Bristol has hosted a colourful variety of pop-up entertainment venues this summer, including cinemas, theatres and circuses.
And as of last week, a local roller-skating company has added to the fun by opening a dedicated roller disco at a disused site on Bristol’s harbourside.
Bump Rollerdisco is a Bristol-based group which has delivered roller-skating projects within the UK and Europe for more than 10 years, including previous collaborations with We the Curious at Millennium Square and Love Saves the Day festival.
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Located at Redcliffe Wharf, which was used for filming earlier this year and is set to welcome a new multi-use development in the coming years, Bump’s latest venue will be open six days a week until January 2022.
The entertainment complex is home to a roller disco that has a programme of events for all ages including over-18s. There’s also street food stalls and a bar serving fresh, locally-sourced products.
As well as a glitzy roller disco, where eager skaters can boogie to classics tunes played by live DJs, Bump offers open skate sessions as well as a programme of age-based classes, disability sessions, private bookings, one-to-ones and group training.
According to Bump, the collective need for active, community focused projects is at an ‘all time high’ and the pop-up has been designed to ‘enrich play and sport culture within the city’.
The organisers said: “We provide the facilities and resources to also build on the existing skate culture in Bristol, encouraging healthy lifestyles, as well as improving mental, physical and social wellbeing.
“The rink provides a safe space for social interaction, whilst gaining skills in coordination, balance, core strength and focus.”
The independent company secured a licence to stage the pop-up event complex from mid-July until mid-January, giving people six months to don their skates.
Bump Rollerdisco in Bristol
(Image: Tom Snell)
“People will be able to enjoy a bite to eat and a few drinks at the waterside before or after they’ve had a skate. It’s the perfect location for our next pop-up and it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Bump founder Lindsay Griffin when she spoke to us in June.
“Our rink and its associated programmes offer positive diversionary activities for young people and adults, which we feel is a critical priority given the current impact of the pandemic.”
Bump has taken steps to ensure that its venue is Covid-safe and secure, with allocated seating, skate exchange policies and capacity limitations on the rink and controlled class sizes.
For more information and to book tickets, head over to Bump’s website and social channels.
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