Chance to peek behind Bristol’s Open Doors

By Community Reporter Megan Hicks

On just one weekend a year in September the people of Bristol have the opportunity to feast their eyes within 101 of our city’s compelling buildings and sites.

Bristol Open Doors is a festival run by the Architecture Centre which gives expert-led tours inside heritage areas and modern sites  – and offers people the chance to discover the secrets and hidden work behind places across the city.

From 14-16 September venues all over Bristol are open to the public – from Clifton, to the harbourside and in our own community Knowle West.

Filwood Green Business Park will be running guided tours of its offices and workshop spaces. It opened in 2015 and is the most environmentally friendly commercial building in the West of England.

Filwood Green Business Park

Enterprise Support Officer Sarah Classick says: “As one of the most sustainable buildings in Europe, we’re opening our doors to allow Bristol residents to hear about the building’s environmentally friendly design features and we’ll also be talking about the business park’s role in bringing sustainable jobs and new business development into South Bristol.”


Visitors at the opening of Filwood Green Business Park in 2015.

There is also an opportunity for families to have fun at Malago Greenway Berry Maze at the bottom of Novers Hill. This community maze will introduce you to a sustainable garden which will open officially next summer  – with 16 types of berries inside. There are games and activities for children and samples of berry cakes on offer.

Member Jackie Smith says: “The berry bushes are starting to grow and so are the weeds! Willing volunteers needed to help with regular maintenance.”

Raluca Mckett at the completion of the Berry Maze.

The We Can Make home behind Filwood Community Centre is also open for visitors to drop in. The transportable accommodation module (TAM) could be the answer to the current housing crisis – offering an eco-friendly affordable home set on wheels and made of pre-fabricated timber and straw.

The launch of The TAM

Filwood Green Business Park and The Malago Berry Maze are open on Saturday 15 September 10am – 4pm and the We Can Make Home Sunday 16 September 10am – 4pm.

For details of Bristol Open Doors visit www.  Many venues have to be pre-booked.