Bristol together. Safely reopening our city.

We have launched a city-wide marketing campaign to support local businesses as they safely reopen. This is a partnership initiative from Bristol City Centre BID, Visit Bristol and Broadmead...

We have launched a city-wide marketing campaign to support local businesses as they safely reopen. This is a partnership initiative from Bristol City Centre BID, Visit Bristol and Broadmead BID, working with Business West and the One City Economy Board.

The campaign will reassure those returning to shop, work, study, visit or spend leisure time in the city centre that it remains a safe and welcoming place. As businesses safely reopen and confidence is restored, productivity will return to the local economy and our city will build back better.

There is an increasing number of organisations who are committed to amplifying the campaign.

We’re inviting businesses and organisations to be involved and have produced a campaign toolkit of elements that you can use within your own marketing. These will be downloadable files with guidelines on how best to use them.

As the campaign develops over the forthcoming weeks, more assets will be added for your use.

Click here to view and download the toolkit.

We look forward to working together as our city safely reopens.


'Follow your Heart' and explore Bristol city centre like never before

An explosion of hearts has taken over all corners of Bristol city centre, inviting people back to explore the heart of the city and bring #BristolTogether again.

4 images of hearts painted on the pavement

Our latest initiative ‘Follow your Heart’ sees six trails of 1000 rainbow coloured hearts guiding people around the city centre to and from an incredible spectacle in the atrium of Cabot Circus. We’re inviting Bristolians from across the city to explore the centre in a fun and interactive way, whilst bringing much-needed footfall to all central businesses and organisations.

Working with Cabot Circus and hand-painted by 12 Upfest crew members, this new installation is a continuation of the #BristolTogether campaign which is working to support the safe reopening of the city and promote economic recovery.

The trails are made up of 1000 hearts 50cm wide that converge in a large spiral in the middle of Cabot Circus that is 20m in diameter. One of the trails also leads through Quakers Friars, culminating in a smaller spectacle 6m wide.

Two young girls running on a spiral of rainbow coloured hearts

Photo by paulbox©

Starting at either Cabot Circus or at an explosion of hearts, visitors can follow the trails to or from different corners of the city centre taking in landmarks like the Arnolfini, St Nicholas Market and Castle Park, as well as passing through Bristol’s most prominent shopping districts.

Updated: WEDNESDAY 8 JULY 2020

Bristol invites you to the heart of the city

Bristol’s businesses and leaders have come together to launch #BristolTogether, a new initiative to safely reopen the city, kicking off with the creation of 374 giant hearts painted throughout its green spaces.

Aerial photo of grass with white hearts painted on

The Bristol City Centre BID team has been working through lockdown to create measures that will invite Bristolians and visitors to the city centre. 

Bringing people back together will help the city to build back stronger and faster supporting all businesses and especially those retailers, restaurants, bars and attractions who are safely re-opening. 

A team of artists from Upfest lent us a hand to paint the first #BristolTogether installation with 374 hearts in Queen Square, College Green and Castle Park.

aerial photo of white giant hearts on grass next to a cathedral

Photo by paulbox©

As the people of Bristol begin the return into their city centre workplaces, as well as its shared communal spaces of the city centre; the #BristolTogether campaign reflects that returning to work, study and play must be done within the safety of existing government regulations. The campaign is led by Bristol City Centre BID alongside Visit Bristol, Business West and Broadmead BID, in partnership with the One City Economy Board and Bristol City Council. 

The heart shapes are painted on the grass, each is approximately 3m wide with at least 2m distance between them, to encourage workers, shoppers and residents to protect vulnerable city visitors while also turning out to support businesses in the city. 

A couple sat in a giant white heart painted on the grass

The project was also supported by the European Regional Development Fund through HM Government’s Reopening High Streets Safely Fund.

Click here to find out more.