Life-sized bear sculptures take over Leeds

Over 80 Bear sculptures have been let loose around Leeds city centre as part of a large-scale public art trail raising money for Leeds Children’s Hospital.

Paying tribute to Michael Rosen’s popular ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, Leeds Bear Hunt features sculptures each individually designed by local artists and schools and community groups which are hidden around central Leeds, ready to be discovered from 1 July to 9 September.

Leeds Bear Hunt is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors over the summer months and brings together the business and creative sectors with local schools and communities to celebrate Leeds’ diverse cultural offer and communities.

To follow the trail, visitors can download the official ‘Leeds Bear Hunt’ app to find each sculpture, unlock rewards, upload photos and track their steps.

One of the 35 bear cubs was designed by Leeds Children’s Hospital patient, Hanah, who won the charity’s design competition with her colourful and heartfelt submission. Visitors should keep their eyes peeled for her paw-some ‘Be Kind to Others’ bear when completing the trail.

At the end of the trail, Leeds Hospitals Charity will auction off each of the 35 large bear sculptures to continue its mission to raise as much funding as possible for Leeds Children’s Hospital. Those who are lucky enough to win will not only help to fund a vital, local cause but will also own a very unique piece of art.

The Wild in Art Newsletter

Be the first to find out all the news and wild goings-on from Wild in Art.


Please read our Privacy Notice which includes details about how we process personal data; how to exercise your privacy rights and how to opt out of email marketing.

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.