Following two years of success with Stockport’s Giant Leap Frog Art Trail in 2019 and 2021, the Stockport Frogs have taken another giant leap into the south Manchester town this summer for a great, free and fun day out. Created by the team at Totally Stockport, the town centre’s Business Improvement District (BID), a brand-new trail of ‘Frogtastic Invention’ frogs have hopped onto their giant cogs across the town centre.
Taking place from July 21 until the end of September, locals and visitors to Stockport can discover 19 frogs, sponsored by local businesses and organisations, each representing an invention and designed and painted by local artists. Forming a vibrant, free and fun outdoor art trail for everyone to enjoy; you may well learn something new along the way.
From the beginning of the Stone Age, around 2.6 million years ago, man has strived to invent tools and technologies to make life easier and more efficient. Stockport’s Great Frogtastic Inventions Trail will take visitors on a journey through history, celebrating many of the greatest inventions – from the wheel to the slinky, from the printing press to the iPod.
Plus, there’s a chance to win your very own unique frog too. All you need to do is track down one of the frog sculptures, Minty, correctly guess how many coins have been painted on this fine fellow and enter your answer on the Stockport Frogs website.
Be sure to look out for Zippy – who could ever imagine that a fastener with teeth, invented in 1891, would be found in every home over 200 years later?! Follow the frog trail around Stockport town centre and discover how a ship’s engineer accidentally invented the Slinky. Does the name Alexander Graham ring any bells? Do you know how long the first flight lasted? All 19 inventions will be revealed as you follow the Great Frogtastic Invention Trail.
You can pick up a map from the Totally Stockport team over the weekend, from Merseyway shopping mall or from town centre businesses. You can also download a map here.
The Great Frogtastic Invention Trail runs from July 21 until September 29 across Stockport town centre.