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Following the Shaun in the City Trail

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Throughout the spring and summer, Shaun the Sheep will be grazing the streets of London in the “Shaun in the City” hunt. During this time 120 giant sculptures of the beloved Aardman character – created by a mix of artists, designers and celebrities – will be scattered throughout the city. The first flock of 50 sculptures has already arrived and will continue to make the capital their home until 25th May.

At the end of the run each design will be auctioned off in order to raise funds for the Wallace and Gromit Children’s Charity and The Grand Appeal – both organisations support children in the United Kingdom who are undergoing hospital treatment.

Where Can I Find a Map?

If you want to boost your chances of finding all of the sculptures, best download the official companion app – it’ available on Apple and Android devices. Use it to follow the trail, receive trophies, monitor your progress and complete your hunt. The app is available on Google Play and iTunes for £1.49 and all proceeds will go towards the Wallace and Gromit Children’s Charity. Alternatively, you can download a PDF copy of the map via the official Shaun the Sheep website.

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Are the Sheep Within Walking Distance?

Most of the Shaun the Sheep sculptures are accessible on foot; however, not all of them are within walking distance of each other. Public transport services can be used to reach the furthest away sculptures. The benefit of using the mobile application is that it will tell you where each sculpture is located and how far away they are by foot – it even measures the distances you’ve walked. Visit the Transport for London website if you need help organising your route.

Are the Sculptures Easy to Find?

Each sculpture is not only colourful and bold, but measures just over five feet tall. In the Square Mile area alone – which includes London Bridge, Waterloo and Bank – there are 21 individual Sculptures. While on your travels you’ll no doubt run into a few by accident; however, some may require a little more searching than others.

How Much Money Will the Event Raise?

Last year the Gromit Unleashed trail managed to attract 1.8 million visitors and raise £4.5 million for Bristol Children’s Hospital. Each year the event has grown, and 2015 is expected to draw more participants than ever before. If you’d like to contribute more to the cause you can buy official merchandise via the online Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep charity shop.

The Shaun the Sheep charity trail was scheduled to tie in with both the Chinese New Year and the release of the new movie. So far the event has been a huge success by encouraging local residents and tourists alike to partake in the fun – all while raising money for a good cause. If prowling the streets of London searching for 50 giant sculptures seems a little daunting, cut out the walking with a trip on The London Helicopter. You may even be able to spot a few from up above.

Top Cafes Partaking in the London Coffee Festival

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In recent years the desire to taste and sample gourmet coffee and speciality teas from real world-class baristas has been gaining more and more popularity. The London Coffee Festival is the UK’s largest artisan coffee event and provides the perfect environment to get involved and learn the tricks of the trade.

Schedule

The festival will begin with two industry-only days on 30th April and 1st May, however, during the evening of the latter – from 5-8pm – the ‘Espresso Martini Launch Party’ will take place at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, marking the first public event of the week. The same event will subsequently occur on 2nd May and 3rd May, three times each day.

Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane

The Old Truman Brewery will hold all of the flagship events at this year’s London Coffee Festival. The venue will be hosting everything from tastings and demonstrations to competitions and Q&A sessions. All tickets will include access to Milk and Sugar, which will allow you immerse yourself in the creative world of coffee brewing through exhibitions and collaborations that celebrate the craftsmanship, style and aesthetics of the industry.

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Coffee Masters

The Coffee Masters competition will feature some of the world’s most skilled baristas competing for a £5,000 cash prize. Food will be provided courtesy of Herman ze German. In addition, a pop-up artisan coffee shop, La Marzocco, will be taking orders to raise money for Project Waterfall.

Coffee Art Project

Coffee Masters isn’t the only competition taking place this year; the Coffee Art Project will be showcasing the talent and creativity of new and up-and-coming artists – you can apply via their website. This competition involves any piece of artwork, in any medium, providing it’s in some way related to coffee. The winner will receive a cash prize of £1,500 and five runners-up will receive £250. As a spectator you’ll be part of the all-important voting process, so get ready to give your best critique.

The True Artisan Café, Soho

The True Artisan Café will be located in the Soho area during the London Coffee Festival. Unlike the Brick Lane branch at the Old Brewery, this coffee shop will be adding DJs to the mix who’ll be spinning discs as world class baristas shake up coffee cocktails.

Costa, Nero and Starbucks

The UK Coffee Week organisation asks for all coffee shops to take part by promoting coffee culture and contributing to the Waterfall Project. Franchise stores such as Costa, Nero and Starbucks will all contribute to the initiative by providing offers on speciality coffees from 4th May until 10th May. Many regional branches will also be holding seminars and workshops.

One of the new, and most exciting, features of the 2015 London Coffee Festival is the Project Waterfall charity fundraiser, which will be raising money to deliver clean water to coffee producing countries throughout the duration of the event. The primary aim of the organisation is to raise £100,000, most of which will be donated to Mbulu, Tanzania.

The London Coffee Festival is the flagship event of the UK Coffee Week, which officially starts on 4th May and ends on 10th May. If you’re a keen coffee lover or simply want to learn a thing or two about the craft, it’s certainly worth checking out.

Looking for something more than a caffeine kick to exercise your adrenaline and get your heart pumping? Why not take a trip on the London Helicopter instead?

Traditional May Fayre Celebrations in London

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During the May Fayre national festival London’s shopping districts and church parishes come alive with traditional British entertainment – expect food stalls, street performers, puppet shows, fairground rides and plenty of drinking. For most British towns, May Fayre marks the first major national celebration of the spring and is a platform for some of the biggest carnivals of the year. Here are three of the biggest events in and around the capital:

Covent Garden Puppet Festival

If you’re going to be in London on Sunday 10th May, Covent Garden will guarantee a day filled with tasty British cuisine, world class puppetry and traditional brass music. The big event at this year’s May Fayre is the Puppet Festival. Here Punch and Judy puppeteers from all over the country will congregate for a day of good old-fashioned fun.

The festival will open at 11am, and will be led by a live brass band. Afterwards there will be a toast to Mr Punch, who celebrates his 353rd birthday this year; then a special church service will take place at noon. The puppet shows will begin at 12.30pm and end at 5.30pm. During this time you’ll be free to partake in workshops, test your skills at maypole dancing, and even socialize with clowns. Folk music will be provided by The Lost Marbles String Band.

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Notting Hill MayFest

Formally known as St John’s Festival, the annual Notting Hill MayFest brings together the best local musicians and contemporary artists over a two week period. The event starts on 1st May and celebrates the May Fair on Saturday 9th May. A big Mayflower Parade at St Johns Church concludes the celebration at 12pm on Saturday 30th May.

The MayFest, May Fair and Mayflower Parade are all completely free of charge. The opening of the event will begin at St John’s Church with a performance from acclaimed organist Stephen Farr. A further two recitals will take place at lunchtime at St Peter’s Church on the following Mondays. The programme of music, art and family activities will continue until Sunday 10th May.

Richmond May Fair

The 45th consecutive Richmond May Fair will take place on Saturday 9th May on the green of the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene. The Art of Living Choral Group, St Margret’s Elastic Band and Al Fresco Steel will be providing music during the day, while rock band Nark Drool and the Shudders will conclude the event with a set filled with 50s classics.

The Richmond May Fair will guarantee a day filled with traditional 19th century entertainment with over 100 charity stalls, a vintage carousel and helter-skelter, maypole dancing, the crowing of Richmond’s May Queen, and plenty of food. All of the proceeds from the event will go to a local charity.

The May Fayre tradition is one of the oldest in England. There’s no better way to celebrate our unique heritage and learn a thing or two about our ancestors along the way. But not everyone likes to be transported back to the 19th century… If you’re not one for traditional British entertainment and would prefer to celebrate the coming of spring in a slightly more adventurous manner, take a trip on The London Helicopter.

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