Bristol news The best spots for new skaters to practice around Bristol PremierLeague-News.Com
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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Roller skating is experiencing an enormous revival in Britain, with thousands taking up the hobby within the last three years. Skate shops and roller derby teams – which report an uptick in interest of up to five times pre-Covid levels , according to fringe culture mag Huck – have put this resurgence down to limited lockdown exercise options, plus posts by social media influencers. Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat have been deluged with videos of people strutting their stuff in old-fashioned quad skates, dancing on wheels and grinding rails. Read more: Teenager left with broken jaw after Bristol city centre assault Bristol offers a bounty of places for these pandemic-era beginners, sometimes termed corona-rollers by skating veterans, to sharpen their skills. Read on for a selection including outdoor skate parks, indoor discos and free-to-use public spaces. Bump Rollerdisco This lively spot on Bristol’s harbourside is open seven days a week, offering skaters of all abilities the chance to step out in style on its colourful rink bedecked with glitter balls. Bump even offers lessons to adults, children and disabled people, as well as providing tickets at a reduced rate to groups on low incomes, making skating extra accessible. It recently got a licence to sell alcohol on the premises, meaning anyone who wants a drink to steady their nerves can now get one – best keep it to just one though, for safety’s sake. M32 Skate Park Known as the M32 Skate Park, this DIY affair under the M32 motorway was built by skaters from concrete and timber. It’s popular with skateboarders for its flat, smooth surfaces which should be equally good for quad skates (or roller blades, if that’s more your thing). While it tends to get busy in the afternoon, Reddit users suggest that those turning up before midday should have the place pretty much to themselves. And anyone worried about the illicit nature of this skate park squatting on municipal land can rest assured that, with the involvement of several local community groups, it has earned a certain legitimacy over the years. It even has a Google Business listing with more than 160 reviews, which give it an average rating of 4.
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. ‘The Deaner’ This Bedminster spot is famous for its enormous skate park: Dean Lane Skatepark, more popularly known as The Deaner. This features ramps of various sizes, for those who want to try what is known as “aggressive” skating – although there are plenty of mirror-smooth, flat concrete expanses to begin rolling on. The park also boasts a community garden, ball courts and other open green spaces to explore, making it a great place for skaters to hang out for the day. Bristol to Bath cycle path This 13-mile route is apparently popular with skaters for its smooth surface and lack of traffic, according to a knowledgeable Reddit user. While it doesn’t offer the variety of surfaces available at skateparks, it does provide plenty of space for newbies to practice the basic skills of rolling, turning and stopping. And, being so long, there are potentially hundreds of access points for skaters living all along this free public amenity. Horfield Skatepark Based at Horfield Leisure Centre, this multi-level mini park has plenty of space for newbies to start their skating journey. Skateparks.co.uk calls it “a great local park, definitely worth a visit”, with “nice smooth surfaces” for beginners to find their feet on. Popular with skateboarders and scooter riders too, it’s even floodlit so the fun can continue after dark, and the leisure centre car park is right nextdoor to it. Read next Meet the mother-and-son team bringing Balkan food to Bristol with five-course supper club Review: I visited Bristol's oldest bakery with stellar food and shocking prices Bristol pensions provider collapses into administration Sadness as Bristol police dog, Bear, dies Family 'offered teddy bears as compensation' after being electrocuted at Butlins
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