The Grand Appeal Arts Trail 2018: Gromit returns alongside Wallace and his nemesis

The public art trails featuring giant sculptures of Aardman's popular characters will return to Bristol. Credit: ITV News

Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal and Bristol's Aardman have revealed that Gromit will be returning for their highly anticipated third arts trail, alongside pal Wallace and arch nemesis Feathers McGraw.

The public art trails featuring giant sculptures of Aardman's popular characters will return to Bristol on Monday 2nd July until Sunday 2nd September 2018 and will raise money for Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael’s Hospital.

The trio have been kept hidden for months, but next summer they will be dotted around Bristol with thousands expected to take part in the trail.

Among them will be Leah Dunn, who has spent more time in Bristol Children's Hospital than any 10-year-old should.

As a fan of the previous trails she was allowed a sneak peak before they were officially unveiled.

Leah Dunn got a sneak peak of the characters. Credit: ITV News

It is really exciting because everyone doesn't know yet and I am the first one to see it, so I have to keep it a secret.

Leah Dunn
2.5

million people visited the last two trails in 2013 and 2015.

50%

of those people came from outside Bristol.

6

million pounds was raised for The Grand Appeal.

Thousands of people descended on Bristol 4 years ago. Credit: ITV News

The money was raised through the thousands of people who descended on Bristol to track down Gromit during the first trail 4 years ago.

The auction that followed raised more than £2 million alone.

Shaun the Sheep was next up, once again proving a draw for children and adults alike so expect more of the same when Wallace, Gromit and Feathers appear next summer.

Shaun the Sheep was also a big hit with trail visitors. Credit: ITV News