Peaceful Portway 17 September 2017

Our next Peaceful Portway event will be on the 17th September 2017 2-6pm

We are fund raising to organise more activities for more Bristol communities, including climbing, nature walks, theatre, school fun runs, live art, tandem rides, singing, dancing and maybe even circus!

To donate quickly and easily please click below

Enjoy the natural beauty and splendour of the Avon Gorge by making the Portway PEACEFUL and TRAFFIC FREE on special days!

The Portway runs alongside the River Avon through a steep gorge, over arched by Brunel’s famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.  The Avon has the second highest tidal range in the world, providing a unique environment for wildlife, and the majestic cliffs make this the most impressive urban climbing area in the country.

Normally, the Portway is full of traffic travelling at 40-50 mph so it’s difficult to appreciate the natural beauty surrounding you when walking, cycling or climbing there.

The band of volunteers who have made the previous seven Peaceful Portway events happen would be delighted to hear from anyone who wants to get involved – as a volunteer, to put on an activity, or in any other way!

If you are interested in getting involved, please email us on



Future Peaceful Portway Events

A big thank you to everyone who was able to join us on 25 September.  It was a great privilege to see so many people enjoying themselves.

Thanks to all those who helped to make the day: Avanti String Quartet, Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project, Avon Wildlife Trust, Bristol Water, Friends of Downs and Avon Gorge, Groundwork South, Gurt Lush Choir, Bristol Man Chorus, Rotary Club of Bristol Breakfast, University of Bristol Mountaineering Club and Art under the Flyover

Thanks to Hotwells and Cliftonwood Community Association, Hotwells Panto and our local BCC Neighbourhood Partnership for funding and admin support.

And big thanks to the well over 3,000 people who simply came and enjoyed themselves.

In 2017 we are hoping to do one event on the 17th of September which we will confirm by the end of March. We are keen to secure, not just the core funding of £2k, but enough to run some activities and support schools and communities in Hotwells and Sea Mills to organise great things for families, such as art workshops and football matches. We have applied for Bristol City Council Community Festival and Event funding and another Well-Being Grant from the Neighbourhood Partnership. HCCA will continue to support and we hope to secure some private sponsorship.

It costs a minimum of £2,000 to put on each day- this covers security, road closure costs, lost children’s provision, publicity and first aid. Some of the volunteers, who already contribute days of their time to organise the event, have also had to pay some of these costs- we can’t let this happen again, so we would welcome thoughts from anyone who might be able to make this not be the last: a gifted fundraiser, someone good at spreading the word. If you want to help, please contact us:


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25 September 2016

On 25 September 2016 from 2pm to 6pm come and join us for nature trails, music, watery workshops and a chance to traverse the beautiful A4 from Hotwells to Sea Mills.

For more details about the day, visit our events and activities page.

How to get there?

We would love more people to have the chance to come and share the sensation of hearing birdsong in the Avon Gorge. Please spread the word, by facebook, twitter or good old fashioned chatter! Encourage your friends and contacts to come along – and perhaps plan your own activities, musical, social, sporting, whatever you like.

Here are some pictures from our May event:

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Balloons over the Portway

This year 2015, there are five planned events which take place on the Portway and require the road to be closed to traffic. These are 31st May, 14 and 21st June, 13th September and 25th October for the marathons, 10km run, cycle ride and triathlon.

In each case the Portway is closed through to late morning or early afternoon. Portway Sunday Park will extend these closures so visitors can explore the Gorge, free from traffic noise, until dusk.