Last chance to see your favourite BIG Stampede animals

We’re sad to be waving goodbye to the BIG Stampede, but before they march off to their new homes, you’ll have one last chance to see your favourite safari animals.

The animals, who spent the summer roaming the streets of Hamilton, are coming together before they are auctioned off to raise money for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity. 

Herds of elephants, giraffes, lions, gorillas and rhinos will be patiently waiting for visitors in The Regent and New Cross shopping centres in Hamilton, during the special farewell week, running from 20th – 27th September.

Organised by Hamilton Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with Wild in Art, The BIG Stampede, a free art tourist trail, featured an array of giant animal sculptures that took up residence throughout the town in local parks, streets, shops and open spaces.

Each of the individual animal sculptures were individually designed by artists commissioned from across the UK while over 15,000 Lanarkshire pupils were responsible for almost 80 baby hippos that formed ‘The Little Stampede’. Designs included everything from a space suit wearing gorilla featuring an acrylic helmet to a giant Tunnock’s Teacake themed giraffe and a lion brought to life in thousands of pieces of colourful mosaic.



Owning a truly unique giant safari animal sculpture may seem like a distant fantasy for most but, this dream can become a reality for the lucky bidders. Hosted by Robin Galloway, the auction will raise vital funds for Glasgow Children Hospital Charity’s Schiehallion Appeal.

The live auction will take place on Friday 29 September at The Hamilton Town House. Those looking to register their interest, can do so at the online auction page which can be found on the BIG Stampede website.  

Remind yourself of some of the animals before the auction kicks off, by checking out our guide to the must see animals from the BIG Stampede

For more information on other events taking place in Lanarkshire, check out our dedicated what’s on page.