Why we’re excited about being in Bristol this summer

Bristol summer

We’re one bank holiday weekend down, we’ve had a teeny tiny peak of the summer heat and we’re all very excited about our plans this summer. Bristol is the BEST place to be when the sun is shining so what are the things we’re most looking forward to over the sunnier months?

New to Bristol, Ally from Brand & Insight has a busy itinerary for her first summer in the city including going to the seaside – do you think she means Clevedon? – as well as climbing trees at Tortworth Arboretum, hitting up Grillstock and the Lido midsummer party. Stand-up paddle boarding through the harbour and “drinking all the cider on the Grain Barge” are also on her list. We like your style, Ally!

Festivals are always a hit in Bristol and everyone we asked mentioned the infamous Balloon Fiesta and the long-running Harbour Festival. Sian says her favourite events include the Dot to Dot music festival, Simple Things Festival and the St Nick’s night markets. BS3 native Mark loves Upfest, Europe’s largest Street Art and Graffiti Festival – mostly because it’s on his doorstep. Sarah’s also a big fan of Upfest and can’t wait to see James Bay at the Bristol Summer Series this year: “There’s nothing quite like live music outside on a summer evening with a cheeky cider. I just hope it doesn’t rain!” We hope so too, Sarah!

Our Steph is looking forward to the Bristol Zoo Big Night Out in July when the zoo opens in the twilight hours for adults only. Cheeky. And she’ll be getting her BBQ on and chilling at Ashton Court or the Downs. She also suggests heading to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm too.

Bristol Airport tops Justin’s list of places to go – so he can fly to Greece for a summer holiday with his beloved family! Ahhh! He’s also “doing Saturday night at Loves Saves The Day and – get in – the Massive Attack mini-one-day-festival in September.”

Talking about what he’d do on a sunny day in Bristol, Dan says: “I’d jump on a boat trip around the harbourside and enjoy the trip up to Beese’s Tea Gardens in St. Annes. It’s a great way to see the city.” And of course he can’t help but mention his band: “I’d also recommend one of Visitor’s gigs – I hear they are great live!” Ha ha!

Cyclist extraordinaire Sian is keen to hit the ground on the Bristol to Bath cycle path, stopping off for a drink at the pub by the weir at Salford on route. She’ll also be soaking up some history, visiting the Georgian house and the Red House, and wandering around the harbourside, down the Frome Valley and at Snuff Mills.

And that’s not all, we have big plans for picnics in Victoria Square, museum exhibitions, the Comedy Garden, beers at the Avon Gorge, Strawberry Line bike rides, Billy Elliot at the Hippodrome, international cricket matches, climbing Cabot Tower, listening to live music at the Old Duke….and that’s just the start of it.

So, it’s safe to say Bristol’s the place to be this summer. If you stop by, drop on in for a cuppa (it’s never too warm for one of those).

Becky Goozee.