Who’s behind the project?

The project, in partnership with Tendring District Council and the Harwich Tourism Group, is being created and delivered, on behalf of Mayflower 400™️ and 150 Years of Clacton, by KAT Marketing, a full, dynamic, creative agency with a longstanding background in events.

Delivering digital and traditional marketing campaigns in Essex, London and across the East of England, KAT Marketing was the driving force behind the highly acclaimed Stand Tall for Giraffes campaign in 2013, which marked Colchester Zoo’s 50th birthday, and its ongoing legacy for the town. An amazing £115,400 was raised for charity from the auction of the giraffe sculptures.

The KAT Marketing team is pleased to deliver and support the creation and implementation of Octopus Ahoy! for Mayflower 400™️, 150 Years of Clacton, and Harwich, Tendring and the wider Essex area.

What is a sculpture project?

The concept of sculpture trails is known worldwide, having been staged throughout the UK, Europe and Africa – from Liverpool’s Superlambanana, Wenlock and Mandeville made famous throughout the 2012 Olympics and the huge international project that started it all, Cow Parade. These types of project provide a sense of community, give businesses – and the public – the chance to be imaginative and embrace art on a large scale and above all, they’re fun!

Other local projects in recent years include Stand Tall for Giraffes for Colchester Zoo’s 50th birthday, and Pigs Gone Wild and Elmer’s Parade in Ipswich for St Elizabeth Hospice.

Octopus Ahoy! will join the list of vibrant community art projects that paved the way… a free activity for one and all to enjoy in the summer months – and all for a very worthy cause!

Harwich and the Mayflower

Iconic ship, The Mayflower, was believed to have been built around 1600 in Harwich and was captained and part-owned by Harwich-born Christopher Jones, whose house still stands on King’s Head Street, near the waterfront.

The Mayflower 400™️ project has been created to leverage this opportunity, aligning 11 core destinations in England with wider local, national and international partners and over 20 million US citizens descended from the original Mayflower passengers.

It will deliver a world-class series of events, public art and wider content that will commemorate this exceptional voyage and provide a major ongoing impact across the partnership, knitting together communities, inspiring creativity and culture, driving economic growth, and promoting understanding and education.

Mayflower 400™️ champions the values of freedom, faith and personal liberty that informed the original journey, and which continue to be articulated in the special relationship between the UK, US and Netherlands. At the same time, the commemoration will recognise the impact of the Mayflower’s journey on Native American communities, addressing themes of colonialism and migration to provide an accurate, inclusive account of the Mayflower’s legacy.

Together, we will draw inspiration from our past to steer our future, for generations to come.


Octopus Ahoy! Summer Trail



Octopus Ahoy! hits the streets
25th June-5th September 2021

Farewell tour
date pending

Charity auction
Le Talbooth in Dedham
date pending