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Shaun in the City

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
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Can you be a Good Shepherd, and find all the lost sheep?
shaun in the city, ram of the match
Ram of the Match


First you found the Books About Town, and the Boris Busses, and then went on to find Paddington Bear. Now it is time to find Shaun the Sheep.

shaun in the city, jingtai
Jingtai


Created by Nick Park, this cute little lamb made his first appearance in Wallace Gromit: A Close Shave in 1995. Twelve years later, he got his own spin-off television show. In 2014, he was officially voted the Nation's Best-Loved BBC TV Children's Character, spanning over last sixty years, which was followed by his very own feature length movie. Yes, Shaun the Sheep is a major celebrity, loved by young and old alike.

shaun in the city, wooly jumbo
Wooly Jumbo


Now Shaun has left the dull life of his farm behind and has ventured into the big city. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to to find him. Not once. Not twice. But a hundred and twenty times. Just like previous trails before it, artists, celebrities, and sponsors have designed a hundred and twenty spiffing statues of our cheeky friend for the public to discover.

shaun in the city, mossy bottom
Mossy Bottom


Between the 28th March and 25th May, fifty statues will be dotted around London, after which another seventy will arrive in Bristol on the 6th July, where they will remain until the 31st August. Once the statues are removed, they will be put up for auction, with all the proceeds going towards Wallace & Gromit's Children's Charity and The Grand Appeal. The fifty statues from the Paddington Trail raised over 930,000, so just imagine what can be achieved with more than twice that many.

shaun in the city, baa-bushka
Baa-Bushka


Granted, folk like you and me will never be able to afford one of these awesome statues, but we can still help raise money. Fundraising ideas include paying to enter a 'Selfie with Shaun' competition and getting people to sponsor you for each statue you find. You can also download the app map for 1.49. This will guide you through the city, tell you more about the sculptures, and allow you to collect trophies and achievement awards. Alternatively, you can download and print a physical map from the Shaun in the City website.

shaun in the city, me llama shaun
Me Llama Shaun


Not only is looking for, and finding, the statues great fun, but it is also a wonderful way to learn how to get around the city. Before I did the Paddington Trail, I didn't know my way around London very well, but now I feel much more confident about where I am going.

shaun in the city, ben & holly's little kingdom
Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom


For London, there are four different trails to take, all of which have a different theme. Shaun's Trail focusses on shopping; Timmy's Trail takes you through major tourist attractions; Shirley's Trail is all about the capital's heritage, and Bitzer will guide you around the business district. There are also a few odd statues further out in Paddington and Canary Wharf.

shaun in the city, the gruffalo shaun
The Gruffalo Shaun


I decided to go on Shaun's Trail, which is approximately three kilometres and meant to take thirty-five minutes to complete. These time guidelines really do need to be taken with a few tablespoons of salt; not including browse time, it took me almost an hour and a half by myself. If you are going as a family, it will probably take longer, so I recommend freeing up a whole day for your adventure.

shaun in the city, monsters
Monsters


Shaun's trail took me to some of London's best tourist attractions, such as The National Gallery, Hamleys, Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum, and M&Ms World. These places in themselves are a day's worth visit.

shaun in the city, nelson
Nelson


My favourite Shaun was Nelson; he might have been plainer than the others, but I loved how Benjamin Cox designed him to look the colour and texture of Nelson's Column. Who's your favourite Shaun?
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Why? Explore the city
When: London: 28th March - 25th May, Bristol: 6th July - 31st Aug
Where: London & Bristol
Cost: Cost of travel
Your Comment
Those are great! I do love Shaun the Sheep!
by Paula McManus (score: 3|2692) 777 days ago
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