Shop in Downend to help traders thrive. The birthplace of the legendary cricketer W.G Grace, Downend is a fantastic place for catching up with family and friends for coffee or a meal with cuisine from India, Italy and the UK. A range of independent shops such as florists, pharmacies and gift stores are available both on the high street – Badminton Road and Downend Road – and at Cleeve Wood. Fancy some pampering? Beauty treatments, hair salons and massages are all available.
Things to do and see in Downend
Lincombe Barn Park and Woods
A playground, zipwire and nature trail combine to create family fun with enjoyment of nature. The park – just off Overdale Road/ Rockland Road – runs down to the River Frome with footpaths running north and south along the river. The path to the south exits at Frenchay Bridge where you can continue to the Oldbury Court Estate and Snuff Mills. The Friends Group help to manage the park and have supported improvements in partnership with the council and parish council. Habitat boards reveal the different species that intrepid explorers can discover, from stag beetles to deer. The Mud Pie Explorers run organised sessions for children to interact with the natural world.
Award-winning flowers and plants
Downend and Bromley Heath in Bloom have transformed the high street and other areas of Downend by planting many flowers and bulbs in striking blue planters on the high street. The group holds tidy-ups and planting sessions timed all year around. The recent rejuvenation of the roundabout in the middle of the high street included a floral themed metal sculpture by artist Jenny Pickford and planting scheme on the roundabout. Sponsorship from Downend business Kustom Flooring and help from the council enabled the project.
Westerleigh Road toilets (just behind Sainsbury’s, Badminton Road) are open seven days a week, 8 am – 5 pm, and have disabled facilities.
Plenty of on-street parking is available at Cleeve Wood for up to two hours. A large, free car park behind the Co-Op, jointly owned by the council, serves the high street. Limited on-street parking is also available.
How to get to Downend
Both the high street and Cleeve Wood enjoy excellent connections to public transport. First Bus services Y2, 18, 19, and 48 serve Badminton Road. The 5, 18, and 19 bus stops are less than 200m from Cleeve Wood. For more information on public transport services, visit the travelwest website.