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katie Aardman Staff Posted: Jul 1st 2013

The Gromit Unleashed trail is now open to the public!  Here’s a guide with everything you need to know to get started:

Where can I find out the location of all the statues?
If you’re a smartphone user, you can get the smashing ‘Detect-O-Gromit’ app which is available on both Apple and Android app stores, for a complete guide to Gromit spotting! Download the app to...

* Watch exclusive ‘making of’ films from our Gromit Unleashed artists
* Follow trails around Bristol to unlock special achievements and win a place on our leaderboard!
* Listen to exclusive audio content about some of Bristol’s most famous landmarks
* Find top tips on making the most of your time in Bristol 

Around 40p of the 69p cost will be donated to The Grand Appeal, so every purchase helps sick children and babies at Bristol Children’s Hospital. Dowload the app now from the Apple and Android app stores.

Maps are also available from 6 'passport stop' locations around the city centre.  At these locations you can also pick up a free, commemorative passport to be filled with embossed stamps featuring mini images of Gromit at selected tourist destinations along the trail!

How long will the Gromits be on display?
You will be able to view the Gromits around Bristol from July 1st until September 8th 2013.  Although most Gromits are in the open air, some are in indoor venues, so make sure you check the opening times at these venues before visiting.

Which artists are involved?
A mix of local and international artists have created statues for the trail, plus a host of celebrity artists including Jools Holland, Quentin Blake, Pixar and many more!  For a full list, visit the Gromit Unleashed website

For the diehard Aardman fans, you can find statues created by Aardman artists at the following locations:

* Nick Park’s “Newshound” at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
* Pete Lord’s "Salty Sea Dog" at the Cascade Steps
* Richard “Golly” Starzak’s “Sheep Dog” at The Mall Gardens
* Sarah Matthews’ “Ship-shape and Bristol Fashion” at the Clifton Suspension Bridge
* Gav Strange’s “Stat’s the Way to Do it, Lad” outside Aardman HQ

Here's a little clue about the designs of each one!

What will happen to the Gromits at the end of the trail?
At the end of the Gromit Unleashed trail, all 80 sculptures will be auctioned off to raise funds for The Grand Appeal, Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity.  Look out for more details on October’s auction coming soon!

Can I buy any Gromit Unleashed merchandise?
Yes!  A range of Gromit Unleashed and other Aardman merchandise will be available from 6 Gromit Unleashed passport stops around Bristol. You can also buy ceramic figurines from the Gromit Unleashed online store and a range of collectables form the Aardman online store.

The biggest of the shops is located at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, where as well as picking up some Gromit Unleashed goodies, fans will also be able to look round the fantastic new Wallace & Gromit in Space exhibition, try their hand at model making and ride the Gromit train!  Find out more on the Cribbs Causeway website.

I have taken some pictures, where can I share them?
The Bristol Post are creating a collection of photos from the public on their website – simply Tweet them your picture on @BristolPost including the tag #GromitUnleashed, or email them to and they will add them to their online gallery!

You can also share your photos on the Gromit Unleashed Facebook page, or search for the hashtag #gromitunleashed if you’re an Instagram user.

Anything else?

As well as having a brilliant Gromit statue at the venue, At-Bristol are holding model making workshops every Thursday and Saturday throughout the summer holidays where you can learn to make your very own Gromit!  There will also be chance to visit the fantastic hands-on Animate It exhibit, plus take part in lots of other fantastic Gromit Unleashed activities.  Find out more on the At-Bristol website.

Look out for the header design on the Bristol Post – each day their logo will be taken over by a different Gromit Unleashed design throughout the trail!

And finally, to make sure you keep up to date with all the latest goings on from the project, you can follow Gromit Unleashed on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for the newsletter on the Gromit Unleashed website.

Will you be coming to Bristol to do the Gromit Unleashed trail this summer? Have you already started ticking off the Gromits using the app?  Got a question that isn't answered above?  Post your comments below! 

still dizzy Posted: Jul 7th 2013

Looking forward to comming to Bristol, hope no more Gromits have been smach, so wrong on many levels.

still dizzy Posted: Aug 25th 2013

Heading to Bristol, got my railway ticket`s can`t wait for Saturday.

still dizzy Posted: Sep 8th 2013

Had a great time in Bristol,couldn`t find all the Gromit`s with been new to the town, plus every time we saw the Gromit maps in shop windows, though great, got one at last, but no, they had run out as well, but thanks to the staff in the shopping centre, we find quite a though, plus Morgh,

SwindonDJ Posted: Feb 17th 2014

"You can also buy ceramic figurines from the Gromit Unleashed online store" - No you can't. The figurines are drip-fed to the online store and you are expecting people from all over England to drive to your Bristol store first thing on a Saturday morning to guarantee purchasing one if it happens to be available. I've been waiting 4 months for one of the "available" figurines and I wanted it for Christmas but I'll be lucky if I get it for next Christmas!

katie Aardman Staff Posted: Feb 17th 2014

Hi SwindonDJ - sorry to hear you've had problems purchasing a figurine.  Each figurine is hand painted and the demand has been so high that it has been difficult to keep the stock levels high.

The good news is that the figurines will continue to be produced for the forseeable future - we would recommend signing up for the Gromit Unleashed newsletter and Gromit Unleashed Facebook page, where there are weekly updates about stock in the physical and online stores.

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