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A Dino-Mite Summer in Norwich awaits

Written by  Danielle Sparks
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Get ready to GoGo on a Jurassic jaunt this Summer with Break and 20 large Tyrannosaurus-Rex sculptures from Monday 12th July until Saturday 11th September 2021.

The GoGoDiscover charity sculpture trail is delivered by East Anglian based children’s charity Break, in partnership with Wild in Art. Each T.rex has been decorated by local and national artists and sponsored by businesses from across the region. 

The 2021 family-friendly trail coincides with and celebrates another prehistoric visitor as the T.rex arrive just days before Dippy the Diplodocus at Norwich Cathedral, meaning trail go-ers will have 21 dinosaurs to visit in Summer 2021! 

The headline supporters of GoGoDiscover 2021 are Norwich BID and Chantry Place.

Stefan Gurney, Executive Director of Norwich Business Improvement District, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Break once again to bring the city back to life with this extraordinary artwork trail. The GoGo trails create a wonderful atmosphere in the city centre and offer a fantastic free attraction for people of all ages, particularly families. As a Presenting Partner, we’ve been lucky enough to have seen a sneak-peek of some of the new decorated dinosaurs, and can’t wait to see them gracing Norwich’s streets in all their glory – we’re particularly proud of Norwich BID’s T-Rex friend!’

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Paul McCarthy, General Manager at Chantry Place, said: “Bringing colour, fun and beautiful art across Norwich this Summer, we are so excited to continue our support of Break and these fantastic trails, and our own T.rex we have sponsored looks tea-riffic! GoGoDiscover is such a fun way for people to explore Norwich, and some of its hidden and best loved gems, and put much needed smiles on people’s faces. Most importantly, we hope it raises vital funds for Break.”

The T.rex will be dotted across the city at locations including Riverside, Haymarket, The Forum and Cathedral Close, with trail maps and further details released nearer the time.

While the trail is free, people who have enjoyed the sculptures can donate to Break via text or on the website, so that Break can continue to transform futures and change the lives of vulnerable children and young people across the region.

The sponsors of GoGoDiscover 2021 are Ashtons Legal, Aspiration Europe, Castle Quarter, Chantry Place, Chilled Driving Tuition, Coleman Opticians Hearing & Vision Centre, Contract Personnel, Cooks Blinds & Shutters, Dipples, Dolphin Autos Norwich, First Eastern Counties Buses, Friends of Iceni, Jarrold, Lanpro, Nielson Brandbank, Norwich BID, Norwich School, Riverside Entertainment, The Beeston Group and Wilco Motor Spares. With kind support from our logistics partners, Longwater Construction, Pentaco Construction Ltd and Grandline Plastering.

The artists involved in the 2021 project are Sally Adams, Tory Allen, Deven Bhurke, Joanne Botterill, Illona Clarke, Beverley Gene Coraldean, Lisa Kirkham, Hannah Nelson, Ryan Newell, Norwich School, Mik Richardson, Sophie Li-Rocchi, Hilary Sanderson, Martin Wall, Ross White and Fiona Gowen.

And, at the end of the summer, the GoGoDiscover dinosaurs won’t fade into extinction. They will return in the Summer of 2022, with even more T.rex in the city. While Steppe Mammoth sculptures, will take over all Norfolk and link to the discovery and exploration of Norfolk’s deep history coast.

For more information about Break visit break-charity.org

Text TREX to 70085 to donate £3. Texts cost £3, plus one standard rate message. #GoGoDiscover

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