Location of SBARC
We welcome all comers to our club nights so please don't be afraid to turn up on Thursdays between about 19:30 hours local and 21:00 hours local. As has been said in various places throughout this site, the club is housed at the Novers Park Community Centre off Novers Park Road in Filwood, Bristol. Novers Park Community Centre is a members only facility, all members of the SBARC are also members of the Community Centre to address this. For visitors this means that you'll have to arrange for someone to let you in, which shouldn't be difficult as there is nearly always someone coming or going from the building.
The Novers Park Community Centre can be difficult to find on the first visit. The building itself can be found behind the Knowle West Media Centre, at 51.425541° North Latitude by 2.593772° West Longitude. Access is from Novers Park Road via a short single track alley between numbers 122 and 124 Novers Park Road. This entrance can be found at 51.425929° North Latitude by 2.593001° West Longitude.
The easiest way to reach us by car is from the A4174 Hartcliffe Way into Novers Lane, across the roundabout into Leinster Avenue taking the first left after the Knowle West Media Centre into Novers Park Road and left into the access alley after the first 2 or 3 houses Once into the Novers Park Community Centre site there is ample free car parking. Please use the Google Maps powered map below to work out your own route.
Although by far the vast majority of our members elect to drive to the club, we are a fully inclusive organisation and recognise that there are alternative modes of travel that people will wish to use. The following sections detail alternative modes of travel and their access routes.
The Novers Park Community Centre is a fully fenced site, and the only point of entrance is via the single track alley that leads between numbers 122 and 124 Novers Park Road. Pedestrians have to walk along Novers Park Road to the alley to get to the Community Centre. There is a pedestrain crossing on Leinster Avenue just to the north east of Novers Park Road to allow safe crossing of Leinster Avenue should this be necessary.
As with the pedestrain access, direct access to the Novers Park Community Centre for cyclists is via the short single track alley between 122 and 124 Novers Park Road. There are no designated cycle lanes in the vicinity of the site and cyclists are advised that there can be a significant amount of on street parking in the area particularly on Leinster Avenue which can reduce the available road width to less than that required for two way traffic. There are no formal cycle parking facilities at the site, however there is ample opportunity to secure a cycle to parts of the buildings external realm.
Buses are operated by First Group. The closest bus stops are at the junction of Leinster Avenue and Novers Park Road aproximately 170 metres from the Novers Park Community Centre and are served by bus service 36 (Centre to Withywood via Barton Hill, Wootton Road, Brislington, Knowle). Alternative services are the 20 (Hengrove – Southmead via Hengrove Park, Rookery Farm, Knowle, Temple Meads, Centre, Westbury) and 90 (Broadmead – Hengrove ( Bristol City Service ) via Centre, Bedminster, Melvin Square, Inns Court Green, Imperial Park). Services 20 and 90 stop at Melvin Square which is more remote from the site at the north east end of Leinster Avenue approximately 650 metres from the site. Full details of routes and timetables can be found on the First Group Website or from the Bristol City Council Website.
The closest railway staion is Parson Street to the north west of the site. This station is located some 1900 metres from the site and requires a walk via Novers Hill, Novers Road and Novers Park Road to get to the site. The topography is not particularly level along this route and the quality of lighting and footways is not known. Parson Street is poorly served outside of the peak hour with only local services stopping roughly once per hour and there are no diect bus connections from the station to the site. Our recommendation for anyone wishing to travel by train is to catch services calling or terminating at Bristol Temple Meads and then catching bus service 20 from bus stop 'Tf' on Temple Way outside the station disembarking at Melvin Square and walking to the site. On the return journey alight at stop 'Tj' for Temple Meads Station. Train times can be found from the National Rail Enquiries Website.