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Sun, 06 Aug



Bristol Humanist Picnic - Brandon Hill Sunday August 6th

Humanist History Picnic and Social

Bristol Humanist Picnic -  Brandon Hill Sunday August 6th
Bristol Humanist Picnic -  Brandon Hill Sunday August 6th

Time & Location

06 Aug 2023, 13:00 – 17:00

Bristol, Park St, Bristol BS1 5RR, UK

About the event

1.00pm - 5pm

Bristol Humanist Picnic and Social on the slopes of Brandon Hill.

Bring & share picnic on the slopes of Brandon Hill. Meet at the area by the entrance from Great Geroge Street.

Come for a chat and a coffee with Bristol Humanists and members of other local groups like Amnesty International and Bristol Radical History Group. Bring your own drinks and sandwiches.

Coffee and some food should be available from the Soul Stone Coffee popup who have said they will be open especially for the event. If the weather is not so good, we will be decamping to a nearby public house.

Bandon Hill has a long history as a location where radicals and protesters gathered to challenge the establishment. Atheists and Reformers would hold speeches on the Hill and it's the site of the Great Reform Dinner in 1832 which was gate-crashed by 10,000 working class Bristolians. Freethinker Emma Martin ran the Bristol Literary magazine from the foot of the Hill at 25 College St.

Brandon Hill was granted to the council in 1174 by the Earl of Gloucester and was used for grazing until 1625 when it became a public open space, possibly the oldest municipal open space in the country.

The Bristol Secular Society held meetings in the 1890s on nearby Park Street and Charlotte Street. Cabot Tower at the top of the hill is free entry and offers fantastic views across the docks and city. If you have never been up the tower now is your chance !

Bristol Museum is open 10am - 6pm and only a short distance away should you want to explore.

We are also running a Humanists History Tour of the city centre in the morning, but spaces are very limited so make sure you reserve your place to avoid disappointment. Details and RSVP on Meetup

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