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Bristol hosts The Greatest Dog Show on Earth


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Eighty Gromits gather together for five day exhibition

Gromit Unleashed, a unique public art trail that has been delighting visitors to Bristol in the south west of England this summer, is offering people an opportunity to see all 80 iconic giant Gromit sculptures exhibited together in one place.

The Gromits have each been individually designed by a prestigious line-up of artists and celebrities, and are in locations in and around Bristol until Sunday 8 September.  For five days only, from 18 to 22 September, all 80 Gromits will form a public exhibition called ‘The Greatest Dog Show on Earth’ at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) in Clifton, Bristol.

This will be the only chance for the public to see the unique collection of Gromits displayed together before they are auctioned in October to raise funds for Bristol Children’s Hospital charity, Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal.

Kelly Ballard, Destination Bristol’s Head of Marketing, said; “All summer people have been visiting Bristol and embracing the challenge to track down the Gromits, which have been lurking around almost every corner in and around the city.  There has been a real buzz here, with yelps of triumph coming from people clutching their trail maps as they encounter each Gromit.  This dog show with a difference at RWA is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see the Gromits all gathered in one place, which is especially good for those people who haven’t had the chance to get to all the Gromits around the city or those who are only in Bristol for a short visit.”

‘The Greatest Dog Show on Earth’ exhibition will be open daily from 9.30am to 5.30pm Wednesday to Friday, open late until 6.30pm on Saturday and from 11am to 5pm on Sunday (last admission 30 minutes before closing). Entry will be £4 each for adults, £2 each for 12 to 18 year olds and children aged up to 11 can enter for free.

A visit to ‘The Greatest Dog Show on Earth’ is a great activity to do as part of a September short break in Bristol.  There are a huge variety of places to stay centrally in Bristol, with rooms from around just £40 per night.

For further information on places to visit, eat and stay in Bristol, visit and get a taster of what the city has to offer by watching ‘A Grand Tail’ a short film showing some of the best of Bristol with special guest star Gromit. 

Notes to Editors

Other mid-September events in Bristol:

Bristol Doors Open Day: On Saturday 14 September many of Bristol's significant contemporary and historic buildings open their doors to the general public.  Explore the beautiful Bristol Old Vic theatre, The Guildhall, Lord Mayor’s Chapel, Wills Memorial Building and more, all completely free of charge.

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival: The longest running competitive short film and animation festival in the UK is at Watershed and Arnolfini on Bristol’s harbourside from 17 to 22 September, 2013

Brisfest: Over 2,000 artists, including headliners Primal Scream and an array of local talent, will perform at the annual music festival in beautiful Ashton Court Estate on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September, 2013. Run by a team of 400 volunteers, Brisfest has a unique and special feel, capturing the creativity and community spirit of the city

About Bristol Bristol is well-known for its maritime heritage and an innovative, dynamic culture, making it one of the most cosmopolitan centres outside the capital.  Compact enough to get around on foot, yet big enough to boast an exciting line-up of entertainment, Bristol has much to offer from Banksy street art to Brunel’s ss Great Britain, and many museums, galleries and award-winning attractions in-between.

Destination Bristol is the destination management partnership for Bristol & South Gloucestershire, a joint venture between Bristol City Council and Business West. The organisation works with over 600 major businesses and strategic partners with the aim of increasing business competitiveness within the city centre, supporting employment and economic growth, and raising the profile of the Bristol city region as a world-class place to visit, study and live. Its partnership with the Grand Appeal on Gromit Unleashed forms a key element of Destination Bristol’s 2013 marketing campaigns and is part of an overall investment project led by VisitEngland and funded by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund. 

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