f you are looking for an adventure and a new way to explore Cardiff, then the Snow Dog public art trail could be perfect for you.
Individually decorated sculptures of dogs, inspired by the animated film The Snowman and the Snowdog, have taken up residence at iconic landmarks in Cardiff this Autumn to raise money for Tŷ Hafan. When the trail comes to an end the sculptures will be auctioned to raise important funds for the charity.
Ready to take up the challenge? Here are all the details you need to know:
You can take part in the trail daily until 26th November. Once the trail ends there is an opportunity to see all the dogs in one place on the 8th, 9th and 10th of December at the Capitol Shopping Centre.
All large Snowdogs will be auctioned on Tuesday, 12th of December 2017 at the Marriott Hotel, Cardiff. All proceeds will go to Tŷ Hafan. Visit their website to find out more about the work done by Tŷ Hafan.
Car travel will take about half hour to the centre of Cardiff. However, I would avoid the traffic, parking and fuel costs and go by train.
Trains to Cardiff Central from Newport run regularly and fares are reasonable. An off-peak Adult return costs £5.20, for children it is just £2.60 for a return. Not all Snow Dogs are in the City Centre, but there are more than enough to keep you busy.
One of the best things about this day trip is that taking part in the trail can be done for free. Newport train station currently has free maps available showing all the Snow Dog and Snow Pup locations. Maps can also be downloaded for free from the website.
If you want to go a bit more high-tech then you can pay 99p to download the app. As well as using your location, each dog comes with a special code to unlocks in-app awards. Profits from the app also go to Tŷ Hafan.
Snow Dog hunting can be an all-day adventure, depending on how many you want to find. We spent three hours hunting and found 30 Snow Dogs and Pups out of 100 that are on the loose.
Overall a fun trip, but definitely one for dry and mild weather. Younger children will love the hunt, while the app can be used to engage older children. For the grown-ups, use it as an opportunity to explore Cardiff’s landmarks and enjoy the artwork that has gone into creating each unique sculpture.
Time is limited on this trip, with only three more weekends in the city. Go, explore!