Lions at Large: The incredible story behind the Trail

Date published: 1 March 2024

Lions at Large: The incredible story behind the Trail

Lions at Large – The Pride of Gloucestershire Trail is Cheltenham and Gloucester’s first Wild in Art sculpture trail. This event be raising funds for proposed new cancer care facilities in Cheltenham with digital consulting rooms, space for state-of-the-art research, as well as a therapeutic outside space. .

In the Summer of 2025, the pride will arrive with over 30 large Lions standing strong in the streets of Cheltenham and Gloucester. All the Lions will be individually designed and painted by an artist, celebrating Gloucestershire’s rich cultural offer, extraordinary heritage and diversity. Lion sponsors will be invited to an exclusive art selection event to choose the design for their Lion.

A learning programme for schools, youth groups and education settings will run alongside the trail. Each of these will receive a little Lion which will join the trail.

The pride will be in Cheltenham and Gloucester for eight to ten weeks. Streets, parks and open spaces will dazzle with their vibrant colours and surprising designs.

Lions at Large Trail – The Pride of Gloucestershire has something for everyone. Residents, businesses and visitors enjoy a fun, free and engaging event.

Once the trail is over the pride will reunite for a farewell weekend. After this they will be auctioned at a final live event. All profits raised will go towards Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospital Charity’s Big Space Cancer Appeal.

The Big Space Cancer Appeal

Why a Lion?

Lions represent the courage of all those who face cancer, not only as a patient but also as a loved one. Lions work as a pride (family) to survive. They tenderly care for each other’s young, the elders work together to find food. The Lions in Cheltenham and Gloucester will be ‘The Pride of Gloucestershire’, as will the new cancer facilities funded by The Big Space Cancer Appeal. Once the Lions have left, their part in transforming cancer care in Gloucestershire will remain as a lasting legacy.

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