Trail of hundreds of hearts hopes to welcome shoppers back to the heart of Bristol

A mother and daughter enjoy the trail of hearts which ends at Bristol's Cabot Circus shopping centre. Credit: PA Images

Hundreds of coloured hearts have been painted in Bristol to welcome shoppers and visitors to the area now the lockdown has been lifted.

Seven trails featuring a total of 1,000 hearts guide people around the city, taking in landmarks and passing through the most prominent shopping districts.

Starting points include College Green, Old Market and the docks.

The message at the heart of the hearts - "Bristol together". Credit: ITV West Country

The hearts, each nearly 20 inches (50cm) wide, culminate in a spiral installation in the atrium of the Cabot Circus shopping centre.

A dozen crew members from street art festival Upfest spent 10 hours overnight hand-painting the hearts, which were unveiled on Thursday 10 September.

It follows a campaign in which 374 socially distanced hearts were painted in parks in Bristol to encourage safe use of the city's green spaces.

These hearts in Queen Square have been spaced more than two metres apart, as our drone footage shows.

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Keith Rundle, operations director at Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District (BID), says he hopes it would bring people "back to the heart of Bristol".

He says, "We're inviting Bristolians from across the city to explore the centre in a fun and interactive way, whilst bringing much-needed footfall to all central businesses and organisations.

"We're working hard to help our levy-paying businesses recover from the effects of lockdown whilst also creating a fun, safe and welcoming environment that visitors feel confident returning to."

Love Bristol? The spiral of hearts encouraging shoppers to Cabot Circus. Credit: ITV West Country