A hoot of a time in Bath

The Owls of Bath…..

The Parliament has landed!

Do you like Owls?  If the answer is yes, then get yourself to Bath for a hoot of a time 🙂

Have a hoot in Bath

On our latest visit to the beautiful city of Bath in Somerset UK, sadly our last for this trip, I was happily surprised to find all these colourful owls everywhere.

They are part of the Owls of Bath Sculpture trail with a flock of over 80 owls scattered throughout the city.

What is it all about?

Minerva’s Owls of Bath 2018 is a major public art sculpture trail featuring a giant flock of over 80 individually decorated, super-sized owl sculptures displayed across the World Heritage city of Bath and surrounding region from 25 June – 10 September.

Apparently you can get the official OWL app, a map of where they are located and you can even bid to buy your owl of choice at the end of the season.

You can also follow the Owls on Twitter @OwlsofBath. Each owl has its own profile with its name, where it can be found, some words from the sponsor and a description about the artist and their inspiration on the website. It was so interesting to read them all! Be sure to click on the links of the owls below to see what I mean.

The Owls are raising money for charities and in recent years they’ve had similar sculpture trails featuring pigs and lions! I think it’s a brilliant idea, what about you?? I just wished I lived closer.

Why Owls?  I asked the same question!

The Roman Baths temple, built in 1AD, was dedicated to Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, whose symbol was the owl. Minerva’s owl of wisdom can be seen carved into the Temple pediment displayed at the Roman Baths Museum.

I didn’t know that did you?? I also learnt that a flock of owls is called a Parliament, confirming once again that you’re never too old to learn new things 🙂

As we wandered around the city, one minute in brilliant sunshine the next in showery rain, I managed to photograph a few of the owls I found.  It became a bit of a game to find them as I hadn’t downloaded the app or the map. I thoroughly enjoyed the creativity that went into each of them. I’ve included my finds and have linked each one to their profile below the gallery.

  1. Glimfeather – Waterstones
  2. Madame Chouette – Cafe Rouge
  3. Athene noctua – Assembly Rooms
  4. Emily – The Royal Crescent Hotel
  5. The Wise Renewab-owl – 8 Union St (near Lush)
  6. Hoops – outside Bath Rugby shop
  7. Cornucopi-owl – The Ivy Bath Brasserie
  8. Having a hoot at work – Barthlett St (near Cafe Lucca)
  9. Inkie Hoots – Roman Baths Pump Rooms
  10. Speculo – Bath Aqua Glass in Abbey Churchyard
  11. Snowy the Hospit’owl is temporarily taking the place of the owl that usually rests here which has gone back to Owl HQ for repairs.
  12. Bird of Play – The Circus

I had such fun learning about the Owls, their artists and appreciating the creativity that has gone into painting them as well as naming them!

I’ve included links to the website where I found all this information, so feel free to click on any of them to learn more.

I don’t know which one is my favourite but the Black Owl, Bird of Play, had a fun interactive take with its teleidoscope:

At first glance it’s rather understated however, look a little closer, through the eye of the Owl, and you will see an amazing colourful world in front of you. Through an award winning teleidoscope you will see Bath as you have never seen it before.

Bird of Play encourages you to play – create your very own teleidoscopic images by taking photos/videos through the Owl’s eye, and sharing them on social media via @birdofplaybath on Instagram. A unique way to showcase our creative community.

This is the view I captured through the eye.

Through the eyes of the Bird of Play in Bath UK

Through the eyes of the Bird of Play

Which one of my owls tickled your fancy the most – either the art work or the name? I’d love to hear what you think.

Bath is such a beautiful city to visit and it has great memories for our family as the Mathematician worked there for a year when we did a Teacher Exchange from Australia, many years ago.

If you’ve never been to Bath I highly recommend a visit soon, and try to catch the owls before the fly the coop! We’ll be back again.

Deb xx

UPDATE:  Soon after this post was written we received sad news from home which has upended our world – you can read about it here: A sad end to our amazing odyssey


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  One thought on “A hoot of a time in Bath

  1. July 30, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Sorry to hear your great Odyssey is coming to an end. You have had a fab trip! Great city to visit and I love the owls. Our 2nd son has just got a job in Bath and after he is married (in 3 weeks time) he will be living in the city with his new wife, so no doubt we will be regular visitors! It’s only 21 miles away from us:-)

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    • August 9, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      Great news about the impending wedding. Congrats! I’m sure you’ll be regular visitors 🙂


  2. July 30, 2018 at 9:55 am

    What a great idea, a bit like the original Berlin Buddy Bear project, where they were auctioned off for charity

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    • August 9, 2018 at 5:49 pm

      This sounds a great project, I’d never heard of the idea before but love that there seems to be a few similar ideas around out there!

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  3. July 30, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    I love Owls, Deb and what a selection you have for us. I also enjoy that you try for a different angle when visiting a place. We all know that Bath is gorgeous and full of Jane Austen novels which I adore, however, the Owls of Bath Sculpture trail is very impressive and certainly not what you would expect Elizabeth and Mr Darcy to be visiting 🙂

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    • August 9, 2018 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks Sue, it’s been fun trying to show different perspectives of places we’ve visited. Bath is always full of interest!


      • August 15, 2018 at 4:16 pm

        Hi Deb, lovely to have you join us at #MLSTL especially during this difficult time. We missed you xx

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        • August 15, 2018 at 7:25 pm

          It’s good to get back into it again Sue and I’m so thankful for your weekly linkup to ease myself back in. I always enjoy reading and sharing the blogs in the linkup. Thanks to you and Leanne.

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          • August 17, 2018 at 7:11 am

            It is great to have you back, Deb but only in your own time. We will all be here for you when you feel up to returning more regularly xx

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  4. August 15, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    I think Speculo – the blue guy with the girl on his chest is my favourite. They remind me of the painted cows we have in the SW of WA – only smaller and less obtrusive! A very cute idea indeed and I loved that you had several examples to share.
    #MLSTL 🙂

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    • August 15, 2018 at 7:22 pm

      Thanks for joining in Leanne, I like that one too! It’s a great idea and although I haven’t seen the painted cows I have heard of them. There’s lots of creativity around isn’t there? I really enjoyed finding them and then researching them. 😊


  5. August 15, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    I love these owls Deb and what a fun way to get involved. I’ve been to Bsth a few times and will never forget it. Such s beautiful city with all that sandstone.

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    • August 15, 2018 at 8:09 pm

      Yes it’s a beautiful city, Jennifer. I loved the owls and it made it a fun thing to do, looking and photographing them. Glad you enjoyed them too! 😊

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  6. Molly Totoro
    August 16, 2018 at 11:20 am

    HOW fabulous! We had a cow parade in Kansas City several years ago. Similar concept in that organizations would buy a plain white cow sculpture and paint it. Then for a few weeks, the cows were all around the city. Such fun! I wish I lived closer to Bath so I could go see the owls 🙂

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    • August 18, 2018 at 9:23 pm

      I love the idea of cows Molly! So much fun around the world, thanks for joining in and sharing 🙂


  7. August 17, 2018 at 1:50 am

    I love owls as a symbol of wisdom, so I love all of these owls. We have something similar here in Madison Wisconsin. There are 80 Bucky Badgers (mascot of University of Wisconsin) situated throughout the city, and it has been fun spotting them around the city this summer.

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    • August 18, 2018 at 9:21 pm

      Oh badgers sound fabulous! I love hearing all these stories 🙂


  8. August 18, 2018 at 6:27 am

    This is awesome. We were in Seattle Washington one fall and they had pigs decorated. It was some sort of art for charity. I had my picture taken with as many as I could find. I love pigs but your owls are very cute.

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    • August 18, 2018 at 9:18 pm

      I love the sound of the pigs too! Some people are so creative aren’t they?


  9. August 21, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    I had no idea that this was happening. I love owls! Thanks for sharing this with us

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 22, 2018 at 7:12 pm

      My pleasure in sharing this event and the owls. I love them too. Thanks for stopping by 🙂


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