Primary Schools

Get On Board!

This is an invitation for schools to get involved
in an extraordinary community art event.

What is Octopus Ahoy! And Mayflower 400™️?

Octopus Ahoy! in celebration of Mayflower 400™️ is a mass appeal, large-scale public art and charity event to celebrate the 400 years since the birth of the Mayflower in Harwich, Essex. 2021 also marks 150 Years of Clacton, which the project also celebrates.

All local primary schools are invited to take part in this festive celebration of art, culture and history. In the summer of 2021, an array of large and small octopus sculptures will propel their way across and throughout Essex, out and about on display, forming a summer trail across high profile locations for local residents to follow and become a ‘tourist in their town’.

Get involved!

Our schools programme is an integral part of the Octopus Ahoy! project and we want to ensure that the area’s youngest citizens enjoy a deep sense of engagement with the event. Each participating school will have the opportunity to design their own octopus sculpture and use the education pack as a cross-curricular resource to bring the octopus, the Mayflower 400™️ history and 150 Years of Clacton into all primary topics and thematic weeks. At the end of the project, each octopus sculpture will be returned to its school as a permanent memento of their involvement in the event. The larger octopus sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for Essex charities.

What do you get?

Each participating school will receive:

The canvas: a 60 x 60 x 60cm (2ft cubed), blank octopus sculpture that is yours to keep at the end of the event
An octopus, Mayflower 400™️ and 150 Years of Clacton themed cross-curricular education pack featuring guidance notes on art and design and exercises to inspire learning around creativity, conservation and citizenship
The first 50 schools to sign up will receive a free outreach session from Clacton Pier’s SeaQuarium team and include a half day session on the same day in regards water safety and ‘beach patrol’ from Tendring District Council
The chance to enter your designed octopus sculpture into a competition to WIN a school trip to Clacton Pier (terms and conditions apply)
A high profile location to exhibit your finished artwork on the summer long Octopus Ahoy! sculpture trail
Advertisement of your school’s involvement via the main Octopus Ahoy! webpage, official trail map, iPhone and Android app and souvenir guide
Support to promote your involvement with local media

How Much?

The schools programme is an excellent way to join in with Octopus Ahoy! It is available to all educational establishments for £395 + VAT. Octopus Ahoy! School Coordinators can discuss fundraising ideas with you so you can be a part of this campaign!

What other schools say…

“The entire school took part in a Design a Gorilla competition. The winning designs came from two year 6 children: I did a sun to show our school is a ray of sunshine and the stars show we all shine. The crown symbolised strength and makes you special – just like our gorillas!”
Inspiration for ‘King Alfie’ by SS. Peter and Paul Primary School

“This project has provided us with an experience that we hope the children will remember for the rest of their lives. Thank you. We felt very proud to be part of it.”
Headteacher, Broadway Infant School

“I’d say it’s bringing communities together within a common creative process. And it helps people understand their place in terms of both their local, and wider community.”
Mrs Bateson, Headteacher, Redland High School for Girls

“An inspiring cross-curricular session with just the right level of information.”
St Peter’s Primary School


Octopus Ahoy! Summer Trail

Timeline for schools


Octopus on public display
25th June- 5th September 2021

Octopus collected and returned to Harwich for farewell tour at end of month
date pending

Octopus collected for return to schools
date pending