From the ‘pigs and lions’ team

The high profile, interactive sculpture trail will celebrate the Roman heritage of Bath, mark the 10th anniversary of the popular King Bladud’s Pigs sculpture trail and raise funds for four brilliant 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.

OWL TRAIL MAPS

Owls of Bath trail maps are available from Waterstones in Milsom Street, Bath Aqua Glass by Bath Abbey, the Bath Visitor Information Centre and Flamingo in Widcombe for a donation of £2 to the event charities.   See the Owls of Bath website map and more information about each owl on the individual owl pages. Download the free Owls of Bath app via the App page of the website or by scanning the QR codes on the owls.

OWLS ON DISPLAY

Thee are 82 fabulous owls on display.  See the Owls Page of the website for details of each member of the flock.

Please note - most of the owls are on wheeled plinths and taken indoors at night, where they are usually displayed in shop windows for owl-spotters to see in the evenings.  12 owls are displayed outdoors 24/7 on stone plinths and nearly all of the owls can be seen seven days a week.  Viewing times for each owl can be found on the Owls of Bath app and the individual Owl profiles on the website.

OWLS OF BATH APP

The free Owls of Bath App can be downloaded from:


Or search for ‘Owls of Bath’ in your app store.

Please note that the Owls of Bath app is nesting under the umbrella of the Bath Directory App

 

 

PLANNING YOUR VISIT

DATES - The fabulous flock of colourful owl sculptures will be perched across Bath and the surrounding area throughout the summer, until the week of 10th September, when they will start flying back to Nest HQ for preening prior to the charity auction.

OWL LOCATIONS - See the Owls Page of the website for information on each owl and the Map Page to plan your route.  Please note it only takes 30 minutes to walk from Emily in the Royal Crescent down to Vincent van Owl in Widcombe, so you can easily wander around finding owls without too much advance planning. 

Owls on the outskirts, such as the 6 owls in Combe Down and Monkton Combe can easily be reached by bus, bike or car and are about 10 minutes from the city centre. Bradford on Avon can be reached by train/bus/bike/car from Bath (13 mins by train) and Newton St Loe and Clarks Village can be reached by car or bus. All of these are fantastic venues - definitely worth visiting!

ACCOMMODATION - Owl sponsors offering accommodation plus their own on-site owl include the Abbey Hotel,the County Hotel and Combe Grove Hotel in Bath,  Waterhouse guesthouse in Monkton Combe and The Swan Hotel in Bradford on Avon.

RESTAURANTS - Sponsors with restaurants and owls include 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.  Enjoy!

VISIT BATH - For further information about visiting Bath 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.

Flock to Bath this summer!

The Minerva’s Owls 2018 sculpture trail will be an exciting promotional opportunity for Bath, its businesses, artists and local attractions.

The free, inclusive public art sculpture trail is expected to attract thousands of visitors to Bath, bring colour and fun to the city's streets and raise much needed funds for local charities.

The beautifully decorated, super-sized owls and smaller owlets for schools will take up their perches across the World Heritage city and surrounding area from 25th June, where they will nest for nearly three months until they fly back to the Nest from 10th September 2018.

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

 

Minerva's Owls of Bath App

The free Minerva's Owls of Bath App can be downloaded or via QR codes on the owls’ plinths, which will be available from the afternoon of Tuesday 26th June. Download the app from QR codes on each owl’s plinth and follow the interactive map around Bath and beyond to wake up all the ‘sleeping’ owls on the trail.

As you approach each owl, information about it will pop up on your phone, including a fun question to answer. Whoever answers most owl questions correctly over the summer will win an 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!

Getting creative

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!

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. 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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