Lowestoft prepares for new turtle trail
PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 July 2015
Norwich may have had its gorillas, elephants and dragon sculptures, but Lowestoft is gearing up to welcome its own animal invasion once more.
After the inaugural Lowestoft Turtle Trail was successfully run in the town last year, turtle power is back by popular demand.
And with the trail being launched this weekend, the people of Lowestoft are being encouraged to turn turtle detective again this summer – with the chance of winning £500.
Twenty multi-coloured turtles have now arrived in Lowestoft, and the artworks will be unveiled on Saturday, July 11 as part of a special launch event in the town centre.
Running between July and September, the turtle trail has been organised by the town’s Business Improvement District (BID), Lowestoft Vision – which is part of the Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce.
The Turtle Trail starts on Saturday and runs through until September 6.
At the trail launch on Saturday there will be a range of activities in Lowestoft town centre from 10am.
The Heart Angels will be providing face painting and a colouring competition.
There is also an opportunity to design your own model turtle with Craft Mania.
Children’s stories for under fives will be told in Waterstone’s and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are also set to make a special appearance in town from 11am to 2pm.
Last month, one of the turtles, sponsored by Africa Alive!, went on display at the wildlife park – and it has proved to be very popular with visitors young and old.
And after the success of the 2014 Turtle Trail, Lowestoft Vision is increasing the number of turtles this year – as well as providing a few other exciting additions.
From this weekend the 20 giant turtles will be waiting to be discovered by the people of Lowestoft as they go on display. With 20 giant turtles – including some familiar faces – waiting to be discovered, the turtles will be located in various shops and buildings that run from Royal Plain on Lowestoft seafront, through the town centre and Sparrow’s Nest Gardens.
Six of the turtles have been designed and created by local art groups and every turtle has its own name and its own unique design – so look out for a postman, Sleeping Beauty, a rugby player and many more.
A fun interactive map will soon be available to help with uncovering the locations of each turtle and recording its name, with every correct entry form going into a draw with the chance of winning £500.
Darren Newman, Lowestoft BID manager, said: “We are really excited to bring the Turtle Trail back to the town following its success last year.
“The turtles look fantastic and it has been great to be able to offer local art groups the opportunity to provide the designs.”
New for this year is a Turtle Trail app, which can be downloaded from www.discoverlowestoft.co.uk The app will send notifications and special offers when each turtle is found.
Mr Newman added: “The app gives customers a little extra something when taking part in the trail, with discount vouchers to local attractions and food and drink offers.”
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