Bears Go To Town

bears go to town

In celebration of the new Bear Wood exhibit that will open at Bristol Zoo’s Wild Place Project this summer, we are teaming up with them for Bears Go To Town, a FREE family trail around Bristol Shopping Quarter, that’s Broadmead, The Arcade, The Galleries, and Cabot Circus, featuring 24 beautifully decorated 2D bears, each a metre tall.

The Bears Go To Town trail will run from Monday 22 July until Saturday 31 August – you can download a trail map HERE or collect one, from 22 July onwards, from the Tourist Information Centre (on the Harbourside), from the Information Desk in Cabot Circus, from the New Room, or from anywhere you find a bear!


Please note two of the trail locations, The Entertainer in The Galleries and the New Room, are closed on Sundays.

The bear previously located at Skechers in Broadmead got a little lonesome so has moved to join one of his friends at Jungle Mania in The Galleries.

Bears Go To Town


When you’ve found all the bears, or as many as you can, fill out the competition entry form on the map and pop it into one of the post boxes, located at Jungle Mania in The Galleries and at the Information Desk in Cabot Circus, for the chance to win prizes including family tickets to Wild Place Project.

Wildlife Craft Workshops and Bring a Bear Story Time at the New Room

Wildlife Craft Workshops


Aimed at: 5-11s (all children must be accompanied by an adult)

Dates: 25 July;  1, 8 & 15  August

Time: 11am and 1pm (each workshop lasts 1 hour)

Location: New Room Museum (on floor 2)

Price: £4 per child (adults free)

Book into a Wildlife Craft Workshop for an hour of creative wildlife-themed activities! (includes entry to the New Room museum). Click HERE to book via Eventbrite.

Bring a Bear Story Time


Aimed at: 0-5s (all children must be accompanied by an adult)

Dates: 30 July; 6 & 20 August

Time: 11am and 2pm (each session lasts approx. 30 minutes)

Location: The Horsefair Room at the New Room

Price: £3 per child (adults free)

Take your teddy or another cherished soft toy along to the New Room’s story time sessions featuring bears and other animals. Click HERE to book via Eventbrite.

Bristol Zoo activity day at Cabot Circus

Join Bristol Zoo’s outreach team in Cabot Circus on Wednesday 14 August for a day of free fun including decorating a ‘bare bear’, a touch table, and learning activities. They will be there from 10:30AM until 4PM and it’s free – just drop in.

Bear Wood at Wild Place

Bear Wood is due to open at Wild Place late July 2019 – find out more HERE and watch the video below for your first glimpse of the exciting new exhibit.

Summer in Bristol Shopping Quarter

For details of our other summer activities, including events taking place in Cabot Circus and The Galleries, click HERE.