SAY GOODBYE TO THE BEARS!

As the hugely successful Big Sleuth trail comes to an end this Sunday 17 September, organisers have announced that the 100 bear sculptures on the main trail will come together one last time at a special Farewell Weekend on Friday 6 October to Sunday 8 October!

A chance to say a fond farewell, the stunning ‘sleuth’ of bears will stand together at Birmingham’s Eastside City Park, next to Millennium Point, before being auctioned off on Thursday 12 October to raise vital funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

The Big Sleuth, presented by Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and creative producers Wild in Art, has won the hearts and minds of everyone in Birmingham and beyond this summer, with visitors coming from far and wide to explore the city’s streets, parks and open spaces.

The Big Sleuth bears will prowl away from their homes from this Sunday onwards and then all the bears on the main trail, including the four celebrity-endorsed bear cubs and community bears, will be showcased at The Farewell Weekend.

The event will give Bear-mingham one last opportunity to snap a selfie with their favourite bear, or see for the first time any of the sculptures they haven’t yet managed to get out and visit; all against the stunning backdrop of Millennium Point. There will also be craft stalls, entertainment, face painting, official Big Sleuth merchandise and much, much more!

Open to the public on Friday 6 October from 2pm to 6pm, Saturday 7 October from 10am to 6pm and Sunday 8 October from 10am to 4pm (last admission 5pm Friday and Saturday, and 3pm on Sunday). Tickets for the Farewell Weekend are limited and expected to sell out fast, so visitors are urged to book early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets can be purchased from here and cost £5 for adults and £3 for 4-16 year olds, under 4s go free! All profits from the ticket sales will go to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

Louise McCathie, Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, commented: “We can’t bear-lieve that after months of sleuthing fun, our bears are going to be prowling off our streets and The Big Sleuth is coming to an end! We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed with the response our bears have had over the past few months and how much joy they’ve brought to tourists and residents alike.

“We’re delighted to offer the public one last chance to see the bears. The Farewell Weekend will be a great event with all the main trail bears standing together in one giant sleuth! There will be a great festival atmosphere, for all the family, with artists, crafts, entertainment, food and much more! All the money raised will go towards making a real difference to our 90,000 children our hospital cares for each year.”

Following the Farewell Weekend, the bears will be auctioned off at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum. The Big Hoot auction raised over £500,000 and The Big Sleuth organisers are hoping to exceed this amount this year.