An unofficial Bristol landmark associated with street drinking, late-night parties and fires is now officially recognised by Google – and people have been reviewing it.
The search engine giant now officially acknowledges Turbo Island as a Bristol location.
Some say Turbo Island – named after the super-strength cider – is part of the soul, even the very fabric, of the area. Raves, fires and gatherings of people there are a fixture of the Stokes Croft landscape, as well as groups of street drinkers passing the time of day.
The well-trodden patch of scorched grass is listed as a ‘City Park’ on Google and is rated five stars out of five with nine reviews in the bank.
‘An excellent day out for all the family’
Dylan Rakhra has written: “Atmospheric. A place to go for socialites, music lovers and those who appreciate green spaces.
“Despite recent deforestation attempts, the ambience of the place is upheld. Suitable for anytime you’re at a loose end in Bristol and want a central meeting point for a few alcoholic beverages – this is the place to go.
“Three or four bars in sight and there are rarely any queues.”
Andrea L’s glowing review reads: “A beautiful place, the jewel of Stokes Croft. Always a pleasure to visit.”
“An excellent day out for all the family,” John Postons writes.
While Jeremy Adcock adds: “Simply the best place in Bristol.”
Five others have also given the ‘park’ a five-star rating.
The story of Turbo Island
The ‘island’ used to be the site of a shoe shop, until it was destroyed one night during the Bristol Blitz in 1940.
After the bombing, the council decided that a new building in that location would obstruct drivers’ views of other vehicles as they approached the Jamaica Street-Stokes Croft junction.
The stretch of land became what is known in town planning circles as a “sloap” – space left over after planning – and has since been neglected, according to The Guardian .
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The islanders don’t usually bother passers-by and have become a fixture in the area – over the years this patch of grass has seen campsites, impromptu gigs and even a full scale rave last year. That being said, things do get out of hand and the police are regular visitors to the area.
The balmy summer saw a particularly high level of activity on the space, with one couple complaining that more than 50 people had gathered there on one night, drinking, taking drugs and starting fires .
An Instagram account was recently created, documenting the weird, wonderful and criminal goings-on on on the ‘island’.