The Sunday of Big Weekend is typically our day for raising awareness in the host city, whilst also seeing some of the local sights. Bristol 2019 will be no different. Kitted out in our Alopecia UK tops, we will meet our guides for a walking tour of Bristol with group photos along the way finishing with a full group photo at the World-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.  We'll then finish with complimentary drinks and nibbles at the Avon Gorge Hotel.

Full details and timetable below: 

  • Meet at the starting point - Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel 
    Please arrive no late than 9.45am

    You may leave any bags or suitcases at the Marriott for the walk. We will be dropped back off here after the food and drinks.

  • We will be split into two groups to start our guided tour around the city. The walk will take around 1.5 hours.
    Group A will leave at 10am
    Group B will leave at 10.20am

    The tour will take in sights such as Bristol’s oldest marketplace St Nicholas Markets, the beautiful Georgian Queen Square and the colourful houses of the Harbourside. A bus will then drive us up to the magnificent Clifton Suspension Bridge.

  • Once near the Clifton Suspension Bridge we will have some time for group photos.

    Group A should arrive around 11.30am. We will have some smaller group photos whilst we wait for Group B to arrive. Group B will arrive around 11.50am and will then also get a chance for some smaller group shots. This will be followed by a large group photo in front of the Bridge.

  • From 12.30pm everyone is invited to join us at the Avon Gorge Hotel 

    There will be complimentary sandwiches, fries and soft drinks for all in the private garden space. This is a completely private outdoor space with some social picnic tables and direct access to the terrace with its stunning views across the gorge. There is also a bar on the terrace should anyone wish to purchase further drinks.

  • The bus will then be available to do two shuttles back down to the Marriott Hotel.
    Group A will be on the first shuttle at 2.30pm
    Group B will be on the second at 3.00pm

    Should you wish to leave before the shuttle bus, you are free to walk back into town or get the public bus and make your way to the hotel to collect your belongings without the group.

We hope to see lots of you at our Sunday Awareness Walk to help us create our famous 'sea of blue' across the streets of Bristol.  You can register your interest in taking part in the walk when you book your tickets.  Alternatively, there is a ticket option just for the Sunday Walk if you will be joining us for this part of the weekend only. If you have any questions about this walk please feel free to email [email protected] 

Some extra notes:

  • We will do safety talks at the start of the walk however you are responsible for keeping yourself safe during this walk, paying attention to traffic, traffic signals and any other potential hazards!  Please be vigilant!  Please listen to the guide and follow them/the group.  Please keep a close eye on any children you bring along.
  • You should wear comfortable footwear and bring clothing suitable for all weathers (we are hoping for sunshine but it is England!).  Don't forget to wear your blue Alopecia UK T-shirts and hoodies ON TOP!  We will have some clear ponchos that you can wear over them in the event of rain.
  • The walk is suitable for wheelchair users and should be a fairly gentle walk.  If you have limited mobility and do not wish to do the walk then let us know and we can either give you details to meet us for the bus or you can make your own way up to the Clifton Suspension Bridge photo spot (which we'll also give you details of) and then join us for the drinks and nibbles at the Avon Gorge Hotel so that you can still see everyone and finish off your weekend.  
  • As this is the awareness bit of the event we will be taking photos that we will share on social media.  We may also use some photos to further promote the work of the charity digitally as well as in print.  If you are really not keen on photos of you being used in this way then please do let us know and please do not get in the group shots.  You can still help with awareness on the actual day and enjoy the walk and seeing some of Bristol, so don't let this put you off.  But we'd appreciate you helping us out by not getting in group shots.  We'll talk about this at the start of the walk as well, giving you the opportunity to 'opt out' of photos.