A mass teddy bear hunt is under way around the world to help distract the millions of children locked down because of the coronavirus pandemic. Teddy bear hunt now comes to Watford!


Stuffed toys are being placed in windows to give children a fun and safe activity while walking around their neighbourhood with parents – as they might be allowed to go out once a day, however, they cannot meet their friends.

Initially, the hunt was inspired by the children’s book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”, written by UK author Michael Rosen, 1989. The book opens with the lines: “We’re going on a bear hunt/We’re going to catch a big one/What a beautiful day!/We’re not scared.”

Teddy bears have been spotted in windows around the world, including England, Australia, Canada and the US. Even New Zealand’s PM, Jacinda Ardern, has joined in the hunt, putting two bears in the window of her family house in Wellington.

The game is a way to entertain children in isolation and the psychological boost is real; uniting neighbourhoods and giving children an exciting, social-distancing-safe scavenger hunt activity during coronavirus lockdowns.

Playdates might be on hold, but seeking out the stuffed animals is the new bearable activity – Join the hunt!


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A few words from Visit Watford during Coronavirus

During these testing times, we all need to stay active and make compromises. We know that the reason you usually come to our channels is for a dose of inspiration and ideas on the very best ways to organise your visit or spend your free time across Watford.

Making a trip out of the house to explore over the coming weeks is not recommended by the government and we want you to stay safe and protect your loved ones. However, here at Visit Watford we are still committed to sharing with you everything that’s great about our town.

Thus, you may see some changes to the content we’ll be posting; with more of a focus on supporting our community, sharing a few things to look forward to, and providing a little distraction during times where you may be stuck indoors.

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Visit Watford team