There’s no denying foot traffic through Wapping Wharf has dropped off significantly since the closure of the Gaol Ferry Bridge. Conveniently connecting south Bristol to the centre, we often stopped off at the harbourside shipping containers for a bite to eat or cultural influence. Whether stocking up on cheeses, sharing a few slices of pizza or treating ourselves at on of the best restaurants in Bristol, Wapping Wharf has long been an attractive and exciting Bristol hotspot.
There’s no better time to remind ourselves of that than this winter. Next week (November 17), the Christmas season will be kick-off at Wapping Wharf with an extra-special, annual lights switch on event. Expect lots of festive food and drinks to be available, while Bristol Cathedral Choir will also be about to perform carol singing.
Don’t worry about rushing to get there after work, however. Many of the local shops will remain open later until 8pm. So you have plenty of time. To ensure everyone can pick up some goodies, and get all the Christmas shopping done on time, Wapping Wharf shops will continue to remain open late every Thursday until December 15.
Those getting in on the festive action include, Corks who will be selling mulled wine, Cider Box where you can purchase hot spiced cider, and head to Cargo Cantina for some Mezcal mince pies. You can also expect to see Better Food, Clifton Seafood Company, Pigsty and plenty more get involved. Wapping Wharf’s Christmas lights switch-on event will start at 5.30pm, with traders lighting up shop fronts from 6.30pm.
Elsewhere in the city, Bristol Christmas Market has already started – named recently among the best in the UK – while you can head over to Propyard’s Winterland for ice bumper cars and to meet an animatronic polar bear. Cabot Circus’ Christmas lights switch-on will not take place this year, but will host some other special Christmas events.