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Trading Tales and Shopping Stories Competition winners!

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Our latest campaign was Trading Tales and Shopping Stories: A competition to find Bristol’s favourite local independent businesses. We asked: Does your greengrocer sell seasonal surplus from the allotments down the road? Would your local hardware store order a sewing machine lightbulb, especially for you? Does your corner shop make free home deliveries to older residents? Help us to find Bristol’s hidden gems and unsung heroes among our local independents. Below you can find all of the lucky Read more [...]

“Your Winter recommendations…”

Neil recommends Cupp Tea Bar in Cabot Circus… Cupp Tea Bar are a new style tea shop offering Asian Bubble tea in Cabot Circus from a converted colourful Container. They also operate a mobile service from the van seen in my picture. Teas are exotic, green and black, with fruit flavours and traditional bubble teas. Amazing to find this authentic trader, who sources everything directly from Taiwan. I'm sure Cupp Tea will be a growing phenomenon in Bristol and beyond. … Neil also loves the Breadstore Read more [...]

Ashton Court Christmas Food and Craft Fayre

Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December Ashton Court stables and hayloft, 10.30am – 4.00pm Come join in the festive fun and shop in beautiful surroundings at this years’ Ashton Court Christmas food and craft fayre. Taking place on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December from 10.30am – 4pm with free entry and ample parking close by, it’s the perfect way to shop unusual and unique gifts from the selection of local craft and food producer stalls. With hand-made jewellery, handcrafted Read more [...]

Christmas Art Market at Trinity Centre 7th December

Date: 7th December 11 am to 5 pm Venue: The Trinity Centre. Trinity Road, Bristol. BS2 0NW www.3ca.org.uk / 0117 935 1200 Situated in our iconic main hall, only 10 minutes walk from Bristol's City Centre, Trinity will be playing host once again to all things creative, providing opportunities for local artists to exhibit and sell their work to the public. With a range of festive activities including live acoustic music*, mulled wine and cider as well as mince pies to get everyone in Read more [...]

Christmas Markets and Craft Fairs

VINTAGE AND HANDMADE CHRISTMAS MARKET Saturday 23rd November 10-4pm THE Bristol Pavillion, County Cricket Ground Off Glos Rd (A38) Bristol BS7 9EJ Vintage Clothing, jewellery and retro items, Antiques and Collectables, small retro toys, handmade arts, crafts and giftware for Christmas £1.00 Entry (under 16s free) Café with light refreshments Free car parking on site CHRISTMAS CRAFT AND GIFT FAIR Saturday 30th November 12-5.00pm St Peters Church Hall, Henleaze, Bristol Read more [...]

Halloween at Ashton Court Producers Market

Ashton Court Halloween producers market returns again this year on Sunday 27 October for spooky fun, foodie treats and even a dog fancy dress competition! Regular Ashton Court market goers will notice that this date doesn’t fall on the usual Sunday when the market is normally held (the third Sunday of the month) as it is an extra market to celebrate things All Hallows Eve! Dog treat stall owners Daisy Nose Best and local dog charity Greyhound Rescue West of England (GRWE) will be teaming Read more [...]

CHOMP and WIPER & TRUE bring you BEEF & BEER 6

When? Saturday 5th OCTOBER 5pm-11pm Where? Bocoso, Boiling Wells Lane, St Werburghs, BS2 9XY Who? www.chompgrill.co.uk www.wiperandtrue.com and ASHLEY DOWN BREWERY What? Beef specialists CHOMP and local breweries Ashley Down and Wiper & True present an evening of the finest beef and tastiest craft beer in glorious celebration of Bristol Beer Week. Ashley Down and Wiper & True breweries will be running the bar, showcasing a special Bristol Beer Week brew, alongside a selection of traditional Read more [...]

Trading Tales August/September entries

Back from holiday? Can't wait to see what new delights await in Bristol Independent shops this autumn? Read on... By website: Mike recommends Cyclelife in Stokes Croft: I've been receiving sound advice and service from Cyclelife, a Stokes Croft landmark, since I came to Bristol in 1986. What I particularly like is knowing that I'm getting a good value for money service often with a little bit extra, sometimes with a bit of bike magic too. I also appreciate Tim's friendly and expert advice. Read more [...]

Trading Tales and Shopping Stories July Entries

Read on for enthusiastic recommendations from our Twitter feed and our website..... Gift Frippery @GiftFrippery @bristolindies has to be Smith fish on North View Bristol. He even suggests how to cook things! Wai Yee Hong @waiyeehong Also, the fabulous @meatandbreaduk should get a mention for #TradingTales. That gent can work witchcraft with meat and bread @bristolindies Corks of Cotham @CorksofCotham @waiyeehong We nominate you for #TradingTales on the merit of you twitter feed alone Read more [...]

Beef and Beer Friday 26th July!

FRIDAY 26TH JULY BOSOC0, BOILING WELLS LANE, ST WERBURGHS, BS2 9XY 6:00PM – 11:00PM A night celebrating the finest beef and tastiest craft beers. OVERVIEW CHOMP, WIPER & TRUE and ASHLEY DOWN BREWERY return with their latest installment of Beef & Beer. CHOMP will be slinging serious hamburgers & fries from their classic truck. Only the finest 28 day dry-aged Angus & Hereford beef gets to hit the griddle. WIPER & TRUE and ASHLEY DOWN BREWERY will be hosting the bar and pouring their latest Read more [...]