The Gromit Unleashed sculpture trail has returned to Bristol, its home city. Bristolians rejoice, it’s absolutely cracking!
The 2018 sculpture trail from The Grand Appeal and Aardman Animations boasts 67 giant sculptures, including the lovable pooch Gromit, his pal Wallace and arch nemesis Feathers McGraw.
Foozie have brought you some handy trails that ensure you see LOTS of sculptures, alongside essential pit-stops for refreshments, ice-cream, food, shade, shelter playtime and points of interest. (These foodie trails follow the same routes at the trails on the official map and ‘Detect-O-Gromit’ app, so you can tick them off as you go!)
It’s the perfect family day out during the summer holidays.
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A circular loop around the Bristol Harbour, Queen Square and Collage Green, stopping at 18 sculptures.
Foozie Hotspot: Bambalan
Location 15: The Cenotaph, BS1 4ST
Kid-friendly restaurant with an outdoor terrace. (In case you arrive hungry!)
Foozie Hotspot: Creams
Location 16:25 Baldwin St, Bristol BS1 1NS
Right opposite is a BIG ice-cream shop. Not the best in Bristol, but generous enough to fuel up and cool down!
Long John Wallace
Foozie Hotspot: Quick Crepes
Location 17: Cascade Steps, BS1 4XJ
Enjoy a pancake alongside the water fountains, with a spectacular view of the harbour
Foozie Hotspot: Swoon Gelato
Location 18: Bristol Marriot Royal Hotel, BS1 5TA
Now, this REALLY IS the best ice-cream in town. Its soooo smooth and creamy!
Gnome Sweet Gnome
Foozie Hotspot: Pizzarova
Location 19: College Green, BS1 5UY
Grab a delicious takeaway sourdough pizza and eat alfresco on collage green
A Grand Tribute
Foozie Hotspot: Las Iguanas
Location 21: Millennium Square, BS1 5SZ
Excellent value kids menu, and 241 cocktails for the grown-ups…
Oceans 1: Deep Blue
Foozie Hotspot: Millennium Square Fountains & We Are The Curious
Location 22: We The Curious, BS1 5DB
Take off your shoes and socks and have a splash in the water! Satisfy their thirst to learn and discover at this fab interactive exhibit.
Foozie Hotspot: Bristol Aquarium
Location 23: Bristol Energy Hub, Waterfront, BS1 4XJ
If you don’t mind splashing the cash, dive into the big blue and see the fishes. Else, treat yourself to a ‘99 with a flake from the ice-cream van outside.
Foozie Hotspot: Queen Square
Location 25: Queen Square, BS1 4LH
Shelter from the sun/rain under some tall trees, or play ball on the grass
Bristol In Bloom
Foozie Hotspot: Princes Pantry
Location 26: St Mary Redcliffe, BS1 6RA
This one is a little out of the way, so consider giving it a miss if you are weary. If you need to recuperate grab a butty from the famous princes pantry as you head over Princes Street Bridge
Oceans 2 – Yellow Sub
Foozie Hotspot: The M-Shed
Location 27: M Shed, BS1 4RN
Need to shelter from the sun or rain? Take some time to look around this fantastic family-friendly museum and learn something new about Bristol’s history. Its free to enter but donations are welcome.
Foozie Hotspot: Oliver’s Ice Cream
Location 28: M Shed, BS1 4RN
Cool down with some delicious home-made ice-cream. You will find it at Cargo 2 – the rank of shopping containers behind the M Shed
Alex the Lion
Foozie Hotspot: Salt and Malt
Location 29: Museum Square, BS1 4RN
Fish and Chips by a Michelin Starred Chef, with a good kids menu. Dine inside or takeaway and sit on Museum Square with a view of ‘The Matthew’.
Space Oddi Tea
Foozie Hotspot: Better Food
Location 30: Whapping Wharf, BS1 6WE
Snack supplies running low? Run out of sun cream? Pop into this fantastic ethical market.
Foozie Hotspot: Brunel’s Buttery
Location 31: ss Great Britain, BS1 6TY
As you head towards Brunel’s great ship, consider stopping at an equally famous café for a chip butty. (Because you aren’t really a Bristolian until you have eaten here!)
A stroll through fancy part of town, including Park Street, Clifton and The Downs
Foozie Hotspot: Brandon Hill
Location 6: Wills Memorial Building, BS8 1RL
From here you are a short walk away from Brandon Hill and Cabot Tower. It’s a glorious park with panoramic views of Bristol, plenty of shade, and a great playpark for the kids. Plus, there is high probability of an ice-cream van near the bench area.
A Grand Gromplication
Foozie Hotspot: Bristol Museum
Location 7: Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
A family friendly museum with a great natural history section. The café serves hot drinks, tasty cakes and light lunches. Its free to enter, but donations are welcome.
Foozie Hotspot: The Epiphany Café
Location 9: RWA, BS8 1PX
The café at the RWA serves hot drinks, delicious cakes and light lunches. Consider taking a look at the art at the RWA – if your kids (unlike mine) know how to keep their grubby paws to themselves, and know their Matisse from their Monet…
Foozie Hotspot: Victoria Fountains
Location 10: The Victoria Rooms, BS8 1SA
Time for a breather? Take a seat at the fountain’s edge, close your eyes and make a wish.
Wallace in Wonderland
Foozie Hotspot: Clifton Village Fish Bar
Location 11: The Mall Gardens, BS8 4BH
As you head to Clifton Village toward the Mall Gardens, stop to pick up some award winning some fish and chips on the way. The Mall Gardens is a lovely place to stop for a picnic. Just remember to bin your rubbish!
Light as a Feather
Foozie Hotspot: Leigh Woods
Location 13: Clifton Suspension Bridge, BS8 3PA
If the kids still have more energy to burn, take a stroll through Leigh Woods. Its dense woodland provides plenty of shelter from sun and rain. On the weekends Leigh Woods Coffee Co serve fantastic coffee and cake.
The Wensleydale Kid
Foozie Hotspot: Bar Chocolat
Location 14: BS8 3LT
End the day with a sweet treat from this family-friendly chocolate café. Their menu includes hot drinks, freshly baked pastries, locally produced cakes and an endless selection of handmade chocolates.