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Final chance to say goodbye to The Big Hoot

Written by
Shaun Curnow

With its final day on September 27, there's still time to tick off any remaining owls you've yet to visit on The Big Hoot 2015 sculpture trail.

Don't despair if you don't manage to make it out in time, though - there will be one last chance to say goodbye to the giant owls that have sat on various perches across the city since July.

Organisers of The Big Hoot have announced that all your favourite sculptures will come together one final time at a special Farewell Weekend on October 10-11.

The owls will be found at Eastside City Park, next to Millennium Point, before being auctioned off to raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity. All the owls from the trail we be showcased, with the exception of three community owls – 'Oliver', 'Papa Winson' and 'Perry Chocobow Swanet' – which will be returned to the communities that created them.

The sculptures that have been indoors for the duration of the trail, including 'FreeRadiOwl' and 'Owlfred', will be found inside Millennium Point

Tickets for the Farewell Weekend are expected to sell out fast, so visitors are urged to book well in advance to avoid disappointment. All profits from the ticket sales will go to the Children's Hospital.

After the owls have said goodbye to the public, they'll be auctioned off to raise even more money at Thinktank - with hopes of raising around £500,000 for Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Damien Jeffrey

The bidding for each owl is expected to start in the region of £3,000-£5,000, although favourites such as 'Dr Whoot' and 'Ozzy’s Owl' will no doubt raise considerably more. If you're interested, visit the auction website or email

The Big Hoot Farewell Weekend, Saturday October 10 (midday-6,30pm) and Sunday October 11 (10am-5.30pm). Eastside City Park, Birmingham. Tickets cost £4 (adult), £2 (child). Under fives can enter free. Tickets are available here.

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