In April we followed the Shaun Trails in London, finding 48 in one day and the remaining two the following day. Upon reflection we realised we could have found them in one day with a bit of forward planning.
So when we decided to attempt the Shaun hunt in Bristol we were determined to undertake some pre-planning and attempt to locate as many as possible. In late May 2015, the approximate locations were published, and this gave us something to plan with. As soon as the trails opened on the 6 July, the exact locations were available by map and via the phone app.
In London there were four trails and the lost sheep (five Shauns) with a total of fifty Shauns. In Bristol there were seven trails (Downs, Brunel, Heritage, Harbourside Old City, Southbank and Temple). In addition there was the Farmyard Flock and the Sheep Drive, giving a total of 70 Shauns.
Given that the Sheep Drive started at Cribbs Causeway out of town shopping complex, which was also the location of the Shaun in the City shop, that seemed a logical place to start. Staying in a hotel near Temple Meads station and not having a car meant that the majority of the eight Shauns on the Sheep Drive would be difficult to reach.
Picking up the Number 1 bus at Temple Meads station (having found the Shauns there – part of the Temple Trail – more of which in a later blog), we got all day tickets on the bus. Although Cribbs Causeway is not that far out of town, the bus does not take a direct route with a journey time of around 55 minutes. We did see several Shauns on the Downs and Heritage Trails from our vantage point on the top deck of the bus. Leaving the bus a banner of the railings proclaimed the Shaun in the Sheep Trail. Our arrival at Cribbs Causeway was around 11:00.
Inside Cribbs Causeway at the food court is Bee-dazzled.
Within Cribbs Causeway is the Shaun in the City Shop. As well as merchandise and displays was Shrek Shaun
A farmyard display including a tractor is in the shop.
Local schools had decorated their own miniature Shauns which were on display.
Finally, there was a golden Gromitt, celebrating the amount of money that had been raised by The Grand Appeal for Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity.
The final Shaun, Fab-ewe-lous, at Cribbs Causeway is outside near to one of the entrances from the car parks.
The remaining five Shauns in the Sheep Drive were not easy to get to, so this was as far as we got on the Sheep Drive, although there was still an possibility to get to Bristol Parkway to find Starstruck. Although we saw it from the train home, we did not get to it as we passed through.
Around an hour after arriving at Cribbs Causeway, when got a Number 1 bus back towards the Westbury-on-Trym to pick up Downs Trail.
Our story of the London Shaun in the City in April 2015