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Hares about Town

Hares About Town is a spectacular public art event that is weaving its way across Southend this summer. 30 huge hare sculptures, each one individually designed by an artist, have formed a free family-friendly trail of discovery for you to explore! The hares are in place for ten weeks and are dotted all around the town!

In addition to the big hare sculptures there are over 50 Leverets (baby hares) that have been designed and created by over 40 schools and community groups across the Borough. The Leverets form their own trail in Southend's cultural hotspots.

With large and small sculptures located in picturesque hotspots across town, this FREE experience encourages you to get out and about and have fun while discovering the beauty of Southend.

After entertaining and bringing people together, the legacy of Hares About Town will continue for many years to come, as the sculptures will be auctioned to raise vital funds for a local charity Havens Hospices.

In partnership with Wild in Art.

Pick up a paper trail or download the Hares About Town App on Google Play or App Store for £1.99.

More about Havens Hospices

Havens Hospices provides palliative nursing and supportive care to adults and children living with complex or incurable conditions. The specialist Care Teams can support them and their family living throughout illness, death and bereavement, in the comfort of their own home and through our hospice services, Fair Havens, The J’s and Little Havens. At the end of the trail all the sculptures will be auctioned to raise vital funds for this local charity.

Leveret Trail

Running alongside the main trail the Leveret trail showcases the talents of local schools and community groups across the Borough. All the leverets are displayed inside Southend's Cultural venues, perfect for those rainy days!

Become a Volunt-hare

Are you friendly, positive & outgoing? Then join the fun and become a 'Volunt-hare' for the trail! The Hares About Town 'Volunt-hares' are a very special team of volunteers who act as friendly and inspiring guides to Hares About Town, handing out maps, chatting to trail visitors about the Hares, artists and sponsors, and keeping a careful eye on our Hares! If this perks your interest, check it out and sign up today.

Hares About Town Auction

Your chance to own your very own hare! Would you like be the proud owner of a giant hare sculpture? If it’s to brighten your office, make a statement in your garden or to give someone special the ultimate surprise gift, you need to be at the Hares About Town auction.

Farewell to the Hares

Book your tickets now for a very special farewell to the hares event taking place in Garon Park over the weekend of 24 - 26 September. It's your chance to see all 30 hares and 53 leverets in one place. There will be plenty of attractions, activities and entertainment with lots to eat and drink.

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