The Owl Sanctuary could close if £35,000 crowdfunding campaign fails

The Owl Sanctuary on Timber Hill. Picture: D Faulkner

The Owl Sanctuary on Timber Hill. Picture: D Faulkner - Credit: Archant

The future of an alternative music venue in Norwich city centre has been cast in doubt for the second time in two years.

The Owl Sanctuary, on Timber Hill, has announced it will close on April 1 unless new ownership can be found with a £35,000 crowdfunding bid under way.

The bar, which hosts upcoming and local bands from the punk, metal and reggae scenes, was forced to move from its original home on Cattle Market Street in 2016 after the building was bought.

A successful crowdfunding campaign helped the venue to move to new premises and the business is hoping the same outcome can be achieved once more.

Sean O'Neill, who has run the bar since February 2017, wrote on funding website Crowdfunder: 'On April 1 2018 the last remaining small, independent, DIY music venue in Norwich is scheduled to close.

'Its absence will leave a massive hole within the local scene, quite simply there is nowhere else for small up [and] coming bands to perform. Please, please, please help us save the Owl.'

He added the £35,000 target would help him to buy the lease and cover costs such as insurance and stock.

The move came after Mr O'Neill's business partner announced on Facebook he would be leaving the bar after two years.

The move from Cattle Market Street to Timber Hill was overseen by former owner Dan Hawcroft who sold the business in February 2017.

To find out more about the crowdfunding campaign visit