its rich history, natural diversity, agriculture, crafts, culture and businesses.

Festival Director, Florence Beetlestone, said: “If you’re looking to take some quality family time out, away from it all, wander the woods of Dursley’s Ashen Plains campsite and see if you can catch the beautiful Bryony Hare. Or take a tour of the nearby historic Georgian mansion, Kingshill House, whilst snapping the spirited springer, Raymond the Rambler.

“A firm family favourite come rain or shine, Berkeley-based Cattle Country is not only home to friendly farm animals, but the lively leveret Harey Mary too, who bears a strong resemblance to some of the adventure park’s residents!

“Malmesbury is a must-see for children in particular, with its mini hare trail taking in independent shops and venues in a gentle walk across the town, including a pit stop at the library to discover 12 hares decorated by the children of Malmesbury School. Pick up a passport at the Tourist Information Office, check all 20 off, and you could be in with a chance of winning a mini hare of your own. Plus, there are extra special mini trail’s in Stroud, Dursley, Farringdon and Stow-on-the-Wold.”

The trail is open to the public until Sunday 9th September, when the hares, springers and leverets will hop to auction to raise funds for trail partner, Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in particular the Caring for the Cotswolds visitor giving scheme and Glorious Cotswold Grasslands.


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