When – July 26 and July 29 2013.
Where- Somerset/Bristol and Gloucestershire.
Doing What? – Photographing Gromit sculptures.
Known As – Gromiting.
Gromiting, heard the term? No?
Well it seems to have been invented for those collecting (in most cases photographing) the Bristol Gromits, the painted dog sculptures inspired by the popular animation ‘Wallace and Gromit’.
During 2008 in Bath/Liverpool and Norwich the trail phenomena began in England, seemingly inspired by similar trails in Germany.
For the record the 2008 trails were Pigs in Bath, Baby Elephants in Norwich, and Super Lamb Bananas in Liverpool.
The procedure now (not sure if so in 2008) is to then auction them off at the end of the display period with the proceeds going to a designated local charity.
The wish being to bring many tourists (or locals) out into the town/city, and hopefully helping the local economy, so, a win win for everyone.
The proceeds from the largely Bristol ‘Gromit’ trail are to be for the Bristol Children’s hospital, see the website >
Subsequently we have had trails in numerous places. Those that I know about have been in Southampton, Bristol, Northampton, London, Newport, Chester, Colchester, Wells, Hull, Exeter and Guernsey.
They may have been more? It's kind of difficult to keep track.
Generally the idea is to attract children (or big kids), and so the themes have been generally animals (with one or two exceptions), like Lions/Gorillas/Rhinos, Donkeys etc.
Each sculpture is of the same base design and then the artist gets to work on his own idea, so making each unique.
Currently I believe in Summer 2013 there are also Gorillas in Norwich and Exeter, Giraffes in Colchester and Rhinos in Southampton.
I’m sure when the idea was first discussed they could not have considered what an obsessive collecting and ticking revolution they were in the process of creating!
Let me get one thing straight, I'm NOT a trail ticker, but I confess if I had time I probably would be. But I'd rather keep my ticking habits and time allocated to purely football grounds and occasionally other, usually sporting related interests.
However Ros has taken a very keen interest and has 'completed' photographing the sets of Lions in Bath, Dragons in Newport and the Safari animals in Northampton.
Currently she is well into the Gromits of Bristol, 55 ish (of 80) and counting I believe.
On the weekend of July 26/29th, on our way down/back to South Wales, Monmouthshire for a walking trip we managed to scoop eleven gromits on the far outer fringes of the trail, the ones you need a car for to get to.