We're going on a Bear Hunt on the Isle of Wight!



Walker Books have teamed up with Visit Isle of Wight for some very special Isle of Wight family adventures in 2018.

Throughout the year the Isle of Wight will be hosting Bear Hunt Adventure Weekends for families; with exciting outdoor activities including a special Bear Hunt trail in conjunction with the National Trust and Robin Hill and with a chance to meet the Bear and claim your free We’re Going on a Bear Hunt badge!

'We’re Going on a Bear Hunt' is the best-selling and much-loved picture book classic written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, with over nine million copies sold worldwide. The stunning animated film of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, produced by Lupus Films and Walker Productions, made its C4 debut on Christmas Eve 2016, attracting 8 million viewers and making it Channel 4’s highest rating programme.

Adventures on the Isle of Wight

Scroll down for a growing list of the planed adventures.

The sandy dunes at St Helens Duver and wooded creeks of Newtown National Nature Reserve have been recognised by Walker Books as the perfect backdrops to bring the delightful Bear Hunt illustrations to life. And whether you choose to go under, over or through it, when you hunt for the bear at our places, you're helping National Trust to look after these special landscapes for future explorers to enjoy.

But you don't need to wait for a planned weekend to have a family adventure, you can immerse yourself in a real-life 'We’re Going on a Bear Hunt experience' where you can ‘swishy swashy through the long wavy grass; splish, splosh through the deep cold river; and squelch squelch through the thick oozy mud’ at any time.

The Isle of Wight is the perfect place for family adventures. Whether it’s finding a breath-taking beach full of rock pools and sea life, roaming through stunning natural landscape hunting for dinosaurs or discovering a magical theme park located on the cliff top, it’s easy to enjoy the simple pleasure of spending family timetogether on the Island. The Visit Isle of Wight Bear Hunt map features locations such as Newtown Creek, Freshwater Bay, Borthwood Copse, Ventnor Downs, Appley Beach & Park and St Helen's Duver, but there are so many forests, beaches, clifftops and downs on the Isle of Wight, that you will never run out of landscapes to explore.

Downloadables

Click the images below for a printable copy of the Visit Isle of Wight Bear Hunt map featuring lots of recommended Isle of Wight locations to explore, and an activity sheet to get the little ones in the mood for an outdoor adventure.

(both downloads courtesy of Visit Isle of Wight, original versions and text can be found on www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/were-going-on-a-bear-hunt)



Join the Bear Hunt website

Visit the Join The Bear Hunt website to find details of books, games, DVDs, meet the author and illustrator


Bear hunting on the Isle of Wight with Visit IOW

The Isle of Wight is the perfect place for family adventures. Whether it's finding a breath-taking beach full of rock pools and sea life, roaming through stunning natural landscapes hunting for dinosaurs or discovering a magical them park located on the cliff top, it's easy to enjoy the simple pleasure of spending family time together on the Island.

See Visit IOW’s page for lots of ideas of things to do and places to visit.

National Trust places hosting Bear Hunts

National Trust places on the Isle of Wight have teamed up with Visit Isle of Wight and Walker Books to offer young families keen for an adventure, the chance to experience their very own Bear Hunt. At beautiful countryside locations inspired by the famous book and film illustrations, we’re hosting Bear Hunt weekends on special dates from April to October.

At each adventure weekend, little ones can discover local wildlife through nature-themed activities, as they hunt for the hidden bear across meadows, woods and sandy beaches. Along the way they can try hunting for creepy-crawly bugs or going on a tickly barefoot walk at our activity spots. By the end, they'll meet a life-size bear, and each young bear hunter will receive a small reward too.

Literary Festival in October

And to celebrate the final weekend, the Bear Hunt will coincide with the Isle of Wight Literary Festival held at Northwood House (20 & 21 Oct).


Bear themed events taking place on the Isle of Wight

Teddy Bear Day

Saturday 30 JuneSunday 1 July

IOW Steam Railway at Havenstreet

Bring your teddy bears along to Havenstreet to meet the Railway teddies.

Children aged up to 15 will travel for free* if they bring their much loved bear with them.

Take part in our Teddy Bear Treasure Hunt and watch the Teddy Bears’ Special, an extra-special train on which our own teddy bears will travel. There will even be an opportunity to travel on the Teddy Bears’ Special, subject to a supplement and availability.

How many teddies will you spot today? Our refreshment rooms will be serving a teddy themed menu. Look out for William the station master bear.

Adult price £11.50

Bear Hunt Adventure Weekend at Newtown Creek

14 and 15 April

2 and 3 June

8 and 9 September

Families looking for adventure can run through the wavy grass and splosh through the mud when they go on a Bear Hunt at Newtown.

In partnership with Walker Books and Visit Isle of Wight, our special weekend will feature fun nature-themed activities for little ones, inspired by the children's book 'We're going on a Bear Hunt'. Mini explorers can find out about the wildlife around them as they hunt for the hidden bear across the grassy meadows and watery creeks.

1000-1600 each day

Most suitable for 3-10 year olds.

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue. Booking not needed but see website for full details.

Bear Hunt Adventure Weekend at St Helens

12 and 13 May

14 and 15 July

Families looking for adventure can run through the wavy grass and splosh through the waves when they go on a Bear Hunt at St Helens.

In partnership with Walker Books and Visit Isle of Wight, our special weekend will feature fun nature-themed activities for little ones, inspired by the children's book 'We're going on a Bear Hunt'. Mini explorers can find out about the wildlife around them as they hunt for the hidden bear across the grassy dunes and sandy beach.

1000-1600 each day

Most suitable for 3-10 year olds.

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue. Booking not needed but see website for full details.

Make a bear puppet at Brading Roman Villa

"We're going on a bear hunt" is at Brading Roman Villa. Come to the villa and hunt for the parts to make your bear puppet. Then come inside and decorate him. You can also decorate masks, make a mosaic coaster and lots more.

http://www.bradingromanvilla.org.uk

Bear Hunt Pick a Pearl Experience

FANCY A BEAR HUNT AT ISLE OF WIGHT PEARL?

Don’t worry, there won’t be wild animals, but it will be an experience unlike any other on the island – guaranteed. All you need is a sense of adventure!

Start with the much-loved Pick-a-Pearl experience: choose an oyster from a pool, then watch it opened to reveal a genuine Freshwater pearl. Have it set in a special sterling silver ‘Bear Hunt’ pendant that’s perfect for your own chain or charm bracelet, or a gift.Next, discover the amazing world of pearls, and pick up fascinating facts to impress your friends with, at a mini-masterclass!

All this for just £65.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt at Robin Hill

5th, 6th and 7th May, 10am – 5pm.

We’re going to catch a big one . . . we’re not scared!

Why go on a walk this bank holiday, when you can go on a bear hunt?

Bring your whole family (and teddy bears too!) to join in the fun from Saturday 5th – Monday 7th May, search the beautiful woodland trails and keep an eye out for our sneaky bears to be in with a chance of winning a fantastic bear-themed goody bag!

Come and see us for a map to help you find your way so you don’t miss any!

But that’s not all, we’re having a teddy bears feast down in the heart of the woodland! Treat yourself to a bear biscuit, or a special bear ice-cream sundae from our woodland pond lodge.

You can even take a bear home with you… and we’ll have some exclusive ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” merchandise available. Special bear appearances will take place throughout the day, with the much-loved bear from the classic illustrated story, providing the perfect photo opportunity, if you’re brave enough that is! Make sure you tag us in your pictures across social media using #RobinHill & #IWBearHunt!

There will be live music from the talented local Saxophonist Katie Harrison and acoustic music from Dan Thornton throughout the weekend so you can soak up the sounds in the sunshine once you’ve finished your bear hunt!

Photos and banner courtesy of Visit Isle of Wight.

Bear picnic photo courtesy of Robin Hill

Written with inspiration from text by Visit IOW, National Trust & Robin Hill. For more info, see www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/were-going-on-a-bear-hunt