If you live or work in London you would have seen various Shaun the Sheep dotted around town. They’re here to raise money for the Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation, a charity that helps improve the lives of children in hospital and there are 50 unique Shauns in the city designed by artists as diverse as Axel Scheffler to Cath Kidston and Tatty Devine. We’re big fans of Shaun the Sheep, his CBBC show is properly hilarious and beautifully made and we regularly watch it on demand. I can’t wait to sit down with Betsy and watch the movie when we get a chance.
I wasn’t sure if Betsy would be really bothered with spotting Shaun, I thought she might not get it, but I showed her some of the designs, and she immediately wanted to see them. I think it helped that she saw Zandra Rhodes’ neon pink design first – a bright pink Shaun, how can a three year old resist!
There’s a lot of walking involved when searching for Shauns. The official Sheep Spotter app is a great help and really adds to the fun of the search. The maps on there were great and Betsy loved to stop us after a couple of roads and see us get closer to a sheep. The routes took us down quite a few roads I’d not been down before and that’s always a pleasure to do. We got off the train in Moorgate with the aim to see the pink Shaun first in the One New Change shopping centre. I noticed that there was another Shaun en route next to the Guildhall so we stopped by and saw him first.
From that moment, Betsy was hooked and wanted to see as many Shauns as possible! She fell in love with him. I think the size helps – the models are 5ft tall and Betsy would happily sit underneath him or gently touch his face. After the Guildhall, we walked down to One New Change and saw the pink Shaun and another on the level above. We also had a quick lunch on the roof of ONC and Betsy was blown away by the view.
After that, we said hello to the pink Shaun again and then made our way to the front of St Paul’s and the Millennium bridge for some more spots and then back up to Paternoster Square and then onto the Barbican. God, we need to go back and explore the Barbican again, it has been over six years since I had last been there and I’d forgotten just how fantastic it is to just wander around there.
After Barbican, it was very much time to go home. Betsy had walked all the way and was getting very tired. Luckily there were a couple of more sheep to find en route, including one in Liverpool Street station itself. We spotted 13 in total, not a bad number for one day. It gets really quite addictive ticking all the Shauns off – both Boo and I were always looking for the next spot and if I didn’t have the children with me, I would have spotted a lot more! In fact, I may have to get off the Tube a couple of stops early on my way into work this week to see some more…
The Shauns are only in London for one more week, the 31st of May being the last day. Then Bristol will have 70 more sheep with new designs over the summer. If you want to join in I highly recommend the Sheep Spotter app, it costs £1.45 (on Android), but the money goes to the Children’s Foundation. There are also paper maps available too. We picked one up at the tourist information centre in front of St Paul’s cathedral. There will be a chance to see all the sheep together in Covent Garden at the end of September, something we will definitely be going to, before they are all auctioned off. Betsy desperately wants us to buy one, and I can’t help think that a bright pink Zandra Rhodes design would look rather fetching in our garden.