Shaun the Sheep – first time visit to Northern Ireland!

Join Shaun the Sheep and his flock for some baa-rilliant family fun at Meadowbank Sports Arena on Saturday 1st June from 1pm to 5pm as part of the Magherafelt Strawman Festival.

Family favourite Shaun the Sheep and friends will host the Championsheeps LIVE! for the first time in Northern Ireland.  Come along and help us give Shaun the Sheep a very warm welcome, and be among the first to take up the challenges presented by the farmyard themed games, featuring a range of amusing activities from Shirley sheep space hoppers, a farmyard assault course and a naughty pig’s sack race.

Challenges on the day will include:

Shirley’s Pieathlon – Race a Shirley-shaped sheep hopper while trying not to drop the piece of cake you’re carrying and avoid the fruit obstacles that stand in the way at the same time!

Free Range – Lift the chickens and see what you find: If it’s a chick, take it back to the safety of the henhouse; if it’s an egg, balance it on the wooden spoon and take it to the wicker basket.

Get Fit with the Flock – Get fit with a hula hoop challenge whilst wearing ears just like Shaun the Sheep and friends.

Sheep Shape – Add your creative touch to the growing farmyard scene by creating Aardman style Naughty Pigs out of clay. Use your newly created model as a prop in Animate It! Then take your masterpiece home to share with friends and family.

Naughty Pig Sack Race – Dress up as a Naughty Pig and race your challengers to prove that you’re the fastest porker in the yard!

This amusing event has been developed jointly by SGA Productions and Aardman Animations, the award-winning animation company and creators of the popular Shaun the Sheep series.

In addition to the Championsheeps LIVE! the Strawman festival will feature a Carnival of Strawmen and special characters, junk art workshops by the Big Lottery Live and Learn project, puppet shows, mega inflatables, local food stalls, it’s a knockout, rodeo sheep, face painting and many more enjoyable activities – guaranteed fun and laughter for the whole family!  Children are also welcome to come along in cowboy fancy dress to join in with our country theme.

Sharon Arbuthnot, Arts & Events Officer with Magherafelt District Council said: “We are delighted to be hosting the  Championsheeps LIVE! for the first time in Northern Ireland.  We are really looking forward to meeting Shaun the Sheep and his flock, and experiencing the hilarious farmyard challenges to help launch our inaugural Strawman Festival.  It’s an exciting new fun activity for our event, and we would encourage people to come along and give it a go, it really will be tremendous fun.”

Admission to the event will cost just £1 per child, adults go free.