Bristol’s parks with hearts are back! Hundreds of giant white hearts have been created in city centre green spaces once again.

These freshly painted hearts mark the beginning of the #LoveBristol campaign, which is part of #BristolTogether. As Covid-19 lockdown restrictions start to ease, this initiative sees the city working together to support retailers, hospitality, businesses and the community to recover from the pandemic.

The hearts are painted with eco-friendly chalk line marking paint by a group of artists from Upfest, Europe's largest live street art festival. There are 365 hearts in total: 52 creating the shape of a heart in College Green, 220 in Queen Square and 103 in Castle Park

Aerial view of white hearts painted on Bristol's College Green

Image - Hearts on College Green, credit Lorne Kramer

All hearts are spaced at least two metres apart – perfect for sitting with your household or group of six to enjoy takeaways from nearby businesses in the spring sunshine.

There are many great food and drink outlets close to each park that we would encourage you to order lunch or an early evening snack from. Whether you go for a gorgeous gelato from Swoon on College Green, a banging burger from Three Brothers Burgers in Queen Square or a Woky Ko lunch box in Castle Park, grab your picnic blanket and enjoy your Bristol take-out in gloriously lovely, socially distanced ‘parks with hearts’.

One thing though, please don’t forget to take your rubbish home with you – nobody likes an inconsiderate litter bug. Look out for businesses taking part in Wriggle's BYO lunchbox scheme to help cut down on single-use takeaway packaging. Yakinori and the Spike Island café are just a few of the participating venues. 

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.

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