Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne has arrived in Newcastle! The free public art trail takes place all summer until 27th September, giving residents and visitors the chance to search out a flock of colourful, individually designed Shauns across the city!
With school holidays in full flow, the art trail makes a great activity for all ages - just one week in and we've seen some baa-rilliant photos of people enjoying the event, including Jackie and Neville, a couple from Preston who were the first people to complete the trail!
There are 45 full-sized Shaun sculptures to seek out, as well as a series of smaller ‘Little Shaun’ sculptures, adopted and painted by schools and youth groups which you'll find at indoor venues across the city.
Our friends at Shaun on the Tyne have created some really helpful tips to help you get the most from your day out:
Download the trail app, with all proceeds going to the trail charity, St Oswald's Hospice - a great way to plot your day out, discover all of the sculptures, unlock rewards and milestones and track your trail steps with the pedometer. Find it on the App Store here and Google Play store here.
Pick up a printed map from a variety of vendors around the region or download a digital version here.
Share your Shaun selfies! You can upload photos direct on the app or share them on social media, using the hashtag #ShaunOnTheTyne
Make use of great offers on public transport to get round town - up to three children aged 11 and under can travel free with an adult on Tyne and Wear Metro and Arriva North East buses and under 21s can travel for £1 per single ticket on Go North East buses.
Seek out the ewe-nique sculpture ‘Bestie Bench’ at Newcastle Civic Centre. It’s the only one on the trail that invites people to sit on it and take a moment to rest while enjoying their adventure. Do remember to take care with all the other sculptures on the trail, though, and don't sit on them as this can cause damage.
Finally, why not treat yourself to a sheepy souvenir from the St Oswald's Hospice online shop?
We hope you enjoy a great summer of Shaun Spotting, all in aid of a great cause.