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Bristol Open Doors

This weekend is the chance to go behind the scenes and discover Bristol’s hidden treasures – with the annual Bristol Open Doors.

Many attractions are already booked out but there are plenty of venues across the city where you are free to drop in for guided tours.

In Knowle West the We Can Make Test Home next to Filwood Community Centre in Barnstaple Road will be open for a peek on Sunday afternoon from 2-5pm.

The launch of the first We Can Make home in September 2017 with project leaders Knowle West Media Centre’s Melissa Mean and architect Craig White from White Design.

It’s a great example of a community-designed building to help solve the current housing crisis. There will also be the chance to listen to the We Can Make Chat Show featuring a number of local residents.

New this year are guided tours of Knowle West – exploring the culture, history and stories of the estate – and led by local residents.

The walking tour will explore the Knowle West estate as part of Homes for Heroes 100 celebrating the council house.
Filwood Broadway and the old 1930s cinema soon to be demolished.

These walks are part of the 100 Years of Knowle West Style project, run by Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC), to mark this year’s national celebration of the council house: Homes for Heroes 100.

KWMC Arts Producer Martha King says: “It will be a great insight into the neighbourhood from residents of all generations.

“They will be sharing some local history but also what it’s like to live in the neighbourhood – uncovering hidden gems and secret locations from the heart of Filwood Broadway to the green slopes of The Bommie…”

The Northern Slopes with a view of Bristol below and the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Walks on the Sunday afternoon take place at 2pm and 4pm starting at the We Can Make Test Home on Barnstaple Road with a talk at 3.30pm. Booking is essential through KWMC.

Other South Bristol venues waiting to be discovered include Arnos Vale Cemetery on Bath Road; the popular Bottle Yard Studios in Whitchurch where Poldark, the Crystal Maze and Sherlock were made – and Luxe Fitness in the old Bedminster library on Bedminster Parade.

Bristol Open Doors, The Hidden City runs from 13-15 September. For more information and a full list of venues across the city visit: