New sculpture Trail celebrates the seahorses of Ipswich

Ipswich Central, the town’s BID (Business Improvement District), have created a Family Trail for the 2018 summer holidays with the theme of seahorses; inspired by the Ipswich Coat of Arms.

Ten 3ft tall seahorse sculptures have been created and painted by a local sculptor as part of the Trail, the sculptures have been positioned in locations along the waterfront and across the town centre. 

In between the seahorse sculptures, the FREE Trail Map points out seahorses that are in the architectural details of the town’s historic buildings such as Old Custom House and the Town Hall.

The Trail Map also includes the story of the Ipswich Coat of Arms (which features two Neptune’s Seahorses) and raises awareness of the growing issue of plastic pollution in our seas and waterways which is drastically impacting marine wildlife including seahorses. 

The ten colourful seahorse sculptures can be found in the following locations:

  1.   Quay Place
  2.   Old Custom House
  3.   DanceEast
  4.   LoveOne, St Peter’s Street
  5.   Ipswich Town Hall
  6.   Ipswich Museum
  7.   Christchurch Mansion
  8.   Ipswich County Library
  9.   Ohh Deer, The Walk
  10.   Buttermarket Shopping Centre

The seahorse sculpture for LoveOne (St Peter’s Street) is being painted by local illustrator, Boo Hamilton-Frost, whilst the seahorse for DanceEast has been painted bright orange to match the dance house’s reception.

The FREE Trail Maps are available at the ten sculpture locations as well as in the Tourist Information Centre, the Reg Driver Centre in Christchurch Park and in shops and businesses across the town. Once families have completed the Trail, they can visit the Tourist Information Centre to collect an IPSWICH EXPLORER sticker and enter a competition to win four tickets to New Wolsey’s Cinderella Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto this winter. 

Visit www.ipswichfamilytrail.com for information about the seahorse Trail and other family-friendly events and things to do over the school summer holidays.

The Trail is part of Ipswich Central’s All About Ipswich; Ipswich Family Trail campaign. The campaign aims to provide families with a free summer holiday activity and to encourage them to explore the town centre and the waterfront whilst discovering Ipswich’s history and heritage.

Jack Cripps, All About Ipswich Coordinator at Ipswich Central says: 

“We hope everyone enjoys the Family Trail we’ve created! We’re really excited for people to discover the seahorses of Ipswich, it’s something special to the town that most people don’t know about. Seahorses are a great representation of the town’s maritime and agricultural heritage; plus seahorses give us a chance to talk about the issue of plastic pollution and give families some helpful plastic-reducing tips! A big thank you to the Ipswich Society for helping us pull together all the historical facts about Neptune’s Seahorses and the Ipswich Coat of Arms.”