UK Indoor Skatepark Spot Check 4: Campus, Bristol
Andre Seidel and Tim Nokes have been providing shelter to the skateboarders of Bristol for upwards of six years, and with their third venture – the appropriately titled Campus Pool – the duo took over a previously abandoned swimming baths and installed a unique concrete park which has proven massively popular with locals and visiting teams alike.
For the fourth of our ‘Terrain Spotting’ spot checks, we decided to head to the West Country and pay The Pool a visit, meeting up with a gaggle of local types for an evening sesh, the fruits of which can be seen below.
You’ll find all the info you need below, as well as an interview with Andre Seidel about the parks history, their current state of play and plans for the future.
The Pool is open 7 days from 10am, though they host a variety of sessions including Toddler Takeovers, Girl Only sessions and Veteran Nights for the over 30s. Be sure to consult the Campus website for the full timetable.
The Pool is situated just outside of Bristol city centre, though if traffic is clear you should be able to drive there in a little over 15 minutes.
Making use of the shape of the original pool and the room in which it sat, the park is a quite tight affair, but aside from the one 8-foot corner (which you’ll see Ryan Price and Pete Carron attacking shortly) everything in there is at a good enough height for you to either learn on if you’re just starting out on your skateboarding journey, or have a laugh on should you be already comfortable on your plank. Basically, you don’t need to be Grant Taylor to enjoy a session at The Pool. But if you do happen to be GT then it’s not going to hurt…
In terms of what the park has to offer, you’ll be pleased to learn that the layout is varied and includes quarters and banks of differing sizes, a steady hip, some legit curbs which are always a pleasure to session, a road gap, a rail and a hubba, neither of which you could class as ‘massive’. If you like to think outside of the box then there is plenty of opportunities to head off-piste here too, just keep your eager eyes open.
Photography by CJ – edit by Mike ‘Tidy Mike’ Pearson.