What next for Bedminster's shopping streets?

Bedminster North Street

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.


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


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


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

World Musicians On The Run

Musicians On The Run is back!

On the 2nd August in Bedminster we're celebrating musical talent from across the the globe with the annual evening of World Musicians on the Run.

We've got amazing acts lined up across the best venues South of the River and in true Musicians on the Run style, they'll be singing and playing for your votes, in a bid to be named the top Musician on The Run.

A mixture of solo artist’s and bands will visit 12 pubs, cafes and restaurants throughout the evening between 7pm-10pm to entertain audiences who will then vote for their favourite.

For punters it’s always an entertaining evening as they can stay in one place and the artists will bring the music to them. Each session lasts 15 minutes and at the end of the night the most popular act will take home a £175 cash prize and the honour of being the winner of Musicians On The Run 2017. The second-placed act will win £50 and the third-placed act £25 with one member of the public winning a free meal for two and a bottle of wine at The Steam Crane.

Among the places you can catch an evening of free entertainment tomorrow night are The Old Bookshop, Cafe Grounded, the Hen and Chicken, The North Street Standard, El Rincon, The Lounge, The Hare, Viva La Mexicana, the Steam Crane, Rope Walk, La Mediterranean and Mezzaluna.

Bedminster invites artists to make street signs for shops

Bedminster BID are inviting  artists to submit ideas for sculptures (metal or other appropriate material) for outside of the shops of North Street.  Following on from the success of last year's pilot in which 5 signs were made including the project's favourite on El Rincon – representing the ethos of Bedminster - big, bold, creative and unorthadox. 

The artist brief


£4000 has been identified for the four sculptures. The purpose of the project is to create a more interesting and stimulating shopping environment that is different from anywhere else, encourages more visits, longer stays and thus more spend. This project and all our projects seek to do this within our stated vision...

Exploit and eventually explode the gap between art, advertising and entertainment, high street retailing and real estate development’ drawing on some of the lessons of Shoreditch which has reinvented itself as the UK government’s vision for the ‘largest concentration of creativity, media and technology in Europe’.

The place/site and context

North Street, BS3. Clearly most of the buildings are Victorian. North Street is already a successful shopping street being recognised in national awards (such as the Academy of Urbanism).

Project management and time frame

The project will be managed by George Grace of Bedminster Town Team reporting to the Marketing & Arts Group (sub group of the Town Team). The selection process is

1.       A short written submission supported with images sent by email by 20th July detailing past relevant projects, ideas for the signs. 

2.       A shortlist of a maximum of three artists based on the above submissions will be asked to present their ideas to the above sub-group at 6pm on 24th July at the Tobacco Factory. The final selection will be made by 31st July for delivery of the project by no later than 30th September 2017.

Please send submissions to:

George Grace; george@towncentred.com; 0780179064

August is World of Bedminster Month

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August is a special month south of the river as the Bedminster BID is planning a special series of global themed events and promotions... the World of Bedminster.

From world musicians running between venues, a host of workshops and classes celebrating international influences to one massive street banquet showcasing flavours from around the globe, August will highlight the international diversity south of the river.

The celebrations start on Wednesday August 2nd with the ever popular Musicians on the Run, a unique musical event that sees performers dash to and from numerous venues across Bedminster and Southville, in a bid to be crowned the top Musician on the Run.

Previous Musicians on the Run events have gone down a storm and have seen a hugely diverse array of music from folk to pop, rock, soul and jazz. However this year Musicians on the Run will have a slightly more global feel and event organisers are now on the lookout for music from all corners of the globe to perform at this year’s event

Musicians on the Run organiser Tom Beard, said: “This will be the fifth Musicians on the Run and we wanted to do something a little different, that would tie into our World of Bedminster theme. We want to see people with guitars, banjos, bongos, sitars, accordions and maybe even a few instruments you’ve never even heard of.”

Throughout the month a range of classes, workshops and participatory events will take place throughout the region. However, the jewel in the crown of World of Bedminster will be the Big Bedminster Banquet.

On August 20th the lower end of North Street, from Hebron Road to Cannon Street, will be closed for the Big Bedminster Banquet. This is no ordinary banquet as 500 meals will be served up for free,  as part of a wider initiative to honour the hard work and dedication of some of the areas’ unsung heroes and the BID are asking people to nominate those who they feel deserves a seat at the table this August.

Nominees will receive their free meal ticket for the event on August 20th, as lower North Street will be transformed into a globally inspired dining destination. Local traders will serve up special one-off dishes and those from a little further afield will be joining in with stalls and pop-ups, to add to the market feel. However, you don’t have to be a ticket holder to get in on the fun, the Big Bedminster Banquet will be open to all and people are encouraged to come on down and get a flavour of Bedminster.

Simon Dicken, BID Chairman explains:  

“We want 500 people who have made a difference in the area through voluntary and community work to join us to enjoy a community meal for free as Bedminster's' way of saying thank you. If you know someone who deserves to be nominated, then please visit www.bedminster.org.uk for details on how to nominate.

“However this event isn’t just for a few of people, everyone is welcome to come on down and there’ll be plenty of food and fun for all. So we invite everyone across Bristol to join us for what promises to be a very special day"

As well as the massive banquet the street will be filled with live entertainment. There will be live music, displays and demonstrations from community groups and kids activities all inspired by international influences.

To get involved as a food outlet, community group or to find out how to nominate a star from your community visit www.bedminster.org.uk and be sure to follow the Bedminster BID on Facebook and Twitter for all the news and updates related to the celebrations.