All you need to know about the new sculpture trail Cambridge Standing Tall

A new sculpture trail is putting Cambridge head and shoulders above other cities thanks to 93 giraffes.

The beautifully-decorated giraffe sculptures are in the city from March 21 to June 2 (2024).

It’s for the Cambridge Standing Tall sculpture trail, which brings together communities from all over the city.

A mini giraffe peeps out of a telephone box in Cambridge

The new trail is delivered by Break, a charity which supports young people from care across Cambridge and Cambridgeshire.

Each sculpture is sponsored by a local business and has been decorated by artists, including a number of local artists.

There are 31 eight-foot-tall giraffes and 62 mini giraffes. The mini ones have been decorated by local schools.

At the end of the exhibition, the giraffes will be sold at auction, with all proceeds going to the charity.

The title Cambridge Standing Tall represents the city standing up for young people.

It is hoped that the trail will bring visitors and locals together, to raise awareness for young people in care as well as vital funds for the charity.

Visitors can download the Cambridge Standing Tall app (going live on March 18).

A giraffe in front of the church in Cambridge
A giraffe in front of the church in Cambridge

Organisers have put together ideas of places to visit while doing the trail through Cambridge, a city steeped in history, incredible architecture and academic excellence.

Along the trail visitors can:

Wander through the cherry blossoms in the Cambridge Botanic Garden.

Punt down the River Cam with Rutherfords and Scudamores.

Explore the boutique local shops including Cambridge Cheese Company and Hill St Chocolate.

Explore some wonderful artwork at Cambridge Contemporary Art or some great gift ideas at Podarok and Ark.

Pick up the latest Spring fashions at Iris & Violet (Women’s) or Dogfish (Men’s).

Visit the free-to-enter University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum.

Join a gin cocktail class or tasting at the Cambridge Distillery .

 Then dine at one of the city’s delightful restaurants and eateries:

Stop at Fitzbillies for a Chelsea bun and warming cup of coffee.

Grab a bite to eat at AromiBread & Meat or Steak & Honour, leaving plenty of room for an ice-cream from Jack’s Gelato.

Taste authentic East Asia flavours at the newly opened  Market House Asia.

Sample seasonal produce and Spanish flavours at Mercado Central.

Enjoy Indian market food, Indian craft beers and refreshing cocktails at The Tiffin Truck.

Sip botanical cocktails on Novi’s vibrant roof terrace.

Dine riverside at Millworks, a modern brassiere, serving charcoal oven grilled steaks.

Ideas of where to stay in Cambridge include:

Gonville Hotel, Cambridge

The Graduate Hotel Cambridge

Novotel Cambridge North

Hilton City Centre

Turing Locke, Eddington

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