Ipswich's St Elizabeth Hospice will kick off its latest art trail project in June 2025 to raise awareness and funds.

A decade on from its first art trail, Pigs Gone Wild, the Ipswich hospice in partnership with creative producers Wild in Art has revealed the attraction will return to the streets of the town next summer. 

The last trail, The Big Hoot, raised a recording breaking £270,000 through auctions, sponsorship and corporate support, along with bringing in more than £2million to Ipswich's economy in 2022.

It also saw a footfall of 315,900, as people walked 13,005 miles to find the art sculptures.

The hospice expects the new trail to be exciting for residents and visitors alike and they intend to introduce some enhancements. However, they have not yet announced the theme of the trail. 

The hospice said: "The chosen sculpture remains a carefully guarded secret for now, but they will land in the county in June 2025, to form an art trail for visitors and locals alike to enjoy throughout the summer."

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St Elizabeth Hospice provides specialist care to patients and their families, through intensive support, home services and community care units.

As with previous trails they will be auctioning their sculptures after the event comes to an end.

The money raised by this event will go into improving the lives of people who have a progressive or life-limiting illness in east Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney.

Suffolk County Council previously revealed that 87% of visitors believed that these trails helped create a stronger sense of community.

In the same survey, 70% said it helped them view the town as a better place for arts and culture.

In total, the various trails have raised over £600k, with walks themed around pigs, elephants and owls.

Celia Joseph, of St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “The art trail leaves a fantastic legacy which, as this data highlights, has had a positive impact on the town, St Elizabeth Hospice and the local community.”