Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne Trail

Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne is a brand new trail made up of 45 statues which will be located across Newcastle Upon Tyne and the surrounding areas. Similar to previous Snowdogs and Elmer trails, it will raise £ and awareness for St Oswald's Hospice. 

Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne Trail

I always love taking part in these trails and we will be keeping our eyes peeled for Shauns when out and about this summer. The trail launches on 19 July and runs until 27 September. Some people are hardcore and try and find them all in one day but personally, I prefer to split the trail into sections and combine with another activity and enjoy over a few weeks - there is plenty of time. 

I think this may be my favourite trail yet - I am a HUGE Shaun the Sheep fan and can't wait to see all of the designs. 

Their PR agency has sent over a few FAQs before the trail launch which I thought you may find useful. 

Please follow North East Family Fun on Instagram here - I will be sharing our adventures across the Summer here and no doubt several Sheep will be popping up on there. 

Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne Trail

Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne – FAQs

  • What is Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne?
    Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne is a free, totally accessible art trail, made up of 45 statues decorated by professional artists and 70 little ones decorated by children.

  • When will the trail take place? 

Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne runs for ten weeks from Wednesday 19th July to  Wednesday 27th September 2023.

  • Will there be any Shaun the Sheep related events on during the trail?

Keep up to date with all Shaun related events on the Events section of our website.

  • Where will it take place? 

Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne takes place across Newcastle upon Tyne. Our Shaun flock has taken to the streets, parks and public spaces of central Newcastle and some areas to the north, east and west of the city. A herd of little Shauns, created by young people from schools, youth groups, nurseries and clubs are displayed in 13 little flocks in indoor locations in the city.

  • Why is the sculpture Shaun the Sheep?

The trail is based on the iconic and much loved character of Shaun the Sheep. Created by Aardman, Shaun is a TV and film, star and is even an Oscar winner! We have worked with Aardman who have allowed their character and branding to be used as part of the trail. We thought such a well-known character would bring excitement and joy to all who visit. 

  • Where do the proceeds of Shaun the Sheep on the Tyne go towards?

All profits from the trail will support the work of St Oswald’s Hospice and help local adults, young people, children and babies living with life-limiting and incurable conditions. 

  • How can I get involved?

You can get involved in many fun ways: from ticking all the colorful sculptures in the city area off your app or map to discovering new parts of Newcastle with your friends and family and raising funds for St Oswald’s Hospice! 

  • Who are the lead partners and sponsors?

Newcastle City Council are the Headline Partner. Northumbrian Water have supported the little trail and North Standard are Community Partner. We have over 25 other businesses who have sponsored a sculpture and many other supporting partners, to whom we are very grateful. You can find the complete list of our partners and sponsors here: Sponsors - Shaun On The Tyne

  • How many Shaun sculptures are there on the trail?

Our Big Trail features 45 large Shauns sponsored by businesses and decorated by artists. Our Little Trail is made up of 70 individually designed Shauns, created by young people from schools, youth groups, nurseries and clubs.

  • What is Trail HQ?
            This is the heart of the trail, based at Newcastle Civic Centre. It’s open
            Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm and will be staffed by members of the team
            who will be on hand to answer any questions you have. You can pick up
            maps, buy merchandise (including some beautiful handmade Shaun
            goodies) and raffle tickets and take part in drop in activities. We’d love to
            see you there! Enter the Civic Centre through the main doors,
            in to ‘Arches Reception’ and turn right.  

  • Where can I pick up a trail map?

The map will be available from a range of vendors across Tyne and Wear, including St Oswald’s Hospice shops and Trail HQ and some Little Flock trail locations. To find a complete list of vendors please click here

  • Is there a cost for a printed map?

     There is a suggested donation of £1 per map, with all profits going to
     St Oswald’s Hospice. 

  • Can you post me a map?

You can download a copy from our website once the trail is live or pick up a printed version from a range of vendors across Tyne and Wear, including St Oswald’s Hospice shops, for a suggested donation of £1. To find a complete list of vendors please click here

If you would like us to post one out, we ask for a donation of £2 to cover print and postage costs, Please contact our team on 0191 246 9123 to request this. 

  • How can I download the App and what is it called?

The App can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play Store by visiting or by searching for ‘Shaun on the Tyne’ in the App 

  • How much does the App cost to download?

It costs £1.99 to download the app and all profits will support the work of St Oswald’s Hospice

  • I don’t have a car, can I still access the trail?

Yes – the trail is designed to be accessible by public transport. All of the sculptures will be located within walking distance of a Metro station or on a bus route. If you intend to walk, please remember to wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll be walking a long way if you want to complete the full trail.  Information about the Tyne & Wear Metro can be found via: 

  • Should I start in a particular place on the trail?

You don’t need to start in a particular place or complete the trail in a certain order. The trail is designed so you can start at any point, however please check the opening times of any venue you wish to visit if the Shaun is located inside. This is especially important for little trail sculptures, as these are all indoors and the venue opening hours differ. We have tried to ensure venues are open for at least 5 days a week but on days they close, the venue will ensure the Shauns are displayed with their code in the window, so you can still see them and check them off your map or app. 

  • Are all the locations wheelchair accessible?

Yes, all of the outside locations are wheelchair accessible. If you’re visiting a Shaun inside a venue it is best to contact that venue directly for more information.

  • I’ve spotted a Shaun that has been damaged. How should I report it?

Public: Please send us a message, ideally including a photo, either via social media, email or call our Supporter Care team on 0191 246 9123. We’ll then let our maintenance team know.

Social media/C&M team:  Maintenance will be managed during working hours when the van is available, unless it is dangerous to leave the sculpture out. Let Libby Fryer, Jane Hogan or Hannah Woods know if it is an emergency. Reassure the supporter and thank them for letting us know.

  • What happens to the Shauns once the trail is finished? 

Once our trail ends, you'll have one last chance to see the beautiful flock in all of their glory at the Shaun on the Tyne: Farewell to the Flock event on 7th and 8th October at Newcastle Civic Centre. The big sculptures will be then sold at The Shaun on the Tyne Grand Finale Auction on Tuesday 10th October and the little ones returned to their schools and youth groups to keep forever.

  • What is ‘Farewell to the Flock’ and how can I participate?

Shaun on the Tyne: Farewell to the Flock will be held at Newcastle Civic Centre on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October. There will be one hour sessions across both days at the following times:

            9 – 10am – ‘Quiet Hour’  A 'quiet hour' session will run from 9-10am for
             those who might benefit from being in a less busy environment such as
             disabled people and those who have sensory needs such as autism. 

            And then 10.15 – 11.15, 11.30 – 12.30, 12.45 – 13.45, 14 – 15.00, 15.15 – 16.15,           
            and 16.30 – 17.30 (Saturday only)

            The event gives people one last chance to see all the big and
             little sculptures one last time before most of the big ones go to auction
             and the little ones are returned to their school and youth group. It’s a
             family-friendly event and there will be trail merchandise on sale too.

             Tickets prices are:

              £4 adult (16+), £2 child (4-15), Under 4s (0-3) free but need to book a 
              ticket. Family ticket £10 (Up to 4 people including one or two adults)
              Booking fees will be added at checkout. Tickets can be bought at

  • What is The Shaun on the Tyne Grand Finale Auction and how can I participate?

The trail Auction will take place at Newcastle Civic Centre on Tuesday 10th October, 6pm till late. You will get the chance to win your very own, unique and hand painted Shaun the Sheep sculpture! Tickets will go on sale in August. Visit to register interest in being a bidder.

  • What is the Super Shaun Raffle?

Entering the Super Shaun Raffle will give you the chance to win a Little trail-sized Shaun the Sheep sculpture, painted in the iconic character’s black and white design. Each ticket sold will support the work of St Oswald’s Hospice.

  • How can I buy a raffle ticket?

You can buy a ticket at one of our hospice shops, Trail HQ at the Civic Centre (Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm) or online at

  • How much do the raffle tickets cost to buy?

The raffle tickets are £1 each. They are also sold in books of 20 tickets. 

  • When will the raffle be drawn?

The winner will be drawn at the auction on Tuesday 10th October. The winner will be contacted by email or telephone and the winning ticket number posted on our trail website. You can also see all terms and conditions at

  • Where can I buy Shaun on the Tyne merchandise?            
    We have a range of specially designed Shaun on the Tyne merchandise including a tea towel, apron and tote bag plus lots of Shaun the Sheep goodies. You can buy online at, from trail HQ at Newcastle Civic Centre and from selected St Oswald’s Shops including Jesmond, Gosforth and Kingston Park.

  • How long will it take to complete the trail?

We would recommend allowing at least a full day to complete the trail.

If you’re local to the area, you might want to break it down even more and stretch it over several days. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and picnic spots along the way so you can take breaks and rest your feet. Remember, you have 10 weeks to see the whole flock! 

App – Frequently Asked Questions  

I can’t find the app in the app store

Search for “Shaun on the Tyne” in the Google Play (Andriod) or App Store (Apple) store. The thumbnail will have Shaun’s face on it!

Problems creating an account

Check you’ve selected your age by clicking either the ‘under 16′ or ’16+’ buttons. Your age needs to be selected before being allowed to progress. Check you’re connected to the internet, either Wi-Fi or a mobile network.

Problems signing in

Check you’re connected to the internet, either Wi-Fi or a mobile network. Then please try again. If you see a message saying you have already registered go to ‘log in’ and log in using the email and password you used to create your account.

Lost progress stats

Log out via the menu in the top left and log in again this usually resolves the issue. If not, close the app completely and re-open it (or restart your device).

Sculpture collected but not updated in stats

Log out via the menu in the top left and log in again this usually resolves the issue. If not, close the app completely and re-open it (or restart your device).

Finding sculptures

Use the map; pinch and swipe the map to zoom in and out. Location settings on your phone need to be turned ON to see your location on the map. Or go to the sculptures tab to access the sculpture listings and search for the sculpture name, artist or location.

 Collecting sculptures

There is a 4 digit code found on the sculpture plaque. Click COLLECT + and enter the number. You have now collected that sculpture and if you’re lucky, you may have collected a reward at the same time.

Uploading to the gallery

You can upload a photo to the app Gallery by clicking Upload on the sculpture page. You’ll be asked to either Take a photo or Choose from library. Images uploaded will be vetted by the team prior to being published on the app. Your photo will be seen by other app players and can be shared on social media. So get creative!

Incorrect codes

If you’ve already collected a sculpture the app will display an incorrect code message. Check your sculpture listing pages to see if you have already collected it.

Need more help?

If you’re having problems with the app, please let us know by emailing our app support team with the details here:


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