Gromit Unleashed 2 (2 July – 2 September) will see Nick Park's Academy Award®-winning character Gromit return to Bristol for his second starring role in the Grand Appeal’s sculpture trails, but this time he's not alone; the loveable pooch will be joined by his pal Wallace and arch nemesis Feathers McGraw!

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Image - Gromit Unleashed 2 launch in front of Clifton Suspension Bridge

We've put together some tips how to make the most out of this highly anticipated trail and your time in the city:

Get your smartphones at the ready!

Make sure you’ve got your trusty device to hand before you embark on the trail. Sculpture seekers will be able to download a special Gromit Unleashed 2 app (see below) to help them hunt down and record the sculptures they find, as well as a special passport trail to celebrate the trail’s innovation themes. As an extra bonus, the money from the cost of the app go towards the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity, The Grand Appeal. And of course, you’ll need them to snap that all important selfie!

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Image - Wallace 'Space Oddi-TEA', Bristol Harbourside

Plan ahead

With the locations of Wallace, Gromit and Feathers McGraw spread across the city and further afield, for hard-core hunters or families that want to get strategic and squeeze in as many sculpture sightings and Bristol sights as possible, it’s best to plan ahead. Many of the sculptures are located outside or near some of Bristol’s main visitor attractions (like Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Aerospace Bristol, M Shed and more!), iconic landmarks (Clifton Suspension Bridge for example) or within the city’s main shopping districts, so be sure to take a couple of hours off from Gromit-tracking and pop into a museum, tick off some world-class sight-seeing, pick up a bargain or soak up some West Country scenery. You'll also want to schedule in some picnic stops and resturant refuels to keep your Gromit-hunting skills at their highest. Check out the themed ‘trails within trails’ to aid you on your quest and discover parts of Bristol that you may not otherwise have visited.

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Image - Wallambard (Kingdom Brunel) in front of Clifton Suspension Bridge

Seek out Gromit-themed activities

This summer, Bristol will be well and truly gripped with Wallace and Gromit fever and many attractions are running activities inspired by the loveable characters. Complete Aerospace Bristol’s ‘Gromjet Trail’ through more than a century of incredible aviation history, join an expert model maker from Aardman Animations and discover how to make your very own model of Gromit at We The Curious and lots more.

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Image - Gromjet, designed and built by Rolls Royce - Aerospace Bristol

Make a weekend of it

There are 67 sculptures to track down, designed by high-profile artists, designers, innovators and local talent, so if you’re worried you might not have time to find them all, then why not make it a weekend of Wallace and stay over in the city to get your Feathers McGraw fill. Bristol has plenty of fantastic places to stay, some of which are running Gromit Unleashed 2 special offers and many of which are family-friendly. Other sculptures lie slightly further afield, so staying longer in the city will give you a chance to head off in search of these, and discover more of the South West at the same time. 

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Image - Long John Wallace, the 'Minions' Feathers McGraw and other Feathers McGraw designs at the Bristol Harbourside launch 

Make travelling around the city part of the fun

The good news is, your legs don’t have to do all the work when you’re out and about ticking off sculptures. In fact, hopping on and off Bristol’s ferries, buses and bikes can be part of the trail fun. As the first cycling capital in the UK, Bristol has lots of cycle paths and places to hire bikes – try Bristol Tandem Hire, Pedal Progression or Yo Bike – a clever bike sharing scheme, that lets users locate a bike on their phone, unlock and use it on a pay-as-you go basis. You can then drop the bike off at designated parking spaces, which can be found all over the city.

Regular buses run in and around the city centre and the clever people at First Bus have put together a list of sculptures with the bus service that will get you there, plus the name of the stop you need to get off at in order to see Wallace, Gromit or Feathers McGraw. Take a look here: www.firstgroup.com/gromit.

Or why not learn about Bristol’s history while getting from A to B? Bristol Insight Open Top Bus Company runs tours that last one hour and 15 minutes, or you can hop on and off as you please and pick up some interesting Bristol titbits along the way!

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Image - Bristol Insight Open Top Bus Company in front of Brunel's SS Great Britain

Be transported around Bristol’s Harbourside by Bristol Ferry Boats – it’s a fascinating (and cheap!) way to see the city and spot Wallaces, Gromits and Feathers McGraws as you go.

Bristol Insight Bus Company and Bristol Ferry Boats also offer a Bus/Boat Combo ticket, which is valid for two days (Bristol Ferry Co, valid for 1 day), which allows you to explore Bristol by water as well as open top bus.

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Image - Bristol Ferry Boats laden with Gromits

You’ll find a list of taxi services that have received the Gold Standard Accreditation here. Alternatively flag down one of the blue metered taxis to take you to your next sculpture destination.

Or plan your journey around Bristol with the TravelWest journey planner:

For more information on getting around the city, click here.

Be generous

This year and for the first time ever for a sculpture trail, Gromit Unleashed 2 will have contactless donation points at 17 sculptures throughout the trail. Some of these sculptures will highlight the exceptional work of the wards and departments in Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit and their teams of committed staff who dedicate their time in caring for the region’s babies and children. It couldn’t be easier to support the great work of The Grand Appeal.

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Image - the 'Brystal Maze' Gromit with Crystal Maze host, Richard Ayoade

Let us know how your #SummerInBristol is going!

Join in the conversation with Visit Bristol on social media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) and tag your posts, photos and videos of you having fun, sculpture seeking and soaking up the city this season with #SummerInBristol and #GU2.  

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