Cocktail Making – Bristol Options

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Cocktail Making Great Cocktail Making Packages in Bristol...

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We have partnered up with Bristol's best cocktail making venues to offer you the best packages available in the heart of the city.

From a Cosmopolitan to a Mojito, you will all learn to make them like a pro with a expert mixologist.  What a great way to kick off your night out!

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2 Cocktail Masterclass @ Slug & Lettuce

£ 20.00 / pp

  • Mix-up 2 Cocktails
  • Your own Mixologist
  • 45-90 Minutes*
  • FREE : Glass of Prosecco on Arrival
  • ADD-ON : A buffet for just £10pp
4 Cocktail Masterclass @ AlterEgo

£ 25.00 / pp

  • Mix-up 4 Cocktails
  • Your own Mixologist
  • 45-90 Minutes*
  • FREE : Shot at the end
  • ADD-ON : Karaoke VIP room & 20% off drinks
3 Cocktail Masterclass @ Steinbeck and Shaw

£29.00 / pp

  • Mix-up 4 Cocktails
  • Your own Mixologist
  • 60-90 Minutes*
  • FREE : Cîroc Vodka Train at the end

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2 Cocktail Masterclass @ Slug & Lettuce

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Slug & Lettuce

Located at the Bristol Harbourside in the centre of Bristol, this is a great venue to start off your night, with the option of adding on some dinner, as well as a myriad of choices to of where to go next!

£19.00 pp

Based on a minimum group size of 6

What's included

  • 2 Cocktails

  • Mixologist

  • Glass of Prosecco on Arrival

Venue

  • Slug & Lettuce Bristol Harbourside

    Explore Ln, Bristol BS1 5TY

  • Timings

    From 5PM to 9PM

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  • 4 star ratingGreat fun I was part of a Hen Weekend, celebrating the forthcoming marriage of Sarah Iris Dunk to Marc Simon Lawrence. I was the eldest of the group and was able... read more

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    Maps52008638840
    03/11/2019

    4 star ratingGood Laugh Really good laugh with instructor Lilly. Well organised and friendly competition. Had a great time..

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    Edsx
    11/10/2019

    5 star ratingA fantastic way to celebrate any occasion I had a portion of my hen party at West Country Games and boy was it worth it! I had a very diverse party with a span of ages and... read more

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    GabsJR
    11/10/2019
  • 4 star ratingStag Activity Weekend A good time was had by all, although some the activities were a little tired (pugel sticks)
    Jen was amiable & informative. I wouldn't like to do this in the rain....
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    23/10/2019

    5 star ratingHen do Absolutely awesome time, highly recommend didn’t stop laughing the whole time so much fun. Good for all ages.

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    Julie F
    11/10/2019

    5 star ratingExcellent hen party idea Couldn't fault West Country Games one bit, there was something for everyone and we had such a fab day

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    17/10/2019
  • 5 star ratingHen party madness! Had a hilarious and great time with 16 hens here. Staff were great and games were funny and well done .
    Highly recommend

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    Diane W
    14/10/2019

    5 star ratingExcellent Fun The different activities were ran efficiently, with great humor and everyone enjoyed themselves. We had Cody with our group throughout the afternoon and he introduced each activity well so we... read more

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    303dom
    23/10/2019

    positive review Fantastic day of laughter and fun x

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    Melissa Staveley
    03/02/2020

Is Bristol the best city in the UK?

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Bristol : The best city in the UK: why the surprise?

In March, Bristol was awarded first place in the Sunday Times ‘Best place to live 2017’ Guide. And now the announcement is ‘old news’, I feel safe to vocalise my surprise at, well, the surprise.

Seven years ago, before I moved to the city, I may have been among those raising an eyebrow over Bristol’s new accolade. I’ve lived in several of the country’s bustling cosmopolitan hubs, as well as some of the more rural spots, and wasn’t that impressed with either end of the spectrum.

But having spent some time getting to know Bristol and all it has to offer, it’s no wonder to me that it keeps coming up trumps. And in my humble opinion, here are the reasons why.

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The history of Bristol

Bristol is steeped in history, much of which is still tangible to this day. From the 12th Century Temple Church, to the SS Great Britain and even the labyrinth of caves in Redcliffe, Bristol’s past fuses seamlessly with its modern-day vibe.

The city can even boast an array of famous former occupants, such as the notorious Edward Teach (otherwise known as Blackbeard), Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and even the elusive street artist Banksy.

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Bristol's food scene

From the North to the South of the river, Bristol is home to hundreds of award-winning restaurants and cafes to sate all appetites. Every meal is more-than catered for ten times over; try a healthy breakfast of smashed avocados and poached egg at Primrose Café, or a less-healthy all-you-can-drink Prosecco brunch at Brace & Browns.

If you’ve time for lunch, you could do much worse than the Burger Joint in Bedminster, before a first-rate dinner at the Pony and Trap. (It’s a few miles out of Bristol, but the food is first-rate and the scenic views of the Somerset countryside are stunning).

Even the much-loved chains you expect to encounter in a city are situated on water fronts or in beautiful period buildings. If you can handle a cocktail or two, the covert, speak-easy themed Milk Thistle has some of the best mixes in the city – a city, by the way, famed for its love of gin.

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Activities available in Bristol

There are so many Bristol activities, no audience is excluded and there’s literally something for every event. Water babies can take to the river for a cruise on the Avon, or even try their hand at paddle boarding.

Young families can spend a day at @Bristol, guaranteed to educate all and keep the kids entertained for hours. Those looking for a romantic evening can wander through the quaint, picturesque streets of Clifton before an intimate meal at one of the many restaurants (or enjoy a cocktail or two by candlelight).

Large groups can make the most of Bristol’s extensive range of bars and clubs, but it doesn’t have to end there: Groups of grown-ups (stags and hens included) wanting a west-country themed day out need look no further than West Country Games. Welly throwing, Drunk Pub Skittles and Pitchfork Duels are only a few of the crazy games that are guaranteed to bring people together and create memories that’ll last a lifetime.

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Location, location, location

In short, what isn’t on Bristol’s doorstep? The city is well situated to offer some of the best of Britain. Take a short (less then two hours) drive south and you’re in Devon, home to seaside towns such as Sidmouth and Lime Regis, perfect boltholes for romantic weekends away, or a wonderful family day out.

London is easy to reach by car or train – the latter only taking about an hour and a half. If you’re looking to go further afield, Bristol airport charters flights to Edinburgh, the continent and even as the USA.

There are so many reasons why Bristol is an incredible place to live. Furthermore, future plans to improve Bristol will only fuel the love for the city, which residents – and visitors alike – find hard to contend.

Ibis – Bristol Harbourside

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Ibis Bristol Harbourside Stay in the heart of the city...

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Great rooms

Located in the beautiful Millennium Square, in the heart of Bristol and next to the vibrant and bustling harbourside.

The airy bright bedrooms each have flat screen TVs with satellite channels and Wi-Fi access, with tea & coffee making facilities provided.

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Location, Location, Location

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A perfect location

The hotel is just 5 minutes' walk from the city centre, making the perfect choice for groups looking to make staying in Bristol as easy as possible, with no need for cabs or long walks to all the action.

The harbourside is on the doorstep with loads of great eateries and bars to enjoy.  We would recommend a Booze Cruise as a great add-on evening activity, which can leave just 5 minutes walk from the hotel.

The finer detail

Everything you need to know about the hotel...

The Space

  • Accommodates 2

    Rooms for 2 persons

  • Rooms

    Twin beds as standard, doubles also available.  No singles.

  • Bathroom

    En-suite bathroom

Timings / access

  • Check In/Out

    Check-in from 2PM

    Check-out by 12PM

  • Access

    24 Hour access

  • Car Parking

    Reduced parking near by , ask reception for discount on arrival/departure

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi

  • TV

  • Tea and coffee facilities

  • Heating / Air conditioning

  • Hairdryer

room pricing

Rooms priced below are per-person, based on 2 sharing a room

The One Nighter

£ 55 / pp

  • Saturday Night Only
  • Twin or double room
  • A one nighter, for those groups who are going hard, then going home!
  • Breakfast can be included
Two Nights = Perfect

£130 / pp

  • Friday & Saturday Nights
  • Twin or double room
  • The most popular choice for groups visiting Bristol for the weekend
  • Breakfast can be included
Three Nights... Wow!

£197 / pp

  • Fri, Sat & Sunday Nights
  • Twin or double room
  • Make your stay in Bristol extra long and stay 3 nights
  • Breakfast can be included

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  • positive review Fantastic day of laughter and fun x

    Melissa Staveley Avatar
    Melissa Staveley
    03/02/2020

    5 star ratingHen party madness! Had a hilarious and great time with 16 hens here. Staff were great and games were funny and well done .
    Highly recommend

    Diane W Avatar
    Diane W
    14/10/2019

    4 star ratingStag Activity Weekend A good time was had by all, although some the activities were a little tired (pugel sticks)
    Jen was amiable & informative. I wouldn't like to do this in the rain....
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    23/10/2019
  • 5 star ratingHen do Absolutely awesome time, highly recommend didn’t stop laughing the whole time so much fun. Good for all ages.

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    Julie F
    11/10/2019

    4 star ratingGreat fun I was part of a Hen Weekend, celebrating the forthcoming marriage of Sarah Iris Dunk to Marc Simon Lawrence. I was the eldest of the group and was able... read more

    Maps52008638840 Avatar
    Maps52008638840
    03/11/2019

    5 star ratingA fantastic way to celebrate any occasion I had a portion of my hen party at West Country Games and boy was it worth it! I had a very diverse party with a span of ages and... read more

    GabsJR Avatar
    GabsJR
    11/10/2019
  • 5 star ratingExcellent hen party idea Couldn't fault West Country Games one bit, there was something for everyone and we had such a fab day

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    Adventurer375638
    17/10/2019

    5 star ratingExcellent Fun The different activities were ran efficiently, with great humor and everyone enjoyed themselves. We had Cody with our group throughout the afternoon and he introduced each activity well so we... read more

    303dom Avatar
    303dom
    23/10/2019

    4 star ratingGood Laugh Really good laugh with instructor Lilly. Well organised and friendly competition. Had a great time..

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    11/10/2019

Team Building Bristol – Bristol Team Building Activities

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Team Building Bristol

A West Country themed team building fun day is a winning formula to bring your team closer together!  Let your team engage together in 9 totally unique Bristol team building activities suitable for all ages & abilities, and make it a day out to remember.

Bristol Team Building Activities

A West Country themed team building fun day is a winning formula to bring your team closer together!  Let your team engage together in 9 totally unique Bristol team building activities suitable for all ages & abilities, and make it a day out to remember.

There’s nothing better for your team than a fun day out, full of activities and wonder. Getting to know each other can be difficult when you’re stuck behind your desk in an office all day, and there are better times to get to know your colleagues than during a rushed coffee refresh in the breakroom. Our choices range from conventional to unconventional, unique to time-tested, and everything in between!

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Bristols's best team building activity!

Your team team day out would not be complete without a visit to West Country Games.

Bristol’s most popular group activity offers high octane competitive fun in the form of 9 hilariously themed games involving large inflatables, catapults, vicky pollard sumo suits and much more!

And what better way to round off a day out at the farm than a BBQ, picnic and a few glasses of proper West Country cider?

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Choosing Company team building activities in Bristol

Team building in Bristol is not an uncommon activity. These exercises can help groups improve their skills; particularly those of problem solving and leadership. It is highly recommended that all workplaces, no matter their size, partake in some kind of team building or team activity every year – preferably several times a year.

This is because team building can help to build healthy relationships between individuals who work together, but it can also weed out any discourse that may not usually be visible during the working day. The activities that are involved in team building are vital for improving workplace relationships and helping workers figure out each other’s strengths. There are no weaknesses, only learning opportunities and ways to help one another.

When choosing your team building activities in Bristol, a team leader or manager has several points to consider before booking or cementing any days out.

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Organising your team day out

Organisers should recognize that there needs to be some kind of outcome that comes from the Bristol team building activities. There is little point in setting a team out into the “wild” without a plan in mind. Even if that plan is as simple as getting your team to talk more or helping them release some stress in a fun or creative way. Your team will be wondering what the point of it all is; have an answer for them.

Consider your demographic, as well. If you have a younger team, they’re more likely to enjoy exciting and thrilling activities or days out; whilst older team members may prefer conferences with a few benefits attached. But these are all pretty common ideas with one single flaw: they don’t promote team effort. Any member of your team could easily separate themselves, or the larger group could split up into friendship cliques – and every age group has those.

West Country Games includes everyone

How do you stop that from happening, you ask? Consider activities that make your team members into a team outside of work. Sporting activities, races, challenges, make sure you incorporate things that people of all ages in your team can participate in, too.

In addition, take into account the health of your team and try to incorporate games that even those who aren’t completely able-bodied or in good health can still join. No one should be left behind if they choose to sign up to your team building event.

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Fun Team Activities

Now that you’ve got a plan of action, it’s time to find an event or a suitable company who offer team building events. For Bristol team building, try West Country Games! West Country Games is the collision of ideas between two childhood friends who want to invite others to get back to the basic enjoyments of childhood: running around in the fields and trying to get the best of one another.

West Country Games is a fun activity company that creates games which are suitable for those who want to interact with each other. It’s all about having fun, with no pressure attached, and making sure that anyone of any ability can join in.

The company currently have nine games that can be played by your employees. Three of them are outlined below, so that you can get a rough idea of the craziness your desk-bound workers can get up to if you believe they need a little escape for a while. Who doesn’t love beating a colleague with a giant blow-up baton and trying to get them to fall over, after all?

Fun Team Activities

That first game we’ve thrown in there is “Pitchfork Duel”, a game that West Country Games is positive will sort out any lingering disagreements or grievances about who ate the last chocolate digestive.

Our second game choice is the “West Country Wipeout”, a hectic team building activity that gets everyone involved.  Dodge the pedal powered Badger themed sweeper arm as your colleague tries to knock you down. Harder than it sounds!

For number three, try your hand at throwing a welly boot at a target. “Welly Wanging” is sure to get the competitive spirit going! A classic team building in Bristol game, keeping a tradition alive.

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Let us manage your Bristol Team Building event

But that’s not all we can offer at West Country Games. Our activities are great for companies, and we have plenty more to offer you than what you can see here. Bristol team building activities are easy to find, but you’ll never come across a set of games like the field-bound ones that we offer.

We can manage your entire day for you, and even include lunch for your hungry welly throwers that have just launched a rubber boot backwards or almost hit their neighbour in the head. Coaches and minibus transfers are available with us, too; we aren’t going to leave anyone stranded in the middle of nowhere.

And if you’ve got a few business things to do, as well, we can help you out with some nearby conference facilities. Contact us today and see what kind of wonderful English weather we can conjure up for you while your co-workers and team members battle it out for first place.

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Where to watch rugby in Bristol

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Where to watch rugby in Bristol

It’s that time of year when we can all tuck into another fantastic feast of rugby action, with each of the home nations in action.  Welcome to our up-to-date guide on where to watch rugby in Bristol.

What better time to get out of the house and join your mates to enjoy that big match atmosphere from the comfort of the pub.

We've hand picked  the finest places where to watch rugby in Bristol, our favourite pubs that will each be showing all of the games.

8 great venues to watch rugby in Bristol

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Racks, St Paul's Road

Ideally situated in lively North Bristol, Racks is the obvious choice for larger groups looking for some where to watch rugby in Bristol.  With 12 different screens and a range of tasty beers on tap (and served by the bottle), you’re bound to beat those winter blues as your team takes to the pitch.

And if you buy a ticket for only a tenner, they’ll guarantee a great view of the game, a steak sandwich with chips and – most essentially – a bottle of beer.  Just make sure you tip up an hour before kick off. (They also offer free venue hire, making it a must for anyone planning a Bristol stag weekend).

Alter Ego, Whiteladies Road

Cocktails and sport aren’t a combination you find in just any bar, and may not be first choice where to watch rugby in Bristol, but fear not; Alter Ego is ready and waiting to sate the tastes of any spirit-loving sport enthusiast.  Split over three levels, Alter Ego is located at the heart of the bustling, cosmopolitan area of Whiteladies Road.

The venue offers a huge selection of cocktails (and even master class lessons, for those looking to perfect their sprit mixing skills), with over 15 ultra HD screens to enjoy the match with your mates.

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Jersey Lilly, Whiteladies Road

Known for its fantastic selection of fine ales and scrumptious ciders, The Jersey Lilly has a lovable pub atmosphere, with a modern twist.  With fresh pub grub served daily, it’s a sophisticated yet relaxed place to watch rugby in Bristol – or indeed, any day!

So named after Lily Langtry, a Victorian actress and racehorse breeder, the venue’s history is prevalent throughout the tastefully decorated interior, with black and white pictures of the lady herself.  If beer or cider isn’t your rugby-fuelled tipple, don’t worry; their ever-evolving selection of gins or indulgent cocktails will certainly wet the whistle of even the most particular drinkers.

Cider Press, Gloucester Road

Obviously named after its vast array of apple-based beverages, Cider Press will sate the appetite of any cider lover!  The drinks menu includes 32 of the finest ciders on offer, from traditional scrumpy to fruitier blends – some more lethal than others, but all devilishly delicious.

If you’re not a cider lover, don’t let the name put you off; there’s a huge choice of cocktails and gins on offer. And of course, no match day merriment is complete without a sobering snack on the side.  Their tasty selection of tapas, pizzas, burgers and quality pub classics, as well as a lively ambiance makes it a prime location to watch rugby in Bristol – on your own, or with a crowd.

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White Lion at The Avon Gorge Hotel

Rugby with a view you say?  That and more is covered at The White Lion, the pub attached to the iconic Avon Gorge Hotel. Fully refurbished in 2017, this is a great venue to watch big screen rugby on their long tables, which are perfect for groups of all sizes.

The pub also has one of the largest outdoor terraces in the South West, with unrivalled views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

There is a good selection of beers and ciders on tap, as well as pizzas and “Big Plates” featuring on their bar menu.

Horts

In incredible array of award-winning ales and European largers await those who choose to here to watch rugby in Bristol,  in this friendly, contemporary pub. Horts on Broad Street is a fantastic option for larger groups, with lots of space and comfy seating.

Huge projector screens bring the game to life – even more so with the lively match day atmosphere.  And with a delicious selection of pub grub at great prices, Horts is an obvious choice for an exciting afternoon out.

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Walkabout

This well-loved Aussie sports bar which doubles up as a nightclub is a popular choice for younger, passionate crowds.  Walkabout on Corn street is centrally located and boasts two cinema-sized screens, so you’re guaranteed to catch every pass and punch.

And once the match is over, the party continues well into the night with lively music, dancing and good-old fashioned debauchery from down under!

Clifton Wine Bar

Tucked away in the heart of Clifton village, this hidden gem is an intimate and stylish venue in which to enjoy the rugby.  With seven screens, an impressive selection of draft ales and beers, this is one for the fancier rugby fanatic.

The smaller lounging areas are adorned with comfy sofas and screens, so you can grab and corner and enjoy the game with friends and family.  Their food menu is equally as comforting, with a mouthwatering selection of pies on offer – the perfect accompaniment to a pint…or two.

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

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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.

What is West Country Games?

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West Country Games embraces all the stereotypes of the West Country in one great day out, comprising of 9 totally hilarious games suitable for all sorts of groups.

If you have an upcoming, Stag do, Hen Weekend, Birthday Party or Team Building Day, then why not give us a try?

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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Bristol Halloween Events: Our Guide to Halloween in Bristol

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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West Country Games embraces all the stereotypes of the West Country in one great day out, comprising of 9 totally hilarious games suitable for all sorts of groups.

If you have an upcoming, Stag do, Hen Weekend, Birthday Party or Team Building Day, then why not give us a try?

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

Bristol Halloween Party Guide

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

Bristol Halloween Party Guide

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!

The Old Bookshop - Bedminster

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

Bristol Halloween Party Guide

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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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

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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.

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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?!

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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!

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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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