The Big Birmingham Summer Bear Hunt – The Big Sleuth

The Big Birmingham Summer Bear Hunt – The Big Sleuth

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may already be familiar with the cuddly friends that feature in this post! This Summer, we’ve been on the biggest bear hunt, as we’ve taken part in Birmingham’s Big Sleuth.

What is the Big Sleuth?

The easiest way for me to tell you about The Big Sleuth is to let you watch this short video. Straight away it will give you an idea of what we’ve been up to!

Our Big Sleuth Trail

The Big Sleuth has been a great experience for us as a family. We got out in all weathers to go on the trail for these gorgeous looking bears. One Sunday we walked the length and breadth of the centre of Birmingham. In total, we walked over 6.5 miles in the beautiful summer sunshine (yes, one of those rare days!) and it was the loveliest of days.

Obviously, being from the Midlands, I have been to Birmingham on many an occasion. But on this particular day, I saw it in a whole new light. I walked around parts I had never paid that much attention to before. I went into museums I would never have taken a second look at before. I got to know my way around Birmingham and realised, I actually knew more than I thought! It was a great way to spend the day as a family.

We didn’t just stop at Birmingham city centre. On other days, we ventured further afield to Sutton Coldfield, Solihull and Resorts World Birmingham.

We had downloaded the app and it was our mission to find as many of the bears as possible, and of course for the Little Man to get his photo with as many as he could. We really should have started our adventure a few weeks earlier as I am sure that by now we would have got them all. Thankfully the Husband works in Birmingham so managed to tick a few off the list that we didn’t get to as a family.

Take a look at the Little Man in his element with all of his bears. I think it was pretty impossible to pick a favourite.

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The main aim, of The Big Sleuth, was to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. By downloading the app and people getting sponsored to take part, the general public has been contributing to a wonderful cause.

Last weekend saw the last couple of days that the bears were in place to be found and now they are all being auctioned off to raise even more money.

We really hope that there is another event like this in the future because we loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to get back out there again – except next time we will start even earlier and we will find them all!

Thank you, Birmingham for a lovely summer adventure. We certainly went on a bear hunt, we definitely caught some big ones and we weren’t scared at all!

The Big Birmingham Summer Bear Hunt - The Big Sleuth


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  1. 18th September 2017 / 5:22 pm

    I love this:) we had a similar thing here in bournemouth but with Lions. The kids and I had great fun and there are still a few around town. Really creative and a great fundraiser.

    • Jaki
      18th September 2017 / 7:51 pm

      It is so much fun and such a cheap day out!

    • aliduke79hotmailcom
      19th September 2017 / 3:32 pm

      My son’s school had one of the lions outside it lol.

  2. 19th September 2017 / 8:39 am

    Oh wow this sounds like so much fun. I haven’t heard of anything like this in my neck of the woods but I’ll have to keep an eye out. Molly would love it 😊 #TriumphantTales

    • Jaki
      19th September 2017 / 11:01 am

      They just love the adventure of hunting for them! Great fun!

  3. 19th September 2017 / 9:08 am

    I’ve seen these sorts of hunts before and this one looks a great one. They brighten up an area and raise money so win win. We’ll definitely do one when the girls are a bit older and have a bit of walking stamina #triumphanttales

    • Jaki
      19th September 2017 / 11:01 am

      The Little Man did spend quite a bit of time on Daddy’s shoulders! Good job he’s built for it! 🙂

  4. 19th September 2017 / 10:36 am

    Fabulous fundraising idea and for such a great cause! #triumphanttales

    • Jaki
      19th September 2017 / 11:00 am

      Yes it was great fun!

  5. 19th September 2017 / 1:58 pm

    Wow what a fantastic idea and such a lovely day. Photos are fantastic.

    Ellen x

    • Jaki
      28th September 2017 / 8:22 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  6. aliduke79hotmailcom
    19th September 2017 / 3:33 pm

    The bears (and little man) look so cute. You found so many of them, well done!

    • Jaki
      20th September 2017 / 10:17 am

      Thank you!

  7. 19th September 2017 / 4:28 pm

    That looks like a super fun adventure. I wish they had things like that here, or maybe the do and I just don’t know, lol. #TriumphantTales;

    • Jaki
      20th September 2017 / 10:16 am

      Haha, always worth checking out 🙂

  8. 19th September 2017 / 5:51 pm

    what an interesting idea. I’ve never heard of anything like this before #anythinggoes

    • Jaki
      20th September 2017 / 10:13 am

      It was great fun!

  9. 19th September 2017 / 6:55 pm

    Amazing! I love all the photos. This is a reta way to raise money for the hospital and to have a gun family day out too!xx #triumphanttales

    • Jaki
      20th September 2017 / 10:12 am

      Cheap days out are always the best and this took care of several weekends! Kind of sad it’s all over! 🙂

  10. 19th September 2017 / 8:00 pm

    That’s a great idea. Plus it’s brilliant for Instagram 😜. Everyone is a winner

    • Jaki
      20th September 2017 / 10:11 am

      I did get some great shots! 🙂

  11. 19th September 2017 / 8:18 pm

    This looks fab and lots of fun!

    • Jaki
      20th September 2017 / 10:11 am

      It certainly was!

  12. 19th September 2017 / 10:09 pm

    What a great day! Didn’t you do well finding all of the bears! #TriumphantTales

    • Jaki
      20th September 2017 / 10:07 am

      We certainly walked a few miles in total!

  13. 19th September 2017 / 11:07 pm

    wow you did so well to find all these! I live very close to Brum and have yet to do this! #HoneybeeLinky

    • Jaki
      20th September 2017 / 10:06 am

      I highly recommend doing the next one when they do it!

  14. 20th September 2017 / 12:25 pm

    I love this idea, one because it is free and two it is fun way to get exercise and go outdoors X #triumphanttales

    • Jaki
      20th September 2017 / 12:45 pm

      Definitely! It was great fun!

  15. 20th September 2017 / 2:07 pm

    That is an impressive quest! Well done! #TriumphantTales

    • Jaki
      21st September 2017 / 9:44 am

      Thank you!

  16. 20th September 2017 / 6:15 pm

    Aw wow you saw loads!!! We saw a few in Solihull and Brum but that was about it!! Such a fun holiday activity. Thanks for sharing with #bloggersbest xx

    • Jaki
      21st September 2017 / 9:43 am

      I loved the ones in Solihull. The Elvis bear was my favourite! 🙂 Thanks for hosting 🙂 xx

  17. Su (ethannevelyn.com)
    20th September 2017 / 9:51 pm

    Oh my goodness, that is amazing! I can’t believe how many there are! In Norwich they had Apes this year, each done by a different business of charity.

    I love it gets so many people outdoors. #DreamTeam

    • Jaki
      21st September 2017 / 9:42 am

      It is great! There were 237 in total. We did well over half. Not bad for a few days work!

  18. 21st September 2017 / 8:57 am

    Oh wow what a fab thing to have enjoyed over the summer! Your photos are lovely and it looks a season of bear hunts very proudly achieved! Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam Jaki x

    • Jaki
      21st September 2017 / 9:41 am

      It was lovely. I already miss it!

  19. twotinyhands
    21st September 2017 / 7:15 pm

    I saw someone else blog about these, I didn’t realise it was for charity. I think they are marvellous! It’s great to be able to explore somewhere in a new light. You did really well at getting so many bears, he looks so happy with himself 😂

    ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

    • Jaki
      23rd September 2017 / 1:17 pm

      We all loved every minute of it, thank you!

  20. 25th September 2017 / 1:06 pm

    Aww I love these art projects! We had lions near us a few year ago and I loved finding them all! Thanks for linking up to #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Jaki
      26th September 2017 / 2:39 pm

      It is a great, cheap day out! Thanks for hosting 🙂

  21. 27th September 2017 / 2:11 pm

    I’ve loved exploring the different animal themed sculptures in the cities over the past few summers around the UK, it has taken me to areas I’ve never visited before #triumphanttales

    • Jaki
      27th September 2017 / 9:25 pm

      Likewise, they are great!

  22. 28th September 2017 / 8:03 pm

    What a wonderful excursion and fundraising idea all in one! And teaching the littles to partake early too. I have to say, I am partial to that panda version, considering my love of Stillwater in Zen Shorts! <3 #TriumphantTales xoxo

    • Jaki
      28th September 2017 / 8:21 pm

      Ahh! They were all so lovely, I found it difficult to pick a favourite! 🙂 xx

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