New hare sculpture trail launched in Cirencester by Alice in Wonderland characters

Staff of Crowe Clark Whitehill: Laura McPhilimey as Alice in Wonderland, Queen of Hearts Sue Daye and Mad Hatter Nick Latimer

Staff of Crowe Clark Whitehill: Laura McPhilimey as Alice in Wonderland, Queen of Hearts Sue Daye and Mad Hatter Nick Latimer

First published in News Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A SECOND hare sculpture trail has been unveiled in Cirencester by characters from Alice in Wonderland.

The new trail, called Hare and Seek, consists of 24 life-size decorated model hares. They have been put in shop windows across town for children and families to spot.

A passport book, available from Bingham House and the Corinium Museum, is now available for children to get stamped when they meet each hare. When the book is complete it can be handed in to go into a prize draw.

Accounting firm Crowe Clark Whitehill is a sponsor of one of the five foot tall hares called Blue, who sits outside Paternoster School. The firm organised a gingerbread hare decorating session with Whiddetts Bakery to celebrate the most recent Red Hare Day last Friday.

Volunteers from the firm braved the rain and dressed in Alice in Wonderland costumes to hand out gingerbread hares.

The Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust took a stall for the day to hand out information on the charity.

The Cirencester Hare Festival was launched in March this year and has seen nearly 50 five foot hare models, all uniquely decorated, dotted around town.

Red Hare Days, which feature music, dancing and special events, are held on the last Friday of every month to continue the festival celebrations.

In September the hares will go on auction. They are expected to raise around £50,000 to go towards a Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust project in and around Cirencester, involving building a wild walkway along the River Churn.

The Hare and Seek trail features 24 smaller hares which can be found in the windows of restaurants and shops in town.

WE WANT to see your pictures from the Cirencester Hare Festival. If you have a picture of you and your favourite hare, or your children and their favourite hare, then send in your “hare selfie” to by Monday, July 14 and you could be featured in the Standard. We will publish a page of the best pictures the following week.

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