If you go down into town today….

March 14, 2022

You’re sure of a BIG surprise! Head into Whitchurch on Saturday 19 March to discover a fun, family-friendly bear hunt, with exclusive prizes! A collection of unique, hand-knitted teddy bears – each sporting a beautiful blue ribbon – is hiding in shops all around Whitchurch. 

Pickup a free entry form or download here, solve the clues to track down our naughty bears and enjoy a lovely walk through Whitchurch. As Goldilocks might say, nine bears are too few, eleven bears are too many – but ten bears? Just right!  Will you find them all?

Every bear is holding a letter. Put them together to find the Secret Word and you might win one of the very special bears you’ll meet along the way! 

The Caldecott bears, inspired by his Great She-Bear (which features in The Great Panjandrum Himself) were designed exclusively for the festival by Betty Barnden. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Betty has worked for many years as a designer and author, creating knitting, crochet and embroidery patterns. Her books include The Embroidery Stitch Bible, Start Knitting, Picture Knits and The Crochet Stitch Bible. 

The ten bears were knitted by members of the Tilstock Stitch Club:Betty herself, Freda Corfield, Debbie Fullard, Mary Phillips, Sylvia Quartly and Manda Sansom. Sincere thanks to the club and its speedy needles for making our trail so special. We know the bears will find happy homes with our lucky winners 

The Caldecott Arts Festival Bear Trail takes place on Saturday 19 March, between 10.15am and 3.00pm.  Download your entry form here or pick one up Caldecott Arts Festival HQ on Castle Hill SY13 1BQ. Be sure to drop off at the Caldecott Arts Festival HQ before 3.00pm.

Good luck and happy hunting!

Bears sponsored by the Randolph Caldecott Collection Trust