Each Easter, Broadmead BID teams up with the New Room and The Methodist Church’s Ark Bus Project to co-produce a free family trail around Bristol Shopping Quarter. It’s always a popular event, that encourages families to visit more often, stay longer and explore the whole area – we often get comments from people who have discovered new (to them) shops as a result of taking part in the trail.
This year’s trail was to be the biggest and best yet, with 56 Roaming Rhinos installed in locations across Broadmead, The Galleries, The Arcade and Cabot Circus from 4-18 April.
The rhinos had gone out to local schools and groups to be decorated while in the office we worked hard to produce a colourful trail map, which was ready to go off to the printers. For the first time we were going to have a digital trail too, using the LoyalFree app and QR codes that could be scanned by participants each time they found a rhino.
At the beginning of March we began to suspect this year’s event wouldn’t be able to go ahead and then we soon heard that both the schools and all non-essential retail should close due to the Coronavirus outbreak . So with a heavy heart , we postponed the Roaming Rhino Trail with the hope of running it as soon as it is safe to do so.
Now we just need to change some of the text on the trail map, retrieve the patiently waiting rhinos and deliver them to the correct locations. When the time is right, we’re trail ready! Watch this space for further information.