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Tracing the Paw Prints: A Guide to Birmingham’s Snow Dog Sculpture Trail


Embarking on a whimsical adventure through Birmingham’s bustling streets, we recently discovered a hidden treasure that sparked joy and excitement for both young and old—the Snowdog Sculpture Trail. Inspired by Raymond Briggs’ beloved character, the Snowdog, this trail weaves its way through the city, inviting children and families to embark on a charming quest to find these enchanting statues.

As we set out on our expedition, the anticipation was palpable. Birmingham’s urban landscape transformed into a playground of discovery, with each twist and turn revealing a new, vibrantly decorated Snowdog. These sculptures, paying homage to the timeless charm of Raymond Briggs’ classic tales, added a touch of magic to the city’s festive atmosphere.

The beauty of this trail lies not only in its whimsical allure but also in its longevity, gracing the city until the 4th of January. With the Christmas holidays on the horizon, the prospect of revisiting this snowy spectacle dances in our minds, promising another round of joyous exploration.

Each Snowdog, adorned with festive charm, guides you to a different corner of the city, amplifying the seasonal buzz emanating from the myriad of Christmas trees and lights that have sprung up around Birmingham. Today, the city thrived with activity, though the hustling and bustling of the German market in Victoria Square proved to be the only slightly overwhelming spot in an otherwise joyous journey.

The trail unfolded like a storybook, with each Snowdog presenting a unique narrative through its artistry. Arlo, wide-eyed with wonder, eagerly scanned the surroundings, his excitement escalating with every sighting. We had a vague idea of where they would be as we followed a map I saved on my phone. There’s copies on leaflets available all around the city centre and huge boards in some spots too – I can’t help but seize any opportunity for a little bit of learning – and map reading is a valuable me life skill.

Each Snowdog, adorned with festive charm, guides you to a different corner of the city, amplifying the seasonal buzz emanating from the myriad trees and lights that have sprung up around Birmingham. Today, the city thrived with activity, though the bustling market in Victoria Square proved to be the only slightly overwhelming spot in an otherwise joyous journey.

The intricately decorated Snowdogs not only serve as artistic delights but also as storytellers. Plinths accompanying each sculpture share details about the illustrations and the artist, adding a layer of appreciation to the experience. A clever incentive awaits those eager to contribute to a good cause—scanning a QR code enables donations to Birmingham Children’s Hospital while collecting letters from each Snowdog unveils an anagram. Solve it, and you stand a chance to win a restaurant voucher worth £100.

One of the highlights of our journey was the sense of accomplishment each time we discovered a new Snowdog. From parks to busy squares, these sculptures seamlessly integrated into Birmingham’s festive urban fabric, adding a touch of playfulness to every corner. It wasn’t just a trail; it was a celebration of creativity, literature, and the joy of exploration.

As we marked the completion of our adventure, a sigh of accomplishment accompanied the realization that, amidst the festive magic, we effortlessly surpassed 10,000 steps—an unintended yet satisfying feat. The Snowdog Trail, with its fusion of art, exploration, and seasonal spirit, had not only brightened the city but had also etched a delightful tale in our hearts. Until our next snowy escapade, Birmingham’s streets echo with the joy of discovery and the allure of artistic treasures waiting to be found.


Our SnowDog Trail adventure

Last Updated on 7 months by Lavania Oluban

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