Get involved with The Noise this bank holiday!

Noise4This year, a thousand Bristol people will be using their May bank holiday weekend to give something back to the city.

The Noise is an enormous volunteering event run every year by Bristol churches since 2001. Each May Bank Holiday, rain or shine, local people roll up their sleeves, put on a blue T-shirt and get stuck in. They dig gardens and pick litter, paint community centres, make cream teas for senior citizens, put on free football coaching, and run family fun afternoons across the city.

This May bank holiday weekend, volunteers from churches, schools and communities will be doing positive things in Barton Hill, Horfield, Lawrence Weston, Lockleaze, Manor Farm, Southmead, Sea Mills, Shirehampton, Upper Horfield, and Easton – look out for the blue T-shirts!

Noise1“850 people volunteered last year,” says Esther Legg-Bagg, Noise Coordinator. “They gave nearly 8,000 hours of volunteer time! Over a third of the volunteers were children and young people – it’s fantastic to see them getting stuck in. Together, we completed over 100 community transformation projects like rescuing people’s gardens from brambles, painting murals and picking litter, along with running free banquets for senior citizens, family fun afternoons, football tournaments and loads more.”

This year, the Noise takes place from 2nd-4th May, and everything that goes on over the weekend is completely free. The family fun afternoons include free bouncy castles and inflatable games, face painting, football tournaments, a craft zone, a café area, and an all-afternoon roadshow including a talent show.

Last year saw the Noise serving Easton for the first time. One person who was there said, “Amazing family fun afternoon in Easton with Bristol Noise. So many people, such good weather, good atmosphere, lots of fun!”

Times and locations for the free family fun afternoons are listed at:

Want to join the volunteer army? Register online at

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