Walk-Shops ~ FAQ's
What, Why, When, Who, Where, How . . . FAQ's
A series of themed walks and walk-shops aimed at different groups.
In a world where much of the 'news' would seem to be designed to engender fear and separation, I am interested in developing a different narrative. These walks are created with beauty, connection and re-enchantment at their heart.
This series of walks and walk-shops will begin during the autumn of 2023 continuing on throughout 2024 and beyond . . .
WHAT TO WEAR?
Generally speaking I advise breathable layers, sensible shoe/boots, if you have walking boots great, even in summer, it may start chilly so yes, layers are good. I also advise wet weather gear, a waterproof coat and trousers too if you have them.
HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?
These walks and walk-shops are undertaken at a leisurely pace, however you need to be comfortable walking over varied terrain with gentle hills up to 5 miles, and possible longer on day long walks, however do check the specific walk/walk-shop info. in the overall description for approximate length and any other instructions. Some of the events may involve prolonged periods on the ground.
WHAT TO BRING?
If there are particular requests for that day's walk, this will be included in your ticket confirmation information. However, as a general rule your water bottle, if its a cold morning, a flask with your favourite hot beverage, and of course, your favourite snacks.
I also recommend you bring a notebook / journal / sketchbook, depending on the schedule and style of the event, there will almost always be scheduled stops for some quiet reflection.
For that reason, I recommend bringing something to sit on, a square of plastic or neoprene,
oh and a small hand towel. I also recommend you bring whatever first aid items you might usually carry on a half or full days walk.
WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER?
The Northerner and ex girl groom in me wants to say, "what about the weather? If its winter, rug up!" In summer, well, it is England, so layers are good. We walk in all weathers, except storm conditions. If a storm is forecast for the day of your walk, your ticket will be valid for another walk at a later date, and you will be contacted early on the morning of the walk itself through your chosen contact method. I encourage everyone joining a walk to check the weather the day before and on the morning of the walk prior to setting off.
CAN I BRING MY . . .
Baby? Toddler? Child? Dog? The answer is no. The focus of the walks or walk-shops
is on the this facilitated process of connection, to self, the landscape and dialogue on the move. With less immediate distractions, this helps us to be present to ourselves, our walking companions and the landscape.
A WORD ABOUT TICKETING
I wanted to create a ticket system that reflected the realities of many of our lives.
For many Artists and Creatives, our financial circumstances wax and wane according
to a myriad of variables, some seasons we may be very comfortable, some we may be juggling our cash flow as life makes a multitude of demands on our purse. To accurately reflect these realities of living a creative life there are 4 Types of Tickets on sale, designed to reflect your current and present circumstances this month, and not, just to be clear, as a statement
about your status as an artist.
Many of the walks leave from outside Spike Island - directions below.
GETTING TO SPIKE ISLAND
HOW TO FIND US
Spike Island is an approximately 15-minute walk from the city centre, and located close to leading Bristol attractions SS Great Britain and the M Shed, making it a great addition to your Bristol day out.
The Bristol Ferry Company provides services from various points around Bristol and runs every 40 minutes. There is also a harbour crossing ferry that leaves from opposite the SS Great Britain.
From the city centre, follow Prince Street over the bridge behind Arnolfini and turn right onto Cumberland Road at the mini-roundabout. Spike Island is approximately 0.5 miles on the right. From other directions, follow brown signs to SS Great Britain.
Parking meters are in operation in the area.
From Monday to Friday, between 10am and 4.30pm and Saturday between 9am and 7pm, parking is free for the first 30 minutes and £1.00 per hour for up to 3 hours. You don’t need a ticket on Bank Holidays. A pay and display car park is also available just off of Gas Ferry Road.
There are three blue badge spaces available directly outside the main entrance of Spike Island.
The M2 Metrobus serves Long Ashton Park & Ride, Ashton Vale, Ashton Gate, Cumberland Basin, Spike Island, Redcliff Hill, Bristol Temple Meads, Cabot Circus and Broadmead.
The A1 service (Bristol Flyer) runs between Bristol Airport, Ashton Gate, Spike Island, Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Bus Station.
The nearest stations are Bedminster (1.1 miles) and Bristol Temple Meads (1.6 miles).For more train travel information visit Trainline
There are a large number of cycle stands outside Spike Island.
Bristol Airport is approximately 7 miles from Bristol city centre. Catch the A1 Metrobus service outside Spike Island to and from the airport.
ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?
There are bound to be things I have missed so please don't hesitate to email me with any further questions if after reading the FAQ;s you have any other inquiries.