Bon voyage to Birmingham's bears!

GEM 5 - Farewell Weekend

After nearly 10 weeks of bear hunts for kids of all ages, the bears are heading into hibernation.

The Big Sleuth is nearly over. This Sunday 17th September will be the last chance to see them in around the city before they are auctioned off to raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

If you didn’t manage the 70 mile trail to see all the bears, visit them together one last time at Eastside City Park on 6-7 October. Farewell weekend adult admission is £5, with 4-16-year-olds priced at £3 and under fours going free. All profits from ticket sales and the auction will support the Children’s Hospital and the 90,000 kids it treats every year.

Louise McCathie, director of fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, promises a festival atmosphere at the farewell event. Artists who designed the bears will display more of their work, with opportunities to take part in crafts and other entertainment, it will be a day for the whole family.

Remember last year’s owl invasion? The Big Hoot saw huge success raising over half a million pounds, and organisers are hoping to do even better this time when the bears go under the hammer at Birmingham’s Thinktank museum on 12th October.

Since taking to the streets on 10 July, nearly 600,000 Big Sleuthers have visited the trail’s 100 brilliant bears, walking more than 1.6 million miles and taking over 3.6 billion steps between them.

Tickets for the farewell weekend are selling quickly, so visit The Big Sleuth website to book yours now. Or register your interest in auction tickets by clicking here.