Welcome to the wonders of Gloucester Road Central

February 28 2014

BUSINESSES and community groups from around the central part of Gloucester Road have teamed up to promote the area.

BUSINESSES and community groups from around the central part of Gloucester Road have teamed up to promote the area.
'Glos Rd Central' aims to reflect the area as a community hub, that boasts independent and vibrant businesses.
Whilst the area has attracted many for its fresh bread, fruit and veg, butchers, bakers, bike repairs and hardware, it has also became a place for local art, unusual gifts, children’s clothing and shoes, handmade furniture and hairdressing, cafés and restaurants.
Activities such as ballet and gymnastics, as well as theatre productions, take place along the central part of the Gloucester Road, and the church halls provide venues for WI meetings, yoga sessions and markets.
Sarah Thorp, owner of art gallery Room 212, said: "Almost every trader at Glos Rd Central lives in the neighbourhood, adding to the feeling of community where business owners swap items and advertise each other’s wares."
The idea of the group was born last Christmas after several successful late openings.
Traders are now working towards their first big event – May Fest on May 3 to tie in with the 'Our Neighbourhood Community Festival' run by the Neighbourhood Partnership and council. The Jack in the Green procession, which begins in Bristol city centre, will also be visiting central Gloucester Road.
Artists associated with Room 212 are working on ideas to help transform the windows and pavement of Glos Rd Central to an area of springtime art, ribbons, leaves and flowers.
There are also plans for maypole dancing and morris dancing.
Sarah added: "We hope that May Fest will be the first of many community events for us.
"We are also planning something for the Big Green Week in June and Bristol Bike Week in September."
To contribute ideas for Glos Rd Central events or to keep informed, like 'Glos Rd Central' on Facebook, or follow @glosrdcentral on Twitter.

Glos Rd by Debby Bird