Fairtrade conference

Image - Fairtrade Conference 2015, Bristol

When it comes to choosing your conference location there are many considerations.  One of these should be the sustainability of the destination you choose.  And when it comes to sustainable destinations, Bristol certainly has to be among Europe’s leading contenders.

During 2015, Bristol was European Green Capital – the first UK city to be awarded this prestigious title. An exciting engagement programme for the public was developed, as well as business-led events exploring sustainability and the environment, to share ideas on developing a green future.  This included the first International Fair Trades Town Convention to come to the UK with more than 240 delegates from 20 countries. 

solar tree in millennium square bristol

Image - Solar Tree, Millennium Square, Bristol (credit: Janet Gibson)

As you expect from winnng such a prestigious award, Bristol is one of the UK’s leading cities for sustainable development and home to prominent environmental and ethical organisations such as the Soil Association, Triodos Bank and Sustrans.

The city’s venues understand the impact of their business upon the environment and many venues are accredited through programmes such as the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS).

Accredited venues include gold award winners Radisson Blu, At-Bristol Science Centre, Folly Farm, Mercure Holland House Hotel & SpaCREATE Centre, The Greenhouse B&B, Brook Lodge Farm and Noahs Ark Zoo Farm. Silver award winners in the area include Alveston House Hotel, Brooks Guesthouse, The Bristol, DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North, Engineers' House, and Avon Valley Railway.

Using our free venue finding service, we can help you find venues who fulfil any sustainability or ethical criteria you may have.

Food and drink is extremely important and many venues pride themselves on offering locally sourced and sustainable menus as well as locally made drinks. Located on Bristol’s Harbourside, Bordeaux Quay was the UK’s first eco restaurant to achieve a gold rating under the Soil Association’s sustainable catering scheme. Venues such as Watershed are also acknowledged for their commitment to high-quality, freshly prepared food using seasonal, local produce. Annual citywide festival Food Connections brings the artisan and slow food revolution to the public through pop-up restaurants, talks and workshops.

Transport by train plays a significant role in sustainable travel. Bristol has two main line railway stations and trains run every 30 minutes from London, Cardiff and Birmingham. To encourage this method of transport, Destination Bristol have teamed up with GWR to offer you reduced rates at any time on rail travel to your conference.

We certainly wave the flag year round for all things green with lots of environmentally-minded events and eye-opening tours and talks year-round. We’re widely recognised as the leading FairTrade city in the UK and home to other inspiring initiatives such as community food growing movement, Incredible Edible. The famous BBC Natural History Unit is also based in Bristol, as is Wildscreen Festival - the world’s largest wildlife and environmental film festival.

Bristol has over 450 beautiful parks and green spaces – proportionally more than any other UK city. This means your delegates are never far away from somewhere to stretch their legs and grab some fresh air. It’s also surrounded by the beautiful countryside of South Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds to the north and North Somerset and the Mendips to the south, with country house hotels, castles and wildlife attractions for events.

Better Food Company Wapping Wharf

Image - Better Food Company, Wapping Wharf, Bristol

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