Bristol Shopping Quarter, that’s Broadmead, The Galleries, and Cabot Circus, is home to high street favourites, designer brands, and more than 100 independent retailers. And this summer, it’s also home to seven fantastic sculptures forming part of The Grand Appeal’s Gromit Unleashed 2 trail.
For nine weeks between 2 July and 2 September, 67 giant sculptures designed by prominent artists, innovators, and local talent, will be forming a trail around Bristol and the surrounding area to raise money for Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Michael’s Hospital.
Set to appeal to old and young alike, the event follows the popular Gromit Unleashed (2013) and Shaun in the City (2015) art trails, which raised over £6 million for Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal.
Visitors to The Galleries can’t miss Caractacus Paws behind the wheel of the world’s most iconic car – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This very special sculpture has been designed by the film’s producer Barbara Broccoli and painted by local artist Emily Ketteringham. Next to it is a contactless donation point, raising money for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Bristol Children’s Hospital.
Colin Lang, Centre Manager, The Galleries says: “We are so proud to be sponsoring a Gromit in the Gromit Unleashed 2 trail. We are especially excited about the theme our sculpture has – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is so iconic! Bristol Children’s Hospital is a cause close to the hearts of many families in Bristol, and as a very family orientated centre, we felt it apt to show our support.”
Another very special Gromit can be found in Cabot Circus. Cracking Build Gromit has been engineered by the creative minds at LEGO® Group. Hand built by expert LEGO® Model Builders, the sculpture was created from an incredible 30,456 LEGO bricks and took over 120 hours to build.
A number of Cabot Circus stores will be hosting fun activities and offering bespoke discounts throughout the duration of the trail; for more information visit cabotcircus.com/offers or keep your eye on their social media channels.
Do make a note in your diary of the Brick Road Challenge in Cabot Circus on Saturday 1 September. If you have fearless feet and want to raise money for the Emergency Department at Bristol Children’s Hospital, join The Grand Appeal’s alternative ‘fire walk’ made up of thousands of plastic bricks. If you can’t take part but want to get involved, help create the brick road by donating your unwanted LEGO®. The more you donate, the longer the brick road will be!
House of Fraser
Beautiful pink flamingos feature on House of Fraser’s Gromit, Tropi-canis, which has been designed by Maria Burns. The store has created a kids picnic/play zone where they can watch the Wallace & Gromit short films, eat their lunch, and play lawn games. Zest restaurant will be offering takeaway kids’ picnic lunch boxes for £4.50 and Swoon ice cream will be available every weekend of the trail.
House of Fraser will also be selling official merchandise from The Grand Appeal and is the only place in Bristol city centre it’s available. Tropi-canis is the first full-sized sculpture to have been created for The Grand Appeal that can be won during one of their fundraising appeals. Visit gromitunleashedshop.org.uk and buy a raffle ticket for your chance to win. They cost £2.50 each and entries are limited to 20 per person.
Showcase Cinema de Lux
Going to watch a movie at Showcase Cinema de Lux this summer? Look out for Boss, a Gromit sculpture that has been designed by director Wes Anderson and inspired by his film Isle of Dogs.
The Horsefair, The Podium, and Quakers Friars
Elsewhere in Bristol Shopping Quarter, you’ll find First Bus’s Ferne on The Horsefair near Primark; The Emperor, a Feathers McGraw sponsored by the John James Foundation Bristol, on The Podium in Broadmead; and Fromage McGraw, designed by Aardman’s Peter Lord and sponsored by Bluefin Professionals, in Quakers Friars.
Jo Hawkins, Manager, Broadmead BID says: “The seven Gromit Unleashed sculptures in Bristol Shopping Quarter certainly add some colour to shopping trips – we can’t choose a favourite but think shoppers are going to love them all!
“The Grand Appeal is a great charity that benefits so many people living in and around Bristol and this a super fun way to support its work.”
We’ll be sharing lots of photos of Gromit and Feathers McGraw over the summer and would love to see your images too, please tag @bristolshopping