Let’s celebrate where we live!

South Bristol Youth want to celebrate living in Bristol and the South West! We work with young people and their families across the city and beyond and we’d like you to tell us about where you live.  We’ll use the information that you send us to create a blog so we can all find out about our amazing area!

Your challenge:

We would like you to research your local area and send us an interesting story about a place that you enjoy going to.

It could be your local park where you walk the dog, your favourite shop, an old building you have often walked past or something completely different. Take a look at the information and the links below for further information which will help with the challenge.

Our students live across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Somerset and all of these places are fantastic places to live! In Bristol you can find the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Cathedral, Ashton Court and the SS Great Britain. South Gloucestershire has miles and miles of beautiful cycle and footpaths, historic houses and gardens and is the home to Concorde at the Aerospace Bristol museum. In Somerset you can visit the market town of Taunton, the beaches at Weston-Super-Mare, the historical heritage railway at Minehead and even the geological wonders of Cheddar Gorge and caves!

Many of these attractions have virtual tours – click here to check them out.

Know Your Place is a great website to find out how things have changed over time. You can explore maps from your area and look at maps from years ago, lay them by each other to note the changes. You can then click on certain points and find some interesting facts. For example, did you know that Ribena was first made in a factory near Ashton Gate, or that bricks from Weston-Super-Mare Brick and Tile Manufactory were so highly regarded that they were used in the Royal Parks and Kew Gardens? If you have not used the map before, watch one of the videos on Explore the Map tab to really get the most of it.

Linked to the map and project is the explore website. On this site you can find some fascinating stories and photos about the area, including a rare early photograph of the opening of Clifton Suspension Bridge!

There are prizes available for the best stories, which can be submitted as a film (2-3 minutes) or in written format with photos if you have any (500 words). All stories need to be emailed to comms@southbristolyouth.org.uk by Friday 17 July. The challenge is for the whole family and we would love to hear from you all!

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