Bristol is currently in the grips of Gromit fever with the start of Gromit Unleashed 2 (2 July – 2 September). Aardman’s award-winning characters Gromit, Wallace and Feathers Mcgraw have taken to the streets of Bristol and beyond for the third Grand Appeal sculpture trail and hunting them out makes a fun family day out in Bristol and the surrounding area. The trail is raising money for Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol.

We’ve split up the trails and put together a few mini guides on how to squash as much of Bristol in to your sculpture seeking itinerary as possible, for a cracking weekend in the city. Below you'll find lots of suggestions for things to do, places to eat, drink and stay while completing the Family Day Out Trail and the Grand Day Out Trail.

Click on the link to plan a jam-packed day while completing the North, East, South and West Trails or see our Harbourside and Bristol Gromit Trails city guide.

Gromit Unleashed

Image - 'Space Oddi-Tea Wallace' on Bristol Harbourside for Gromit Unleashed 2 Trail launch

*Don’t forget to download the Detect-O-Gromit (D.O.G 2) Gromit Unleashed 2 app to help you track and record your sculpture findings as you go and see the trails.

Detect-O-Gromit (D.O.G 2) for iOS

Detect-O-Gromit (D.O.G 2) for Android

Family Day Out Trail

Family day out

Image - Clockwise from left Grand Pier, Ashton Court, Cabot Tower, Puxton Park

Things to do

Plan a family day trip from Bristol to discover beautiful Ashton Court Estate, North Somerset countryside and coast. A short hop over Clifton Suspension Bridge and you’re in the vast grounds of Ashton Court, gazing back over Bristol’s coloured houses and famous landmark, Cabot Tower. Walk, run, cycle, scoot, golf or ride – there are mountain bike trails, bridle ways, paved pathways and a golf course. About 40-minutes away, Puxton Park has a whole host of indoor and outdoor activities including jumping pillows, a mini railway, bumper boats, zorbs and animals to get acquainted with. Seaside town Weston-Super-Mare is home to the Grand Pier, which houses an indoor go-kart track, F1 simulators, arcades and rides. Or opt for a traditional English seaside experience and seek out a donkey ride, ice cream and proper fish and chips.

*Bristol International Balloon Fiesta celebrates its 40th birthday from 9-12 August in Ashton Court Estate. This free four-day family-friendly event sees mass ascents of over 130 hot air balloons scheduled for early morning and teatime each day, amazing nightglow shows and fireworks. Visitors can also expect fairground rides, entertainment, live music and awe-inspiring aerial displays.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 40th birthday

Image - Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 40th anniversary, Plaster

Where to eat and drink

Pop into the Ashton Court Stable Café based in the mansion’s former stables or get a takeaway and enjoy it in the Estate’s grounds. Or try Edwardian-style Tiffany's tea room on the Grand Pier, with coastal views.

Where to stay

Bristol makes the perfect base to visit the sculptures based slightly further afield. The city is packed with accommodation options: luxury, budget and boutique hotels, charming bed and breakfasts, traditional guesthouses, eco-friendly lodgings, stylish serviced apartmentsself-catering hideaways and tip-top campsites.

Grand day out trail

Grand day out trail

Image - Clockwise from left, Thornbury Castle, 6 O'clock Gin, Thornbury, Old Down Country Park

  • St Mary Centre, Thornbury
  • Woodlands Lane, Bradley Stoke
  • Flaxpits Lane, Winterbourne
  • Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke
  • High Street, Chipping Sodbury

Things to do

Enjoy the animals and adventure parks of Old Down Country Park, or wander farmer’s markets in picturesque market towns like Chipping Sodbury, Thornbury and Marshfield. To read more about places to visit in Thornbury read our local’s guide.

Where to eat and drink

Gin lovers should make time for a stop at 6 O’clock Gin for a distillery tour and tutored tasting on their way back to the city. 

6 O'Clock gin

Image - 6 O'clock Gin

Where to stay

Splash out for a special treat at 16th century Thornbury Castle, where Henry VIII chose to honeymoon with Anne Boleyn, now a luxurious hotel.  Their afternoon tea is a real treat.

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Gromit Unleashed 2
School Holiday
Gromit Unleashed 2

The public art trails will feature over 60 giant sculptures of popular characters dotted around the city from 2 July-2 September 2018.