67. Spend a day on Bristol time

Free to do
Can do in my area
No planning needed
All year round
Great for little'uns with parents (under 6)

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Track down all the places associated with Bristol time, set your watch to Bristol time and see what happens.

Back to the future
The clockface from the Exchange in Bristol, showing both Greenwich Mean Time and Bristol time (Black hand).

Why do it?

Spending a day on Bristol time reminds us that even the things we think are completely unchangeable and universal – like time – can change!

How to do this in Bristol

Bristol used to be 10 minutes behind Greenwich Mean Time. Before the railways came people in Bristol had a different time from London (because we are further west than London which means that really when its twelve noon in London, it’s still only 11.50 here).

There is a small brass plaque in the pavement outside Hobgoblins music shop on College Green that shows the place where a local businessman first purchased ‘London time’ and sold it to the locals. In St Nicholas market you can still find a clock tower that shows both London and Bristol time. The black minute hand shows the GMT and the red minute hand shows Bristol time!

What you will need

  • A watch or a phone that you can alter the time on

  • Understanding friends, parents, teachers or bosses who won’t mind that you’ll be ten minutes ‘late’ for a whole day

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