Ten years after the popular King Bladud’s Pigs came to Bath, the city will once again come alive with a citywide sculpture trail from 25th June–10th September this year. Download your free interactive app and head to Bath to discover beautifully-decorated Minerva’s Owls of Bath. The supersized owls and owlets found around the city and surrounding region have been decorated by some of the area’s top artists, illustrators, and designers, and offer a great family-friendly activity in Bath this summer.
Megan Witty, organiser of the Minerva’s Owls of Bath project, has brought together some of the best spots to flock to this summer…
Spot While You Shop
If you love to shop ‘til you drop, you’ll be sure to spot some of the eye-catching owls hidden in and amongst Bath’s most popular stores.
Head to SouthGate Bath to see a mini-flock of owls, including the ‘Owl and the Pussy Cat’ by artist Jane Veveris Callan, the beautiful ‘Peafowl’ by Julia Trickey, and ‘Ono’ the owlet, decorated by children from the Bath Young Carers centre.
More of our feathered friends will be nesting at The Silver Shop of Bath, Jolly’s, Mallory Jewellers, Bath Aqua Glass and Milsom Place, and pop into the Guildhall Market to see the amazing ‘Tyrell’ by Bristol street artist Epok.
Enjoy Hoot Cuisine
Whatever your preferred cuisine, there will be something delicious for you in Bath, and you’ll be sure to have a hoot spotting owls along the way. Whether a celebratory meal at world-renowned eatery The Ivy Bath Brasserie, filling up at family favourite Café Rouge, or enjoying cocktails outside at the Abbey Hotel, the owls will lead the way.
See Sights and Owls
As a World Heritage city, Bath is famous for a whole host of stunning sights and attractions. The decision to have Owls of Bath was inspired by the city’s Roman history, and beady-eyed visitors to the Roman Baths will spot the original Minerva’s Owl on the stone pediment of the temple, as well as a decorated twenty-first-century owl from the trail, which will be overlooking the King’s Bath.
Other sculptures taking pride of place in some of Bath’s most prestigious venues include ‘Emily’ the Norland College owl at the Royal Crescent, and Bath Rugby’s new winger ‘AledBre-hoo’, who will be perched by the world famous Pulteney Bridge.
Find Owls Who Have Caught the Creative Bug
As well as the city’s Roman, Georgian and architectural fame, Bath has more recently become known a major hub for the creative industries. Some of the owls on display this summer will be very creative indeed. The eye-catching ‘Bird of Play’ by Complete Control, specialists in digital media content for kids, promises lots of interactive fun, and ‘Seymore’ by leading product innovation company Matter, will indeed see more – all to be revealed soon.
Those looking to be dazzled by technology should visit Bath Quays at their new Waterside Park site to see ‘Digitowl’ complete with virtual reality goggles!
Find out more about the Minerva’s Owls of Bath trail on their website – it’ll be a hoot!