A huge art, community and charity event has launched in Tendring – Octopus Ahoy!

Octopus Ahoy! is an engaging, FREE family-friendly art trail for all to enjoy. Stunning 4ft octopus sculptures arrived ashore on 25th June, taking pride of place in parks, on streets and in open spaces across Tendring and beyond, including Harwich!

There are also over 60 2ft sculptures that are situated in indoor locations – these have been designed and painted by a number of local schools by the students and staff!

Octopus Ahoy! is part of the celebrations for the 400th anniversary of the famous Mayflower voyage from England to America. The Mayflower ship was believed to have been built right here in Harwich, and you can still visit Captain Christopher Jones’ home where he lived in the town. The projects mascot, CJ, has been named after him!

You can use the Octopus Ahoy! app to learn about each artist, sponsor and school taking part, and read more about the inspiration behind each wonderful design. The app also features a map to help you navigate your way around the trail! Each octopus sculpture has a QR code, which by scanning using the app on your phone, you can unlock amazing rewards, prizes and milestones – not to mention, it has a built-in step counter so you can track how much you move this summer. Download it here now: https://bit.ly/2S2kwVS

Famous locations where you can spot the octopus in Harwich include the Harwich Ha’Penny Pier, Harwich Redoubt Fort and Harwich Low Lighthouse. The smaller school octopus sculptures are also taking up residence in their indoor locations including Morrisons and the Harwich Library.

This fun summer activity is a chance to visit amazing artist creations, so why not become a ‘tourist in your own town’, get your step count up in the fresh air, and earn ‘ink-credible’ rewards?

Octopus Ahoy!, in partnership with Tendring District Council, is being delivered as part of the celebrations of 150 Years of Clacton and the Mayflower 400™️, by KAT Marketing. Don’t miss out on this amazing summer event – the perfect activity for your stay-cation this 2021.