Farewell Weekend

Come along and say a fond farewell to the bear-eautiful Big Sleuth bears that have captured the hearts of everyone this summer.

Together for one last time before they are auctioned to raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, this is a last chance to snap a selfie with your favourites or to meet up with bears you may not have seen yet.

Plus more activities

Enjoy a festival atmosphere with craft stalls, entertainment, fab food and drink, face painting, official Big Sleuth merchandise and MUCH MUCH MORE!


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Friday 6th October : 2pm – 6pm (Last admission 5pm)
Saturday 7th October: 10am – 6pm (Last admission 5pm)
Sunday 8th October: 10am – 4pm (Last admission 3pm)

Adults £5*, Children (4–16) £3*,
Under 4s go free!

* Plus transaction fee
Net proceeds will be donated to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity

The Big Sleuth Auction:

Our bears will be auctioned to raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity on Thursday 12 October. If you are interested in attending the auction event, then you can register your interest here.


Where can I get my ticket?

You can buy your ticket here: www.thebigsleuth.co.uk/farewell

Do I have to bring my ticket to the event?

Yes! Once you have purchased your tickets, you will receive an email confirmation e-ticket. Please make sure you bring a print out or a screenshot of the ticket to gain entry to the event.

How much of the ticket price will go to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity?

100% of the ticket price, will go to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity .

Why can’t I purchase a family ticket?

We were overwhelmed with the response to our The Big Hoot Farewell Weekend in 2015, so this year we wanted to ensure we could support the extensive ticket sales we are hoping for again whilst also ensuring a quick, simple and easy check in system. This year we are using a new system to ensure the check in system is efficient, however, this new system doesn’t support a family ticket, but it does mean, 100% of the profit can go directly to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

Why are tickets more expensive than The Big Hoot?

This year, The Big Sleuth trail has 100 bears on the trail, whereas The Big Hoot only had 89 owls, this means there are more bears to see at the event, meaning more space is needed. This year, we have also made sure there is lots of fun to be had at the event, so as well as seeing your furry friends for one last time, you can also enjoy yourself in our festival area, where there will be craft stalls, entertainment, face painting, official Big Sleuth merchandise and much, much more! The ticket is also more expensive to ensure that all 100% of the ticket price can be donated straight back to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

Is the event wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the giant bear sculptures will be laid out on different levels with ramps provided for access. However, as the area does get very busy, we would recommend calling our Supporter Care team to choose a time slot which is less busy and easier to navigate around the bears without crowds.

Please can I bring my dog?

Unfortunately, as we expect the event will get very busy and as it is an enclosed area with a maximum capacity per time slot, we cannot allow dogs. Of course, if you require an assistance dog, please do get in touch with our Supporter Care on 0121 333 8506. or email us at events@thebigsleuth.co.uk

Can I pay on the day?

We would ask that you purchase your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment and to ensure you get the most suitable timeslot/day. The Big Hoot Farewell Weekend was very busy and most timeslots sold out before the event.

I’m press, can I come to the event?

For any press queries, please contact our PR team:

Harriet Hopkins, harriet.hopkins@nhs,net, 0121 333 8506
Jodie Perkins, jodie.perkins1@nhs.net, 0121 333 8506

Please can I volunteer on the day?

We will need volunteers to help at our Farewell Weekend, however volunteering opportunities are limited so please email bwc.getinvolved@nhs.net to enquire.

Can I buy The Big Sleuth Merchandise?

Yes, you will be able to get your paws on a wide range of official merchandise at our Farewell Weekend. From tea-towels and t-shirts to pens and pencils you are sure to find the perfect souvenir to remind you of the summer The Big Sleuth bears took over the region

Can I buy food?

There will be food available within the Festival Zone Area that can be purchased on the day with a percentage of takings donated to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. This will include hot food, soft drinks and desert carts.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

If you’re driving, please use:


  • Millennium Point Car Park, Birmingham B4 7SA
  • Curzon Car Park; Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XE


If you’re walking or cycling:


  • Millennium Point is just a ten-minute walk from the main commercial and retail city centre. There are also cycle stands at Millennium Point.


If you’re coming by train:


  • The nearest train stations are Moor Street Station and New Street Station. Millennium Point is also within walking distance of Snow Hill Station.

If you’re coming by bus:


  • From the City Centre to the Millennium Point entrance on Jennens Road, catch numbers 14 (stop BS7), 55/55A 90 or 94 (stop BS9)

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If we haven’t answered your question above, please contact our Supporter Care team on 0121 333 8506 or send us your questions to events@thebigsleuth.co.uk