Octopus Ahoy!

Event Date: 25/06/2021

Start Time: 9am

Finish Time: 05/09/2021

Cost: FREE


Location: Tendring


Celebrate a summer of art with Octopus Ahoy!


Follow the trail and win amazing rewards and prizes by unlocking the QR codes on the base of the octopus sculptures; from free ice creams to afternoon teas – this is the fun FREE activity you’re been looking for this stay-cation summer.


Octopus Ahoy! is an engaging, family-friendly art trail for all to enjoy – and in a safe, socially-distanced way. Stunning sculptures will arrive ashore on 25th June, taking pride of place in parks, on streets and in open spaces across the Tendring District and beyond.


This FREE, 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?


The Octopus Ahoy! project is a celebration of local art, history and community spirit, involving more than 60 Essex schools. Originally planned for summer 2020 but postponed due to the pandemic until 2021, the art trail helps mark 400 years (in 2020) since the historical voyage of the Mayflower ship to the new world, with Harwich’s own Christopher Jones at the helm, and celebrates 150 Years of Clacton on Sea.


Daytrippers in Essex can follow the art trail throughout the summer using the FREE Octopus Ahoy! app which is available for download on both Apple and Android. The app will reveal the locations of each sculpture and allow users to earn amazing rewards for ‘collecting’ each octopus design on the list from the start of the trail on Friday 25th June.


In all, there will be 90 quirky octopus sculptures to visit, including more than 30 large, hand-decorated sculptures decorated by local professional artists and generously sponsored by local businesses.


Octopus Ahoy!, in partnership with Tendring District Council, is being delivered as part of the celebrations of Harwich Mayflower 400™️ and 150 Years of Clacton, by KAT Marketing.


The sculptures come off the streets on the 5th September and they are auctioned for Tendring causes at Le Talbooth on the 23rd September by Royal Auctioneers Reeman Dansie.


Find out more about Octopus Ahoy! at or join in the conversation on social media using #OctopusAhoy.