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PARKER’S ADVENTURE: WALKIES THIS WAY!

PARKER’S ADVENTURE: WALKIES THIS WAY!

Sir Tony Robinson leads an all-star cast this summer voicing a pawsome interactive trail around Bristol in aid of Bristol Animal Rescue Centre.

To celebrate its 135th anniversary of helping, healing and homing vulnerable animals, Bristol Animal Rescue Centre has created an interactive trail around Bristol this summer. Follow our fluffy hero Parker the Dog on an adventure, meeting all the weird and wonderful animals that live here.  

Taking in some of the Bristol’s best loved tourist destinations, including the SS Great Britain, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol Cathedral, and many more – the trail involves following a map and watching animated film clues at each stop. The videos are voiced by an all-star cast of Bristolian talent, led by Sir Tony Robinson, including artists, musicians, comedians, TV stars and key figures from the local community - all of whom have kindly donated their time for this worthwhile cause.  

“Bristol Animal Rescue Centre has been here for 135 years but to ensure that we can continue our vital work with Bristol’s vulnerable animals into the future, we need to engage the next generation of animal lovers. We hope that people of all ages will want to get involved with the trail and learn more about what we do” said Coralie Farren, CEO at Bristol Animal Rescue Centre. 

A joint effort 

Parker’s Adventure was originally the brainchild of a nearby creative agency, Halo, located in Brislington, who have generously donated their time to help make it happen. 

“We believe that, as a business, we need to give something back, to be a positive force for good in our local community. Bristol Animal Rescue Centre are a vitally important organisation and Bristol institution and we are proud to give them our support. Working alongside them to create and deliver this campaign has been a labour of love for us, and we can’t wait to see people enjoying and engaging with it for such an amazing charity,” said Nick Ellis, Creative Partner & Founder at Halo.  

Bath Spa University also lent their support to the project by recording and editing all the voice overs for the films at their state of the art media centre.  

Richard Wood, Technical Operations Manager at Bath Spa University, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to get hands-on recording and editing experience with some top talent, as well as supporting a cause we all feel very strongly about. We’re absolutely delighted to be involved in supporting such a worthwhile charity”

On leading the cast of voices appearing in the animated films, Sir Tony Robinson said: “I’m thrilled to be playing the role of Parker the Dog. Our rescue dog has brought so much joy to our family and if I can help other animals get a happy home like ours has, then I’m all in! I hope everyone enjoys watching the films as much as we enjoyed making them”. 

The trail runs from 27th June – 31st August 2022 and visitors can get involved by downloading a map from ParkersAdventure.org.uk. Follow the fun on social media using #ParkersAdventure. 

Who’s involved? 

  • Sir Tony Robinson stars in all the animations as Parker the Dog. It also features the voice talents of:  
  • Big Jeff (Artist) as Big Ed the Elephant 
  • Briony Williams (Presenter and Great British Bake Off finalist) as Olivia the Otter 
  • Claudia Fragapane (Olympic Gold Gymnast) as Sabrina the Swan 
  • Gina Jones (Bristol Animal Rescue Centre) as Theco the Dinosaur 
  • Giuseppe Dell Anno (Winner of Great British Bake Off and author) as Chameleon Diaz 
  • Joe Sims (Actor) as Brian the Cat and Pi-RAT Wetbeard 
  • Lady Nade (Singer) as Lady V the Vixen and Mama Rouge the Robin 
  • Lamorna Waters (Bristol Animal Rescue Centre) as the narrator 
  • Mark Olver (Comedian and Actor, The Outlaws) as PhanTOM Cat 
  • Nancy Willams (Bristol Animal Rescue Centre volunteer) as Dr Combes the Bumblebee 
  • Peaches Golding OBE (Lord Lieutenant of Bristol) as Babs the Sheep 

Locations 

You’ll be able to spot Parker in the following locations from 27th June – 31st August 2022: 

  • Arnolfini  
  • Arnos Vale Cemetery 
  • Bristol Animal Rescue Centre 
  • Bristol Beacon 
  • Bristol Cathedral 
  • Bristol Museum & Art Gallery 
  • M Shed 
  • SS Great Britain 
  • St George’s Bristol 
  • St Mary Redcliffe 
  • The Matthew 
  • Watershed 
  • We The Curious (although it won’t be open, there will be outdoor attractions) 

How it works 

  • Download the map to find Parker at 13 locations around Bristol   
  • Scan the QR code at each location to watch a short animation, and listen out for clues to help you complete your answers online 
  • Enter your answers online and head to the next location 
  • Your final stop is Bristol Animal Rescue Centre to claim your free pin badge and get a photo with our giant Parker the Dog cut out 
  • Share your pictures using #ParkersAdventure on social media 

Supported by 

  • Berkley Square IT 
  • Bristol Canine Hydrotherapy Centre 
  • Burges Salmon 
  • Burns Pet Nutrition 
  • CSRB 
  • Hayes Parsons 
  • Natural Treats Bristol  
  • Scamps & Champs 
  • Stronger Bones 

Partners 

  • Bath Spa University 
  • Halo Studios 
  • Visit West 

This year marks the charity’s 135th anniversary. To find out how they’re celebrating, click here: https://www.bristolarc.org.uk/get-involved/135th-anniversary-of-bristol-animal-rescue-centre/  

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