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Christmas Campaign 2019

Watch our new festive film 'Somewhere Special', featuring two of Bristol's most iconic shopping streets...

‘This is a street to fall in love with for the first or fiftieth time’ says Vanessa Kisuule, Bristol City Poet 2018 – 2020.

It’s a line from her new poem, which is a seasonal love letter to Park Street and Queens Road commissioned by City Centre BID to feature in our 2019 festive film ‘Somewhere Special’.

The film offers an enticing glimpse into Christmas shopping, sightseeing and socialising on two of Bristol’s most iconic shopping streets. It has been funded by BID and created by Bristol-based digital communications specialists Vaughan and Company.

Watch Vanessa writing about Park Street’s ‘gentle buzz, its quirky joys and bracing tilt’ as she sits in the window of award-winning bakery Pinkmans. You’ll spot other local favourites too, including Pizzarova, design emporium The Guild and cocktail bar and restaurant The Lost & Found, as well as a cheeky cameo by Banksy’s Well-hung Lover.

Keith Rundle, City Centre BID Operations Director, said: ‘We wanted a film that would highlight Park Street and Queens Road as somewhere special to get together, choose gifts and share good times at Christmas. It’s a historic area crammed with a strong creative culture and independent specialists, and that really comes across in the finished film. Vanessa’s poem is a fitting accolade for the area and will resonate with anyone who has been there, while Ryan Vaughan and his team have captured the essence of it on screen.’    

We’re sharing the film through our digital channels over the coming weeks to inspire local people and visitors to experience this unique Bristol area as it twinkles beneath the Christmas lights…

‘Come: there’s bellies to fill
cocktails to sip, the perfect gift
for a fussy friend
on a shelf, beckoning.’

You can download Vanessa’s full poem here.

Vanessa’s poem is a fitting accolade for the area and will resonate with anyone who has ever been there…

Keith Rundle, Bristol City Centre BID Operations Director

Updated: Monday 4 December, 2019

BID supports 'Merry Bristmas' campaign

City Centre BID has joined up with partners Visit Bristol on their ‘Merry Bristmas’ seasonal campaign. Our shopping advertisement (pictured below) occupied a full page in the city’s printed Christmas guide, with 50,000 copies distributed in Bristol and surrounding areas including Bath, Somerset, Gloucestershire and south Wales, as well as London transport hubs.

We also funded a targeted consumer e-newsletter to Visit Bristol’s subscribers featuring the festive highlights of the BID area, and networked with journalists and influencers during the campaign’s media launch held at Bristol Old Vic in November.

Updated: Tuesday 5 December, 2019

Christmas Decorations

Deck the halls, and the rest of your house, with beautiful, creative and fun decorations from these seasonal shops…

Roots Floral Design

For gorgeous wreaths, bouquets and candle arrangements, Roots Floral Design is the go-to place this Christmas. Either order online (you can even get your flowers delivered on the same day!) or pop in and browse their beautiful collection of foliage.

Biggie Best

The clue is in the name – if you want the best in festive interior decor, Biggie Best has got you covered. With a penchant for minimalist, classic designs that will look understatedly beautiful this Christmas, this Queens Road store has everything from tree toppers to tea-lights.

Cass Art

Having a DIY Christmas this year? Cass Art has got all the materials you could ever need to create your own decorations! A great option for those with younger children, making your own Christmas decorations is not only creative and fun, but a sustainable alternative to ready-made baubles and ornaments.

Paperchase

If you’re looking for something a little unusual to adorn your tree with this Christmas, look no further than Paperchase. With decorations ranging from Merman Santa’s to bananas and everything in between, this is the place to go for decs with a difference!

Vinegar Hill

Vinegar Hill has plenty of options to make your home as festive as possible this year. With candles, diffusers, throws, mugs and more alongside the usual baubles and lights, every room can have a touch of Christmas in it.

Wilko

With five festive collections to choose from, Wilko is sure to have what you’re looking for this Christmas – whether you’re a traditionalist at heart or you’re looking to create a big, bold statement. From baubles to big decorations to hang around your home, Wilko is the one-stop shop for all things festive.

Updated: Wednesday 6 December, 2019

Christmas party outfits

The festive season – aka the party season – is almost upon us and the inevitable invites to socials, dinners, bashes and blow-outs are rolling in! If you want to dress to impress this Christmas then Park Street and Queens Road have some of the best shops around. Why not start with some of these fashion-forward outlets…

Jigsaw

Jigsaw believe that fashion is temporary but style is permanent, and with this in mind they create timeless, independent-minded and fun designs that you can wear for years to come. They also do everything they can to make sure their fabrics and materials are all tailored with designer quality and detail but at high-street prices, so you can find theparty outfit without breaking the bank. Plus they currently have a 40% sale on party wear!

Reiss

For a party season outfit that is sure to turn heads, Reiss is the place to go! With a dedicated celebrity following including Hollywood stars and British royalty, this global fashion brand knows how to create show-stopping attire for men and women alike. Their uncompromising commitment to producing pieces of exceptional design and quality might come with a fairly high price tag, but you’re guaranteed to be the belle (or beaux) of the ball!

Whistles

Describing itself as “understated but cool. Throw on but never throwaway” Whistles is the place to go if you’re bored of the same-old trends you see repeated from store to store. Their clothing is wearable yet distinct, created to fit effortlessly into modern life and often versatile enough to go from day-to-night with the simple addition of an accessory or two.

Vinegar Hill

A family-run retailer with 11 stores across the country, Vinegar Hill offers understated, classic and stylish womenswear to help you perfectly tread the line between comfort and fashion this festive season! If you want to find something a bit special for a party or occasion, but glitz and glamour really isn’t your thing, then this is the place for you.

Alternatively, if you prefer to keep costs down over Christmas, there are plenty of places to bag a bargain in the City Centre! This time of year is when charity shops bring out all their best glad rags, so why not have a hunt in Sue Ryder, Oxfam or Cancer Research on Park Street and Queens Road.

Updated: Thursday 7 December, 2019

Christmas table settings

The big lunch is arguably the most important part of Christmas day, with some people getting their prep started days in advance, so it goes without saying that to really do the meal justice a gorgeous set of tableware is required. Pick up your show-stopping plates and more from one of these City Centre shops…

Biggie Best

Whilst not strictly festive, Biggie Best has a beautiful collection of ceramics, linens and tableware that is perfect for special occasions such as Christmas lunch. Their simplistic yet stunning designs mean you can bring out your best crockery time and time again to impress guests for years to come.

Vinegar Hill

Pick up a Christmas-themed mug or two at Vinegar Hill on Queens Road this December. Or, if you prefer to keep things less seasonal and more classic, they’ve got a big range of plates, bowls, tea towels and more that are ideal to keep for special occasions.

The Guild

For unique, hand-made or bespoke tableware, the gallery on the first floor of The Guild is the place to go. For equally as beautiful, but slightly more budget-friendly options, the department store on the ground floor has got it covered!

Wilko

There is a huge range of occasion dinnerware at Wilko. From table runners to cutlery sets, they’ve got everything you need to make your table setting special for the big day. In addition to their tableware they’ve also got some fun, novelty items to really bring the festive spirit.

Updated: Friday 8 December, 2019

Too late for online

So you’ve missed the cut-off point to get your presents delivered in time for Christmas, what now?! Thankfully, Bristol City Centre has a huge array of shops where you can pick up gifts fit for every type of person in your life. Here’s a few to inspire you…

Averys of Bristol

Averys of Bristol is a fifth generation wine merchants with a wealth of knowledge when it comes to vino. Their staff are on hand to guide you through their extensive cellar and help you pick out the perfect bottle or hamper to gift this Christmas, and they also offer courses and tastings if you want to go the extra mile with your present.

Bird & Blend Tea Co

If booze isn’t what you’re looking for this Christmas, why not gift an extra-special cuppa instead? Bird & Blend Tea Co create delicious, seasonal flavours of tea, including mince pie matcha and gingerbread chai, as well as great stocking fillers like socks and bath soaks, making it a one-stop shop for Christmas presents.

Illustrate

For everything from t-shirts to art prints, skincare to phone cases, Illustrate is the place to go. An artist-led collective, this shop has high quality and design at the top of its priorities, so you’re guaranteed to find something unique and beautiful to gift this Christmas.

The Body Shop

Got gifting brain freeze? The Body Shop’s Christmas gift sets guarantee to take the pain out of festive shopping, with beautifully wrapped bath and body sets, grooming kits and seasonal stocking fillers, you’re sure to find the perfect present for everyone on your list.

Forbidden Planet

There’s only one place to shop for the gamer in your life this Christmas – Forbidden Planet on the Triangle. This huge megastore is the one stop shop for comics, graphic novels, toys, collectibles and games and you’ll be able to find gifts to suit all budgets and tastes.

Gift Cards 

If there’s one thing Bristol isn’t short on, it’s fantastic eateries. Purchase a gift card from a top independent restaurant like Pata NegraAsadoBamablan or Woky Ko to really spoil the foodie in your life this Christmas!

Updated: Saturday 9 December, 2019

Uniquely Bristolian gifts

This Christmas give a uniquely Bristolian gift to show off to your loved ones everything this great City has to offer! Here’s a few ideas to get you started…

Averys of Bristol

Averys Wine Merchants is a Bristol institution, having occupied the same cellar space in Clifton since 1793, so it goes without saying that they are something of an authoritative voice on wine in the City. Their knowledgeable staff are more than happy to assist you in finding the perfect bottle or hamper to gift this Christmas, and can even help put together a case (or two) if you’re hosting on the day.

Bristol Blue Glass

Head out to Arnos Vale to pick up a gift that is truly unique to Bristol this Christmas. With an aim to re-establish the glassmaking tradition that had been lost for nearly 60 years, Bristol Blue Glass creates beautiful, hand-blown items that are sure to impress. They also offer experiences and courses which would make the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for the creative in your life.

Diana Porter

A true champion of Bristol, Diana Porter has always been passionate about keeping the manufacture of her jewellery in the UK, and more specifically her beloved hometown of Bristol. To this end, her workshop is tucked away behind her Park Street shop. Pop in and pick out a beautiful piece of jewellery for a loved one this Christmas or, if you’re going all out, make an appointment for a bespoke commission.

Pinkmans

You can’t go wrong with an edible gift, and Pinkman’s on Park Street have a number of options for the foodie in your life. Choose from boxes of patisserie items, bread, afternoon tea or their famous sour-doughnuts to keep everyone’s stomach happy on Christmas day!

Bristol Cider Shop

Is there anything more Bristolian than a cider? We think not! At Bristol Cider Shop you can pick up cases and hampers, alongside individual bottles, that are the perfect gift for the cider enthusiast or as an introduction to the unofficial drink of the West Country. They’ll even tailor your cases to individual tastes on request.