Friday, 3 April 2015

To Baa or Not To Baa

Back to the peace and quiet of a campsite in rural Devon after the hustle and bustle of London.  Both good in their own way.  It's nice to ring the changes.    Anyone looking for something free to do in the next few months might like to consider another one of those sculpture trails that seem to be increasingly popular around Britain.    If the people that we met en route were a representative sample they seem popular with all ages.  We ran around the capital just after Christmas in search of Paddington in his many guises.  This time it was Shaun the Sheep's turn.

Shaun in the City comprises a collection of 120 statues.  It kicked off in London last week.  There are four trails and few lone off-piste Shauns.  All in all there's a total of fifty to find.  But there's more!  In June the action moves to Bristol, home to Aardman Animation, the creators of Shaun, Wallace and Gromit, Creature Comforts....They'll be seventy more to tick off there.

The trail raises money for the Wallace and Gromit Children's Charity and The Grand Appeal for children in hospitals across the UK. So I didn't mind forking out £1.95 for accompanying app.  This is excellent and has interactive trail maps, awards trophies for each milestone and allows you to tick off each Shaun as he's found.  As a mum and son combo with wanderlust, we think that 'Globetrotter' situated on Tower Bridge was our favourite.  It featured zany world maps on Shaun's back.

And here's the one outside Shakespeare's Globe theatre.  The Baard (geddit!) would have been proud.  Shaun as Yoric maybe?   Not called 'To Baa or Not to Baa' as I guessed but the equally corny 'To Sheep Perchance to Dream'.

So how did we do?  Well, we were on a mission to tick off the entire London tally on our two day trip.   We failed but managed an acceptable thirty eight.   Aching feet and a failing battery power in all electronic devices scuppered our plans.    Another trip is planned.  We'll bag the final twelve in May.


  1. Love the idea. We've got elephants coming to our town later on in the year!

    1. I think that there's a trail in Devon too. We'll be busy! x