Broad Meadow, step into the lost nature of Broadmead

Two brown boots and bare legs of a person; with white, yellow and pale pink wildflowers coming out of the boots. The background is a closed silver coloured shutter of a shop, the paving stones are grey with a blue line going through.

A wildflower installation and audio experience by artists Sylvia Rimat and Charli Clark.

Smell the sweet scent of flowers, hear the buzz of wings and submerge yourself in the lost nature of our city centre. You’re invited to take a seat and relax in a wildflower meadow installation that gives you a taste of what life used to be like in Broadmead.

Whilst immersed in the plants and wildlife around you, you’ll be able to access an audio piece via your smartphone. The audio experience addresses our intertwined relationship with the plant world and connects us to Bristol prior to the 1500s, when Broadmead was a wet meadow, regularly flooded by the river Frome. The wildflower installation’s soil structure and plant species have been carefully chosen to mimic the meadow that once may have grown there.

Dates: Friday 24 May (3pm) until Thursday 20 June, open daily 11am – 6pm

Where? Broadmead West, Bristol City Centre, BS1 3EA (outside Boots)

FREE / Walk ups are welcome!
Age: 11+
Duration: 20 minutes

The installation is made up of 55 wildflower boxes that have been planted in workshops with secondary school students across Bristol and with community groups. After the project ends, the boxes will be distributed to Bristol schools and communities to continue to thrive as mini meadows.

A person with long dark blond hair, wearing a yellow and beige dress standing in Broadmead (Bristol city centre), holding a bunch of mostly white wildflowers in front of their face.
Credit Paul Blakemore

Enjoy 3 days of free family fun activities for ages 3-10 with creative, nature inspired arts and crafts activities, playful storytelling and wildflower seed bomb making.

Saturday 25 May 2024

Wednesday 5 June 2024 (World Environment Day)

Sunday 9 June 2024

Drop-in between 11am – 3pm

Find out more about the workshops on Headfirst: https://hdfst.uk/e105823

This performance is part of Mayfest: Bristol’s international festival of contemporary theatre and live performance, curated and produced by MAYK. Check out the full programme at mayk.org.uk/mayfest.