Bristol’s businesses, including Visit Bristol, have come together to launch #BristolTogether, a new initiative to safely reopen the city, kicking off with the creation of hundreds of giant hearts painted throughout some of the city centre’s green spaces.

Bringing people back together will help the city to build back stronger and faster supporting all businesses and especially those retailers, restaurants, bars and attractions who are safely re-opening. A team of artists from Upfest have lent us a hand to paint the first #BristolTogether installation with 224 hearts in Queen Square, followed by College Green and Castle Park later in the week. In total there are 374 hearts.

The heart shapes are painted on the grass, each is approximately 3m wide with at least 2m distance between them, to encourage visitors, workers, shoppers and residents to protect themselves and others while also turning out to support businesses in the city.

Mother and child enjoying a picnic in a heart shape painted in Queen Square in central Bristol

Photo: Enjoying a picnic in Queen Square (credit: Colin Moody)

There are many great food and drink outlets that we would encourage you to use to order a take-away lunch or early evening snack, grab your picnic blanket and enjoy some of the outdoor spaces that Bristol is famous for. One thing though, please don’t forget to take your rubbish home with you – nobody likes an inconsiderate litter bug! So whether you go for a gorgeous gelato from Swoon on College Green, a fiery curry box from Friska in Queen Square or a banging burger from Three Brothers Burgers in Castle Park, enjoy your Bristol take out in gloriously lovely, socially distanced, ‘parks with hearts’ this summer.

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The #BristolTogether campaign reflects that returning to work, study and play must be done within the safety of existing government regulations. 

In partnership with Visit Bristol, Business West, Broadmead BID, the One City Economy Board and Bristol City Council. The project is also supported by the European Regional Development Fund through HM Government’s Reopening High Streets Safely Fund.

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