VisitLanarkshire joins The Big Stampede

We are leading the charge to raise funds for Glasgow Children’s Hospitality Charity by supporting The Big Stampede.

Organised by Hamilton Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with Wild in Art, the free public art event will see a herd of elephants, tower of giraffes, pride of lions, band of gorillas, crash of rhinos and pod of hippos stampede into the town in summer 2017.

VisitLanarkshire will be taking part in the event by sponsoring our own elephant and lion which will live in Lanarkshire for the course of the summer.

The aim of the project is to create a spectacular sculpture trail through the streets, parks and open spaces of Hamilton and the surrounding areas, while raising valuable funds for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

The initiative will showcase the artistic talent in the area and will positively contribute to the economic, social and cultural life of the town. Young people will also have the opportunity to get in on the action through The BIG Stampede’s school initiative which will see hundreds of pupils creating their own miniature-sized hippo sculptures to go on display as part of the trail.

At the end of the event each safari animal sculpture will be auctioned in aid of Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, to support the 160,000 babies, children and young people treated at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow every year, thousands of which are from Lanarkshire.

The BIG Stampede follows in the footsteps of Hamilton BID’s inaugural project with Wild in Art in 2014 which saw 25 giant Clydesdale horses and 30 mini ponies canter into town as part of the Ready Steady Gallop campaign which raised £67,800 for Kilbryde Hospice.

For further information about The BIG Stampede and to find out about sponsorship opportunities, visit

To find what else in happening in Lanarkshire in the upcoming months, check out our dedicated events page.