From 1st July 2013 (for 10 weeks) - Gromit Unleashed
Following on from the success of the Gorillas, this summer Bristol will be home to a large number of Gromit statues and BID Clifton Village has secured one for 10 weeks from July 1st. The campaign is to raise money for the Children’s Hospital and the Gromits will, as with the Gorillas, be auctioned off for this Charity.
There will be additional Clifton Village Gromits at the Nuffield Hospital, the Avon Gorge Hotel, Bristol Zoo, Redgrave Theatre and Sion Hill thus creating a ‘trail’ for visitors to follow around the village. This will bring more visitors and tourists into Clifton Village over the summer, and enable us to show off all that our wonderful village has to offer.
On the 1st July the Mall Gardens' Gromit will be unveiled.
Where can I find Gromit?
The BID Clifton Village Gromit is based in The Mall Gardens in the centre of Clifton Village. There will also be another 5 Clifton Village based Gromits at the Nuffield Hospital, the Avon Gorge Hotel, Bristol Zoo, Redgrave Theatre and Sion Hill thus creating a ‘trail’ for visitors to follow around the village.
He (we assume Gromit is a he) has been designed by Richard ‘Golly’ Starzak, creator of Aardman’s hugely popular, internationally-renowned series, ‘Shaun the Sheep’.
Click on the image to see our full size Gromit
Richard ‘Golly’ Starzak and Jane Kite the designers and artists behind our Gromit kindly came along to the official unveiling in The Mall Gardens at 6pm on Monday 1st July.
Golly explained the inspiration behind the design, namely that he wanted to create a "cartoon robot Trojan horse Gromit, driven by Shaun the Sheep" – well who wouldn’t.
The more eagled eyed amongst you who have seen Gromit will have spotted that Shaun the Sheep is controlling his every move.
If you have any pictures taken with the Clifton Village Gromit? Please send them to us and we will add them to our gallery.
When is Gromit Arriving?
Gromit actually arrived under cover of darkness on 28th June and we were there to get pictures of his arrival.
What will Gromit be getting up to?
Gromit will be hosting 3 activity days in The Mall Gardens through the summer that you are all invited to attend and take part in.
We plan to have Gromit face painting, Gromit biscuit decorating, Gromit ceramic painting and lots more. If you'd like to get involved just let us know. The days will run from 11am until 3pm and are free to all.
Can I get involved?
If you have an idea or planned event for Gromit Unleashed in Clifton Village we'd love to hear. Drop us an email or enter your events details on our event page and we'll add it to the diary. The more events we can all run the more visitors we should see!
What else is Gromit up to in Clifton Village?
The BID Clifton Village Gromit is one of six Gromits in Clifton Village.
We've created a BID Clifton Village Gromit Map showing all 6. Just click on the image below to access the full size version. Also available in lots of Clifton Village Cafes, restaurants, shops and pubs. If you’d like hard copies just let us know.
47 - Patch
At: The Chesterfield Hospital
At: The Mall Gardens
50 - Sugar Plum
At: The Redgrave Theatre
51 - A Mandrill's Best Friend
At: Bristol Zoo Gardens
53 - Ship Shape & Bristol Fashion
At: Sion Hill
54 - Fiesta
Location & sponsor:
Jingaloo have made a video for children all about the Gromits in Bristol! Click below to watch it.
The Avon Gorge Hotel - Fiesta
The Avon Gorge Hotel have gone Gromit crazy too:-
In the Bridge Café - They will be donating to Gromit Unleashed through selected dishes on the menu:
- Starter: Crab Salad
- Main: Lamb Burger
- Dessert: Banana Split
In the White Lion Bar - They will be donating £1 to Gromit Unleashed every time they sell one of their burgers, or a Tom’s Chicken and Leek Pie.
Gromit Biscuits - They have also made their very own Gromit Biscuits on sale in The Bridge Café and The White Lion Bar. Its hard to bite into Gromit, but it has to be done! The biscuits cost £1 with 50p from each going to the Gromit appeal.
See more details on what The Avon Gorge have planned for Gromit.
Nuffiled Health @ Clifton Hill - Patch
Patch the Gromit was designed by local children's illustrator and artist Emily Golden. Emily has been drawing since she was small, and graduated with a first class degree in Illustration in 2006. She also won the Dundee Picture Book Award in 2012 for her first children's book 'The Loon on the Moon'.
Emily tells us that her initial idea for 'Patch' was to create a big Gromit soft toy, and her love of crafts led her to the patchwork idea. Emily said, "Patch enabled me to introduce a different level to the sculpture as some of the swatches relate to the films. I wanted people to enjoy studying the patchwork, pick their favourite squares and locate certain characters from the films. Overall I wanted it to be bright, engaging and fun! I am so happy to be part of such a fun project and I hope that it raises valuable funds for the Bristol Children's Hospital."
Sitting high on the hill in Clifton, Patch is making a wonderful watchdog at the new Chesterfield Hospital, which is due to openon 14th October 2013. Not only does he get to watch the hospital's exciting progress but he also gets to enjoy far reaching views over Bristol.
Send pictures of you with Patch to Sabiha.Waraich@nuffieldhealth.com and Nuffield Health will add it to their website.
Where can I learn more about Gromit in Bristol?
There's a fantastic Gromit Unleashed website that tells you all you could possibly want to know about Gromit Unleashed, the 80 Gromits, the charity and the 10 weeks of Gromit activities that will be taking place from 1st July 2013.