The Great North Snowdogs have arrived!

The Great North Snowdogs have arrived!

Have you spotted any of the Great North Snowdogs or Puppies yet?

Presented by creative producers Wild in Art, working in partnership with St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice, Great North Snowdogs has brought together businesses, artists, schools and community groups to create a public art trail of beautiful Snowdog sculptures, based on the story The Snowman and The Snowdog, by Raymond Briggs.

For ten weeks during Autumn and Winter 2016, the North East’s streets, parks and open spaces will become home to a series of individually designed Snowdog sculptures, painted by both well-known and undiscovered artists.

great north snowdog puppies

We have been out and about and spotted a few. We saw our first Puppies and Snowdogs at Jesmond Dene Pet Corner, and later James and his Daddy saw one in Tynemouth. When he told me about this encounter, while I was giving him a kiss after his bedtime story, James sat up, eye wide; “Mummy I saw a dog with socks for ears and a sock for a tail!” I asked him what colour the dog was, but unfortunately that part wasn’t as important as the sock ears.

jesmond dene great north snowdog
The sculpture trail, sponsored by businesses and individuals, showcases the rich cultural offer and wealth of artistic talent in the area. You can download a trail map and dedicated app, which will help you find the Snowdogs. There is also a code on the plinth of each Snowdog which you can enter into the app to uncover special offers and unlock rewards.

great north snowdogs

When the trail ends, the sculptures will be auctioned at an event in December 2016, to raise funds for St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice.

I think the majority of Snowdogs can be accessed via public transport, and the trail takes you all over the area, but not necessarily in popular tourist areas.

Let me know if you spot any Snowdogs!



  1. September 27, 2016 / 7:01 am

    It would be so cool to win one at auction afterwards wouldn’t it. That would look cool in the garden! Kids come out with the cutest things at bedtime don’t they. We are yet to see our first yet!

  2. September 27, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    I havent spotted a single one as I am up north but they look awesome!

    • September 27, 2016 / 5:45 pm

      Oh Rachel where are you up north? We are near Newcastle upon Tyne, which is where lots of the Snowdogs are (although lots are in Sunderland and I mustn’t favour one city over the other in this regard!)

  3. October 13, 2016 / 10:40 am

    We’ve also got Snowdogs all over the place here in Brighton. I love finding them all around the city, they just make me smile.

    • October 13, 2016 / 6:09 pm

      I just saw that Snowdogs had arrived in Brighton too. They’re fabulous and so cheery – it’s brilliant that they’re brightening up two areas of the country at the same time!

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