Bristol Street Art – Bristol street art graffiti scene guide

Bristol Street Art
Bristol Street Art

Bristol Street Art

Bristol is a modern, cosmopolitan city with a vibrant past. It’s a place where old-world charm harmoniously meets urbanism – a concoction that continues to lure people from all over the world.

As well as its historic past, part of what makes Bristol’s iconic landscape so familiar (and yet ever changing) is the street art.

Evident throughout the city, Bristol’s graffiti and street art scene is one of the largest in the UK.  It’s a mesmerising medley of colours, ideas, styles and cultures – a visual simile of the city itself.

If you want to experience the Bristol street art graffiti scene for yourself you can just take a walk, paint the town red (excuse the pun) and keep your eyes peeled.

But if you fancy something with a little more focus, there are several events and organisations that will help you find the best street art Bristol has to offer.

The Bristol Street Art Graffiti Scene

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Where the wall

Inspired by the lively Bristol street art scene, Where the wall offers a cultural, artistic experience for kids and adults alike.

The award-winning company provides street art tours throughout the city, one of which is the longest running in Bristol.

For two glorious hours, Where the wall will guide you through the city streets every Saturday and Sunday, to ogle at 30 years of fantastic and visually mesmerising Bristol street art, which you may have otherwise missed.

Their intimate knowledge of the graffiti – and the artists – steams from a passion of the art form, as well as their personal expertise (some members of the team have even grown up with Banksy).

Where the wall also offers unique team-building events (either at their HQ or at your chosen location), giving your team or party the chance to make their very own street art stencils, or work together to create a giant masterpiece.

It’s a great option for any stag do or hen weekend, who are looking for a completely unique activity for their stay in Bristol.

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Graft workshop

Another great activity option for Bristol stag and hen weekends is Graft. Their customised packages will undoubtedly get all of your party involved; start with a walking tour of the best Bristol street art before you get your hands dirty and give street art a whirl!

As well as pre-nuptial parties, Graft offer workshops for all ages, for all the budding Banksy’s out there!

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Banksy; Bristol’s father of street art

Recognised around the world as the master of street art, Banksy was born and bred on the streets of Bristol.  He wealds a spray can like no other, and has sold his works all over the world for thousands of pounds.

Banksy’s politically fuelled art appears across the city, where he’s chosen to bless his hometown with some of his most iconic Bristol street art pieces.

Take the Banksy tour through Bristol and keep your eyes peeled for much-loved work, such as the Well Hung lover, The Mild, Mild West and the Grim Reaper.

Banksy’s hidden identity undoubtedly adds to his allure, but his popularity and success is rooted in his unquestionable talent.

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Upfest

Upfest, Europe’s largest free street art and graffiti festival has called Bristol home for a number of years, and only gets more popular with the passing of time.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in July, gifted graffiti artists from 50 countries will pile into the city to paint 60,000 square feet of surfaces for the Bristol street art weekend.

Spread over 50 locations south of the river, the event welcomes 50,000 visitors, who flock to the streets and enjoy live music, workshops, art sales and delicious street food.

From independent food and drink retailers, to hair graffiti, homemade produce and high quality clothing, the streets are filled stalls that offer something for everyone.

Many of the bars and pubs along Bristol’s North street in Bedminster take part in the festival-esque spirit, and welcome street artists to spruce up their walls inside and out with live spray painting (outside) and framed pictures donning the interiors.

Tour of Britain – Top 6 places to see the cycling in Bristol

Tour Of Britain Bristol 2018
Tour Of Britain Bristol 2018

Our top 6 places to see the Tour of Britain in Bristol & North Somerset

Fasten your helmets and hold on to your handle bars, Britain’s premier road cycling event “The Tour of Britain” is returning to Bristol after a year’s absence to host the third stage.  The world’s top riders will this time start and end the tour in Bristol and take in some of the most scenic areas of North Somerset.

It all kicks off at The Downs on Tuesday 4th September 2018, taking the route through Leigh Woods to Long Ashton, through Nailsea, Cheddar Gorge, before skirting the surrounds of Bath and back through Chew Stoke.

With such a mouth-watering day of cycling in store, you’ll want to find a good spot to take in the action. So West Country Games have put together our very own Top 6 Guide:

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1. The Downs

You may have only just about recovered from Downsfest, but with the Start/Finish Line on The Down and acres of space available, this is the perfect spot to bring a picnic and Frisbee to make a day of it. The race starts and finishes here.

2. The Mall, Clifton

Roll up Clifton-based race fans, the Mall is likely to be a very popular spot as you cheer the Yellow Jersey onto the Suspension Bridge and riders whizz past the beer garden.

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3 . Clifton Suspension Bridge

Get here early for the money-shot photo opportunity of the day as the riders make their way over Brunel’s most celebrated bridge.  Blink and you’ll miss it!

4. Ashton Court

If you are feeling particularly energetic, why not time your viewing of the race to fit with a quick blast around Leigh Woods & Ashton Court’s enthralling MTB trail.  After all, it is the UK’s closest city centre MTB route.

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5. Cheddar Gorge

What better place to watch the action than one of the region’s most picturesque landscapes. Make a day of it and visit Cheddar Caves while you’re there.

6. Gatcombe Farm

For the first time ever, the Tour of Britain will head past West Country Games activity site! Have a bite to eat at The Greedy Goose before settling down to watch the action from Gatcombe Farm.

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