OWLS HOOT FAREWELL - 29-30 September - Bath Rec

See all 82 owls and owlets displayed in one giant 'parliament' on the Bath Rec for the first and last time and enjoy a weekend of feathered fun before the owls fly off to the charity auction on 17th October. Tickets AVAILABLE NOW or on the gate on the day + lots of free activities. Click here for details.

 

OWLS OF BATH - THE AUCTION - 17 October - Apex Hotel

Your chance to own a unique Owls of Bath sculpture! See the Auction page of the website for details.
Tickets AVAILABLE NOW

 

From the ‘pigs and lions’ team

The high profile, interactive sculpture trail celebrates the Roman heritage of Bath, marks the 10th anniversary of the popular King Bladud’s Pigs sculpture trail and is raising funds for local charities.

WHY OWLS?

The Roman Baths temple, built in 1AD, was dedicated to Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, whose symbol was the owl. Minerva's owl of wisdom can be seen carved into the Temple pediment displayed at the Roman Baths Museum.

OWLS HAVE FLOCKED BACK TO THE NEST ...

The 82 fabulous owls have been on display all summer and are now in Nest HQ at Bath Riverside, where they are being preened back to top condition by their artists for the Owls Hoot Farewell weekend on 29th-30th September and the charity auction on 17th October.

For photographs and more information about the beautifully decorated owl sculptures, please see the Owls Page of the website.

OWLS OF BATH APP

Nearly 20,000 people downloaded the free Owls of Bath App to track down the owls across Bath and the surrounding area this summer, with a number of keen owl fans visiting all 82 owls and correctly answering all the Owl App questions.  One of these avid owl fans will win the amazing Big Hoot app prize.  The winner will be announced at the Owls Hoot Farewell weekend on Saturday 29th September by Olympic gold medalist Amy Williams MBE and announced on the News page of the website.

OWLS OF BATH MAPS

Thousands of printed trail maps were available from outlets across Bath and beyond.  Residents and visitors of all ages could be seen following their trail maps to places they had never visited before, leading owl fans to spread their wings and discover exciting new streets and venues in Bath and the surrounding area.

PLANNING YOUR VISIT

DATES - All 82 of the colourful, eye-catching Owls of Bath sculptures will be gathered together for the Owls Hoot Farewell auction preview weekend on 29/30 September before the charity auction on 17th October.

OWL LOCATIONS - See the Owls Page of the website for information on each owl and the Map Page to see where the fabulous flock was nesting over the summer.  

As well as over 70 owls in the centre of Bath, there were also 6 owls in Combe Down and Monkton Combe, Frida Owlo and Cumberwell Owl in Bradford on Avon, Athena nested atThe Owlery in Newton St Loe, Oswold at Whitehall Garden Centre near Lacock and Herbie nested at Clarks Village in Street. 

ACCOMMODATION - If you are coming to Bath for the Hoot Farewell or the Auction, stay at one of our Owl sponsors' hotels, such as the Abbey Hotel, County Hotel (recently renamed The Bird!),  Combe Grove Hotel in Bath,  Waterhouse guesthouse in Monkton Combe and The Swan Hotel in Bradford on Avon.

RESTAURANTS - Owl sponsors included The Ivy Bath Brasserie, The Mint Room, Cafe RougeVino Vino, SouthGate Bath, the Roman Baths Pump Room and Milsom Place in Bath, plus Cumberwell Park and The Swan in Bradford on Avon, The Packhorse pub in South Stoke and Whitehall Garden Centre near Corsham.

VISIT BATH - For further information about visiting Bath for the Owls Hoot Farewell weekend on 29-30 September or the charity auction on 17th October, please see www.visitbath.co.uk

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ITV WestCountry Reports on The Owls

ITV reporter Eli-Louise Wringe takes to the streets of Bath to discover the first Owls on display, and find out what visitors to Bath think of the city’s new feathered friends.

Thousands flocked to Bath this summer!

The Minerva’s Owls 2018 sculpture trail has been a fantastic way for residents and visitors to explore Bath and find out more about its businesses, artists and local attractions.

The free, inclusive public art sculpture trail attracted thousands of visitors to Bath, bringing colour and fun to the city's streets .  The charity auction on 17th October will help raise much needed funds for local charities.

The beautifully decorated, super-sized owls and smaller owlets, decorated by  schools took up their perches across the World Heritage city and surrounding area at the end of June, where they nested for nearly three months, entertaining thousands on their daily business around Bath.

All 80+ owls will be gathered together for the 'Hoot Farewell' auction preview festival on 29/30 September before the charity auction at the Apex Hotel in Bath on 17th October.

 

Minerva's Owls of Bath App

The free Minerva's Owls of Bath App was downloaded via QR codes on the owls’ plinths and owl fans were invited to 'wake up' all the sleeping owls around the city.

On approaching an owl, information about it popped up on people's phones, with a fun question to answer before moving on to the next owl. Those that visited all 82 owls and answered all their questions correctly will go into a draw to win a super-luxury pampering and activity break in the World Heritage city!

 

Big Hoot App Prize

The Big Hoot Prize includes 2-nights in the boutique Abbey Hotel in the heart of the city; exclusive hire of the fabulous steaming Hot Bath with Prosecco package; cocktails and meals at some of Bath's top bars and restaurants; a Taste of Bath hamper and a night's dinner B&B at the 16th century Swan Hotel in nearby historic Bradford on Avon, with a round of golf for four at the award-winning Cumberwell Park - home to real Little Owls!

Stunning owls - individual works of art

The owls have been decorated by talented artists, designers, schools and celebrities from across the region and beyond in a wide range of styles from street art to mosaic and interactive owls that light up at night!  The Owls are now available to buy at the charity auction on 17th October, which will also be live online via The Auction Room.

100% of event profits will be donated to the new RUH Cancer Centre, Bath Young Carers, the Roman Baths Archway Project, and the UK Little Owl Project. After the Owls Hoot Farewell weekend, the smaller owlets will be returned to their schools and charities to keep as a lasting legacy of the project.

Big Hoot Prize includes 2 nights B&B at the Abbey Hotel

 

Win exclusive hire of the 12th century Cross Bath with Prosecco 

A great hoot for for Summer 2018

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