Owldios Owlmigos: The Big Hoot’s Farewell Weekend

via Suzie for Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Owldios Owlmigos: The Big Hoot’s Farewell Weekend

A parliament of large, painted owls descended on Millennium Point for The Big Hoot’s Farewell Weekend on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October.


Twelve thousand owl enthusiasts flocked to Millennium Point’s Eastside City Park for The Big Hoot’s final public farewell, before the owls go to auction on Thursday 15 October. It is hoped that the owls will raise £500,000 towards Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity’s £3.65million Star Appeal, which will create the UK’s first Rare Diseases Centre for children.

The Farewell Weekend raised over £30,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity through the sales of tickets, with thousands more to be counted after the event from merchandise, donations and The Big Hoot Raff-owl. The Raff-owl will be drawn on Wednesday 14 October and purchasers stand to win a 3ft paint-your-own owlet.


Louise McCathie, Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said: “We will be so sad to see the owls fly the nest but are pleased we were able to give them one final farewell before their departure. We can’t quite believe that after months of planning, it’s finally coming to an end! We hope that this final goodbye has inspired kind-hearted businesses or individuals to buy the owls back to allow them to stay in our city.”

The Big Hoot owls were part of Birmingham’s largest ever public art display, with 89 individually decorated 5ft 5 owls adorning the city’s streets, parks and open spaces. The owls were scanned a total of 354,000 times along the 94 mile-long trail.


The Big Hoot Auction, sponsored by Vodafone, takes place at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum and is the single biggest fundraiser that Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity has ever hosted. A limited number of tickets are available to watch the magic happen – buy yours now from bchcharity.net/thebighootauction. For absentee online and telephone bid requests, register directly with Fieldings Auctioneers by emailing ellie@fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk or telephone 01384 444140.


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