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.

HELP US MAINTAIN THE MOMENTUM OF IMPROVEMENT

Bedminster businesses urged to vote ‘Yes’ in BID vote to keep area moving forward

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Bedminster businesses are being urged to vote ‘Yes’ in the ballot to renew the Business Improvement District (BID) that covers the area. Set up to increase the profile of the area, improve the visibility of local businesses and reduce anti-social behaviour, the BID has enjoyed some notable successes over the past five years.

Over £600,000 has been invested in the area to improve the experience for shoppers, businesses, residents and visitors. Shop vacancies are down by a third, and the local business community has come together for multiple events.

Now the BID is up for renewal, and the local group that oversees it has put together an ambitious plan covering the next five years which includes ongoing support of local community groups such as The Lantern Parade, a push to fill vacant shops, investment to attract more independent retailers to the area and a move to incentivise landlords to invest more in the area.

Clearly signposted priorities specifically address targets for East Street, North Street and West Street, along with overall priorities for the area.

Simon Dicken, BID  chair, said: “We started our journey six years ago by becoming one of the first Mary Portas ‘Town Teams’ which evolved into a Business Improvement District. But there is much more we want, and must do, so this ballot will ensure the work of the BID continues and is probably the single most important issue for us. We hope businesses and residents are in favour of the BID and recognise the efforts of the last six years such as the events and street enhancements like Ebenezer Pocket Park and The Great Bemmie Banquet.

“We can only go forward if we mobilise our community to get a "YES" in the upcoming ballot”.

The timeline for the vote is as follows:

February 22nd: Ballot papers sent out

March 22nd: Deadline for ballot papers to be returned.

Bemmie Xmas Gift Inspo

Get in the festive spirit and check out our Bemmie Christmas Gift Guide.

We've pulled together some of this years hottest gifts from retailers throughout Bedminster, to make your 2017 Christmas shopping so much easier.

As well as as giving you all the gift inspo you need, you'll also find a rundown of all the festive events, gigs, markets and more. All you need to do is click the button down below

 

Christmas Chalk Walk

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We're getting very excited about the all-new Christmas Chalk Walk coming to East Street Christmas Fair.

The Christmas Chalk Walk is a great chance for families and friends to get creative and make their own festive floor mural. Using all the festive imagery and inspiration you can muster, we want you to create some spectacular chalk murals... just like the one above.

Taking place at St Catherine’s Way, Christmas Chalkwalk will also feature a competition element, as the three best designers will each be awarded a streetart workshop for themselves and a friend with Upfest and renowned local street artist SPZero76.  

The amazing folk at Toyville have also donated some prizes for little ones, with street art packs up for grabs for the best kids murals.

 

 

North Street Winter Fair

This Saturday 11th November sees the North Street Winter Fair hit the streets of Bedminster.  

There will be plenty of local business stalls to grab a festive bargain, lots of live music, dancing and delicious food to sample. With plenty of children's entertainment, rides and more this is a perfect day for all the family.

Head on down to North Street  this Saturday from 10:30am till 5:00pm for your dose of Bemmy festive fun.

 

New North Street sculptures to watch out for

Local artist Tom Habben has been making sculptures in collaboration with local businesses. Using metal and rust as his materials and North street as his inspiration, Habben has crafted some special original works to be observed above these local establishments.  This beauty's are not to be missed, find them above Ivory Flowers and Souk Kitchen.

 

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Caspers Bristol

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This month sees the opening of an all new independent home wares on North Street as Casper is coming to town.

Casper's grand opening takes place on Thursday 6th October and kicks off from 5pm, with free drinks and 10% off everything all evening. Shoppers and visitors will have the chance to meet local artists, find original artwork, prints, home wares, lighting, cards, gifts and plenty more.

Check out there wares at: https://www.casperbristol.com/ and be sure to give them a big like and a follow of FacebookTwitter & Instagram