Between the pretty village of Failand and the vibrant hub of Bristol lies picturesque Clifton. It’s home to Brunel’s famous Suspension Bridge and boasts everything from beautiful walks to an array of independent boutiques within the famous Clifton Arcade.
Bristol itself is a bustling city, built around the river Avon with a fantastic choice of shops, restaurants, museums -including the SS Great Britain, the largest passenger ship in the world from 1845-1854- and the world famous Bristol Old Vic theatre. Other local attractions include Bristol Zoo and the Observatory, a historic windmill with an observation tower offering picturesque views.
Wallace & Gromit
Aarman Animations, Ltd is a British animations studio based in Bristol most well-known for making films using stop-motion clay animation. The creators behind Chicken Run, two of the studio's most well known and loved characters are Wallace & Gromit.
Gromit Unleashed Sculpture Trail
The first public arts trail took place in Bristol in 2013 as a collaboration between Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's Hospital Charity, and Aardman Animations to raise money for sick children. The trail featured 80 giant sculptures for 10 weeks, dotted around the city and surrounding area for trail blazers to hunt down before each of the sculptures were taken to auction.
Back by popular demand during the summer of 2018, Gromit Unleashed 2 featured 60 giant sculptures of Gromit and fellow well-loved characters Wallace and Featers McGraw designed by high-profile artists, designers, innovators and local talent. These sculptures were also later auctioned off and raised over £1.3 million for Bristol Children's Hospital and St Michael's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
A highlight of the events calendar is the annual International Balloon Fiesta, the largest in Europe. Every August, the city welcomes teams from the UK and the world who bring their hot air balloons to the site of Ashton Court and participate in mass ascents where as many as 100 balloons launch at a time. It is a truly fantastic spectacle and it is well worth getting to know the local hotspots to catch the best views as the balloons rise over the city.
Another summer highlight is the annual Bristol Harbour Festival that celebrates the city's maritime heritage and the importance of Bristol's dock and harbour.
A county of culture
History and culture are in easy reach from Audley Redwood, close to the historic town of Bath and only a short drive to the breathtaking landscapes and dramatic coastline of North Somerset. The pretty spa town of Cheltenham and cultural hub of Cardiff are also within easy reach, as well as rural retreats such as the Mendips and the Cheddar Gorge.