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We operate two venues: the straw-bale arts centre Knowle West Media Centre and the digital making space KWMC: The Factory.

During Closure Period

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we have taken the decision to close Knowle West Media Centre (Leinster Avenue) and KWMC: The Factory (at Filwood Green Business Park) for the foreseeable future. We will reopen when it is safe and responsible to do so, and in line with guidance from the government.

If you need to contact us, you can:

– e-mail enquiries@kwmc.org.uk for general enquiries or thefactory@kwmc.org.uk for queries relating to our digital manufacturing space

– e-mail a specific member of staff via the Team page

– engage with us via our social networks: find @knowlewestmedia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and @kwmcthefactory on Twitter and Instagram

– call The Factory mobile on 07858 669 225 – for Factory queries only please

General Information

KWMC is located on Leinster Avenue, in Knowle West.  KWMC: The Factory is housed in two units (24 and 25) at Filwood Green Business Park, just off Hengrove Way on the border between Knowle West and Hengrove.

Contact details for the teams based at both venues can be found to the right of this page, and full access information for both spaces can be found in the Access section of this site.

If you have booked to attend a event, please ensure you check the location to make sure you come to the correct venue.

Finding Knowle West Media Centre (Leinster Avenue)

By car…

There is free parking available onsite in our car park.  An overflow car park is available through the back of the car park. Please park in a straight line alongside hedge, not along the wall of the Novers Community Association.

Taxis can drop you off inside the car park. There is a paved path with level access from the car park to the main entrance.

By bus…

…from the centre of Bristol, Bedminster or Hengrove

The most direct routes to KWMC from the centre of Bristol are those of the 90 and 91 buses (operated by First). They run between Broadmead and the Hengrove Bus Depot every 10 – 15 minutes during the day (Monday to Friday).

The 90 runs via Bedminster and St John’s Lane, while the 91 runs via Bristol Temple Meads, St John’s Lane and Broadwalk Shopping Centre in Knowle.

The nearest bus stops to KWMC are at Donegal Road (service 90), which is 0.3 miles (approx. seven-minute walk) from KWMC, and Broadbury Road (service 91), located on the opposite side of Leinster Avenue from KWMC.

To find KWMC from the Donegal Road bus stop, follow these directions:

  • With the bus stop on your left, head up to the top of the hill and turn left onto Kenmare Road.
  • Follow Kenmare Road until its end and turn right onto Leinster Avenue.
  • After you have passed the police station (on your left) and the Londis supermarket (on your right), you will find KWMC on your right.
As a pedestrian…

The pavements in Knowle West are generally wide enough for pushchairs and wheelchairs, but please be aware that people tend to park their cars on the pavement of Leinster Avenue.

…from elsewhere in South Bristol

The 96 bus (operated by First) connects Hengrove and Brislington, running via Hengrove Park, Imperial Park, Broadwalk Shopping Centre, South Bristol Sports Centre, and TESCO Brislington.

You can pick up the 91 bus at Broadwalk Shopping Centre.

…from anywhere else

If you’re visiting us from an area of Bristol we’ve not mentioned, we’d recommend that you head into central Bristol and catch the 90 or 91.

By bike…

We have cycle racks outside KWMC and showers that you can use if you’re coming by bike. A cycle path runs through Bedminster to Lynton Road, terminating at the western edge of Knowle West at the bottom of Novers Hill. Cycle paths are also provided on major roads Hartcliffe Way and Hengrove Way. Knowle West is a hilly neighbourhood, but don’t let that put you off! Wedmore Vale is a minor road recommended by local cyclists. A map of Bristol for cyclists is available from the Better By Bike website.

By train…

Our nearest train station is Bristol Temple Meads. There is a taxi rank at the station and your journey to KWMC should take approximately 15 minutes. The 91 bus runs from Bristol Temple Meads to Leinster Avenue, with a stop just a few metres from KWMC at Broadbury Road.

Finding KWMC: The Factory (Filwood Green Business Park)

By car…

There is free parking available onsite at Filwood Green Business Park, although please bear in mind that spaces are limited. Please do not park in front of the roller shutter doors of any units.

Taxis can drop you off in the car park outside Units 24 and 25.

By bus…

…from the centre of Bristol, Bedminster or Hengrove

The most direct route from the centre of Bristol is that of the 90 bus (operated by First). It runs between Broadmead and the Hengrove Bus Depot every 10-15 minutes during the day (Monday-Friday). The nearest bus stop is the Hengrove Depot – 0.4 miles (approx 9 minutes walk) from The Factory.

To find The Factory from the Hengrove Depot, follow these directions:

  • Head out of the depot onto Roman Farm Road. Follow the road until its end and turn left onto Hengrove Way (A4174).
  • Follow the road for 0.2 miles and you will find Filwood Green Business Park and Filwood Park Lane on your left. You can either enter the Business Park by the entrance just off Hengrove Way, or follow Filwood Park Lane around to the car park.

 

…from anywhere else

If you’re visiting us from an area of Bristol we’ve not mentioned, we’d recommend that you head into central Bristol and catch the 90.

By bike…

There is a communal bicycle shed next to reception in the main courtyard and showers that you can use if you’re coming by bike. Please ask at reception to unlock the doors.

By train…

Our nearest train station is Bristol Temple Meads. There is a taxi rank at the station and your journey to The Factory should take approximately 15-20 minutes, depending on traffic and whether you arrive at rush hour. There is no direct bus route to The Factory from the station, so we’d recommend you catch the 8 or 9 bus into the centre of Bristol and get off outside the Bristol Hippodrome theatre.  Pick up the 90 bus (in the direction of Hengrove Depot), as described in the ‘…by bus’ section.

Getting between KWMC (Leinster Avenue) and KWMC: The Factory

Starting at KWMC (Leinster Avenue)

The distance between KWMC (Leinster Avenue) and KWMC: The Factory is 0.8 miles (approx 16 minutes walk). Turn left out of KWMC and head down Leinster Avenue until you come to the pedestrian crossing. Turn right down Broadbury Road, moving past the police station. At the end of Broadbury Road, turn left onto Creswicke Road. Follow the road until its end and you will reach the junction with Hengrove Way (A4174).  Turn right and follow the road for 0.1 miles. Filwood Green Business Park and Filwood Park Lane will be on your right. KWMC: The Factory can be accessed via the entrance off Hengrove Way or by following Filwood Park Lane around to the car park.

Starting at KWMC: The Factory

The distance between KWMC: The Factory and KWMC (Leinster Avenue) is 0.8 miles (approx 16 minutes walk). Turn left out of Filwood Park Lane and follow Hengrove Way (A4174) until you reach the traffic lights. Turn left onto Creswicke Road and follow the road for 0.4 miles. You will pass Filwood Library on your right, at the junction of Creswicke Road and Filwood Broadway. Turn right up Broadbury Road, just after the library, and follow the road until its end. Turn left onto Leinster Avenue. KWMC will be on your right just after the small row of shops.

Contact Us

Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
Bristol
BS4 1NL
+44 (0) 117 903 0444
enquiries@kwmc.org.uk

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