Looking for something to keep little minds and bodies entertained over the summer holidays? Or just a massive Shaun the Sheep fan? Then we’ve got good news for you.
Loveable wooly cartoon character Shaun the Sheep is hiding on trails all over Bristol, waiting for cyclists, runners and walkers to hunt him out.
The Shaun statues were delivered by tractor, and there are 70 giant sculptures nestling in green spaces and iconic locations around the city, all of them created by artists, designers and celebrities.
A flock of 50 Shaun’s have already visited London, where they went down a storm.
The statues will remain in position until August 31,when they will be auctioned to raise money for The Grand Appeal and Wallace and Gromit’s Children’s Charity – both supporting children in hospitals across the UK.
To help you find the Shaun’s, you can download a “Sheep Spotter” app to your Apple or Android device – there you’ll be able to log your Shaun sightings, and connect with other shepherds. All proceeds from the £1.49 apps will go to the chairties.
There are an impressive eight different trails – from the 7km ‘Downs Trail’ which is described as ‘hard’ to the 1.5km easy ‘Southbank Trail’. You can download a map here and pick your trail.
If you’re after an extra challenge once the youngsters have had their fill of Shaun hunting, there are some great trails and trail centres in Bristol, making a perfect day out for you and the shepherds.
There are many other ways you can help raise money for the charities, including holding a Baa-ke sale or Knit-A-Thon. You can also purchase Shaun souvenirs online, or from the Shaun in the City Shop at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway.
All 120 Shaun’s will be herded to Bristol between September 12 and 20, where they’ll be displayed together before moving to Covent Garden, London, from September 24 to 27. Finally, they’ll be auctioned on October 8.
For more information, visit www.shauninthecity.org.uk.