Kingston Bear Hunt Trail

Kingston upon Thames
29 March 24  – 7 June 24
Kingston First

Kingston Bear Hunt Trail

The brand-new Kingston Bear Hunt Trail was a free public art trail that promised an enchanting journey through art, adventure and community engagement.

In collaboration with Kingston First and Walker Books, the trail featured ten beautiful bear sculptures inspired by the award-winning animation, based on the much-loved picture book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.

From 29 March to 7 June 2024, the Kingston Bear Hunt Trail invited residents, workers and visitors to explore Kingston upon Thames’s streets, parks and landmarks in search of these captivating sculptures.

Each bear has been uniquely designed and decorated by ten talented artists and the trail showcased never-before-seen artwork from five of the sculptures.

Explore the trail

Visitors could pick up a physical trail map from Waterstones, Fusebox or The Rose Theatre or download it below.

As a special perk there were free ‘Kingston’s Expert Bear Hunter’ badges of honour available for the first 500 people from the first day of the trail on 29 March.

In collaboration with Kingston First

As the UK’s first Business Improvement District (BID), Kingston First has been driving initiatives to support the commercial success of the business community in Kingston since 2005.

They deliver exceptional services that ensure Kingston is thriving and attractive environment to do business in, as well as a vibrant and exciting destination for people to visit, shop, learn, live and work in.


10 bear-utiful designs

The ten sculptures featured on the trail were created by Rachael and Phillippa Corcutt, Caroline Daly, Mary and Janice, Christine Jopling, Jenny Leonard, Marnie Maurri, Jessica Perrin, Amanda Quellin, Ekaterina Sheath and Jodie Silverman.

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