Shaun the Sheep Art Trail arrives in Maidstone on 29th June

Shaun the Sheep outside Maidstone East station. A statute of a cartoon sheep, Shaun. Shaun has a black face, ears and legs and a fluffy white body and head. Shaun is stood on a paved forecourt area in front of a modern glass fronted station building. On the roof of the building are British Rail "double arrow" logos and the station name, "Maidstone East".

(Image courtesy of Pennington PR Ltd)

It’s only one month until the ‘Shaun the Sheep in the Heart of Kent’ art trail goes live in Maidstone.  In the run-up to the event Shaun has recently been out and about meeting people and seeing the sights of Maidstone!


‘Shaun the Sheep in the Heart of Kent’ is a creative partnership between Heart of Kent Hospice, Wild in Art, Aardman and Presenting Partner, Maidstone Borough Council.


Erica Snow, Project Manager at Heart of Kent Hospice said: “Our eagerly awaited second free art trail, which follows on from the successful Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade in 2021, also promises to provide plenty of family fun as everyone discovers the 51 unique and colourful hand painted Shaun Sculptures which will appear overnight at locations across Maidstone town centre including in parks and along the river from 29 June to 30 August 2024.”


“All our wonderful artists, from Kent and further afield, have created the most amazing designs and we are looking forward to the end of June when everyone can walk the free art trail to discover all the fabulous Shaun designs for themselves along with some of the most iconic locations around Maidstone.


“Shaun is cheeky and mischievous, and surrounded by his farmyard friends he lives life to the full – the Hospice hopes this new art trail will not only raise vital funds for the Hospice when the sculptures are auctioned in September but will also serve as a reminder that Heart of Kent Hospice is there to provide support to patients and their loved ones when they need it most, both at home and within the Hospice which is located in Aylesford.”


The Shaun the Sheep Sculptures are currently being kept under wraps, but the ‘Roaming Shaun’ design will soon be unveiled to allow the Hospice fundraising team to visit locations and events across Maidstone to promote the Shaun the Sheep in the Heart of Kent art trail before it goes live on 29 June 2024. 


Later this year people can book a slot to visit all the Shaun Sculptures under one roof at the Farewell Weekend which takes place between 13 – 15 September 2024. This is the ideal time to choose which Shaun Sculpture to bid on at an exciting live auction on Thursday 26 September 2024.  All proceeds from the auction will help the Hospice to continue to provide outstanding Hospice care to the local community.


To ensure you don’t miss out on any of the fun, visit or download the free app which will be available just before 29 June.


Start planning your family “Days Out By Rail” adventure to meet Shaun.