Shaun the Sheep's Northumberland visit is set to have fans flocking to meet him

Shaun the Sheep at Mossy Bottom Farm: copyright Aardman
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Shaun the Sheep will be enjoying the scenic delights of Northumberland National Park this summer when the much-loved character arrives for a lengthy stay accompanied by original artwork, props and sets from the TV show.

The popular creation of Aardman Animations, the studio behind Wallace & Gromit and other famous characters such as Morph and Chicken Run, will be the star of an exhibition at The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre. There, from the end of June - in ideal time for the school summer holidays - Shaun, or rather six of them in all, will be making up a sculpture trail at the site.

The Shaun the Sheep: Love your Landscape exhibition also will be out to inspire a love for the environment. Shaun's visit involves outdoor production company Wild in Art, which was behind the Tyne and Wear sculpture trails of recent years which were in aid of St Oswald's Hospice, including last year's Shaun the Sheep art trail.

Now Northumberland visitors will be able to get up close and personal with six super-size Shaun the Sheep sculptures, all designed and decorated by local artists and inspired by the local landscape, which will be dotted around the grounds of The Sill from June 29. There Shaun's world of Mossy Bottom Farm will be recreated with the help of items which will enable visitors to relive their favourite moments from the show.

The exhibition will run until September 8 and there will be an activity sheet for families to follow, with each sculpture they meet revealing a clue as to the location of the next. Running alongside the exhibition will be environment-theme workshops and hands-on activities, including a community litter-pick; wildlife safaris; a chance to make useful items out of crisp packets; crafting; art and a family picnic in nearby Walltown Country Park.

There also will be Shaun the Sheep-theme products for sale in The Sill and Walltown shops as well as themed food in The Sill café. Sarah Burn, head of engagement at Northumberland National Park, said the team are delighted to be working in partnership with Aardman and Wild in Art on the attraction.

"We wanted to create a fun experience for visitors that will help more people to enjoy the countryside and understand and explore Northumberland National Park," she said. The park is all about encouraging visitors to respect and care for it and she added that the exhibition is intended to "stimulate and nurture the next generation of landscape enthusiasts and ensure that these last wild places, and the communities within them, continue to thrive".

Molly Van Den Brink, attractions and live experiences manager at Aardman, said: “Shaun the Sheep always feels most at home in the great outdoors so what better place for him to enjoy this summer than the beautiful Northumberland National Park." She praised the poignant message from The Sill "encouraging families to learn all about how to enjoy nature and the countryside responsibly through the lens of Shaun’s world".

And she added: "The Northumberland National Park is one of our key partners aligning with our brand-new Shaun the Sheep: One Farm brand initiative, which encourages families to engage with issues around environment and sustainability in a fun and entertaining way.”