Fans have chance to meet special guest as Ipswich Town FC is announced as Big Hoot 2022 sponsors

Ipswich Town Football Club have announced they will be sponsoring the Big Hoot Ipswich 2022 with a special guest set to make a swooping visit during their upcoming home game with Oxford United.

To mark the announcement of The Blues backing, before the players take to the pitch, on Saturday 13th November, supporters will be able to meet ‘A Hoot to Suffolk’ in the Portman Road FanZone.

Designed by Suffolk artist Angie Ashford, ‘A Hoot to Suffolk’ is one of the 40 ornately decorated owl sculptures which will form the Big Hoot art trail around Ipswich between June and August next year, as part of the biggest free art event in Suffolk which will attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the town.

The Big Hoot Ipswich 2022 is the third art trail brought to Ipswich by St Elizabeth Hospice in partnership with creative producers Wild in Art, following the success of Pigs Gone Wild 2016 and Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk 2019.

Dan Palfrey, Public Relations Manager at Ipswich Town Football Club, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Big Hoot 2022. The football club is a big part of the town, and we’re very much looking forward to being part of the trail which is big date in the calendar for the local community.”

Ipswich Town Football Club join an array of local companies, businesses and organisations who are sponsoring and supporting the Big Hoot 2022, including Suffolk County Council, Associated British Ports, Ipswich Borough Council and Homestyle UK Windows.

With both previous trails raising awareness and funds for the hospice, as well as encouraging more people to visit Ipswich town centre, the independent Suffolk charity are hoping next year’s event will be a similar success.

Liz Baldwin, Corporate and Sponsorship Fundraising Manager at St Elizabeth Hospice, added: “We are delighted to have Ipswich Town Football Club supporting the Big Hoot 2022. The football club is synonymous with the town and the whole Big Hoot 2022 team, including ‘A Hoot to Suffolk’, are excited to visit Portman Road to catch the game and meet the fans.

“The hospice team cannot wait for next summer to arrive and for the Big Hoot 2022 to officially launch. It will be brilliant to see people enjoying the trail, exploring Ipswich and learning more about the work of the hospice in the process.”

For more information about the Big Hoot 2022 go to

St Elizabeth Hospice is an independent Suffolk charity providing free services to improve life for people living with a progressive or life-limiting illness throughout East Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney.

Centered on an individual’s needs, the hospice provides specialist support, whenever and wherever it is needed, whether at home, in the community or at the hospice.

To find out more about St Elizabeth Hospice call 01473 727776 or visit

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