A celebration of and for the community
On Saturday 8th of April, Spring in the Bearpit will transform the St. James Barton Roundabout into a diverse and collaborative platform for some of the cities most exciting street food traders, organisations and performers.
Kicking off from noon, join us in a celebration of community spirit, perseverance and a new leaf for the Bearpit.
Spring in the Bearpit will be the biggest and greatest community event the St. James Barton Roundabout has ever hosted. As Bearpit Bristol it’s our aim is to establish the Bearpit as a destination in Bristol through trading, community activities, events & markets carrying on the work from the Bearpit Improvement Group.
The event will include street food traders, local charities and organizations, a wellbeing area, live performances of music and dance.
We will be signing the Zero Tolerance pledge. We believe it’s our duty of care to protect our 15 employees and the people who walk through and use the Bearpit during our trading hours. We see this as huge step forward in our vision to creating a safer and more welcoming Bearpit.
Local organization LitterARTI will be running the Bearpit’s first ever Kids workshop and the kick-start to our Community Action program that will involve painting, gardening and litter picking.
Metropolis Security return for the 4th time in ensuring Spring in the Bearpit will be a family friendly occasion for all.
The Bearpit businesses, Bearritos, Bearpit Social & Bare Foods merged their business end of last year to create Bearpit Bristol CIC. We were awarded the Resonance Bristol SITR Fund to turn our strategy and vision into a reality whilst growing our social impact in the space.
With the support of Bristol City Council in granting us a 7 year license to carry out our vision, Cabinet Member for Place at Bristol City Council, Cllr Helen Holland, said: “We recognise the hard work by Bearpit Bristol CIC to make their businesses succeed – and bring life to the Bearpit in sometimes challenging circumstances. Congratulations to them for their success in winning this investment from Resonance which will further assist Bearpit Bristol’s ability to play a fundamental role in making this space a part of the city that can grow and be enjoyed by everyone.”
Bearpit Bristol CIC is part of the Entrepreneurial Spark business accelerator program providing us with mentors, a wealth of knowledge and an office space. Spring in the Bearpit is partly funded by the #GoDo Awards where Robin Halpenny won a pitching competition sharing our vision of the Bearpit.
Spring in the Bearpit is our first community event of the year, with many more to come. We see our community events as a way of bringing people together from all walks of life in celebrating diversity and collaboration.
With the help of UnLtd, the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK, we recently attended their Big Idea workshop in helping develop our Theory of Change to drive social change in the Bearpit.
The success of the Bearpit becoming a destination that is safe and welcoming will be a collective effort.
Bristol, join us in this celebration!
What to expect on the day:
Street food traders:
Bristol's premier gourmet burger stall makes it’s debut entrance at Spring in the Bearpit. Regulars at the Harbourside Market every Thursday, Saturday & Sunday, we’re looking forward to Stephen and team joining us!
Olive n Sage
Anita and Giulia had one vision, to bring the flavours of Tuscany to Bristol and they are succeeding. Offering simple, pure and delicious Italian cuisine that their Grandmothers taught them, travel to the Tuscan hills sampling their food.
Robyn and Clare are no strangers to the Bearpit! We are excited to see Smoke Catering return to bring the mouth-watering taste of Texas to Spring in the Bearpit. With their iconic mobile smoker, they are sure to win your hearts and stomachs.
Live Music & Performances:
Gracing the Bearpit, Bashema is a jazz influenced soulful songstress with an edgy twist and kick-ass piano skills.
The almighty Funkinsteins are a trio have crafted a truly original master sound. Blending funky dance music with sprinkles of rock. The music is tight and melodic and will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand firmly to attention. The band have been electrifying audiences across the country with their stage show, growing popularity and presence.
Cleo Lake will be bringing a dance riot to the Bearpit! Dance Riot is diverse and empowering journey through dance. Expect killer tunes, a good workout, accessible moves, self-expression, creativity and choreography. Don’t miss out on her workshop!
Yes Man Jellyfish
The unique sound of Yes Man Jellyfish stands on the powerful grooves of house, garage and drum and bass. This is fused with uplifting piano, dynamic guitar, vibrant synths and soulful vocals. They have transformed their music into an energetic live show and we can’t wait to have them live in the Bearpit.
Don’t Sleep! DJ Collective
Playing and promoting Hip Hop in Bristol since 2001. Don’t miss this Bristol based posse of DJs and promoters.
Touch Talk Massage
Esme and Imogen from Touch Talk and Tailored Massage are going to be joining us at Spring in the Bearpit, offering 15-minute taster sessions of Holistic Massage. The massages - seated and through clothes - will give passers by an opportunity to take a break from their day and to discover how holistic massage can help in becoming more connected with your body and achieving greater peace of mind. All massages will be followed by a complementary organic raw chocolate, hand-made by Esme.
For more information go to www.touchtalkmassage.com
Freedom of Mind
Freedom of Mind C.I.C. was founded in 2016 by a group of young people who lived experience of poor mental health. Their aim is to initiate conversation, provide educational platforms and positively change the way that people talk about their own and others mental health. Visit their stall on the day to find out about their volunteering opportunities & more.
Join LitterARTI in a music workshop, creating and playing instruments made from reclaimed materials. A Bearpit first, a great opportunity for kids to get involved!
LitterARTI’s mission is to tackle environmental and social issues through the arts and creativity.
Feel Good local traders
Bristol Jam Plan is a project run by volunteers to turn surplus or unwanted fruit & vegetables into delicious preserves on regular prep days. Lead by Danielle Coombes of Bishopston Supper Club (www.bishopstonsupperclub.com/) her mission is to spread the love and share the proceeds to various local shelters such as the Julian Trust, in partnership with Food Cycle Bristol.
Show your support by grabbing a jar!
Supporters of the Bearpit from the moment they started, Good Sixty allows people to discover the very best food available from their local food & drink shops. Whether it's an artisan producer, café, local deli, brewer, butcher, baker or greengrocer, if they are proudly independent and have high quality local produce, you will find them all on Good Sixty.
Visit their stall to find out more and sample produce from some of their retailers.
All that's all that is left to say is.. see you from noon, this Saturday 8th April!