Colourful Snoopy sculptures have taken to the streets of Porthcawl, as part of Dogs Trust’s special public art trail.
You will find six supersized statues starring Charlie Brown’s trusty sidekick from the Peanuts cartoon strip located in key areas around the town until June 5th 2022.
The statues have been individually decorated with unique designs by local Welsh artists.
In addition, the Porthcawl trail also features 12 mini-Snoopy sculptures created by schools across Bridgend.
What is the Snoopy trail?
Created by Dog’s Trust, to celebrate their new rehoming projects in South Wales, the trail promotes health and wellbeing, adding some adventure to our local walks.
The art trail is free to members of the public in streets and open spaces – not just in Porthcawl but across Cardiff and Caerphilly too.
The colourful Snoopy sculptures have been designed by local, regional and national artists, with each sculpture telling its own story and celebrating the culture and creativity that South Wales has to offer.
Rebecca Staden, project manager of A Dog’s Trail with Snoopy, says:
“This is the first ever Snoopy sculpture art trail to be held in the UK, it’s really exciting.The trail is a real feel-good event which has already brought communities together with schools designing the smaller Snoopy sculptures, businesses getting on board as sponsors and artists having the chance to showcase their work. We hope that between 8 April and 5 June, thousands of people will come on walkies with us and enjoy the trail.”
Where can I find the statues?
Visitors to Porthcawl can locate the colourful statues on the main trail using the Dog’s Trail app. The 12 mini statues from schools across Bridgend are on display within indoor locations including the harbour, Rest Bay Watersports Centre and the Grand Pavilion.
You can go the extra mile with your walking and find statues in Cardiff and Caerphilly with the Dog’s Trail app too.
Who are the local sponsors?
Sponsors for the Porthcawl event include Bridgend College who have sponsored the Snoopy sculpture named ‘Kintsugi’ which will be located in front of the Grand Pavilion. A spokeswoman for Bridgend College said: “We are excited to be sponsoring this fantastic initiative in Porthcawl. We are proud to support a cause which will make a difference in our community, while encouraging people to explore our beautiful surroundings and have fun at the same time.”
First Cymru Buses are also sponsoring, with the Snoopy sculpture ‘Happy Little Clouds’, located in the band stand on John Street. First Cymru Buses said: “We are thrilled to be sponsoring one of the very first Snoopy sculptures to ever set paws on a UK trail. This is a great opportunity to explore the beautiful Porthcawl and support a great cause while you’re at it.”
The Dog’s Trail app will provide the opportunity to take up special offers from local businesses in Porthcawl along the trail.
Bridgend local authority has been working closely with Dogs Trust over a series of months, to host the mini-trail in Porthcawl, alongside the campaign ‘Woof you were here’. Both in hope to raise the profile of Bridgend County Borough as a dog-friendly destination for walking.
To find out more about the trail visit: www.adogstrail.org.uk