FOLLOW THE PRIDE!
The Lions of Windsor & Maidenhead 2019 public art event features a giant pride of supersized lion sculptures displayed across the Royal Borough to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria and raise funds for local charities.
The magnificent lion sculptures are sponsored a wide range of businesses and decorated by some of the world's leading artists and designers, including fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes, Christian Lacroix/Louis Vuitton designer Craig Wheatley and descendants of French impressionist Camille Pissarro, Lelia and Lyora Pissarro.
A mini-pride of cute lion cubs has been decorated by schools across the region.
The colourful public art event also aims to highlight the plight of lions, which are now more endangered than polar bears, with only 15,000 left in the wild.
Trail maps are available from the Windsor, Eton and Maidenhead Visitor Information Centres, plus lion display locations listed on this page.
We hope you have a roarsome safari!
PLEASE NOTE - 'Victoria' (No. 30) will be arriving early on Sunday 18th August. A blank lion will be installed in her place on Saturday 17th and then swapped over on Sunday!
Sorry for the delay, which was due to a bereavement in the artist's family.
'Legolas', painted by Lisa Stickley and 'Simba' painted by Maria Meerstadt for Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service, were both sponsored by LEGOLAND Windsor Resort and are displayed by Windsor Castle at the entrance to Windsor Royal Shopping.
'Carter' decorated by Aaron Stephens for Carters Steam Fair, is displayed opposite the entrance to the Castle and is attracting visitors from around the world!
LIONS ON DISPLAY - 10 August - 27 October
The giant pride has taken up residence across the Royal Borough, including Windsor and Eton, Ascot, Datchet, Old Windsor and Maidenhead.
The trail launched on World Lion Day and the beautifully decorated lions and cubs will remain in pride of place until 27th October. They will then be gathered together in one giant pride for the 'Lions Roar Goodbye' weekend on 9-10 November before being auctioned on 21st November at the Runnymede Hotel, near Windsor.
100% of event profits will be donated to four charities, including Thames Hospice, Lions Club of Windsor, Look Good Feel Better and TUSK.
See more photos and stories on the news page of the website.
ROAR GOODBYE WEEKEND - 9-10 November
After three months entertaining lion fans of all ages from around the world, the lions will be taken off the streets to be given some TLC by their artists before they are all gathered together in one giant pride for the 'Lions Roar Goodbye' festival from 9-10 November for lion fans to say their final farewells to their favourite lions and take last minute selfies any lions they may not yet have seen, before they head off to the charity auction.
CHARITY AUCTION - 21 November
The beautifully decorated lion sculptures will be auctioned in November at a glittering gala auction at the Runnymede on Thames Hotel near Windsor. The auction will also be live-streamed and bids can be made by phone or live online from anywhere in the world. To express your interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The team at Thai Square restaurant in Windsor were delighted to welcome their beautiful lion, 'Singo' (which means 'lion' in Thai), decorated by celebrated jeweller and member of the Thai royal family, Rojanatorn Na Songkhla.
The roarsome pride is displayed across the Royal Borough until Sunday 27th October, so pick up a Lion Trail map and enjoy a wild safari as you track down the fabulous felines!
Visit The Gallery at Ice in Windsor High Street to see 'LifeLion', painted by MrASingh for sponsor Ice Experience to help raise awareness of the decline of lions in the wild and celebrate the magnificent King of the Beasts
LION TRAIL MAPS
Trail maps are available for a £1 donation to the event charities from:
WINDSOR & ETON
- Windsor Visitor Information Centre, Windsor Royal Shopping, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PJ
- Cinnamon Cafe, Windsor Royal Shopping, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PJ
- Eton Information Centre, 67 High St, Eton, Windsor SL4 6AA (Thurs-Sun)
- Busy Buttons, Windsor Yards Shopping Centre, SL4 1TF
- Daniel Department Store, Peascod Street, SL4 1DP
- Thames Hospice, 44 Peascod Street
- Rush Hair, Peascod St, SL4 1DH
- Gallery at Ice, 8 High Street, Windsor SL4 1LD
- Strutt & Parker, 16 Park St, Windsor SL4 1LU
- Edinburgh Woollen Mill, 10-11 Castle Hill, SL4 1PD
- The Old Court Arts Centre, St Leonard's Road, Windsor SL4 3BL
MAIDENHEAD, ASCOT, OLD WINDSOR & DATCHET
- Maidenhead Information Centre, Maidenhead Library, SL6 1QU
- Boulters Restaurant, Maidenhead SL6 8PE
- Three Mobile, 76 High Street, Maidenhead SL6 1PY
- Ascot Railway Station
- Kris Cruisers, The Waterfront, Southlea Rd, Datchet SL3 9BU
- The Fox & Castle, 21 Burfield Road, Old Windsor, SL4 2RB
Young lion fans hug 'Luna' by designer Rosalind Frances Holmes, displayed in pride of place in Peascod Street, the 'mane' pedestrian street leading down from Windsor Castle.
The King of the Beasts has symbolised courage, nobility, royalty, strength, stateliness and valour and been a popular royal heraldic image for centuries. William the Conqueror is thought to have brought the House of Normandy arms, depicting two lions on a red background to England in 1066.
‘Richard the Lionheart’ then added a third lion during his reign from 1189-99. The three golden lions on a scarlet background has represented the English throne and are still featured on England's Royal Coat of Arms to this day, making lions an ideal choice for this public art sculpture trail to celebrate Queen Victoria's 200th anniversary.
Lions in the wild
Over the past 50 years, wild lion numbers in Africa have decreased from over 200,000 to less than 15,000 today and they live in just 8% of their former habitat. The shocking news is that lions are now more endangered than polar bears. Please see Lion Aid for further details and join their campaign to stop lion trophy hunting.