Last chance to explore the Cotswolds and discover the Kingfisher Trail this summer
By Matt Hall
The popular Kingfisher Trail, a unique collection of 22 artist designed sculptures dotted across the Cotswolds, is soon to swoop to a close as the Kingfishers are auctioned off to settle into their new homes.
The free public access art trail has been enjoyed by thousands of local residents, holidaymakers and day-trippers to the Cotswolds, since it launched earlier this year in May 2021.
The Kingfishers are hosted at a range of unique settings and venues, taking in many of the Cotswolds favourite spots, market towns, nature reserves and rural retreats. All the models have been beautifully designed and decorated by an eclectic group of talented artists and no two sculptures are the same! Each Kingfisher is truly unique, with themes recreated by the individual artists, including waterways and wildlife, poetry and literature, and of course - the Cotswolds National Landscape.
With just over seven weeks left to explore the trail, you can find out more about how to spot all 22 impressive sculptures by downloading the 'Kingfisher Trail 2021' app via the App store, Google Play or from the official trail website.
With the support of partners such as headline sponsors Visit Gloucestershire, the Kingfisher Trail has been actively promoted across the UK and has proved to be one of the most popular family friendly outdoor activities in the region.
The trail will officially close on October 3, and the Kingfishers will be carefully collected and prepared for their grand reveal at the 2021 Kingfisher Auction, to be held at the Pittville Pump Room on October 22.
Everyone is in with a chance to secure their favourite stunning sculpture in advance of the auction by utilising the 'Buy Now' function on the 'Kingfisher Trail 2021' app, whilst the extra special Golden Kingfisher named Sulis, is destined to be a unique raffle prize for one of just 500 lucky ticket holders.
To be in with a chance to win Sulis the Golden Kingfisher, simply download the app and purchase a Golden Kingfisher raffle ticket.
Andy Parsons, from Cotswolds National Landscape, said: "The Kingfisher Trail has already been enjoyed by a steady stream of trail spotters since it launched in the spring and will undoubtedly prove to be a popular outdoor activity, right up until the Kingfishers fly to their temporary home and the live auction at Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham.
"As birds of a feather are said to flock together, our stunning collection of Kingfisher sculptures will gather on mass for the auction and then fly off to their forever homes, with new owners and a whole new audience to enjoy their artistic beauty."
For more details about the Kingfisher trail, the auction and to get involved - see www.kingfishertrail.org.
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