With no major trips planned for July & August this year, I was left with a void in my travel calendar. It also left me asking the question, ‘what to people actually do in the UK during the summer?’
The perfect excuse to get me out and about my home-town; Gromit Unleashed 2018 and my own challange to see all 67 statues dotted around the City!
The pros of the World Cup
Football doesn’t interest me in the slightest, but one huge advantage of the nation fixated on the World Cup meant that the streets of Bristol were frequently deserted!
While most of the UK had been glued to the TV for the past few weeks, I took full advantage of the long, hot evenings and lack of human-life form and opted for a spot of ‘Gromitting’ on the Gromit Unleashed 2018 trail or #GU2 (Gromit Unleashed 2).
Why Wallace and Gromit? And why Bristol?
For those not in the know, Bristol is home to Aardman Animations, where the characters Wallace and Gromit originated way back in the 1980s. Their first feture length films was ‘A Grand Day Out’ and were the brain child of animator Nick Park.
Wallace and Gromit are as iconic to Bristol as Banksy, Brunel and Balloons!
The aim of Gromit Unleashed 2018 is to raise money for ‘The Grand Appeal’. The charity donates money raised to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children – the sale of maps, apps, merchandise and the final acution of the statues all go towards this fund.
So where is the trail?
In total there are 67 statues on the Gromit Unleashed 2018 trail – either Wallace, Gromit or Feathers McGraw. The trail is predominatly in Bristol City Centre and the surrounding suburbs, although there are a few scattered a fair way out of the city.
In Bristol this summer?
Then why not check out Bristol’s Number 1 attraction, The SS Great Britain.
One of the statues from Gromit Unleashed 2 is right outside, so a perfect excusse to call in for a visit.
Click here for more info.
Did you know the notorious pirate Blackbeard was born and raised in Bristol?
This new walking tour gives loads of juicy swashbuckling deatils, facinating facts and the REAL story of the infamous pirate.
Click here to find out more.
Gromit Unleashed 2018 - The Trails
I went old-skool style and opted for the map (you can download the App for both Apple and Android). Some of the pin locations I did find a little dubious and frequently had to ask ‘do you know where the Gromit statue is?’ to numerous passers-by. However the post-codes are pretty much accurate.
Gromit Unleashed 2018 is divided into 8 different trails
Some of the trails are totally walk-able, mostly the ones within the City Centre, Clifton and Harbourside, others are only really do-able with your own transport – eg Chew Magna Lake.
All of the statues are in locations which are FREE, although sometimes they are in car parks, grounds, entrance of pay-for destinations (eg Grand Pier, Puxton Park).
Also remember double check openeing times for any which are at an inside venue. (such as Museums and Shopping Centres)
- Harbourside Trail – Walking Time 1.5hr, Difficulty: Medium
- Grand Day Out Trail – Own transport needed
- Family Day Out Trail – Own transport needed
- North Trail – Own transport needed
- East Trail – Own transport needed
- South Trail – Own transport needed
- West Trail – Walking Time 1hr, Difficulty: Medium
Family Day Out Trail
Grand Day Out Trail
So all 67 statues from Gromit Uleashed 2018 done and dusted!
It was great to get out and about to places on my doorstep and dispite being a Bristolian, this trail took me to places I didn’t even know existed. I have some fab new finds where I will certainly be going back to this summer.
How many have you managed to find? and which is your favourite?
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Happy travels (even if it is on your own doorstep!)