The Gromit Unleashed 2 (2 July – 2 September) is live! 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 thrilling family day out in Bristol and beyond. 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 cram 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 while completing the North, East, South and West Trails.

Gromit Unleashed 2

Image - Gromit, Wallace and Feathers McGraw sculptures in front of Clifton Suspension Bridge at the Gromit Unleashed 2 launch

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

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

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North Trail

North Trail Gromit Unleashed

Image - Clockwise from left, Stokes Croft, Blaise Castle Estate, Camp Baboon and Aerospace Bristol

Sculpture locations:

Things to do

Pass through Stokes Croft – the city’s street art quarter – on your way to vibrant and bohemian neighbourhood, Bristol’s Independent District, which includes Gloucester Road, the longest high street of independent shops in Europe. Blaise Castle Estate’s impressive 19th century mansion house (now a museum) is surrounded by 400 acres of parkland, a kid’s playground, dramatic gorge and a folly castle. Take the Gromjet trail through more than a century of incredible aviation history and discover aeroplanes, helicopters, satellites and space rockets before stepping aboard the last Concorde ever to fly at Aerospace Bristol or see how high you can ping yourself at indoor trampoline park Airhop. Animals lovers should plan a city safari to Wild Place Project to see giraffes, cheetahs, wolves and other animals, explore ancient woodland and open countryside. Pick up a Gromit souvenir and shop ‘til you drop at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway.

Gromjet

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

Where to eat and drink

Gloucester Road is jam-packed with buzzing cafés, greengrocers and well-loved pubs, you’ll also find lots of family restaurants inside The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. For acres of space to picnic upon, head to The Downs.

Where to stay

For something a bit different, book an overnight glamping adventure at Wild Place’s Camp Baboon with after-hours tours, bush craft skills, a night-time wolf-spotting mission and breakfast with giraffes. Not far from 'Sprinkles' Gromit, located just behind shop and gallery, Room 212 on Gloucester Road is a one-bedroom Eco House. For more accommodation options in north Bristol, click here.

East Trail

East Trail Gromit Unleashed

Image - Clockwise from left, Arnos Vale Cemetery, Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park, Avon Valley Railway and Thali Cafe

Sculpture locations:

Things to do

East Bristol is a diverse area where you can find walks, cycles, history, heritage and wildlife. Victorian garden cemetery, Arnos Vale takes up 45 acres of Bristol’s landscape and is full of fascinating nature trails. Oldbury Court Estate has woodland and riverside paths with historic parkland and a fantastic children's playground, while Frenchay is home to the Glenside Hospital Museum and Snuff Mills, a picturesque and historic section of the Frome Valley, is nearby. Seek out wonderful views and local wildlife at Troopers Hill Nature Reserve, or wear the kids out at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park - a great place to meet animals, enjoy tractor and train rides and go wild in the soft play. Not far away, Avon Valley Railway offers an exciting locomotive adventure along three miles of scenic countryside.

Where to eat

On St Marks Road in Easton you'll find restaurants, quirky independent shops and cafés, including Café Maitreya, and Thali Café. Pick up some goodies from Bristol Sweet Mart and East Bristol Bakery to munch while you hunt.

Splash!

Image - St Marks Road 'Splash!' Gromit, designed by Cheba & sponsored by Destination Bristol 

Where to stay

Bristol 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.

South Trail

South Trail

Image - clockwise from left, Ashton Gate Stadium, Upfest, Tobacco Factory and Valley Fest

Sculpture locations:

  • Ashton Gate Stadium
  • North Street
  • Hengrove Promenade
  • Hartcliffe Community Farm
  • Chew Valley Lake

Things to do

South of the river you’ll find Southville and Bedminster full of independent shops, restaurants, bars, markets, urban art and a City Farm. Tobacco Factory Theatres stage a variety of shows throughout the year, or you can watch a football match at Ashton Gate Stadium, home to both Bristol Bears Rugby and Bristol City Football Club. Take a short drive out of Bristol to meet the animals at Hartcliffe Community Farm, a little further and you're in the Chew Valley - perfect for a rural ramble.

*Don’t miss Upfest! Europe’s largest street art and graffiti festival is back for a 10th anniversary special (28-30 July) with artists set to paint giant murals on over 40 buildings in South Bristol. This year, there’ll be renowned artist interpretations of The Simpsons and Matt Groening himself has handpicked three Upfest artists to create Simpsons-inspired pieces.

* Visit Bristol in August and you'll be in time for Valley Fest (3-5 August), a family-friendly festival celebrating music, organic food and farming in an awe-inspiring location overlooking Chew Valley lake.

*Take a look at Bristol's summer festival line-up to combine one of the city's festivals with your scupture seeking!

Where to eat and drink

The Tobacco Factory Cafe Bar serves up a great selection of good food and Bristol Beer Factory brews, while street food lovers flock to the Sunday morning market at the Tobacco Factory. Michelin-starred pub The Pony and Trap is surrounded by glorious countryside and serves up stunning food or scoff fish and chips at Salt and Malt on the edge of Chew Valley Lake.

West Trail

West Trail

Image - Clockwise from left Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Clifton, Bristol Zoo Gardens

Sculpture locations:

Things to do

Filled with classy boutique shops, cafés, restaurants, handsome Georgian buildings and star attractions such as Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton is one of the most picturesque areas of Bristol. Clifton Suspension Bridge, Clifton Observatory and Sion Hill all boast soaring views over the Avon Gorge. Weave in unique Victorian shopping venue, Clifton Arcade and the fairytale-arched Birdcage Walk on your sculpture hunting journey and be sure to schedule in some time to peruse the world-class collections and dynamic exhibitions of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and the Royal West of England Academy (RWA), England’s only regional Royal Academy of Art. Time your visit right and you could also take a tour of the Will’s Memorial Building after you’ve snapped your sculpture pics.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Image - Clifton Suspension Bridge

Where to eat and drink

Gastro pub The White Lion Bar - part of the Avon Gorge Hotel by Hotel du Vin - is a real summer hot spot. For a special treat, head to the Ivy Clifton Brasserie (the first Ivy outside London) for delicious food in a grand setting opposite The Mall gardens (home to Wallace in Wonderland). The Clifton Sausage serves…yep you guessed it, sausages! And lots of other scrummy British dishes too. Pinkmans on Park Street will keep your scupture seeking energy high with their legendary sour-dough-nuts and other delicious treats. Or settle down on Victoria Square, the grass next to Clifton Suspension Bridge, Clifton Observatory, and The Downs for a scenic picnic spot.

Where to stay

The Avon Gorge Hotel has just undergone a major refurb by Hotel du Vin, with gorgeous new bedrooms and restaurant. Perched on the edge of the gorge, it has awe-inspiring panoramic views of Clifton Suspension Bridge and the River Avon below. Nearby, The Rodney Hotel is one in a line of grand Georgian buildings and home to the AA rosette-awarded No.4 restaurant, which serves a smashing afternoon tea. It's also part of The Clifton Hotels group which has a number of places to stay in the area. For more accommodation ideas in the Clifton area, click here.

White Lion terrace

Image - Terrace at The White Lion, Avon Gorge Hotel, Clifton.

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