Wapping Wharf welcomes people back to its much-loved harbourside community

Bristol’s Wapping Wharf is welcoming people back to its popular dockside quarter as the Government eases lockdown and its independent businesses re-open.

Over the last few months, many of the businesses have adapted in innovative ways, launching delivery services and offering takeaway. Now, shops have re-opened their doors and many of the restaurants are due to do the same in the coming weeks.

Umberslade, the developer behind Wapping Wharf, is working closely with the businesses to put in place a series of measures to ensure people can enjoy what’s on offer safely whilst still making sure the environment is a pleasant place for everyone.

Measures include one-way systems within CARGO 1 and 2 and signage to encourage people to keep their distance from one another and queue appropriately.

The Wapping Wharf team urges members of the public to respect the area, act responsibly and follow the guidance in place as part of the collective national effort to keep coronavirus at bay.

Stuart Hatton, managing director at Umberslade, said: “We would encourage people to support our fantastic array of independent shops, restaurants, cafes and other businesses following a very difficult few months for everyone.

“We are working very hard to ensure that the public spaces and facilities at Wapping Wharf are safe and pleasant for everyone, and closely with the businesses themselves to make sure their customers feel at ease.

“We are all living in challenging times but this is particularly so for the hospitality, leisure and retail sectors, so we kindly ask for collaboration from the wider public so everyone can enjoy what’s on offer whilst keeping safe.”

There are also plans in the coming weeks to create an extended outdoor seating area at the bottom of Gaol Ferry Steps between Wild Beer and CARGO 1 during the afternoons and evenings, with pedestrians and cyclists re-directed around the back of CARGO 1.

Wapping Wharf is in the heart of Bristol’s historical and cultural quarter, with its tree-lined pedestrian and cycle route, Gaol Ferry Steps, providing an important connection between south Bristol to the city centre.

Now home to over 40 independent businesses, many of which are based within CARGO – a popular hub made of converted shipping containers, Wapping Wharf is home to some of the city’s best independent restaurants, shop, cafes and lifestyle businesses.