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First look at Aardman's alternative take on Christmas

The Farmer's Llamas can be seen this Christmas. Credit: Aardman Animations

Bristol's Aardman Animations have given fans a first look at their rather unusual Christmas special.

Shaun made his debut in Nick Park's A Close Shave in 1995. He's since gone on to star in his own TV series and his own movie. This summer Shaun statues could be seen all across Bristol and London as the Shaun in the City trail took to the streets. The Farmer's Llamas will be his first 30-minute special - and it's set to air this Christmas.

But true to form, Aardman haven't conformed to tradition. Reindeer have been replaced by Hector, Fernando and Raul - a flock of llamas who get tangled up in Shaun's adventures.


Last chance to see the Shauns out in the wild

Today is the final day to catch Bristol's Shaun in the City statues out in their natural habitat.

From tonight the 70 sculptures are off to pastures new - they'll be rounded up for two special exhibitions ahead of the charity auction in October, raising money for the Bristol Children's Hospital.

Despite being on course for the wettest August on record, these sheep seem to have been a real hit, and everyone's got a favourite.

We talked to those who braved the weather to have a last look at their Shauns:

Organisers say the trail has been a huge success. Here's the trail in numbers:

uses of #shaunnthecity
downloads of the Sheep Spotter app
1.5 mn
views clocked up via the app
£2.3 mn
the amount raised by the Gromit Unleashed auction

Shaun is so popular...he spans the age range. From young children through to Grandma and Granddad, we've had the whole family on the trail.

– Anna Shepherd, The Grand Appeal

The sculptures will be auctioned off to raise money for The Grand Appeal, so Shaun's popularity could make a real difference:

Last day to complete Shaun in the City sculpture trail

The figures are due to be auctioned off with proceeds going to Bristol Children's Hospital Credit: Kim Ball

Today's the last day you can see the 70 models that make up the Shaun in the City trail in Bristol.

Organisers say the sculptures have attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors, including many from overseas.

The figures are due to be auctioned off with proceeds going to Bristol Children's Hospital.

Last weekend for Bristol's Shaun in the City trail

Last weekend for Bristol's Shaun in the City trail Credit: ITV News

People have been out across Bristol taking their last opportunity to spot the city's 70 Shaun the Sheep sculptures.

The Shaun in the City trail will end 5pm tomorrow - but it seems to have been a success, despite the wet summer.

Organisers say the shaun in the city hashtag has been used 13,000 times.

The sculptures will be auctioned off to raise money for Bristol Children's Hospital.


Shear excitement! Shaun tickets to go on sale

These Shauns from the London trail will join their Bristol counterparts in September Credit: PA

It's official. Tickets for "The Great Sheep Round Up", the Shaun in the City exhibition, will be going back on sale at 1pm today, Thursday 27 August.

It comes after the website went down due to demand and technical issues.

Organisers have assured us that you will be able to get hold of them on their website.

We experienced a number of technical issues with the original ticketing website, and would like to thank Shaun fans and supporters for their patience and understanding while we resolved these.

We’d like to reassure everyone that there are still thousands of tickets remaining, with availability for sessions across all nine days of the exhibition. We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to see all 120 sculptures in one place for the very first time.

– Lauren Howard, project manager, The Grand Appeal

The exhibition will run from 12-20 September at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway and will feature all 120 Shaun in the City sculptures from both the London and Bristol trails.

The Bristol sculptures will be auctioned later this year to raise funds for The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity.

Can Shaun the Sheep find a home for Anne the Dog?

Bristol Dogs and Cats Home has taken one of their homeless dogs on an extra special long walk to try to get her adopted.

Staffordshire bull terrier Anne has been with the charity for the last eight months. So they've taken the three year-old to visit all 70 of the Shaun in the City sculptures around Bristol to help her find a "forever home."

We sent our "lead" correspondent Matthias Kurth to find out more.

Still no sign of Shaun tickets

The London Shauns will be united with their Bristol cousins at an exhibition next month Credit: PA

Tickets to see the exhibition of Shaun the Sheep models that have been dotting Bristol and London are still not available. The website has been plagued by problems and organisers are working on an alternative.

The show is due to take place at Cribbs Causeway next month and there are still plenty left.

Here's a statement from the organisers

Thank you to everyone for your continued patience regarding ticket availability for The Great Sheep Round Up Exhibition.

We are working to develop a new ticket platform, and exhibition tickets will go back on sale online later this week.

There are thousands of tickets still remaining across the exhibition dates, so those who have not yet purchased tickets have not missed their chance.

We will announce the date and time of ticket sales as soon as possible.

– Shaun in the City on Facebook

The real life Shaun the Sheep-dog

Anne visits Bahhbersheep in the hope she'll make the cut Credit: Bristol Cats and Dogs Home

It's not just families who have been making the most of the Shaun-in-the-City trail.

This is Anne, a three year-old Staffordshire bull terrier cross.

She's the longest serving resident at Bristol Dogs and Cats Home and in a bid to find her a new home she's been taken to 62 of the 70 sculptures.

Perhaps Great West Shaun will show the way Credit: Bristol Cats and Dogs Home
A bit of flower power from Posy won't go amiss Credit: Bristol Cats and Dogs Home
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