Bristol firework displays – Our pick of the best Bristol firework displays

Bristol Firework Display
Bristol Firework Display
Bristol Firework Display

Our best pick of the best Bristol firework displays

It’s that time of year when we huddle around a fire and watch as the skies are lit with fireworks to celebrate Bonfire Night, watching some of the best Bristol firework displays.

This of course is a celebration of the famous foiled Gun Power Plot, following Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605.  And as we enter one of the most worrying political climates of recent times, perhaps you too will find yourself wondering whether we just might have been better off letting our mate Guy finish the job!

But put that to one side for the time being and get yourselves out to one of the organised Bristol fireworks displays or bonfires in your area of.  After all, with BBQ’s, mulled cider and hog roasts accompanying various other live entertainment for the whole family, you’ll be missing out otherwise!

Here’s a round-up of all the best of what’s happening in Bristol.  Local schools and communities may have even more shows lined up.

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Here is our Bristol firework display guide for 2019

Bristol Firework Displays

Downend Round Table Fireworks – Friday 1st November 2019

Bristol’s biggest firework display, Downend Round Table never fail to deliver a spectacular show!

Head over to King George V playing fields early as not only is there a super long musically coordinated pyrotechnic masterpiece but are also fairground rides, a stage with live music and performances and, perhaps most importantly, a bar.. I mean hotdog stand!

The children’s display starts at 6:30pm and the main display at 8:00pm. This is a very popular event so make sure to pre-order your tickets to avoid disappointment and try to arrive by public transport to avoid the nightmare parking situation.

  • Friday 1st November 2019

  • 17:30pm - 21:00pm

  • King George V playing fields, Downend, BS16 6QW

  • £7 adults, £5 children (under 16), under 3 free

DoubleTree by Hilton Cadbury House – Friday 1st November 2019

Cadbury House always put on a great firework display and it’s open to everyone whether you are a member or not .

It’s worth driving out of town for this one, there’s plenty of parking, food and drink stalls and fairground rides as well as the epic display! Fireworks start at 18:30.

  • Friday 1st November 2019

  • 17:00pm - 19:30pm

  • DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House, Congresbury, BS49 5AD

  • £8 adults, £6 children, £25.00 family, under 2 free

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Canford Park Charity Fireworks Fiesta – Saturday 2nd November 2019

One of the best Bristol fireworks displays, we definitely recommend a visit to Canford Park! This is our top tip for the Saturday night. This is a simple but great affair, with no fairground rides, just some food and drink stalls and a band to entertain everyone before the display begins. It’s

perfect for those who just want to go and watch a spectacular fireworks display and then go home! Run by the Bristol Round Table and Rotary Club, the money goes to some amazing local causes too so make sure you snap up a ticket and get involved! Fireworks display begins at 19:00

  • Saturday 2nd November 2019

  • 17:30pm - 19:30pm

  • Canford Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 3NX

  • £5 in advance £6 on the gate, under 3 free

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Bishop Road Fireworks Extravaganza – Saturday 9th November 2019

For a proper family fun evening, this display, hosted by Bishop Road Primary School, ticks all the boxes.

Featuring fire performers, a samba band, bars and food stalls, it’s worth coming along early to enjoy yourselves before the fireworks begin. You must purchase your tickets in advance as none will be available to buy on the door

  • Saturday 2nd November 2019

  • 17:00pm - 20:00pm

  • School Field, Off Bishop Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8LQ

  • TBC

Fireworks to Music at Avon Valley – Sunday 3rd November 2019

Fireworks are always brilliant when timed to music especially when done well like they are at Avon Valley!

A firm favourite on the calendar, this is another large display complete with funfair, sparkler zone and plenty of food and drink! Fear not, the furry residents of the park are kept well away from the loud bangs!

This is another event that sells out fast so pre-book tickets to avoid disappointment. Fireworks start at 19:15 with the bonfire being lit after the display.

  • Sunday 3rd November 2019

  • 17:30pm - 21:00pm

  • Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park, Pixash Lane, Keynsham, BS31 1TP

  • From £4.50

Puxton Park Bonfire Night Fireworks Display – Saturday 2rd November 2019

This is a proper professional affair with fireworks display team Fire Magic returning to put on an absolute corker of a night!

This award-winning company will blow your socks off with their pyrotechnical wizardry! Not only that but you can also go on many of the park attractions along with children’s rides and the giant soft-play barn.

There will be stalls, a hog roast and a BBQ to top it all off! Make sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time as there will be no tickets available on the door. Fireworks display begins at 19:00pm.

  • Saturday 2rd November 2019

  • 17:00pm - 21:00pm

  • Puxton Park, Cowslip Lane, Weston Super Mare, BS24 6AH

  • £10 adults/children, £36 family of four, under 2 free

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Fireworks at Sea at The Grand Pier – Saturday 9th November 2019

You can’t beat watching fireworks over water so where better to catch a display than on the pier at Weston-Super-Mare looking out to sea (okay, Severn Estuary!).

Grab the best spot by booking tickets on the pier itself so truly appreciate the beautiful reflections cast into the water below.

This is definitely a display with a bit of a difference and one to remember forever! Tickets include unlimited rides Fireworks will start at approximately 8pm.

  • Saturday 9th November 2019

  • 18:30pm

  • The Grand Pier, Marine Parade, Weston-Super-Mare, BS23 1AL

  • From £9.50

Victoria Park Bonfire Night – Tuesday 5th November 2019

No fireworks.  Enter the build a  guy competition, bring your own contributions for the bonfire (wood only!) and enjoy a proper family friendly affair.

Guy competition at 18:00, fire lighting at 18:30

  • Tuesday 5th November 2019

  • 18:00pm - 21:00pm

  • Victoria Park, Totterdown, Bristol, BS3 4DP23 1AL

  • Free!

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Bonfire Night at Boiling Wells, St Werburghs City Farm – Saturday 9th November 2019

Come along to a bang-free evening, perfect for the younger members of the family and an event with a truly community feel.

Although there are no fireworks to keep the animals happy, there is plenty going on with live music, mulled wine, kids crafts, hot food, UV face paint, fire eating and juggling and a silent disco so there is plenty to keep you busy!

If you do fancy seeing a few rockets after, pop next door to the Farm Pub afterwards (see below for further information)

  • Saturday 9th November 2019

  • 16:00pm - 20:00pm

  • Boiling Wells Woodland, St Werburghs City Farm, Watercress Road, BS2 9XY

  • £8, under 12’s free.

Fireworks at the Farm- Farm Pub – Saturday 9th November 2019

Go along to the Farm for a proper knees up to celebrate this Guy Fawkes.

This is one to leave the kids at home for – with doors opening at 20:00, enjoy a few mulled ciders at the outdoor bar in the garden, enjoy a mega firework display then stay on for the live music including FFTP, who tout themselves as anarchic traditional folk music! They’ll get you up and dancing for the rest of the evening.

  • Saturday 9th November 2019

  • 20:00pm - 01:00am

  • The Farm, Hopetoun Rd, St Werburghs, BS2 9YL

  • Donations on the door

Portishead Town Football Club – Friday 1st November 2019

A fab event for those who live in beautiful Portishead, with plenty of stalls, fairground rides for the kids Display starts at 19:30.

Only disabled parking is available.

  • Friday 1st November 2019

  • 18:00pm

  • Portishead Town Football Club, Bristol Rd, Portishead, BS20 6QG

  • £5 adults in advance, £7 on the gate, £1.50 children in advance, £2.50 on the gate, under 5’s free

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If you’re heading out in to the frightening darkness of Bristol this Weekend on a stag dohen weekend, or just for fun, then make sure you make the most of it!  There is so much in the way of spooky shenanigans up for grabs on this Bristol Halloween, we want to let you know the good bits on offer.  Read on, if you dare!

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Our guide to the best bristol halloween events of 2019

Halloween is no longer just an American holiday; us Brits have embraced the spooky splendour and have started indulging in fancy dress, trick or treating and pumpkin decorating to boot. And hey, us Bristolians love an occasion… so we really do go all out!

If you’re looking for more info on what Halloween in Bristol could be like for you this Autumn, read on. There really is plenty to see that’s spine-chilling and do that’s devilish.

Lakota Pulp Fiction Halloween Bristol

You can always count on Lakota to put on a great party and this Halloween in Bristol is no different! Head down to this legendary venue in Stoke’s Croft for another whacky night!

This year, Lakota have conjured up a night combining cult films Pulp Fiction and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. For the dress code think Hawaiian shirts, bucket hats and coloured glasses a la Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro, or channel John, Samuel L or Uma in your best suit and wig.

The music, of course, will be up to the usual mind-bending par, with top DJs pounding out Acid House, Disco, House and Jungle.

Lakota

Thursday 31st October 2019 – 22:00pm - 4:00am

Walking Tour Halloween Bristol

Get in the mood for Halloween a week early with this hair-raising spook fest put on by Bristol Film Festival! Head deep down underground beneath the city to the Redcliffe Caves.

Once home to wily smugglers and dastardly pirates and later, used as shelter from the perilous bombs of the Second World War, these cave walls certainly hold a lot of mysteries!

A double bill by award winnng director Jordan Peele kicks off the run with films Get Out and Us. Watch out this one will haunt your nightmares for weeks after!

You can then choose from a wide array of macabre movies, from classics such as Bride of Frankenstein and The Exorcist to spine chillers Insidious and The Descent… Was that noise behind you from the surround sound or from the depths of the dark tunnels…?

Redcliffe Caves

Friday 25th October– Sunday 27th October 2019

Bristol Zombie Walk Bristol Halloween

Meet at College Green, at the bottom of Park Street in your most terrifying zombie attire to take part in this epic zombie walk. Now in its twelfth year, the organisers are ever keen to make their events bigger and better!

Make sure you pull out all the stops with your outfits and make up! Drag your heels around the city centre on a carefully planned route (no steps!) and scare the crap out of the tourists!

Once they have their fill of brains, the whole pack will be heading to for a drink or several to party like only the living dead can so make sure to stay on until dawn!

College Green

Saturday 2nd November 2019 – 15:00pm

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If you really want to freak yourselves out, head over to the Hatchet Inn for the authentic Halloween experience. The pub dates from 1606, is reportedly haunted and it is also rumoured that underneath all the paint, the front door is made from human skin.. need we say more!?

This year The Hatchet are putting on a Halloween Quiz on 31st October with the big party the day after, on Friday 1st November. Free Festivities kick off at 10pm when there will be prizes for the best fancy dress and DJ Durs (Danger Zone) will be on the decks all night with bass loud enough to wake any undead in the building!

The Hatchet Inn

Friday 1st November – From 22:00pm

Jungle Horror Story Bristol Halloween

One of the coolest venues in town, The Old Crown Courts set the stage for this belter of a halloween party.  Journey down to the Bridewell complex and party the night away at all six of the venues to some serious jungle beats.

With over 50 artists, 25 headline Jungle DJs and MCs and some huge DnB crews, this is going to be the party of the century! Book your tickets as soon as you can to avoid disappointment!

The Old Crown Courts

Saturday 26th October 2019 – 23:00pm – 05:00am

Horror In The Caves Halloween Bristol

Ever wanted to learn more about your Bristol’s creepy past? Join this award winning 75 minute walk to discover the dark histories and grim secrets lurking around every corner!

Find out which city centre pubs are haunted, (not what you expect!), visit film and tv locations and hear spine chilling tales that will make you look at the city in a whole different way next time you’re stumbling home from the pub in the dark!

Make sure you book in advance for this spooky night time walk, after all, where else are you going to hear the story about Clifton’s ghostly Dwarf Highwayman?

Bristol Cathedral, College Green

Friday 1st November 2019 – 20:00pm

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For something a bit more intellectual.. (well about as intellectual as we get!) check out The Old Bookshop’s special Halloween Pub Quiz! Test out your knowledge of all things spooky for the chance to win the top prize!

Brush up on your scary movies, lyrics to Thriller and names of serial killers and make sure to come up with a great, Halloween themed team name too!

Just don’t forget that using a Ouija board is just as much of a cheating offence as using your smart phone!

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Monday 28th October 2019 – 19:30pm – 22:30pm

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Halloween Traditions in Bristol

Halloween is becoming a bigger and bigger deal across Bristol and it’s a great excuse to dress up and get out. West Country Halloween traditions are still being set and are similar to those celebrated in the US of A, so help shape the spooky season and head off to one of the eerie events on offer to support local businesses and venues. Plan out your wicked weekend and make your own annual tradition to honour the hair-raising holiday!

Halloween events in Bristol include family-friendly parties and activities as well as adults-only nights, so there’s something for everyone… from cartoon cobwebs to phantasmal performers!

Top 3 Bristol Halloween Events

The city has a whole host of events on for All Hallows Eve, so we’ve picked three Bristol Halloween events that are all a little different. Don’t limit yourself to just one – there’s lots on!

Bristol Halloween Zombie Walk
Don your best zombie costume and get grey, ghoulish and bloody within this year’s theme.  Join the mass walk (well, amble, given that zombies aren’t best known for their speed) around the city centre route to scare tourists and enjoy lots of photo opportunities. This is the eleventh year of the Zombie Walk for Halloween in Bristol and it always draws a good crowd. Once you’ve eaten your fill of brains and guts, it’s time to head to the Winchester and wait for it all to blow over… or whatever nearest pub is easiest for you!

Necropolis City of the Dead Halloween Circus
One of the most prestigious Bristol Halloween events, you won’t see a show like this anywhere else. With a dress code of Dead Divas and Gaudy Ghosts, The Loco Club will be illuminated with all things supernatural, startling and spooky. Entry is from 8pm on Friday 26th October, and you can expect live music, a frightful photo booth, cocktails cooked up in a cauldron and petrifying performances.

Bristol Film Festival: Horror in the Caves
Deep beneath the streets in the Radcliffe Caves, the local Film Festival presents one of the most unique Bristol Halloween events: films in the crypts! The Lost Boys and The Witch kick off the scary screenings with an impressive line-up of monstrous movies across the whole of the Halloween weekend. Even visiting in the day can be daunting as the darkness never leaves the caves… and those stone walls have a lot of ghost stories to tell.

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You sit down at your computer, with a blank piece of paper by your side, and you do the common mistake most men commit by searching “best jokes for a best man speech”. Chances are, even if you go to the depths of your Google search, the ‘jokes’ will illicit groans rather than genuine laughter.

The truth is, you’re not alone as most best man speeches have become a clichéd mess, often leaving the best man feeling embarrassed (rather than the groom!).

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Create that perfect Best Man's speech

You sit down at your computer, with a blank piece of paper by your side, and you do the common mistake most men commit by searching “best jokes for a best man speech”. Chances are, even if you go to the depths of your Google search, the ‘jokes’ will illicit groans rather than genuine laughter.

The truth is, you’re not alone as most best man speeches have become a clichéd mess, often leaving the best man feeling embarrassed (rather than the groom!).

In order to achieve a speech that is both witty and heart-felt, the writing experts at Speechy have told us their tips for writing a best man speech.

Avoid 'Wedding Jokes'

Nobody wants to hear overused jokes about how the newlywed couple are off to Bangor, or how the wedding cake is already in tiers from your speech. Ditch those sort of jokes immediately.

Instead, focus on the groom.  What is it about him that makes him unusual? His out of proportion Tex-Rex arms, his obsession with avocadoes or his reluctance to give up his Adidas Tree Stripes? Spot the quirks that are truly ‘him’ and you’re onto a winner.

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Get the evidence

Instead of wasting your time on PowerPoint creating a collage of all of his worst haircuts, spend your time researching everything you can about the groom. This isn’t to say you don’t know him, but make sure you’re taping into every resource available.

Get his other mates involved and utilize his folks – they’ll definitely be able to tell some tales.

If the bride isn’t giving a speech, she might also like to supply some damning evidence of his poor hygiene habits or questionable quirks.

Less is more

The rule of thumb is to aim for around 8 to 10 minutes – hopefully with a bit of added time for laughter and ad-libs. Nobody ever said they ‘wished it were longer’ – at least, not when referring to a best man speech.

Be strict with yourself and make sure your material is punchy and snappy. You can mention certain memories, but TMI is never good. For example: you can mention the stag do, but it might be best to leave the trip to the strip club and his private lap dance out. We don’t want to give Granny any ailments.

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Make it a proper tribute

Above all else, the speech is a heartfelt tribute to a true friend. Don’t resort to clichés about him being a ‘world-class mate’ without providing the evidence to back it up.

What’s with his fascination with Sex and The City? How did it take him 9 times to pass his driving test? How is he the only one of your mates to know what’s going on with Brexit? You get the gist, just remember to keep it NUT – Nice, Unique, and True(ish)

Don't forget the bride

You have to remember that two people have gotten married, so make sure you spend a minute or two focused on the bride, maybe mention some antics on the hen weekend and how they complement each other’s personalities perfectly.

Definately don’t do the clichéd line saying the groom promised to let you be best man at his next wedding if you did well this time round.

If you don’t know the bride well, do some research so you can say more than the typical platitudes. How has she turned the groom into a better person? Has she converted him to a chai latte fan?

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Confidence is key

Believe it or not, most best men get nervous prior to addressing the guests. Nobody wants to be remembered as the boring one when it comes the speeches, but try to relax. A lot of confidence comes from simply faking it, so fake it!

Body language has a lot to do with how others perceive confidence so don’t look down and try to keep the shaking to a minimum. Make eye contact and remember to smile. It’s scientifically proven to be infectious, and those scientists seem to know stuff. So much of the humour for a speech relies on the delivery so make sure you talk slower than feels natural and pause where you expect laughter. It will come!

Enjoy it!

Overall, it’s important to have fun and remember that you’ve been chosen to give this speech because of how much you mean to the groom.

Avoid alcohol prior to delivering the speech – disappointingly, Dutch courage is a myth.

Make sure your speech is something both you and the groom can look back on in your later years, and laugh at – rather than grimace!

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Bath's Best Sunday Roasts - Our guide to the best Bath Sunday Roasts

If you’re looking for somewhere special to go with family and friends, feeling a bit fragile after a heavy night on the tiles or just want to have an easy day at the weekend, a Bath Sunday roast is always a winner.

A Bath Sunday roast is also the perfect activity if you are organising a Bath stag weekend or Bath hen weekend to perk everyone up before they  head home.

The Sunday roast is held in such high esteem and seems to be the one meal that people are very particular about so an average one just won’t cut it.

From debates of whose Nan makes the best Yorkshire puddings to the politics of accompaniments and how well done meat should be, everyone seems to have an opinion.

Why not take the pressure off and leave the work to some of Bath’s finest. With a range of different pubs and restaurants I think we might have something here for everyone, whether you like a traditional Bath roast with all the trimmings or are in the market for a more contemporary twist on your meat and three veg

Here is our guide to Bath's best Sunday roasts

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The Chequers, 50 Rivers St, Bath BA1 2QA

The Chequers is no newcomer to the scene, with its proud history dating back to 1776.

As the 2015 and 2017 winner of the Bath Good Food Award for Sunday lunch, this cosy, welcoming restaurant has the perfect balance of fine dining and relaxed atmosphere.

With a gastropub and fine dining restaurant sourcing local seasonal produce and a good range local bevvies, The Chequers has it all. If sharing is your thing, they also do an amazing looking sharing roast for two.

Bath Best Roast Dinner

The King William, 36 Thomas Street Bath BA1 5NN

This grade 2 listed Georgian building, like The Chequers, has a relaxed pub downstairs and upstairs dining rooms for a more formal and intimate setting.

Seasonal and local food and drink make up the daily changing menu with a selection of real ales from small local microbreweries. Sounds like a perfect recipe for a Bath Sunday roast.

Bath Roast Dinner

Marlborough Tavern, 35 Marlborough Buildings, Bath BA1 2LY

Do you take the dog for a walk or relax in front of an open fire or in a sunny garden and enjoy a top class Sunday roast in Bath? Why not do both?

The Marlborough Tavern not only produces fine food but is dog and family friendly and being located near Victoria Park everyone is in for a great day.

The Pulteney Arms, 37 Daniel Street, Bath, BA2 6ND

Whether you’re in front of the log burner on a cold Winters day or sat in the courtyard in the Summer, The family run Pulteney Arms is in a beautiful setting and a great location to walk the Bath Skyline.

They are ale drinker friendly featuring in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and are dog friendly too. Who sees the making of a perfect Sunday?!

Bath Best Roast

Victoria Pub and Kitchen, Upper Bristol Road, Bath, BA1 3AT

A pub with plenty of outdoor space for those sunny Sunday roasts in Bath but a bright, airy spacious inside area too for those colder days. The Victoria Pub as the name suggests overlooks Victoria Park for a bit of a post lunch wander.

GPT Smokehouse, 44-45 Lower Bristol Road, Bath, BA2 3BD

If you like your meat cooked low and slow at an award winning restaurant, check out the GPT Smokehouse.

With high quality locally sourced ingredients cooked over a hickory wood fire smoker these two brothers have been awarded the Bath Good Food Award Best Sunday Lunch 2014 and were highly commended in 2015.

Whatever floats your boat when it comes to a Bath Sunday roast, as long as you’re looking for high quality grub, these pubs and restaurants will not disappoint.

With great fresh, local produce being the order of the day, you can enjoy a top notch Sunday roast in Bath and explore what the city has to offer with family, friends and dogs too.

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Bristol Street Art – Bristol street art graffiti scene guide

Bristol Street Art
Bristol Street Art

Bristol Street Art

Bristol is a modern, cosmopolitan city with a vibrant past. It’s a place where old-world charm harmoniously meets urbanism – a concoction that continues to lure people from all over the world.

As well as its historic past, part of what makes Bristol’s iconic landscape so familiar (and yet ever changing) is the street art.

Evident throughout the city, Bristol’s graffiti and street art scene is one of the largest in the UK.  It’s a mesmerising medley of colours, ideas, styles and cultures – a visual simile of the city itself.

If you want to experience the Bristol street art graffiti scene for yourself you can just take a walk, paint the town red (excuse the pun) and keep your eyes peeled.

But if you fancy something with a little more focus, there are several events and organisations that will help you find the best street art Bristol has to offer.

The Bristol Street Art Graffiti Scene

Street Art Bristol

Where the wall

Inspired by the lively Bristol street art scene, Where the wall offers a cultural, artistic experience for kids and adults alike.

The award-winning company provides street art tours throughout the city, one of which is the longest running in Bristol.

For two glorious hours, Where the wall will guide you through the city streets every Saturday and Sunday, to ogle at 30 years of fantastic and visually mesmerising Bristol street art, which you may have otherwise missed.

Their intimate knowledge of the graffiti – and the artists – steams from a passion of the art form, as well as their personal expertise (some members of the team have even grown up with Banksy).

Where the wall also offers unique team-building events (either at their HQ or at your chosen location), giving your team or party the chance to make their very own street art stencils, or work together to create a giant masterpiece.

It’s a great option for any stag do or hen weekend, who are looking for a completely unique activity for their stay in Bristol.

Bristol Art

Graft workshop

Another great activity option for Bristol stag and hen weekends is Graft. Their customised packages will undoubtedly get all of your party involved; start with a walking tour of the best Bristol street art before you get your hands dirty and give street art a whirl!

As well as pre-nuptial parties, Graft offer workshops for all ages, for all the budding Banksy’s out there!

Banksy Bristol

Banksy; Bristol’s father of street art

Recognised around the world as the master of street art, Banksy was born and bred on the streets of Bristol.  He wealds a spray can like no other, and has sold his works all over the world for thousands of pounds.

Banksy’s politically fuelled art appears across the city, where he’s chosen to bless his hometown with some of his most iconic Bristol street art pieces.

Take the Banksy tour through Bristol and keep your eyes peeled for much-loved work, such as the Well Hung lover, The Mild, Mild West and the Grim Reaper.

Banksy’s hidden identity undoubtedly adds to his allure, but his popularity and success is rooted in his unquestionable talent.

Street Art Bristol

Upfest

Upfest, Europe’s largest free street art and graffiti festival has called Bristol home for a number of years, and only gets more popular with the passing of time.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in July, gifted graffiti artists from 50 countries will pile into the city to paint 60,000 square feet of surfaces for the Bristol street art weekend.

Spread over 50 locations south of the river, the event welcomes 50,000 visitors, who flock to the streets and enjoy live music, workshops, art sales and delicious street food.

From independent food and drink retailers, to hair graffiti, homemade produce and high quality clothing, the streets are filled stalls that offer something for everyone.

Many of the bars and pubs along Bristol’s North street in Bedminster take part in the festival-esque spirit, and welcome street artists to spruce up their walls inside and out with live spray painting (outside) and framed pictures donning the interiors.

Tour of Britain – Top 6 places to see the cycling in Bristol

Tour Of Britain Bristol 2018
Tour Of Britain Bristol 2018

Our top 6 places to see the Tour of Britain in Bristol & North Somerset

Fasten your helmets and hold on to your handle bars, Britain’s premier road cycling event “The Tour of Britain” is returning to Bristol after a year’s absence to host the third stage.  The world’s top riders will this time start and end the tour in Bristol and take in some of the most scenic areas of North Somerset.

It all kicks off at The Downs on Tuesday 4th September 2018, taking the route through Leigh Woods to Long Ashton, through Nailsea, Cheddar Gorge, before skirting the surrounds of Bath and back through Chew Stoke.

With such a mouth-watering day of cycling in store, you’ll want to find a good spot to take in the action. So West Country Games have put together our very own Top 6 Guide:

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1. The Downs

You may have only just about recovered from Downsfest, but with the Start/Finish Line on The Down and acres of space available, this is the perfect spot to bring a picnic and Frisbee to make a day of it. The race starts and finishes here.

2. The Mall, Clifton

Roll up Clifton-based race fans, the Mall is likely to be a very popular spot as you cheer the Yellow Jersey onto the Suspension Bridge and riders whizz past the beer garden.

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3 . Clifton Suspension Bridge

Get here early for the money-shot photo opportunity of the day as the riders make their way over Brunel’s most celebrated bridge.  Blink and you’ll miss it!

4. Ashton Court

If you are feeling particularly energetic, why not time your viewing of the race to fit with a quick blast around Leigh Woods & Ashton Court’s enthralling MTB trail.  After all, it is the UK’s closest city centre MTB route.

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5. Cheddar Gorge

What better place to watch the action than one of the region’s most picturesque landscapes. Make a day of it and visit Cheddar Caves while you’re there.

6. Gatcombe Farm

For the first time ever, the Tour of Britain will head past West Country Games activity site! Have a bite to eat at The Greedy Goose before settling down to watch the action from Gatcombe Farm.

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Bottomless Brunches in Bristol – Bristol Boozy Bottomless Brunch Guide

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Bottomless Brunches Bristol Hero

Bottomless Brunches in Bristol

Bottomless brunches in Bristol have become quite the thing of late.  Our resident foodie Katie has been trying out some of the best.

You’ve had a great night out and even thought you prepped with a pint of water by your bed, you’re still feeling a little fuzzy headed.

You’ve got two options; spend the day catching some z’s and re-hydrating or hitting up a Bottomless Brunches in Bristol, for a good ol’ dose of hair of the dog.

If option two is more your thing you’ve come to the right place for a guide to some of Bristol’s finest bottomless brunches on offer.  If you’re looking for a post just about traditional English breakfast based Bristol brunch, you’ve come to the wrong place, this will give you a taste of, as you’d expect of Bristol, a wide range of different tasty treats.

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Brace and Browns

The award-winning Brace and Browns doesn’t need any real introduction and neither does their bottomless brunch. Although the menu might have changed, the original bottomless brunch in Bristol is still made with locally sourced fresh ingredients and sounds irresistible!

A selection of tasters, a trip to the Bloody Mary station to make your own, followed by your choice of top notch sounding mains and sweet treats and of course, plenty of fizz for £32.50, what’s not to like.

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Pata Negra

For a total change of pace and country, you can head over to Pata Negra once a month for a Spanish tapas style bottomless cava brunch, one of our favorite bottomless brunches in Bristol.

For £25 from 11.00 – 13.00 you can imagine yourself soaking up the sun in Barcelona as you have a leisurely couple of hours eating Spanish hams and tortilla all washed down with all the cava.

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Steam Bristol

Now it’s time to get on another plane, this time we’re heading to America. Well, actually we’re heading to Steam Bristol but with this California inspired bottomless brunches in Bristol with bottomless mimosas or prosecco for two hours, you’d be forgiven for forgetting where you really are.

Starting with a selection of pastries and muffins, followed by a main, including; steak and eggs, shakshuka and several delicious pancake-based options, for £28.50 you could have your ~Saturday brunch needs taken care of.

Just to complicate things a little further or to give you the opportunity for more good food and bottomless drinking (responsibly of course) Steam Bristol have a bottomless barbeque every Sunday through the Summer.

There are meat and veggie options, an unlimited salad bar and unlimited sangria, prosecco and cider for two hours and live music. Sounds like the perfect afternoon to us.

The Clifton Sausage

It’s the first Saturday of the month and you’re debating where to meet everyone to catch up on the shenanigans of the night before. If you’re looking for a classic bottomless brunches in Bristol done well and a few more glasses to take you back a few hours, The Clifton Sausage could be the place for you.

Full English, smoked haddock or eggs benedict are just some of the temptations on offer with unlimited prosecco, bucks fizz, and bloody marys at £19.95 per person for one and a half hours.

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Pieminister

Today’s the day to wake up to a morning glory or a munch brunch. Pieminister is the place to be with these brunch pie offerings, or if pie is not taking your fancy, do not fear as there is more than just pie to accompany your bottomless prosecco, bloody marys, mimosas and aperol spritz.  The bottomless brunch last for one and a half hours for £20 and is served every two weeks.

Prince Street Social

You’re going out with a group and not everyone is a fan of the fizz, what do you do?! Option 1, lose a few of the crew, option 2, check out Prince Street Social where unlimited Amstel is included in the bottomless brunch.

For £28 per person, every Saturday, Prince Street Social have pastries, fresh fruit and yoghurt, unlimited prosecco and Amstel and one item from their brunch menu, including; various shakshoukas on sourdough, buttermilk pancakes and all the eggs.

Harvey Nichols

If you’ve got some cash to flash and want to take your bottomless brunches in Bristol up a notch, Harvey Nichols might just be the place for you. There’s no prosecco here, champagne is the order of the day and with a menu scattered with chia seeds, monkfish scampi and avocado mousse, the food is definitely no greasy spoon offerings.

If you struggle to choose between smoked salmon and halloumi, you’ve come to the right place as you can have three dishes from the menu. Between 11 and 2 on a Sunday, the champagne will be flowing and can be yours for £65.

You might be in Bristol for a bottomless brunch but with this lot you can take yourself around the world. By the time you’ve made the most of the bottomless drinks there’s a fair chance you might not be quite sure where you are. Now you just need to work out a schedule so you can sample some of Bristol’s finest boozy offerings.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta – Our guide to Bristol Balloon Fiesta

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Bristol Balloon Fiesta - Guide to Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

It always comes to that classic question; which came first, Bristol or the hot air balloons?  Welcome to our guide to  the famous Bristol Balloon Fiesta, all you need to know.

Ok, so it might not be quite so well known as that chicken and egg one, but Bristol and hot air balloons do go hand in hand, with many an iconic Bristol scene being photographed with hot air balloons floating on by.

This perfect photo opportunity will be back in Bristol in August, with over 130 balloons set to take to the skies across the four-day festival, a great Spectacle if you are visiting for a Hen Weekend, or Stag do.  The Bristol Balloon fiesta has stayed true to its vision 29 years ago, to provide a free show for the public, funded by local corporate sponsorship.

With just 27 balloons in the first year of the Bristol Balloon Fiesta, hot air balloons now being synonymous with the Bristol skyline and it being Europe’s largest meeting of hot air balloons is an impressive feat.

(Please note the absence of predictable puns about numbers rising, people being blown away by the festival or it receiving glowing reports – it was hard to resist…well I nearly did it!)

Not all hot air - our guide to the Bristol Balloon Fiesta

The Fiesta’s first day opens at midday with Hot Air Balloons tethering through the afternoon.  As we reach 6pm, our pilots are briefed on the weather for the first mass ascent of the Fiesta. At 9pm as dusk sets 25 of our hot air balloons turn into huge lights bulbs, glowing in time to our specially commissioned soundtrack, ‘Bristol’s Glowing’.  Our evening finishes with a fantastic firework finale

12:00 FIESTA OPENS BALLOON TETHERING – LAUNCH FIELD
18:00 MASS HOT AIR BALLOON LIFT
21:00 NIGHTGLOW AND FIREWORK FINALE
22:30 FIESTA CLOSES

The Fiesta’s second day includes two mass hot air balloon lifts and an afternoon of Balloon Tethering.

06:00 FIESTA OPENS AND MASS HOT AIR BALLOON LIFT
08:00 MODEL HOT AIR BALLOON COMPETITIONS
12:00 HOT AIR BALLOON TETHERING
18:00 MASS HOT AIR BALLOON LIFT
20:30 FIESTA CLOSES

The Fiesta’s third day includes more mass hot air balloon lifts and our infamous nightglow and firework finale.

06:00 FIESTA OPENS AND MASS HOT AIR BALLOON LIFT IN ASSOCIATION WITH CLASSIC FM
08:00 MODEL HOT AIR BALLOON COMPETITIONS
12:00 – 17:30 ARENA ENTERTAINMENT, INCLUDING…
18:00 MASS HOT AIR BALLOON LIFT
21:00 NIGHTGLOW AND FIREWORK FINALE
22.30 FIESTA CLOSES

The Fiesta’s final day includes more mass hot air balloon lifts and model hot air balloon competitions.

06:00 FIESTA OPENS AND MASS HOT AIR BALLOON LIFT IN ASSOCIATION WITH CLASSIC FM
08:00 MODEL HOT AIR BALLOON COMPETITIONS
12:00 – 17:30 ARENA ENTERTAINMENT, INCLUDING
18:00 MASS HOT AIR BALLOON LIFT
20:30 FIESTA CLOSES

Bristol Balloon Fiesta Night Glow

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One of the most unique things about The Bristol Balloon Fiesta is that you can enjoy it without even having to turn up.

This is where all the hills in Bristol are a real bonus, as the city boasts some prime spots with amazing views of the balloons and as you guessed it, being high up is the best place to be. At this time of year, you’ll see large groups of people out in the evenings in open, high, green spaces, and those people will all be in the know.

Rather than waiting for you to stumble across these groups of people to find out where you should be to get the best views of the balloons, now is the time to divulge. Not only do you get to check out a sky full of balloons, but it gives you the chance to really appreciate the incredible views over our beautiful city.

Whether you’re in North or South Bristol we have some great balloon spotting sites for you.

To get the best view of the hot air balloons you’re slightly at the mercy of the wind direction, but the places we have identified are reliable for seeing them when they go up from the Bristol Balloon Fiesta at Ashton Court.

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Where to see the balloons outside of the fiesta

In South Bristol, there are two great places, firstly, Bedminster Down. The evidence of this, even before the balloons go up, is the amount of people there.

There are so many people that burger vans often rock up to cash in on the opportunity.

Bedminster Down has a view over Ashton Court so whatever the wind direction you’ll always be able to see the hot air balloons.

As the next one is my local balloon viewing spot I feel a little reluctant to share it far and wide but here goes…Perrett Park.

There, I’ve done it. The park is a natural amphitheatre and faces towards the Bristol Balloon Fiesta so is a great place to be. With a playground there too and people cracking out the barbies, it has a real family feel and always has a great atmosphere as people await the first glimpse.

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Seeing so many hot air balloons is incredible

Time to head over the river for the classic Bristol hot air balloon view locations, both of which need no introduction or real explanation.

The Clifton Suspension Bridge and The Downs are the best spots in North Bristol and are, surprise surprise, high up and close enough to the Bristol Balloon Fiesta to guarantee a great view and even more so, an amazing photo opportunity.

Seeing so many hot air balloons is incredible but there is more to the Bristol Balloon Festival and for that you need to get yourself down to Ashton Court at all sorts of times of the day.

The Fiesta kicks off on Thursday 9th August at midday with balloons tethering through the afternoon in preparation for the first mass ascent planned for 6pm.

That’s not it for the day though. As dusk sets, tethered hot air balloons light up in time to music followed by fireworks. That’s just day one!! If you miss the night glow on Thursday night, you get the chance to see it and the fireworks again on Saturday night.

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It's all about timing

If early mornings are your thing, or even if they’re not, you should take the chance to join some early birds huddled up with their bacon sandwiches watching the 6am mass ascent.

Not only is it the perfect chance to see an amazing sight of all of the balloons in the relative peace of the early morning but there’s always a feeling of solidarity and achievement when there’s a bunch of you who have all made it out at a time when you would otherwise be snoozing away.

Whatever time you get yourself to Ashton Court the Bristol Balloon Festival will not disappoint as there is plenty of entertainment and activities on site as well as with the sights.

Although the Fiesta itself is free, if you want to check it out, your transport will definitely need some planning as some roads will be closed and the parking there will need to be pre-booked.

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Our top tips

I have one more option here for you which combines the excitement of being at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta itself and the incredible views of the huge number of balloons soaring over Bristol.

Why not take to the air and go up in one of the balloons. This might not be the cheapest of options but would be an amazing opportunity to get an up close and personal view.

However you choose to be a part of this key date in Bristol’s calendar, you can be sure that it will be impressive and that you won’t be alone. The Bristol Balloon Fiesta always captures the imagination of the city and brings people together for four days of anticipation and enjoyment.

For more information, why not visit the official Bristol Balloon Fiesta website.

Bristol Harbour Festival – Host to Bristol Harbour festival 2018

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Bristol Harbour Festival

Drinks, music and fun in the sun at Bristol Harbour Festival

The Bristol Harbour Festival is one of the biggest events in the city’s calendar, and if you’re making a list of must-do Bristol activities then look no further.

Imagine the scene… Groups of friends sat on the harbour walls, sipping local cider and soaking up the afternoon sunshine.  A flotilla of boats bobbing in the harbour and the sound of flags snapping in the breeze fills the air.  Live music from the open-air stage drifts across the water and the atmosphere is relaxed and happy.  Welcome to Bristol’s annual harbour festival!

This year’s 2018 festival will take place on the weekend of 20th – 22nd July and there’s plenty to get excited about.  It’s long been one of the highlights in the local calendar and is the ideal focus for a Bristol hen weekend or a stag do and the best bit – it’s all totally free!

Here’s our run-down of the best that the festival has to offer, to help you make the most of a weekend packed full of Bristol Harbourside festival fun.

Bristol’s Harbour Festival

Bristol Harbour Festival

What’s the deal?

The Bristol Harbour Festival was set up to celebrate Bristol’s proud naval heritage, and every year hundreds of boats converge on the floating harbour to moor up and join in the fun.

Famous ships like The Matthew make an appearance and there are water-based displays of everything from Newfoundland rescue dogs to the local fire service.

The city is taken over by music and dance and it’s a great showcase of the area for visitors, as well as being a great way to celebrate a hen, stag or birthday weekend.

The best music?

The Bristol Harbourside Festival starts on Friday night with a free, live music concert in the newly-revamped Lloyds Amphitheatre on the banks of the river.

Previous years have featured a concert orchestra providing the warm-up for UK rapper Roots Manuva so expect an eclectic mix!

There are eight different music stages at the Bristol Harbour Festival showcasing a range of music styles, so there’s something for everyone.

A trip to the famous floating nightclub the Thekla is at the top of the list of things to do that shouldn’t be missed; host to a stage in its own right, this is a unique chance to enjoy a bit of live music on board during daylight hours.

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The best food?

Bristol is considered the culinary capital of the UK with a large host of great eating venues to indulge in.  The Bristol Harbour Festival embraces this tradition and there is some top-quality food on offer over the festival weekend.

Many local places offer special deals for festival-goers and with three Michelin-starred restaurants in the centre of town you could certainly choose to push the boat out!

Don’t fancy a sit-down meal?  There are a number of ‘Market’ areas where you can grab some food on the go featuring cuisines from all over the world.

The best drinks?

Drinking is also taken very seriously at the Bristol Harbour Festival, and if you’re a fan of craft ales and ciders then you’re in luck.  Local producers take the chance to promote their best vintages and sinking a pint of Somerset cider outside the Arnolfini is a must-do, as well as any of Bristol’s best pubs.

No Bristol stag or hen weekend would be complete without a drink or two, and the festival doesn’t disappoint here either.  Pop-up cocktail bars are normally found near Queens Square, or take some time out of your Bristol harbour festival experience to sample a couple of hand-crafted drinks in The Rummer on Corn Street.

It’s at the heart of the Bristol drinks scene and is well worth a visit.

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The best activities?

If you’re organising a group trip to Bristol, then you’ll probably be interested in finding something unusual to entertain the gang at the harbour festival.

Head to Queens Square to the dance stage to try your hand at everything from Salsa to Bhangra, or try out the circus tent to see some gravity-defying performances.

There’s plenty to see on the water as well. Keep your eyes peeled for tall ships moving in and out of the harbour throughout the weekend- the sight of a traditional ship sailing down the river under the Suspension Bridge is not to be missed.  Charge up the camera batteries, this is Bristol at its finest!

Fancy something a bit more active?  Get involved in the Dragon Boat Racing display!  It will get your pulse racing while giving you a great view of the city from the water.

If that seems like hard work then there are plenty of other traditional events on offer across the weekend, like morris-dancing and pirate walks.

Give in to pier pressure, and enjoy!

The Bristol Harbour Festival is an unmissable blend of culture, music and fun.  Bring your mates, bring the family, make it the centre of your weekend and enjoy the party.  This is the West Country at its best!

Bristol Harbourside – Things to see and do at Bristol Harbourside

Bristol Harbourside
Bristol Harbourside

Top 5 things to do at Bristol’s Harbourside

In recent years, Bristol harbourside has flourished as the up-and-coming place to be in the UK.

Surrounded by countryside and with great transport links to the capital, Bristol’s harbourside relaxed vibe has drawn people from all walks of life, bringing with them new appetites and expectations.

As such, Bristol harbourside can boast the same eclectic mix of facilities as any major thriving metropolis, but on a much more intimate scale.

As with many of the UK’s major cities, Bristol was founded by the river and as a result, there are a huge range of Bristol activities to enjoy by the water.

Here’s the top 5 things to do around Bristol’s beautiful Harbourside.

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1) Cruise along the docks!

What better way to spend a few hours than cruising up and down the Bristol harbourside, enjoying the amazing sights Bristol has to offer from the water.

Whether you’re on a Bristol Stag Do, a Hen weekend or just visiting friends (there’s a wide range of Bristol group accommodation in close proximity) a cruise is a great option, with or without a bar on board!

You can enjoy the sights and sounds of Bristol’s Harbourside, or if you are feeling more adventurous, you can cruise up the river a bit towards Bee’s tea rooms.

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2) SS Great Britain

Bristol harbourside’s number one attraction, the SS Great Britain is a spectacle not to be missed.

The brainchild of Bristol’s famous Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the ship was an imposing, colossal feat of maritime engineering. And it still is to this day. Visitors are invited to step aboard and step back in time, to experience life at sea, as it would have been on her maiden voyage in 1843.

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3) Bristol Harbour Festival

Live bands, delicious street food and fun for all the family, the Bristol Harbour Festival is a must for any festival lover.

For three glorious days in July, the festival takes over the Harbour area of the city, drawing crowds from across the region. There’s something for everyone – from maritime activities to Morris dancing, music and even a circus zone.

And the best part? It’s free – but make sure you bring a few notes, as the food and drink can prove irresistible

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4) We the Curious

Experience science like never before! We The Curious offers a hands-on approach to science education – whatever their age.

There are hundreds of exciting exhibits to explore and experiments to take part in.

And the permanent 3D planetarium gives visitors the chance to enjoy the night sky and learn more about space – it’s quite literally out of this world!

5) Pirate walk

Step back in time and experience some Bristol’s lively (and sometimes harrowing) maritime history.

The perfect activity for pirate-loving land lubbers, the famous Pirate Walk is a great way to learn more about the city – and some of it’s world famous inhabitants.

The tour takes you around the Harbourside and lasts an hour. Wannabe buccaneers are welcome to don an eye patch or bandana and get involved.

still standing in the evening should wobble their way over to Thekla – the award-winning live music boat.