Wallace and Gromit is a true childhood memory. They taught be the delightfulness of cheese and crackers (wensleydale!) and that the moon is made out of cheese!
In 2013, Gromit Unleashed began as a public arts trail as a collaboration between Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, and Aardman Animations, to raise funds to support sick children and babies at the Hospital.
How does it work? The streets of Bristol are adorned with giant character sculptures for around 4-10 weeks, that are then sent to auction to help raise funds for life-saving equipment, patient comforts, family facilities and child-friendly artwork at Bristol Children’s Hospital.
This year, Wallace and Feathers McGraw have been added line up. With 67 sculptures to explore from 2nd July to 2nd September, I’m lacing up my walking shoes and getting my Gromit on! As the locations have been announced I wasted no time in planning my routes that I’ve mapped out on the routes below.
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How to find the sculptures
Printed maps are available at the Gromit Unleashed shop at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, in The Bristol Post and selected locations across the city at the start of July for a suggested donation of £2. You can also download the Gromit Unleashed app for £1.99 from the app store to help you locate and check off the sculptures found.
Where to find the sculptures
Thornbury represents the most northerly location, with Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park and Chew Valley marking the East and South boundaries, and Weston-super-Mare in the West. St Mark’s Road in Easton, the Royal Fort Gardens at the University of Bristol, Hartcliffe Community Farm and Blaise Castle are four of many locations taking part in the trail for the first time, with Clifton Suspension Bridge, Temple Meads and The Mall at Cribbs Causeway returning for a third time.
How I plan to see the sculptures
I’m using the Gromit Unleashed as an opportunity to see parts of Bristol that are undiscovered to me, or that I haven’t visited in a while. I plan to make the most to my Central Bristol location and walk, so I’ve planned two walking routes that will cover most of the sculptures and then a further driving route to check off a few more.
North Street, Ashton Gate Stadium, UWE Bristol Bower Ashton, Ashton Court Mansion, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Clifton Observatory, Sion Hill, Mall Gardens, The Downs, The Victoria Rooms, Royal West of England Academy of Art, Royal Fort Gardens, Wills Memorial Garden, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Park Street, Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, College Green, Hargreaves Lansdown.
Sculptures seen: 17
SS Great Britain, Aardman Animations, Wapping Wharf, Museum Square, MShed, Queen Square, Narrow Quay, Cascade Steps, Stanfords Bristol, The Horsefair, Cinema De Lux, Cabot Circus, House of Fraser, Quakers Friars, The Podium, The Galleries, Bristol Marriot Hotel City Centre, Gardiner Haskins, Temple Quay, Templemeads Station, St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, The Cenotaph, Millennium Square, Bristol Energy Hub
Sculptures seen: 25
Route Three (Driving)
Dunkley’s Chartered Accountants, Willow Brook Centre, Aerospace Bristol, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Gromit Shop, Greenway Centre & Cafe, Boston Tea Party, St Mark’s Road, Arnos Vale.
Sculptures seen: 9
If I stick to my planned trail, I’d have explored 52 of the 63 sculptures. I’ll need to find the time to fit in the remaining eleven locations; St Mary Centre, Thornbury, Puxton Park, Hewish, Kings Chase Shopping Centre, Kingswood, Hartcliffe Community Farm, High Street, Chipping Sodbury, Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare, Flaxpits Lane, Winterbourne, Chew Valley Lake, Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park, Keynsham, Badminton Road, Downend, Blaise Castle.
This is the first year I’ve participated in the Gromit Unleashed, and if I succeed I’ll have achieved 83% of the trail – wish me luck!