Brighton Snailspace Trail

We’ve been giant animal hunting again! As the Snailspace trail around Brighton and Hove entered its final day, my husband and I finally got around to going to find as many as we could.

With the weather perfect, we couldn’t have chosen a better day to walk some 15 miles around the city, looking for the sculptures, which came both as large snails

 

and smaller ones, which had been designed by schoolchildren.

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We started off at the train station and worked our way through the Laines, where we came across a Martlets shops. Martlets is the hospice benefiting from the trail and thankfully, stocked trail maps, which made our task that little bit easier. We also nabbed ourselves a ‘snuck’ – cross between a snail and a duck – as a little memento of the day.

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After finding most of the Brighton-based snails, we decided a little lunch was in order, before pushing on into Hove.

It was a packed day along the seafront, but with the weather so glorious, it wasn’t hard to understand why. In total, we probably found around 50 of the snails, both big and small. We knew we wouldn’t find them all – there was over 100 in total – but some were too far out to find on foot. We made full use of the app – £1.99 to download – which added a little extra fun to the day. We collected several rewards, but couldn’t use many of them, but I shall be going through them again today to make sure all competitions have been entered.

We found our final snail as the sun was setting and it was a sunset worth watching.

By the time we returned to the city centre to head towards the train station, the Christmas lights had come on, which really added something to the day – I’m a huge Christmas fan.

 

 

This is the second time we have completed one of these trails in Brighton – we did the Snow Dogs a couple of years ago – and it’s always great to see how the city embraces the idea. There was a lot of excitement in the build up to the event and if you missed the event, there is still a chance to see all of the snails at their farewell event on the 30th November to 2nd December at St Augustine’s Event Centre in Brighton. This is a ticketed event, which can be found online. The snails will then be auctioned off for the Martlets and these things always go for a lot of money, which is fantastic for the hospice. If you think you can give one of the snails a home for life – and they are ridiculously cute – check out the website, where you can also make a donation or grab your own Snailspace merchandise.

I’m looking forward to whatever trail arrives in Brighton next, but currently I’m not aware of any, anywhere in the country that are coming up. So, if you know of any, please do let me know!

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Ashford Snow Dogs

I cannot believe how quickly time has flown since we got married just over two weeks ago. Work has been crazy busy and craftwise, I’m making more dragons at the request of a friend – I need to make a total of 5 before Christmas, one of which is a present for someone who couldn’t make our wedding. I do have another Christmas project up my sleeve, but I can’t comment on that, as they may well read this post and that would spoil the surprise.

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On Sunday, we decided to have a little break for the whirlwind world of work and headed to Ashford, where there is a Snow Dog trail, running through until 18th November. Very similar in idea to the Gromit Unleashed 2 Trail we did in Bristol earlier this year, it’s all to raise money for a hospice.

There are dozens of giant Snow Dogs dotted around the town, some accompanied by Snow Pups, which are just too cute for words.

We probably spent around 3-4hours wandering around the town looking for the statues and found most of them. There were a couple a little further out that we didn’t get to, but we did manage to get the ones at the Designer Outlet – even if parking there was a struggle!

I fell in love with so many of the Snow Dogs and we even found a Two Tone one, which was perfect for my Ska-loving husband!

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We did play along with the app for a little while, but we the internet signal let us down, so after we couldn’t register some of the dogs we found, we sadly gave up with that. It’s worth doing though, especially if you live in Kent, as there are lots of little prizes and discounts you can pick up from the sponsors of the dogs.

Hubby also bought me my own miniature Gizmo, but I’m not allowed to have him until my birthday tomorrow – he looks like this, just much, much smaller!

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It was also lovely and moving to see what effort had been put in to marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in the town. One Snow Dog is dedicated to the animals killed in conflict and is set in a memorial garden.

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Next up, we will be visiting the Snails Pace trail around Brighton.

Colour Run

Ok, so this isn’t exactly about cooking or craft, but I had such a good time at the Colour Run in Brighton yesterday, I had to share it.

For those who have never taken part in a Colour Run, it’s a gentle 5km event, which some run, others jog and some choose to walk, all to raise money for charity. Along the route, there are several ‘colour stations’, where you will be pelted with various colours of powder paint. There was also a foam station, which was lots of fun. The children in particular loved the foam, with lots of them dropping to the ground to make ‘foam angels’.

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There were literally thousands of people taking part and I even spotted DJ Norman Cook AKA Fatboy Slim in amongst the runners. The event had a real party atmosphere from start to finish with a group warm up, giveaways and an end of race party too, with even more paint being thrown around.

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I was taking part in the event with a group of friends to raise money for the children’s charity, Embrace East Sussex, which helps children with special educational needs. A lot to ask I know, but if you could spare a few pennies, I know the charity would be very grateful if you could sponsor us retrospectively here.

And I can thoroughly recommend signing up to a Colour Run event near you, as it really is just a whole lot of fun.