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Polar Bear Trail

The Waterfront
Dressed up polar bear statues

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Please note, the Polar Bear Trail will be finishing on Wednesday 23 December 2020.


The Polar Bear Trail returns for 2020 with a vibrant family friendly twist. Follow the trail to find the adorable polar bear cubs waiting to be found across the waterfront this winter. Each bear will have its own individual style, with nine being painted by local schoolchildren and four painted by famed local artists: Loci, Lee J Art, Arth Lawr and Steve Evans.


The bears can be found in businesses around the Barbican, Mount Batten, The Hoe and in Royal William Yard, and one at The Box too. The trail is easy to follow digitally by downloading the free Plymouth Trails' app, available on both iOS and Android from Saturday 5 December. Every child that completes the trail will receive a special badge and a sweet treat at the final location.


After the trail has finished, the four bears designed by local artists will be auctioned off to raise money for local charity St Luke’s Hospice.


The 9 bears are painted by local schools:

  • • Hyde Park Infant School
  • • Hyde Park Junior School
  • • Elburton Primary School
  • • St Andrews Primary
  • • Glen Park Primary School
  • • Horrabridge Primary School
  • • Pilgrims Primary School
  • • Victoria Road Primary School
  • • Mayflower Community Academy


The bear-themed fun doesn’t end there either. You’ve heard of Elf on a Shelf, but now get ready for ‘Polar Bear on a Chair’. One of the cheeky bear cubs will be at the Tourist Information Centre and if you snap a selfie with him, you could win your very own giant cuddly polar bear toy worth £200.

To enter, share your selfie on Facebook tagging the @ChristmasInPlymouth Facebook page and use #PolarBearOnAChair. The Tourist Information Centre will be open for selfies Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and Saturdays, 10am to 4pm. 

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