Face of the High Street: Ozzy - Mezzaluna

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This is Ozzy, who three years ago this month took over ownership of the lively West Street Italian restaurant, Mezzaluna. Originally from Turkey, Ozzy has been in Bristol for 20 years and has fallen in love with the city’s charm. It’s easy to catch his eyes lighting up when he talks about his love for Bristol. What he loves the most is how amazing the people are and how strong the community spirit is, especially in Bedminster.  

An engineer by trade but with a past in hospitality management, Ozzy craved the connection to people that the restaurant business provided and left the engineering world to buy Mezzaluna. Over the years Ozzy has added his touch to the restaurant; a colourful interior, a menu full of delicious Italian classics of pasta and pizza and a garden seating area that is second to none.

Alongside Ozzy, at the heart of the restaurant, is an incredible team of staff. Most of them have been at Mezzaluna for over two years and are a tight-knit, incredible group that take pride in providing excellent service to their guests and creating an atmosphere that people continue to return to.

Visit Ozzy and the team at Mezzaluna Monday 11.00am-10.00pm. Tuesday-Saturday 11.00am-11.00pm and Sundays 11.00am-9.00pm for brunch, lunch, dinner or just a drink or two from the very well stocked bar, the amazing food and the atmosphere are sure to have you planning your next visit.

Face of the High Street: Lidia and Stacy - Zero Green

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Celebrating their one-year anniversary this weekend, Lidia and Stacy, the team behind Zero Green on North Street, are almost in disbelief. Between the response from the community over the first year and the fact that an entire year has even gone by since their doors opened, it’s all a bit surreal.

The two met working together at the National Trust in Swindon and became great friends. After striving on their own to reduce their own plastic use, Lidia and Stacy saw an opportunity to go into business together.  Bristol was the perfect place for them to open the store and Bedminster couldn’t be happier to have them!

Specialising in foodstuffs like pasta, baking products, spices and coffee, and plastic free alternatives to everyday home products, Zero Green has filled a hole in the Bristol retail landscape that aims to provide the city with a solution to the single-use plastic problem that has caused such a strain on our environment.

For Lidia and Stacy, this year has been a real community effort and they’re proud to call Bedminster home. Local customers are getting involved too, offering handy-man services and other bits of their time as well as Bristol makers and artisans providing product to fill the shelves.

Birthday celebrations will go throughout the weekend of 8-9 March, revealing a renovated space that is more than ready to take on year two and beyond. Come by and celebrate, have some cake, and take home some new products that help you step even more towards a plastic-free future.

What's on this March in Bedminster!

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It seems like we were counting down the New Year last weekend and here we are in March!

As we roll on into spring, and the days get longer here’s what’s at the top of our list for this month; amazing live music, creative workshops and interactive theatre performances are all on the bill and we couldn’t be more excited!

FAMILY:

Fused Glass Workshop @ Creative Space Bristol

Saturday 9th March, 2-3:30pm or 3:45-5:15pm

Design & create a Bristol balloon fused glass suncatcher at this fun 1.5hr workshop. Suited for adults and children over 10.

Zero green one year anniversary @ Zero Green Bristol

9-10 March, all-day

Come celebrate one year of Zero Green Bristol on North Street! The zero waste shop will be unveiling a new look and celebrating all weekend long, including cake, of course!

A Play in a Day: A midsummer night’s Dream (8-11yo, 12-16yo) @ Tobacco Factory Theatres

Sunday 17th March, 9:30-4:30 (8-11yo) and 9:30-5:30 (12-16yo)

Kids will work as an ensemble and devise, direct and create a short performance that will be shared with family and friends and the end of the day. No previous experience required!

PUB ALTERNATIVES

 Stephen Hawking: His Life, Work & Legacy @ Hen and Chicken

Tuesday 19th March, 7-9pm, £12

Join award-winning author and science journalist Dr. Stuart Clark for a look into the life and work of one of the most recognisable scientists of all time.

Blood and Butchery in Bedminster @ Show of Strength Theatre Company

Tuesdays at 7-9pm, £10 + buy your own drinks

This walking theatre production will take you through Bedminster and into a few pubs along the way as you hear the fascinating tales each one has to tell including the gruesome fate of John Horwood: the man eaten by a lion and Bedminster’s own Romeo and Juliet.

MARCH GIG FEATURE

 Swindle Live @ Fiddlers

Thursday 21st March, 8pm, £13.08

Blending UK jazz, grime and hip hop with horns strings and beats, Swindle has no doubt found a sound that is all his own. After spending three years crafting his latest album and incorporating astonishing talent, Swindle has really set the bar for UK hip hop.

 

 

The Face of the High Street...Dan and Timo of Bikesmiths

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The Bikesmiths workshop is nestled in a roller door garage off of North Street and if it weren’t for the A-frame sign with an arrow pointing you off the main road, you could very well miss it.

Dan brought Bikesmiths to this little shop in Southville almost two years ago. Before that, he was working out of his garage in Long Ashton and travelling to the Tobacco Factory Sunday Market tinkering with bikes and more importantly, helping people get to know how to tinker with their own.

Dan and Timo are long time friends with Timo joining the team in May of 2018. Since then, the shop has become a place to get your bikes fixed or rent a bench and learn how to fix your bike yourself. Dan and Timo offer it all from complete refurbishments to fixing a flat tyre as well as offering tuition courses on bike repair and selling the tools needed to do it.

The team also sells the children’s bike brand, Squish. As parents themselves, Dan and Timo understand that your little ones grow quickly and will buy back old bikes they’ve grown out of and put that money towards an upgrade.

They haven’t left the Tobacco Factory Market either as you’ll frequently see them there helping with quick fixes while getting to know the people who wander the stalls on a Sunday afternoon. Dan and Timo are in the community business and love getting to know people when they stop in for a repair. They’ll always offer a coffee or tea and great conversation as you wait.

You can find Bikesmiths at 6 Myrtle Street, Bristol, BS3 1JE, the shop is open 9:30-5 Mon-Fri. They’re also at the Tobacco Factory Sunday Market most Sundays from 10-2:30.

Drop-ins for quick fixes are always welcome and you can book in more substantial repairs online at www.bristolbikesmiths.com or by calling the shop at 01179 633 891.

Where to catch The Six Nations 2019 in Bedminster

And just like that, February has rolled back around and we’re in for another year of Six Nations Rugby action!

Grab some friends, here’s our top five pubs to cheer your team on in Bedminster:

The Luckwell Hotel (147 Luckwell Road)

The Steam Crane (4-6 North Street)

The Assembly (110-112 East Street)

The Robert Fitzharding (24 Cannon Street)

Ashton Gate Sports Bar (Ashton Gate Stadium, Ashton Road)

We’re not picking any sides but… common England!

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What's on this February in Bedminster

Now that Dryanuary is over we can all come out of hiding and enjoy Bedminster without the worry that our resolutions will be broken. And if Dryanuary just wasn’t your thing, you might see the pubs a little bit fuller starting this month, which can only mean better times!

But Bedminster is more than just amazing pubs and there’s no short list of exciting things going on even if February is the shortest month of the year!

Here’s a round-up of some of the events that have us excited, from health and wellness to live music and family events, BS3 has you covered for February.

 

Family

The Tobacco Factory Theatres Half Term Sessions @ Zion Community Arts Centre

8-12 years: 18 February, 5-7 years: 19 February, 8-11 years: 20 February, 10:00am-3:30pm

An exciting day of drama games and activities that explore what makes a hero and a villain. Build your own costumes and dream up your best character with the help of experienced facilitators.

 

Mini Pizza Making Workshop @ Windmill Hill City Farm

21 February, 1pm-3pm

Families will be able to design and cook their very own mini pizzas in Windmill Hill City Farm’s wood burning oven! Drop-in session, no bookings required.

 

BS3 Repair Cafe @ West Street URC

23 February, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Do you have a broken toaster? The kid’s bike could use some TLC? Come and get it repaired by some expert volunteers who will give your broken pieces new life. Stick around for a nice cuppa and homemade cake and rummage through the jumble sale while you’re at it.

 

Health and Wellness

Yoga Workshops @ Trika Yoga

Various dates throughout February

Whether you’ve been looking for the place to start or you’re a die-hard yogi looking to improve your practice, Trika Yoga has a wide variety of workshops and courses for exactly what you’re looking for.

 

UV Boulder Party @ Redpoint Bristol

2 February, 12pm-2am

A day and night of climbing, dancing and fun under a UV light and an Outer Space theme! Kids and adults alike can participate in the climbing competition or just come by and enjoy the fun and watch some of Bristol’s best climbers take on the showcase finale!

 

How to be Lonely @ The Albatross Cafe

The second of a series of four discussion evenings where The Albatross explores a negatively perceived word from the other side, aiming to prove that anything we feel or are can be a truly positive thing. Free to come, but you’re encouraged to support The Albatross by buying your favourite hot or cold drink.

 

February Gig Feature

Dorian Concept (Brainfeeder) & Jameszoo @ Fiddlers

15 February, 8:00pm

Spend your Friday night with electronic jazz artists Dorian Concept and Jameszoo. This double bill will bring some heat to the cold February nights. Tickets are £15.26 and available here.

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Window Wanderland Returns to South Bristol!

The streets of Bedminster, Southville and Ashton will soon be turning into a community-wide art gallery with the return of Window Wanderland to BS3 this 22-24 February.

The windows and gardens of neighbourhood homes will be transformed into fairy tale scenes, abstract art and statements for happiness and inclusion. All are encouraged to participate as we fill the streets with colour and wonder.

 To register your window, simply email bs3windowwanderland@gmail.com with your house number, street and postcode to be added to this map.

The final event on 22-24 February encourages families, neighbours and friends to take a walk through the area and admire the community art, mingle and enjoy a brilliant outdoor evening.

For some inspiration, have a look back at last year’s Bedminster windows!

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Inspiring free game design workshops for young girls in Bristol

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Calling all girl gamers!

Grrrrl Games and Bristol Women’s Voice are holding inspiring free game design workshops in Bedminster on Saturday 20th and 27th October.

The gaming design project works with young women and girls aged between 13-18 who are looking to break into the world of game design. Supported by Bristol Women’s Voice, the workshops use Bristol Suffragette stories to inspire young girls to design and build their own computer games. The workshops will be hosted by Dr Constance Fleuriot, a writer and game developer who creates spaces that encourage more young women to join the gaming world.

Taking place each Saturday at the Acta Community Centre between 1pm-3pm, the workshops are free and open to all girls aged between 13-18. The project is aimed at anyone who enjoys drawing, writing stories, recording sounds and playing games. Other workshops are happening in local schools at lunchtime and after school.

For more information or to book a workshop please email constance@grrrlgames.org or follow Bristol Women’s Voice on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

What next for Bedminster's shopping streets?

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The heart of any community is often played out on the local high streets or town centres. This is certainly the case in Bedminster where we are fortunate to have some of the best traditional shopping streets and many outstanding independent traders. 

The traders work together to improve Bedminster via a partnership called a Business Improvement District (BID) which renews every five years and is currently consulting on plans for the next phase which should see over £600,000 of investment in marketing, promotion, events and street enhancements.

But what would you like to see happen - the local business partnership (the 'BID') is interested in hearing from local residents and shoppers about what if anything is missing and what could be improved on North Street, East Street , West Street and Bedminster Parade? 

Let us know your views at business@bedminster.org.uk

Bedminster’s gardens reveal their green and beautiful secrets

What does Bedminster make you think of? Long terrace of red brick houses, old factory buildings or rows of cafes and shops? This summer you can discover another hidden side of Bedminster when local gardeners open their ‘secret’ private gardens for you to visit. 

Over the weekend of Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June more than 30 gardens will be open for you to visit. You’ll be able to get inspiration, enter a world of plants and see creative, productive and beautiful gardens that are normally hidden from the public eye.

This year the Bedminster’s Secret Gardens guide and map is available free from the Southville Centre, Riverside Garden Centre and lots of other local venues - or you can download it from www.bloomingbedminster.org.uk When you visit your first garden you’ll be asked to make a suggested minimum donation of £2 per person - you’ll then get a sticker to show you’ve donated. Children are welcome to visit for free but must be supervised by an adult.

All the proceeds raised will go to supporting projects that help reduce loneliness and isolation among local older people.