Ox-plore the trail

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Follow Oxfordshire’s first sculpture trail and go in search of 137 oxen across the county and help fund the vital work of Sobell House Hospice

Have you ‘herd’ the news? From 6th July to 29th August, 137 life-sized and mini ox sculptures will be grazing throughout Oxfordshire to form a vibrant, colourful and family-friendly art trail.

Each sculpture has been designed and decorated by artists, local schools, community groups, and local media – making the herd truly unique – and many have been sponsored by local companies and organisations.

OxTrail is Oxfordshire’s very first sculpture trail, expected to draw in thousands of visitors to the county, in celebration of the culture, places and people that make Oxfordshire special. Through the OxTrail Learning Programme, where schools and community groups taking part have each decorated their own mini ox, we are reaching 37,580 young people and over 1,000 elderly residents alone.

All of the proceeds raised through OxTrail will help to fund Sobell House Hospice, which provides expert care to people facing life-limiting illness and support to their loved ones. The hospice relies on the support of its community to raise over £3 million each year. OxTrail is set to be their biggest fundraiser to date, but with the number of people needing end of life care expected to rise 55% by 2030*, there’s never been a more important time to raise the income they rely on.

You’ll be able to ox-plore the trail and collect the sculptures using the official OxTrail app, which will be available to download from 6th July, or through the beautifully-decorated OxTrail map. What’s more, there will be a range of merch and fun activities for children available at the Westgate pop-up shop. Along the way, there will be plenty of surprises and moments of OxTrail magic.

Once the trail is over, there will be one last chance to bid goodbye to the moo-gnificent herd at the Farewell Weekend, which takes place on 7th and 8th September at the Westgate. Gather your friends and family together to help give the oxen the send-off they deserve!

The life-sized sculptures (and some of the mini oxen) will then be sold to their forever homes at a hoof-biting Grand Auction on 13th September at Saïd Business School in Oxford and online.

Join the moo-vement this summer to explore Oxfordshire’s iconic attractions, uncover some hidden gems, and have lots of fun along the way.

Visit OxTrail 2024 and follow the ox @oxtrail2024
* sueryder.org/news/hospice-sector-under-threat-amid-increasing-demand-for-palliative-care 

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