Christmas School Holidays fun activities: Get lost in London with Paddington Bear in the Paddington Trail

Christmas School Holidays are almost upon us. They are very long for exhausted parents at the end of the year who still need to entertain kids with fun activities. Here are some ideas on how to keep children busy this Christmas without spending any money at all! Hurray! Get lost in London with Paddington Bear, well literally, read here how….

 

Paddington Bear

The Paddington/ Trail

There are 50 colourful Paddington statues across London to celebrate the arrival of  Paddington in cinemas on 28 November 2014. From 4 November to 30 December you can get the kids to play explorers’ game and get them on a fun mini trail. Going by public transport is the best bet to get close to the bears.  Apart from the transport costs, you get a packed lunch and the activity is free. Make sure you have a camera as the bears are located in key venues with landmarks on the background, ideal for photograph taking. Each of the statues was created by artists, designers and celebrities with the trail following the travelling bear’s favourite places in London.

 

IMG_6977_2

IMG_6926

The Bear of London created by The Mayor of London Boris Johnson Location: Near The National Gallery main entrance

IMG_6953_2

Good News Bear Artist: The Telegraph Location: Great George Street, Parliament Square

IMG_6967

Bear in the Wood Artist: Rankin Location: Carter Lane Gardens

Paddington Trail

The Selfridges Collection Artist: Kate Moss and others Location: Various locations around Selfridges

 

IMG_7039

Paddington is a rare and special treasure. Jewellery designer, Solange Azagury-Partridge, has taken this notion quite literally for her interpretation of Paddington. She has sprinkled him with gems and stones to give him a whole new level of grandeur. A bear so luxurious needs a befitting location, which is why Precious Paddington can be found in the foyer of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA

 

I learnt all about the origins of Paddington Bear from a spokesperson at Selfridges. The famous store is where Paddington’s creator Michael Bond bought a small bear on Christmas Eve in 1956 as a present for his wife, and named him after the nearest railway station to which they lived. I was very impressed with the special in The Paddington Curiosity Shop at Selfridges Oxford Street. There is an exclusive collection of miniature Paddington Trail bears, Michael Bond’s Paddington,  Emma Watson’s Flutterby, Stephen Fry’s Paddington, and Goldiebear by Kate Moss, which also features as a full-size bear in the Selfridges’ Christmas windows. The proceeds from the sales are in aid of the NSPCC and its ChildLine service. From 10 December 2014 to 7 January 2015 there will be   an online auction in association with Christie’s for some of the statues. All of the proceeds will go to charity. The sum expected to be raised from The Paddington Trail and associated activities is over £500,000 for the NSPCC.

 

The Paddington Curiosity Shop at Selfridges Oxford Street

The Paddington Curiosity Shop at Selfridges Oxford Street

 

Curiosities & Facts about Paddington

1. Paddington was born in 1956. He’s from Peru. He loves marmalade. And here in Britain, we can’t get enough of him.

The Paddington tales have sold more than 35 million books worldwide and been translated into over 40 languages.

2. Paddington is originally from Darkest Peru where he was brought up by his Aunt Lucy. He now lives in London, England.

3. When Paddington first arrived in London he was found on Paddington Station by the Brown family which is how he acquired his name. He was wearing nothing but an old bush hat and a label on which Aunt Lucy had written the words “Please Look After This Bear. Thank You”.

4. Paddington now lives with the Brown family at 32 Windsor Gardens, not far from the Portobello Road.

5. Paddington’s favourite food is marmalade and he usually wears a blue duffle coat and carries his important belongings in a brown leather suitcase.

6. Ahead of Paddington hitting the big screen on Friday, online marketplace eBay has seen sales of Paddington Bears rocket this month as our love affair with the Brown family’s furry friend reaches new heights. Sales of Paddingtons have more than doubled this month (up 120%) and more Paddingtons were sold in the week before the film opens than in the entire month of September.

7. Searches for “Paddington Bear” have shot up 300% in the last month, rising to one every three minutes while “Vintage Paddington Bear” is also trending with a 250% increase in searches.

Here are some of the other great bears from the Paddington trail. FREE MAP OF THE TRAIL FOR FREE TO DOWNLOAD.

 

Paddington Lloyd Webbear - Andrew Lloyd Webber

Paddington Lloyd Webbear – Andrew Lloyd Webber

Paddington - Michael Bond

Paddington – Michael Bond

Flutterby - Emma Watson

Flutterby – Emma Watson

Blush - Nicole Kidman

Blush – Nicole Kidman

Sparkles - Frankie Sandford

Sparkles – Frankie Sandford

Sherlock Bear - Benedict Cumberbatch

Sherlock Bear – Benedict Cumberbatch

Shakesbear - Michael Sheen

Shakesbear – Michael Sheen

Primrose Paddington- Julie Walters

Primrose Paddington- Julie Walters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7031

Michael Bond’s typewriter

 

Paddington Film Reviews

Read London Mums’ exclusive reviews of the movie:

Film review (an adult’s perspective): Paddington

Film Review (a child reporter’s perspective): Paddington

 

The best clips from the Paddington movie

“Meet The Browns”

 

The trailer

 

Tea Room 

 

 

Geographer’s Guild

 

Premiere Highlights

 

 

Buckingham Palace 

 

Cast Featurette

About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

Facebook Comments