• Aardman Animations Soon to Arrive in Paris

    by  • March 2, 2015 • Children, City Breaks, Exhibitions, Paris

    From Wallace and Gromit to Shaun the Sheep, Discover the Much-Loved Characters of Aardman at a New Exhibition in Paris.

    If you were considering taking the kids to the French capital, there’s soon to be one added attraction to make your child-friendly Paris city break a most memorable and magical one. For beyond the essential photo stops at the Eiffel Tower and the pyramids of the Louvre, a cruise on the Seine and a wander through the Tuileries Gardens, Art Ludique – Le Musée is about to unveil its latest exhibition, a worldwide first no less, devoted to the undisputed stars of Aardman.


    Entitled ‘Aardman, Art that Takes Shape’, the exhibition explores the work of Bristol-based Aardman and its most famous characters, with a wealth of exhibits sure delight visitors of all ages. As you’d expect, the stars of the show take centre stage with over 50 authentic characters and sets on display such as Wallace’s cracking contraptions, Gromit’s vegetable garden, the flying machine from Chicken Run, the five-metre-tall pirates galleon from The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! and some of the sets from Aardman’s latest release, Shaun the Sheep The Movie.

    You’ll also get to see over 350 concept drawings, character and background studies, watercolours and storyboards, including – never before seen by the public – Nick Park’s sketchbook in which, as a student, he created his first drawings of the eponymous Wallace and Gromit. Furthermore, there also more than 60 short and feature films, advertisements and video clips created by the award-winning Aardman team, guaranteed to leave you smiling!

    The exhibition opens on March 21st and runs all the way through the summer until August 30th, thus a perfect addition to an Easter or summer break en famille. Entrance costs 15.50€ per adult or 10€ for children aged four to 10 years (12.50€ concessions). To beat the queues, you can also buy tickets online for an extra euro. Art Ludique – Le Musée is open daily from 10am and can be found at Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design, 34 Quai d’Austerlitz.


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.