Hadlow College is set to join the flock when a special event comes to Maidstone and the surrounding areas this summer.

The College will have its own uniquely decorated sheep as part of the ‘Shaun in the Heart of Kent’ art trail, which is being run by Heart of Kent Hospice in partnership with Wild in Art and the multi-award winning Aardman studio.

Over 50 large individually decorated Shaun the Sheep sculptures will be placed around the parks, town centre and river walks in Maidstone and the surrounding areas, accompanied by a flock of little Shauns decorated by local schools and community groups.

Hadlow’s own Shaun will have a suitably pastoral feel, to match its status as Kent’s only rural and land-based college. It also showcases the skills of North Kent College’s art students who were responsible for decorating Shaun.

Shaun the Sheep painted and blank

Above: The blank canvas and the fully decorated Shaun!

The free trail will run from 29 June to 30 August and builds on the success of the inaugural art trial, Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade, in 2021. This saw a number of beautifully designed Elephant sculptures decorating the streets and parks of Maidstone, with the sculptures later being sold at auction to raise a staggering £312,750 to support the work of the Heart of Kent Hospice.

For anyone wanting to see the real thing, Hadlow College will be holding its annual Lambing Weekend on 20 April and 21 April.

The event celebrates the arrival of spring, showcased by scores of adorable lambs, and there is even the chance to visit the lambing sheds and possibly see a newborn enter the world. Visit the events page of the Hadlow College website for more details.

To find out more about the Shaun in the Heart of Kent trail, visit shaunheartofkent.co.uk.