Cambridgeshire Pupils Plan Mini Moo Makeovers

It may be hot outside, but that hasn’t stopped Cambridgeshire pupils dreaming up cool ways to decorate the mini moos they’ve adopted as part of a spectacular art event coming to Cambridge next spring.

Cows about Cambridge – Mini Moo enjoys a visit to The Spinney primary school in Cambridge.
Pic – Richard Marsham/RMG Photography

The Spinney Primary School is one of 15 schools and early years groups to secure a place on the Cows about Cambridge art trail and entry to the associated Learning Programme.

Up to 60 mini moos, representing schools and community groups from across the region, will join some 50 full-size Cow sculptures, sponsored by local businesses, to create a world-class public art project that is guaranteed to become a talking point for the city between 30 March and 7 June 2020. 

“The children were very excited to meet the cow and it really inspired them to think about how we will decorate ours next year,” commented Rae Snape, Headteacher of The Spinney Primary School. “We decided to take part in Cows about Cambridge because it will be a great visual way to bring the community together.”


The 10-week art trail will be delivered next Spring by creative producers Wild in Art, in partnership with local children’s charity Break, and is supported by inaugural sponsor and Principal Partner, Cambridge Business Improvement District (BID).

RMG Photography – June 2019

“The mini moos have been created to give local schools a distinctive, hands-on role in the project,” commented Ben Read, Head of Creative Development at Wild in Art.

Wild in Art has some top tips to help PTAs raise funds to enable their children to become part of this inspirational project:

  1. Get moo-ving. How about a sponsored sporting event?
  2. Let’s make beautiful moosic. A ticketed musical extravaganza by pupils and teachers.
  3. Cow-moo-flage. Organise a dress-up day or a non-uniform day with a difference.
  4. Cow splats! School fete visitors donate to ‘splat’ willing volunteers. It may get messy…
  5. Udderly hilarious. Could you host a sponsored joke-a-thon or comedy evening?
  6. Seen but not herd! Dreaming of a little peace and quiet, why not hold a sponsored silence?
  7. Night at the moo-vies. Host a film night with popcorn.
  8. Is it pasture bedtime? Create a sponsored read and magical storytelling event.
  9. Whole-school splat. How about a sponsored version of this classic circle game involving everybody in your school?

After the art trail is over, the mini moos will find their forever pastures back at the schools that adopted them. Many of the full-size Cow sculptures will be auctioned to raise vital funds for Break.

Cows about Cambridge is expected to create a feel-good factor for the city and region, while generating more than £8 million of economic value, promoting wellbeing and encouraging an active lifestyle.

To sign up your school for the Learning Programme, email [email protected] or visit  #cowsaboutcambridge.

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