The Gromit Unleashed 2 (2 July – 2 September) is live! Aardman’s award-winning characters Gromit, Wallace and Feathers Mcgraw are dotted around Bristol and beyond for the third Grand Appeal sculpture trail and hunting them out makes a fun family day out in Bristol and beyond. The Grand Appeal 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 squeeze as much of Bristol in to your sculpture seeking itinerary as possible, for a cracking weekend in the city. Below you'll find oodles of ideas for things to do, places to eat, drink and stay on the Harbourside and Bristol Trails.

Gromit Harbourside

Image - 'Honeydew' Gromit, Arnolfini

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

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

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

Harbourside Trail

Harbour Trail

Image - Clockwise from left Brunel's SS Great Britain, St Mary Redcliffe, 'Honeydew' Gromit, Arnolfini & 'Bristol's Own' Gromit, Queen Square

Sculpture locations:

Things to do

Bristol’s Harbourside is home to lots of exciting restaurants and bars, and all kinds of activities including yachting, paddle boarding, cycling and rowing. Wander around the water’s edge and you’ll find Millennium Square with its fountains and big screen as well as brilliant attractions such as Brunel’s SS Great BritainWe The CuriousBristol AquariumArnolfiniThe Matthew, Spike IslandWatershed, Underfall Yard and M Shed. Hop on a Bristol Ferry Boat for a fun way of getting around or join a river cruise with Bristol Packet Boat Trips. Or, you could just soak up the scenery while dangling your feet over the harbour’s edge with a glass of cider.

*Don’t miss Bristol Harbour Festival from 20-22 July, jam-packed with live performance, artists, musicians, circus acts, children’s events, dancers, markets and street stalls.

Bristol Harbour Festival

Image - Bristol Harbour Festival, credit Plaster

Where to eat and drink

The Stable serves award-winning pizzas and more than 60 types of cider, while locally-brewed beer can be sampled at The Grain BargeWatershed Cafe Bar and No.1 Harbourside. Steak of the Art is a gastro gallery of yummy food, cocktails and art. The River Grille restaurant at The Bristol Hotel makes a fascinating people watching spot, or sample the ‘night market buzz’ at Britain's biggest restaurant, all-you-can-eat buffet Za Za Bazaar. Wapping Wharf and CARGO are home to an eclectic mix of independent shops and restaurants including Better Food Co. and the Bristol Cider Shop, many of which reside in converted shipping containers. All have views across the waterfront. College Green - a lovely green space next to Bristol Cathedral - and Queen Square are perfect picnic spots.

Where to stay

For ideas on places to stay in central Bristol click here, or check out our blog on 10 places to stay in Bristol with waterfront views.

The Bristol Trail

Bristol trail

Image - Clockwise from left Cabot Circus, St Nick's Market, Bristol Hippodrome & The Llandoger Trow, King Street

Things to do

You get a lot of bang for your buck in Bristol City Centre as there is so much squeezed into Bristol’s heart. The streets of the Old City remain much the same today as they were hundreds of years ago, with cobbled streets, secret alleys and historic architecture. Bristol Hippodrome presents world-famous musicals and blockbuster West End shows, while Bristol Old Vic is the UK’s longest continually running theatre (over 250 years old!). Tucked away on The Horsefair is the world’s oldest Methodist building, The New Room at John Wesley’s Chapel - pop in to see the museum, café and chapel (which was transformed into a courtroom for Poldark). Keen shoppers can peruse the stores in Bristol Shopping Quarter (made up of BroadmeadThe Galleries, Quakers Friars and Cabot Circus), before getting on with the serious business of sculpture hunting.

Where to eat and drink

To sample excellent street food head to St Nicholas Market or Finzel’s Reach Market (Friday 12pm-2pm). The Ox is an exceptional steak restaurant, while its sister restaurant Pata Negra does equally delectable tapas. Pop upstairs to Noche Negra or just round the corner to Milk Thistle for some of the best cocktails in Bristol. Grab a bite to eat from over 40 cafés and restaurants in Bristol Shopping Quarter, or discover some of Bristol’s best craft beer in the city’s ‘Beermuda Triangle’ on King Street.

Where to stay

Stay with the sculptures – both Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre and Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel are part of the trail. There’s also Bristol Harbour Hotel which has a fantastic restaurant and spa or Brook’s Guest House, located right next to St Nick’s Market. Click here to take a look at accommodation in Central Bristol

Brooks Guesthouse, Bristol

Image - Airstream Caravan on the roof of Brooks Guesthouse

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