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The Derby Ram Trail

June 25, 2021
June 25, 2021 - The Derby Ram Trail

Have you heard of The Derby Ram?

The famous poem "The Derby Ram" or "As I was Going to Derby" is a traditional tall tale, with unbelievable elements, which stretches back to Anglo Saxon times and beyond.

The elaborate and gaudy folk song tells of a ram of gargantuan proportions that was ten yards high with enormous horns and a huge flowing fleece!

The song was extremely popular through the Midlands in the eighteenth century and Derby adopted the ram as its mascot. Derby football team is called The Rams and The Derby Ram appears throughout the city in many forms, in statues and architecture.

The Derby Ram Trail

This summer you can enjoy an extra special celebration of this mythical beast by following The Derby Ram Trail. You will discover 30 vibrant and beautifully painted 5ft ram sculptures throughout the city centre, each with a unique character.

The new flock of sculptures are based on the original stone ram sculpture by Michael Pegler, erected in the centre of Derby City 25 years ago. Each ram has a story to tell, many celebrating the industry and places that make Derby what it is today.

Royal Ram

With their vibrant designs and eye-catching colours, each ram has been decorated by one of 28 local, national and emerging artists. From glittering mosaic to cartoon and graffiti, there is a wide range of art on display. Each sculpture is sponsored by a local business, making the trail deeply rooted to Derby.

We loved Royal Ram depicting Royal Crown Derby China and Derby Industries with Rolls Royce Engines as horns.

Derby Ram Trail

Where can "Ewe" see the flock?

The rams are on display at strategic points throughout Derby city centre from 27th May until 22nd August, brought to you by Derby Museums in partnership with Wild in Art

Maps of the ram locations can be picked up from the Museum and Art Gallery on The Strand, the Museum of Making or downloaded from derbyramtrail.org 

Derby Ram Trail sculpturesThere is also the free ‘Derby Ram Trail’ quest style app where you will find the Art eFaCT cards for each ram to discover more fascinating objects from Derbys Museums collection. It’s a fun family activity and a great way of taking in the city landmarks and architecture.

Take on a challenge

You could do the Bo Peep dash! Take on the challenge to find all 30 rams in just 90 mins and set a sponsorship target to help raise funds to keep the 3 Derby museums open and free for over 107,000 visitors a year to enjoy  - you could even win a @Baa’ rilliant prize too!

Ram Auction

In addition there will be a final Ram Union weekend from 3rd to 5th September to say farewell to all the rams before they go to auction on 9th Sept and find new homes. It will be interesting to see where they all end up!

Ramble sculpture

We had a fabulous evening discovering all the ram stories.

Our favourite was "Ramble" created by Caroline Coates celebrating our stunning countryside and the Peak District National Park. We also loved "Ar'Baaa'retum" by Kathleen Smith highlighting the importance of green spaces allowing wildlife to thrive. Also "Memories fade but warmth remains" with the stunning sunflowers.

All in all 'Ramtastic'!!! Best seen in real life, so we think 'ewe' should all flock to see them !



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  • star rating  We stayed in the Skylark pod last October (2018) and had a lovely time. There was homemade, rustic goods (bread, biscuits etc) when we arrived. Felicity and David who run... read more

    September 15, 2019

    star rating  We stayed in Pinder cabin and had a lovely stay, the cabin was spacious and comfortable, nice and warm after cold days out. The children loved meeting the animals and... read more

    November 5, 2019

    star rating  Myself and my sister travelled to Costa Rica and Panama via Viva Holidays Ltd. The holiday was exceptional and one to be treasured forever. Andrew at Viva Holidays... read more

    Paula C
    July 4, 2019
  • star rating  Lovely place to holiday near to interesting locations and easy access to the High Peak trail and Carsington Water. Part of a working farm with fresh produce to enjoy during... read more

    Angie B
    August 3, 2019

    star rating  Second visit to the accessible holiday cabins at Hoe Grange. David and Felicity were as helpful and friendly as ever. We had a welcome pack of freshly baked bread, butter,... read more

    Charlotte M
    August 7, 2019

    star rating  Felicity and David made us feel very welcome right from our booking. The pods are well equipped and spotlessly clean. The area is very peaceful with great views and we... read more

    January 30, 2020
  • star rating  lovely surroundings real farm country with chickens paying you a visit nice decking area to chill at the end of the day accommodation very good plenty to do nearby... read more

    vincent s
    July 28, 2019

    star rating  Arrived and was shown to our pod, fantastic location and the pod was very good indeed plus we had home made bread and milk and tea and coffee. A... read more

    July 28, 2019

    star rating  Stayed last week, from 6th to 13th September in the log cabin called Hipley. This was amazing, it was our first visit but certainly not our last. Gold standard disability... read more

    September 14, 2019
  • star rating  A beautiful place to stay! Amazingly run family business! Everyone were very welcoming, friendly and cozy! The skylark pod we stayed in was very clean, cozy and well equipped! The... read more

    January 2, 2020

    star rating  We have just returned from a short stay in one of the pods on site at Hoe Grange Holidays. We couldn’t recommend them enough. The pod has everything you could... read more

    August 17, 2019

    star rating  What a wonderful find. As our first experience of needing accessible accommodation we could not have wished for better. Beautiful well equipped lodges in lovely surroundings. We stayed in both... read more

    April 3, 2020
  • star rating  What a lovely weekend away! We stayed in the lovely gypsy caravan, which was a wonderful and really unique experience. We took along our two horses, who also had a... read more

    June 18, 2019

    star rating  We've just returned from our second visit to Hoe Grange. The suggested riding routes with stunning scenery were enjoyed by my daughter and I while the menfolk were delighted with... read more

    July 11, 2019

    star rating  We had a lovely time staying in one of the incredibly well equipped pods. I bought my pony along and we had some great rides on the high peak trail.... read more

    June 7, 2019
  • star rating  Another great holiday at Hoe Grange - such a great place for us all to holiday as a family - this time with a baby, a 3 yr old, a... read more

    October 4, 2019

    star rating  For the second year running, we have had a great family holiday at Hoe Grange. We had one cabin for the week, for two sisters and our elderly wheelchair-using... read more

    June 25, 2019

    star rating  What can I say?
    Absolutely superb!
    We have just returned from a family weekend staying in Daisybank cabin and the Skylark pod.
    It was our first trip away with my... read more

    June 13, 2019
  • star rating  It's been three years since we last visited but once we arrived it certainly didn't feel like it!
    We stayed in Hipley again which had had a refurbished wet... read more

    September 21, 2019

    star rating  We stayed in Skylark, one of the two glamping pods available at Hoe Grange in February 2020.

    Felicity & David welcomed us when we arrived to show us around... read more

    February 6, 2020

    star rating  We wanted a complete break and some peace and quiet and this was perfect. The caravan was secluded with beautiful views over the countryside. Everything was spotlessly clean and well... read more

    joanne B
    June 4, 2019
  • star rating  On arriving at Hoe Grange in a downpour, we doubted if we’d made the right decision to go glamping, but after the warm welcome from David and a quick tour,... read more

    June 25, 2019

    star rating  We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more

    David H
    October 25, 2019

    star rating  We stayed in Rainster cabin for a long weekend 6 th to 9 th September. This was my 5 th visit to the amazing Hoe Grange. I had visited before... read more

    Jan Horsman J
    September 17, 2019
  • star rating  We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more

    October 25, 2019

    star rating  Loved every minute of our stay, and so did the family and friends that came to stay. Excellent facilities in our cosy Hipley log cabin. By far the best... read more

    October 25, 2019

    star rating  We stayed for a night in one of the cabins . The cabin was spotless and very well equipped , lots of extra touches were added like fresh eggs and... read more

    February 3, 2020
  • star rating  Recently spent a week in "Pinder" and had a lovely time. The location is stunning - the site is nestled in a beautiful valley on the edge of the Peaks... read more

    July 16, 2019

    star rating  We spent four nights at Hoe Grange and had a lovely time. The location is fantastic and right next to the High Peak Trail. The cabin was very clean and... read more

    July 16, 2019

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