The trail

The trail

Great Gorillas was an art trail featuring life-size sculptures of gorillas around the streets, parks and open spaces of the English Riviera and Exeter, with a few surprises along the way.

Main Great Gorillas Trail
The Trail featured 30 life-size sculptures of gorillas, along with 25 smaller sculptures designed and painted by schools in Devon and Somerset and a few surprises!

Download the Trail Map here

Win the chance to meet Paignton Zoo's gorillas!

We encouraged people to try to see as many as of the Great Gorillas as they could. When they spotted one, they registered they had by ‘checking in’. Anyone who checked in and spotted them all was entered into a draw to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Paignton Zoo’s (real) gorillas up close.

The Great ‘Miniature’ Trail 
It’s wasn't just Paignton Zoo that was celebrating a landmark in 2013 – its 90th birthday. Babbacombe Model Village was also 50 years old. To mark these two important birthdays they teamed up to stage the unique Great Miniature Trail. Each of the life size Great Gorillas was recreated in miniature to form their own trail in the Model Village.

The Great Gorilla Guest Ale Trail
Bays Brewery, in Paignton, also supported the project by brewing a limited edition cask-only ale and Peter Salmon, from Bays was delighted to support such a good cause.

Bays Great Gorilla Ale was a well-balanced, easy-drinking golden ale at 4.7%, and was only be available to the public during the art trail.

We are delighted that J D Wetherspoon supported The Great Gorillas Project by not only selling the guest ale in selected pubs through South Devon, but they made a generous donation to the Project per pint sold. In total 7,488 pints of Great Gorilla Ale were drunk raising over £1,000.

Download the Great Gorilla Guest Ale Trail here: English Riviera Map - Exeter Map

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