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29 March – 7 June

Brought to you by Kingston First in collaboration with Wild in Art and Walker Books

Are you ready for a bear hunt?

Follow the trail and join us on an exciting Bear Hunt through Kingston! Explore the charm of our town and discover 10 giant bear sculptures, each hand-painted by a different artist with five never-before-seen designs inspired by ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, the award-winning animation based on the much-loved picture book by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.

Pick up a trail guide map at FUSEBOX, Waterstones, or The Rose Theatre and get exploring!


We’re really upset to share that Spectrum, one of the bears that is part of our Bear Trail, was targeted by vandals and thrown into the River Thames. Fortunately, there is CCTV coverage and we are liaising with the police on this. We’d like to thank all the people who helped to retrieve the bear and supported us, which is testament to the wonderful Kingston Community Spirit. It’s heart-warming to read all your concerned messages, we know how loved the beautiful bears are. We have now retrieved the bear from the waters and will keep you updated on when and if Spectrum will return. Keep an eye on our social media for any more updates!

While Spectrum is absent, be sure to stop by FUSEBOX and check out the gorgeous mural painted on their windows by local artist Jeru Nomi, in honour of the colourful bear. You can even use it to tick off your trail guide map!

Did you know?

Polar bears like to keep clean, and they wash themselves with water or snow.


From the bright and colourful Groovy Bear-by to the bold and futuristic design of Mother Paw’d, each sculpture tells a unique story. Clarence the Climate Bear reminds us to protect the environment, while Spectrum embodies the spirit of inclusivity and hope. Jester challenges us to rethink our relationship with these majestic creatures, while Bear-Play delights with its playful geometric patterns.

[Image: David Oates Photography]

Click here for more info on the bears and artists

Did you know?

Bears have unique nose prints.


You can grab a trail guide leaflet at Waterstones, Fusebox, and The Rose Theatre. Here you’ll find a map of the trail, where you can tick off all 10 bears as you make your way around Kingston!

Did you know?

The smallest species of bear is called the sun bear.


Download PDF Map

Did you know?

Bears have good taste, which means they have their own preferences when it comes to fish. For example, grizzly bears love salmon.

Get a limited edition badge!

If you tick off all 10 bears on the map, you’ll be entitled to a ‘Kingston’s Bear Expert’ badge of honour! You can collect one from Waterstones, Fusebox, or The Rose Theatre. There are only 500 badges though, so be quick…

Did you know?

Bears have been observed engaging in self-medication by consuming certain plants or substances for their medicinal properties.

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt © Bear Hunt Films Ltd 2024. Licensed by Walker Productions Ltd. on behalf of Bear Hunt Films Ltd. ‘A Lupus Films production in association with Bear Hunt Films and Walker Productions for Channel 4, Universal Pictures and Herrick Entertainment with the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union.’