If you are looking for something to do in the last few weeks of Summer Holidays then why not go down to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway and join in the fun as part of their Summer Unleashed event and see exclusive sculptures from Gromit Unleashed 2
The Mall at Cribbs Causeway located in Bristol, are hosting fantastic fun activities to help celebrate and raise money for The Grand Appeal. In total so far The Grand Appeal has raised over £50 million for Bristol Children’s Hospital.
Previous trails have been Gromit Unleashed in 2013, and Shaun In The City in 2015. We only managed a few Shaun In The City finds, but we do own some sculptures. My favourite figure we own being Sparkles The Unicorn, the sculpture of this was sold in auction for a whopping £25,000.
This year the trail is Gromit Unleashed 2 which Gromit is the headlining star, but this time he is also joined by his good friend and cheese loving owner Wallace and the criminal mastermind Feathers McGraw. I love the fact this time the sculptures aren’t limited to one character.
The trail runs from 2nd July to 2nd September, and you have over 60 sculptures to find. You can log these on the Gromit Unleashed app like we have been doing, which we love as the app also acts as a map for you to find more sculptures for those selfie opportunities. This is super fun to go on a Gromit Unleashed hunt during the holidays and trying to find your favourites.
If you do visit the fun of Summer Unleashed at The Mall then you will be lucky enough to find 3 exclusive sculptures, we had great fun following the footsteps to find each of the characters. Our favourite on the day had to be Gromit P.Sullivan, we love Monsters Inc. and the fact he is also furry was fantastic. You can also locate Wallace as Spock and Feathers McGraw as In-cog-nito which is very special indeed as he has moving cogs. Remember to mark these down on your Gromit Unleashed 2 app to add to your collection of finds.
Also you can find a special Feathers McGraw in one of the stores, keep an eye weekly on The Mall social media pages for clues where he may be. You can go in a draw to win £100 and win tickets for the Gromit Unleashed 2 Exhibition which is being hosted by The Mall. The exhibition show is called ‘The Greatest Dog Show on Earth 2’ and is on from 15th-30th September. You will be able to see all of the sculptures under one roof. Perfect for if you have missed a couple on the trail. This is the last chance to see the sculptures before they head off for auction to raise further funds. Tickets are available for the exhibition here.
In addition to finding these 3 exclusive sculptures, during the Summer you can visit the outdoor pop up cinema. This is located outside the TopShop entrance, but in the event of the weather taking a turn for the worse you will be able to find the cinema on the lower lever outside M&S. The day we went was typically raining, so we headed inside to watch the first showing of the day.
The cinema showing free screenings is open throughout the summer holidays on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 11am-4pm. Each show is 30 minutes long and shows classic Aardman animations. The kids loved this as you have headphones, so you can listen and not get distracted by people shopping around you. There are beanbags for the kids and chairs so parents can also sit and enjoy a few minutes peace before going on the search for more Gromit Unleashed 2 sculptures.
Before you enter the cinema you are greeted by Cinemama and Poppacorn characters, Rowan not being a people person wasn’t sure, but Josie who is a social butterfly absolutely loved this. The characters were involving all of the kids, even unsociable Rowan which as brilliant (he did come round to enjoying this). The kids learnt how to walk down the red carpet and pose like a hollywood star, then you can enter the cinema and get comfortable on the rainbow selection of beanbags.
Not only that, you can also ride the Summer Train which children are £2 each and accompanying adults go free, proceeds go to The Grand Appeal. The train runs Tuesdays, Thursdays and the weekend. The kids have been on the train other times we have visited and absolutely love this. Plus what a fabulous way to bribe them to be good with the promise of a train ride, plus you are helping to raise money for such an amazing cause.
Plus outside the TopShop entrance is the popular vintage carousel which is £2 per child. The kids love this when we go to The Mall for the Winter Wonderland at Christmas to see Santa and go Ice Skating.
There is so much to do at The Mall Summer Unleashed event, then after you could go searching around Bristol for more Gromits. We are off searching for more sculptures on Friday and then hopefully will get along to the exhibition as we really want to see Marshall, Wallace in Wonderland and Sprinkles if we don’t manage to find them before the trail ends. Plus there is the Gromit Unleashed Store located on the upper mall level which we always visit. They have some fabulous artwork designs of Feathers McGraw and lots of figures and other fantastic memorabilia to purchase. I hope they do the figures for Gromit Unleashed 2 like previous years as Josie already as her eye on her favourites and I know Rowan would love Marshall for his room.
Seeing the sculptures and going to the pop up cinema was indeed the kids favourite activities that day, they love watching all of the Aardman Animations. We all love watching them as a family and they never get old to watch, my personal favourite character has to be Shaun The Sheep. We had a fabulous day out and the fact the fun activities made a shopping trip for mummy to also be very enjoyable for the children. I like the fact they have incorporated the fun of Gromit Unleashed 2 and extended the fun of finding the sculptures, while also helping to raise further funds for The Grand Appeal.
Have you been on any of the trails? Which is your favourite sculpture to date?