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28 July 2015

Sunshine and Shauns in Bristol

On Saturday, we found ourselves in the city of Bristol!

Having nervously checked the weather forecast, we were confident that we would not get caught in any downpours (although we obviously packed an umbrella - you know, British weather and all that) We found our comfiest Converses, slapped on some suncream, and grabbed our cameras, ready for a day wandering around one of the UK's most vibrant and exciting cities.


We did have a major reason for visiting too: Shaun in the City. This summer, 70 giant sculptures of, you guessed it, Shaun the Sheep, are dotted around Bristol, and they each have a different design. The designs have been created by a huge range of famous artists and celebrities, all in aid of The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's Hospital Charity. Not only can you buy the merchandise to support this fantastic cause (download the Sheep Spotter app for just £1.50, and 'tap the app' each time you find a Shaun - very satisfying), but these sculptures will be auctioned off for charity later this year.

So let's see some of the Shauns! 


Ready for the first Shaun pun? Here it comes... The SHEAR Speed Helter Skelter. Haha.




^ This Shaun was one of my favourites! "Cecilia" by Laura Ashley. Oh so floral and girly and, well, me...




Although we managed to feast our eyes on many Shauns, these are all the ones I'm going to share with you, as I don't want to spoil the surprise and be a baaaaaad sport. (Do you get it? Baaaaa? Like a sheep? I promise that's the last sheep pun. Sorry.)

Despite having walked for miles and miles around Bristol finding Shauns - and taking in the sights as we were doing so - we still managed to sum up the energy to climb to the top of Cabot Tower on Brandon Hill.


There were a lot of steps.

And it was very narrow on the way up the tower.


But once we got to the top, it was completely and utterly worth it.


I mean, would you take a look at those views?




It's no surprise that so many people fall in love with this Southern city.

We toddled our way back down the tower, and with slightly achey feet and flat camera batteries, decided to call it a day - but not before taking a quick selfie with the Shaun at the bottom of Brandon Hill first (those of you with a beady eye or a skill at Where's Wally? may have spotted him in the picture above)

The Shauns will be residing in Bristol until 31st August, and I'd definitely recommend seeing them if you can. It's a great day out for kids and big kids (we only got funny looks once as we six adults stood in a queue of children for our photo) and the sculptures really are wonderful to look at.

Have you seen any of the Shauns? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments below, or tweet me @secretmaggiemay.


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