The city’s annual Bristol Open Doors festival returns this weekend 14-16 (September 14th-16th). For one weekend a year, the keys to the city are handed over to the public so they can discover heritage spaces, forgotten places and innovative design. Explore 101 fascinating buildings and uncover their secrets through expert-led tours.
Produced by the Architecture Centre, Bristol’s centre for design and creative placemaking, the weekend offers the chance to get behind closed doors and meet the designers and engineers changing the face of the city.
The 2018 programme sees 35 new events joining the citywide event.
A first look at the multi-million pound renovation of the Bristol Old Vic
Walks and tours with the makers of large-scale new developments including Paintworks, Wapping Wharf, and the General
Novel ways of appreciating Bristol’s buildings, including boat tours, sketch-walks and stand up paddle board (SUP) tours
An immersive experience called Late Night Blues, recreates the now lost shebeens and a seminal moment in the history of Black Britain
The chance to learn about the growing movement of self-build housing at the Courtyard, the Yard, and We Can Make Home
A full Fantastic for Families programme of hands on creative workshops including building a 17 metre replica of Severn Bridge at Bridge the Gap and gorilla placemaking at Bristol Rocks.
Anna Rutherford, Director of the Architecture Centre, comments on this year’s programme;
With so much going on, the festival has curated three ‘highlight’ strands to guide people through the festival this year. The first, New Bristol Architecture does what it says on the tin and showcases new design projects in the city. Second, the innovative feats of city engineers are championed in the Engineering in Focus strand. While how Bristol is made a liveable and enjoyable place to live, work and place is explored in the third strand, Places for People.
For full programme information, visit the new website and follow the festival on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @BrisOpenDoors #BristolOpenDoors