Gloucester Rd set for seasonal street party

November 24 2017

What a fun and very busy time for all at Glos Rd Central! As a hub of the North Bristol Art Trail the area is visited by art lovers from across Bristol and beyond.

What a fun and very busy time for all at Glos Rd Central! As a hub of the North Bristol Art Trail the area is visited by art lovers from across Bristol and beyond. After the trail Room 212, Paper Plane, Fig and Artemis continue to show art, craft and jewellery by local artists for all those looking for lovely original gifts for Christmas. There's even a couple of calendars showing artwork by lots of different Bristol artists. 

 The Gloucester Road Art Banners are now in place and look fantastic up on lampposts all along our favourite high street. 

Sponsored by North Bristol Artists, Gloucester Road BID traders and Room 212 gallery, the banners celebrate the community, artists and independent traders who live and work here. 

The project was conceived by Sarah Thorp, owner of Room 212. When Sarah opened her gallery four years ago she remembers fellow traders saying that they'd like to see more art on the high street and the idea struck a chord. In 2015 her Gloucester Road neighbour Deborah Weinreb installed banners for the Flagged Up project for European Green Capital and Sarah asked her to help coordinate the Gloucester Road Art Banners project. 

Artwork was contributed by open submission from Bristol artists and community groups and then selected by the public and traders. You can learn more about the project and even buy a print of some of the artwork here

Saturday 2nd December is Small Business Saturday and some traders are joining in with great offers on the day. Millards are offering free lights and a chain with any bike, Room 212 are selling their calendars of Bristol artists for just £8, Artemis have 10% Christmas decorations and Catch the Moment are offering a free mini photo shoot. Check out the Glos Rd Central facebook page for more offers nearer the day. Room 212 and Artemis will be setting up stalls with traders from the Gloucester Road BID at the Christmas Market, taking place at Nailsea Electrical from 12.30 - 4pm, so you can pick up some bargains there too.

 For the 4th year running traders are hosting a Christmas Street Party to launch Thursday late openings during December. The event takes place out on the pavements in the section from Giles Butchers to the Golden Lion. Starting at 5pm, most of the independent shops and businesses will stay open until 8pm. This means you can have a browse while catching up with friends and getting into the festive spirit. 

As usual Joe's Bakery will be offering delicious tasters of their Christmas fayre, The Italian Sausage company will be outside Millards and there will be other food and treats on offer too. Mr Gotalot can't be with us this year but the Bristol Improv Theatre will be performing some skits from their upcoming Pantomime from 5.30 - 6.30. After that there is live music to enjoy and singing from Bishop Road Community and Glos Vox Choirs. 

 Sarah Thorp said: “We'd like to remind our customers that many traders will be open late on Thursdays and all day on Sundays - including Christmas Eve. Many shops will also open between Boxing Day and New Year. We're looking forward to seeing you all and thank you for helping us by Shopping Local this Christmas.”