A summer walking festival

Can you find the golden bears?

Bear hunting - a summer walking festivalFancy going on a bear hunt? A brand new summer walking festival has come to Kirklees, and you’re all invited.

Bear Hunting and Other Ways to Walk is inspired by Michael Rosen’s ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and features arts events that use our footpaths in ways you’d never think possible.

The festival runs until October 2015, visit the Bear Hunting website for details of all events. Here are a couple of highlights:

Golden Bear Hunt
Now until October (or before, if all the bears are found!)
Find one of 500 clay bears, handmade by artist Bess Martin. Bess has hidden the bears across Kirklees, but can you find one? Follow the clues on her walking blog or on twitter using #FindTheBear

Two walks at Oakwell Hall Country Park
Sun 23 August, 11-3pm, Oakwell Hall Country Park
Two different bear hunts, a teddy bear’s picnic and a new way to walk from artist Sorrel Muggridge will make this a lovely day outdoors (with plenty of places to shelter if the sunny weather is misbehaving). Choose your own routes and make it as gentle or as strenuous as you like – the country park offers accessible footpaths through gardens and woodlands. Bring your own bear for a picnic (packed lunches available from the café).

Enter the bear making competition
Children, families and even grown-ups are invited to make a bear and take them along to any Kirklees Library before 15 August. All entries will be hidden in the woods at Oakwell Hall on Sunday 23 August for you to find. The best 12 bears will also feature in a 2016 Calendar.

Fringe events
Fringe events include an evening of live music, poetry workshops, a photography walk and opportunities to meet the artists.

More info:

–  Visit the Bear Hunting website to download the programme and book events
–  Follow the event on twitter and facebook
–  Bear Hunting and Other Ways to Walk is devised and managed by ‘We Do’ and supported by Kirklees Council and Arts Council England.

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