VOTED Bristol's best group activitiy 2019
A weekend in Bristol would not be complete without a visit to West Country Games.
Bristol’s most popular weekend activity features 9 hilarious games using large inflatables, catapults and sumo suits and much more.
This activity is designed for groups of all abilities perfect for your weekend visit to Bristol. It runs on Saturdays all year round, with the fun moving indoors from October to March.
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You and your friends are looking for fun activities in the Bristol area for your special day out, or team building day. So, what do you choose? There are loads of Bristol activities on offer.
Here’s a quick rundown of the best ideas for celebrating something special, from stag weekends and hen parties, to birthdays, to corporate team bonding and any excuse in between.
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Bristol Activities Guide
For a fume-free adrenalin boost, there is great range of outdoor Bristol activities to throw yourself into. You can bounce on an inflatable, pit yourself against a bungee rope, try out wrestling Sumo style, race tractor tyres and even wang a few wellies.
‘Someone will get wet at some point’ seems to be a law amongst these events, where everyone mucks in and has a giggle. Whack, wobble and weave your way through a series of challenges, with points being scored and a prize for the winner.
Shoot Um' Up Bristol Activities
Running around, hiding behind trees, jumping in puddles, getting muddy and shooting the enemy is like getting to be a kid all over again. Paintballing is a Bristol activity that gives the perfect excuse to carry on being big kids at some great local sites, including one on a proper job former military camp.
Does it get much better than this when it comes to Bristol activities? Splatting the enemy, aka your fellow stags and hens, with brightly coloured paint is great fun and far safer than real things which go bang! If you yearn to shoot stuff properly, then how about going all tweed and Hunter wellies for a spot of clay pigeon shooting? Taste the life of country ladies and gents as you test your aim and fire!
Get High On Bristol Activities
For the ultimate adrenaline rush, why not take to the skies with some daredevil high ropes shenanigans. There are quite a few centres near Bristol to choose from, offering some seriously scary, sky-high, group activities. If you like to whizz through the air at high speed, then a 100 metre zip wire might be just the ride for you.
You can wobble about atop a 10 metre pole, get all James Bond on an abseil and leap Tarzan style through the trees to catch an aerial trapeze. There are Bristol activity packages available for stag and hen parties. So, make like an eagle and get airborne.
Shimmy It Bristol Activitiy
One for the hens? Burlesque workshops are pure fun and a beginner friendly Bristol activity. Release your inner diva as you learn to twirl those tassels and pose, with all the style and glamour of burlesque cabaret. Once you get to grips with the tease, the flirt, the quiver and the wink, you’ll be ready to strut your stuff to all your friends.
Get Shaken And Stirred
A cocktail making class is the perfect Bristol activity for stag parties, hen weekends and anything else you would like to celebrate. If you are looking to both have a fun night and impress your friends with your cocktail making skills when you get back home, this is the way to do it. Mix, muddle and shake your own concoctions and then, of course, comes the delicious business of drinking them!
There are several venues, offering a variety of classes and buffet packages to suit your hen or stag group. If a good brew or a proper job Westcountry cider are more your thing, there are beer making classes and cider tasting sessions available too.
Be A Petrolhead
With roads full of cyclists, pedestrians and those pesky speed cameras, there are far too few opportunities to let rip these days, so you need to find a spot where speeding is positively encouraged. For the weather-shy amongst you, there’s indoor karting to enjoy as one of the more traditional Bristol activities, with one of the centres even having a flyover!
Enjoy a Grand Prix event, with presentation ceremony and trophy for the champion, or maybe swap 4 wheels for 2 and go mad on mini-motos. If you like to get muddy, there are some great venues available in Bristol for 4×4 lessons, quad biking and off road buggies.
If your stag or hen party fancies a spot of luxurious lounging and lazing, there are some top notch spas and lidos in and around Bristol and Bath. The Thermae Bath Spa is a popular choice with hen parties and the Clifton Lido, in Bristol, is a little slice of heaven.
You can splash and swim to your heart’s content, or simply sit in an outdoor Jacuzzi gazing up at the stars. At one of the opulent spas, why not opt for a full body massage, facial or mud wrap, to get you looking totally gorgeous for your hen or stag night out.
Bristol Hen Activities
Bristol is a brilliant city and makes for a great place to visit no matter the occasion. A bustling place that balances commercialism with beautiful British countryside, the city makes a great destination for those looking to celebrate an occasion, and in particular; for hen dos!
The range of Bristol hen activities on offer for groups means there’s no shortage of things to do, see, eat, drink and experience in the city, so it’s popular year-round with hen parties of all shapes and sizes.
Bristol hen activities are numerous, so there’s truly something for everyone – no matter how big your group or how varied. Read on for our top picks of Bristol activities for headstrong, happy hens!
Get competitive at the West Country Games
Ever fancied yourself as a bit of an athlete? No, us neither really, but perhaps in a gameshow type sense. The highest rated of Bristol activities for hen parties in the city is the West Country Games, a themed fun programme of activities and games that are outdoors just a few miles from the city centre. Transport can be arranged and games can be adapted as required to suit different ages and abilities. There’s one thing guaranteed – even if you’re not the day’s winner, you’ll definitely be full of laughs!
Enjoy a Cocktail Making Class
Are you partial to a mojito, a daiquiri or even a Sex On The Beach? Taking a cocktail making class is one of the most popular Bristol hen activities and is a great way to bond your group while learning a new skill… although at the end of the experience you may not remember the process entirely! Packages available include the tuition of an expert mixologist to craft your perfect drink, learn more on the history of cocktails and then enjoy your creations at the bar.
Take a Booze Cruise
Bristol sits on the River Avon, so it’s no surprise that some of the top Bristol hen activities are based on the water. Booze cruises can be taken from the city centre out on a loop route, or one-way out to the coast or back in. Boats can be exclusively hired for groups or you can book tickets on a larger party boat to blend in and meet others. Most tickets include drink packages and river tours make for a fantastic way to see the city a little differently.
Explore the human form by Life Drawing
A Bristol activity for the more cultured of hen parties, taking a life drawing class is a brilliant balance between art and fun… allowing some giggles amongst a more serious activity, so appealing to a variety of hens. You don’t need any drawing skills or artistic ability as a teacher will be present, and in some instances you can request a certain model – so why not spice things up and pick a groom look-a-like for your lucky bride-to-be? Life drawing classes are always hosted in private areas or venues and the models are very experienced; so don’t feel bad if you get the giggles!
Strut your stuff at a Dance Class
How many years has it been since you choreographed a dance routine to a pop song with your mates? Probably quite a few, but as you’ll likely be hitting a dancefloor at some point during your upcoming hen weekend, why not get to it again? Dance classes spanning all genres are available for hen parties in Bristol, both private and public. They’re a great laugh with no experience or ability required. Try twerking in a street dance class, get romantic with salsa, shake your booty with belly dancing or give pole dancing a go for a real work-out! The possibilities are endless, and in this environment, the pressure is off.
Light up at the Glow Games
Get some serious 80s neon vibes at the Glow Games. Classic disco meets sports and fitness in this Bristol hen activity that always delivers an unforgettable experience. Bespoke sports challenges can be built up into an afternoon or evening programme of competitive activities. Pack your glow sticks, neon tutus and awful 80s fancy dress… this is your time to SHINE!
Turn back time with an Old School Sports Day
Go retro and book a school sports day for your hen do group – Britney Spears-style school uniform desirable, but not required! Bounce around on space hoppers, balance an egg on a spoon, hop into a sack and take part in the classic tug-o-war. Venue and all equipment is provided; you just need to book in advance, pick from your favourite sports and turn up on the day. Old school sports days are easily adaptable and can be chopped and changed as needed to fit your group’s requirements.
Puzzle solve at the Escape Rooms
Escape rooms seem to be prevalent on every high street, and Bristol too has plenty to choose from. There is all kinds of themes available and lots of challenge-levels about. Bigger groups can even compete in tandem whilst in different rooms to see who’s able to escape first. Most escape room challenges last 60 mins and if you don’t get out of the room within the hour, you’ve failed: so this isn’t just a case of who can get out… it’s who first, too!
Bristol Stag Activities
Bristol stag activities can rival those available in any big city, but what can’t be rivalled – and definitely never beaten – is the Bristolian’s sense of hospitality and fun. A fantastic city to visit for a stag do, trip or weekend, Bristol activities are vast and varied and you’ll never grow bored of the West Country in finding something to do.
Most activities need to be booked ahead (particularly for larger groups), but you’ll find Bristol’s venues often more accommodating to stag parties than most.
Activities in Bristol include some of the more popular and traditional options alongside a taste of the unusual, so you can really pick and choose to create a stag do itinerary that works perfectly for you and your group.
Our top picks of Bristol stag activities are below, so you can seek inspiration for your trip right here.
Get competitive at the West Country Games
Easily the best (and always the highest rated) of Bristol stag activities, the West Country Games is a day-long programme of sports and themed activities to pit the stag group against each other. There’s no athletic ability or experience required, and this is more novelty than Olympic; with loads of options for adapting games to fit ability and age. The West Country Games take place just outside of Bristol, but transport is provided.
Shoot for the stars at Combat Archery
Combat Archery combines elements of dodgeball, paintball and (duh!) archery to create a high-tempo and rawkus stag activity for groups of all shapes, sizes and ages. Enter the Combat Archery bunker and your group will split into teams. Inflatable bunkers and barricades give shelter, cover and a vantage point to take on other players. The time will fly by and your stags will love it!
Kick about with Bubble Football
Strap your stags into a giant plastic bubble from the hips upward and make them run around; mainly into each other; to play football. What could go wrong?! Bubble Football is one of the top Bristol activities available and always makes for a hilarious few hours. Book in advance to include transport options in your package (it’s based 3 miles from the city centre) and to avoid disappointment.
See the city from the water on a Booze Cruise
Well, it is a city based on a river! As a result, some of the most popular Bristol stag activities amongst tour groups are river cruises. Book onto a tour that stops at riverside pubs or pick one with a bar on-board. Book ahead and dress your whole group up in sailor outfits… with the groom-to-be as your captain, of course!
Take on Axe Throwing for perhaps the most manly stag activity ever
What could be more masculine than throwing around big axes? Challenge your stags to taste the wild west and chuck axes around instead of arrows. You won’t be required to just stay in one place either; there’s plenty of themed axe-throwing games to give a go to try something different!
Feel the adrenaline and go Quad Biking
Experience the thrill of speed in the great outdoors by quad biking in Bristol out and about. Specialist off-road tracks cater for quad bikers of all levels, and no experience is required. You don’t need a driving licence and the teams organising such events are able to adapt their track routes to accommodate any special requests.
Speed up at Go-Karting
Everyone’s probably been go-karting before, but Bristol’s stags go one step further and take on high-speed go-karts at expert level tracks. You can pitch your go-karting however works best for your group: arrange a racing tournament, or just give it a go – the ideal stag activity for petrolheads and speed demons!
Go off-road with Rebel Buggies
Go-karts and quad bikes not enough for you? Rebel Buggies are ultimate adrenaline rush: these are Mad Max style race carts with 600cc v-twin engines, so there’s some real power behind them! Rebel Buggies operate in almost all weathers and make for a thrilling, albeit often messy, stag experience. Shrinking violets – and slow drivers – need not apply.