The Downs may have bye-laws that prevent you from riding a bike or having a barbecue on its grass, but if you want to you can still graze sheep.
Bristol Wool Fair hopes to celebrate this fact when it is hosted on the Downs for the first time over the weekend of September 5 to 7, with all profits being donated to Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal.
The fair is being organised by Sarah and David Harris of the Spinning Weal in Clevedon.
“Bristol is the perfect place for a wool fair,” Sarah says.
“The city has a lively festival culture, a strong green ethic, and a long history of involvement in the wool trade. The Downs, where the fair is set, is still subject to commoners grazing rights. For generations, this green space has been grazed by sheep.”