Bristol Booze Cruise Guide

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Bristol Booze Cruise Guide

Straddling the River Avon, Bristol is a brilliant city for events, occasions and party getaways with loads to see and do. Its unique waterside areas are beautiful in sunny weather and play host to a huge range of restaurants, bars and venues. A booze cruise in Bristol will make a memorable trip no matter the occasion for your city visit and with so much on offer, can be adapted to suit any group type, size or budget.

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?

Make the Most of your Boozy Bristol Boat Trip

There’s a range of Bristol boat trips available to be booked through various venues and companies, each with a slightly different angle and theme. Bristol booze cruises do get booked up in advance by tourists as well as by locals so it’s best to find the trip you want and make sure you’ve paid for your party’s place at least a month beforehand. Book as early as possible to confirm your Bristol boat party!

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Boozy Bristol Boat Trips

As with any city that attracts lots of visitors, there’s plenty of companies catering for tour and party groups. Bristol boat trips comes in all shapes and sizes but the most widely available format is a pub tour… by water!

These Bristol boat party trips incorporate sailing between pitstops to pubs, and usually three of them. You can find Bristol boat hire firms in both the city centre ready to sail out (and sometimes loop round back), or further out to then transport into the city. Most travel down the Avon stopping along the way and ending up at Cascade Steps in the city centre.

Providing that you’re aged over 18, in good health and have appropriate ID, there’s no limit to attending a Bristol booze cruise. Bristol boat hire companies report stag parties and hen parties as their most popular booze cruise customers, but these trips also work well for birthdays, leaving dos and celebrations!

The Best Pubs to Visit...

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Bristol is home to some fantastic pubs, both traditional and a bit newer, but there’s three along the River Avon that we really rate. Look out for a Bristol boat party route that includes these three, and if it doesn’t, don’t be afraid to ask – lots of Bristol booze cruises can be amended and adapted to suit your preferences.

Pump House

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The Pump House is an absolutely stunning building and it’ll take your breath away as you approach it by boat… have your camera ready for some social media pics! Situated where the city docks meets the River Avon, its now owned by a chef so you can enjoy some of the city’s best ales and beers as well as some great pub grub. It even has two rosettes for culinary excellence!

The Cottage Inn

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Sitting on the historic harbour at Baltic Wharf, The Cottage Inn is run by a local brewery who specialise in beer and cider. It’s right on the river and was used as a dockside timber storage building before the docks closed and was then restored and refurbished into the pub that sits there today. You can sit outside or in, and this pub too had a kitchen full of top-notch chefs working on an ever-changing seasonal menu.

The Ostrich Inn

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The Ostrich public house is nestled back in the centre of the harbourside, surrounded by hotels and restaurants. Fairly informal, its family and dog friendly, and deck chairs line the riverside for casual drinkers stopping for a break and a beverage. There’s free Wi-Fi for a quick check in on your social media profiles, and plenty of local and international beers on tap as well as an impressive spirits and wine menu. The Ostrich really does cater for everyone and makes for a great stop to continue your party without any pressure or formalities.

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Where to finish off your Bristol Booze Cruise…

Once you’ve alighted and recovered from your sea legs, it’s time to find another bar to continue the celebrations. There’s no shortage of places to choose from within easy walking (or even stumbling distance) from your Bristol boat hire, but these are some of our favourites.

Millennium Square

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If your group are likely to gravitate toward chain restaurants and pubs and are looking for comfort and value, Millennium Square is the right district to head toward for you. This development is home to several venues and is very commercial. You’re very likely to find a chain that you know from home so it’s the perfect place for those members of your party who may like to opt for something a little less adventurous.

King Street

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King Street is a well-renowned party area with a reputation for giving celebratory groups a good time. A little more boozy than elsewhere in the city, the street is full of pubs and so is ideal for a further pub crawl; albeit this time on land! In the middle of it you’ll find King Street Brewpub, which brews beer on-site so you can really get stuck in to sampling something local.

The Waterfront

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After having visited so many pubs, you’ll be needing to re-line your stomach, and the Waterfront area of the city has lots of food options; from takeaways to sit-down meals and pub grub along the way. You’ll also find several nightclubs in the Waterfront district so once your evening meal has been polished off, you can end the night in style by dancing the night away!

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Sail Into the Sunset

Whatever you choose to do for your Bristol boat trip, there’s no doubt you’ll have a fantastic time. We recommend planning your trip in advance and drafting up a rough itinerary; if you don’t quite stick to schedule, so be it, but it’s always good to have an idea of favoured venues so that you know you’re not wasting your precious time away anywhere sub-par, and keep your Bristol trip memorable for all the right reasons!

Bristol Street Art – Bristol street art graffiti scene guide

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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.

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?

The Bristol Street Art Graffiti Scene

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Bristol Balloon Fiesta – Our guide to Bristol Balloon Fiesta

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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!)

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?

Not All Hot Air - Our Guide To The Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Thursday 9th August 2018

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

Friday 10th August 2018

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

Saturday 11th August 2018

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

Sunday 12th August 2018

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

Balloons Everywhere...

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.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta Night Glow Balloon

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.

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.

International Bristol Balloon Fiesta

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.

 

All New & Exciting – West Country Indoor Games

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All New & Exciting – West Country Indoor Games

You don’t need an Olympic gold medal to take part in West Country Indoor Games.

Regardless of whether your second home is the gym or you last exercised with Mr Motivator in the 1980’s, everyone is back on the same level when it comes these games!

Age also holds no barrier, with rave reviews from the most youthful to the most senior of participants, you certainly don’t have to be a millennial to enjoy the West Country Indoor Games experience!

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?

West Country Games are an activity company celebrating all things “West Country”! Their hilarious events have been drawing in people from far and wide since 2011 and they have earnt themselves the #1 spot for outdoor activities in Bristol on Trip Advisor.

Hugely popular with stag and hen groups visiting Bristol and Bath, West Country Games’ outdoor events welcome over 400 people a day at the height of season. On the back of this success, the popular Bristol-based activities outfit are now moving indoors.

Their barn-themed venue will play host to the indoor version of their West Country shenanigans from November 2016. West Country Indoor Games will run on Saturdays until March 2017 and take place at Merchant’s Academy Sports Centre, Withywood, Bristol. Starting times are 10:30am or 1:30pm, subject to availability.

8 INDOOR GAMES

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PERFECT FOR A STAG DO, HEN WEEKEND OR BIRTHDAY PARTY

The activity day features up to 8 themed activities, each of which is dafter than the next! Each game uses a selection of large inflatables, catapults, skittles, wellies and even a ride on sheep.

Games include The Cider Run, Sheep Shenanigans, West Country Wipeout and Wurzel Knockout. From podium battles with giant pitch forks to jumping over a sweeper arm operated by somebody on an exercise bike, the side-splitting games are guaranteed to have you rolling in the hay with laughter all day long.

For the competitive ones amongst you, points mean prizes! So knuckle down and battle it out with your friends or colleagues as the person in your group with the highest score will win a prize. Don’t forget to do your lunges and hamstring stretches beforehand as your instructors will be looking for the most accurate Welly Wangers, the most determined Cider Runners and the fiercest Vicky Pollard Handbag wrestlers out there.

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SO MUCH FUN...

Once the day is finally done, you may fondly reminisce about the time you were gripping onto a sheep’s back for dear life or battering your friend with a handbag. Fear not if your memory is a little hazy as you can prompt it with your free group photographs.

Your enthusiastic Activity Host will gladly snap away as you take on each of the games and will be sure to capture some winning shots of you all in your finest moments of athletic achievement! To add to the fun, West Country Games will provide your stag, hen or birthday person with free fancy dress.

Choose between a selection of farm animal onesies; pigs, horses, sheep, chickens, ducks and cows, as well as some rather fetching milk maid outfits that will make any stag feel at one with the West Country! Snacks and drinks are available throughout the day and there are changing facilities and free parking on site.

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HOW TO BOOK YOUR GROUP ACTIVITY

West Country Indoor Games begin their indoor season on Saturday 12th November 2016. Prices are £39.50 with a special offer of 15% off currently running. You can book with a £50 deposit and the final balance isn’t due until 28 days before your activity day. A minimum group size of 8 people applies. Go to our indoor games webpage for more information.

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5 of the best free days out in Bristol – Free activities in Bristol

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5 Of The Best Days Out In Bristol That Won't Cost A Penny

They say the best things in life are free and there’s plenty of fun things to do in and around Bristol that won’t cost you a thing.

If it’s where you call home or if you’re planning a visit, we’ve rounded up some of the best free activities for a brilliant day out on a budget in the South West’s biggest city.

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?

Top 5 Free Days Out In Bristol

Bristol Museum

Bristol Museum And Art Gallery

A billion-year journey around the world? Not bad for a free day out!

The museum is the perfect place to spend a rainy day and will certainly keep you busy as you walk with dinosaurs, travel through the land of the pharaohs and discover the age of aviation and beyond.

The museum also hosts touring collections of artwork and artefacts throughout the year so, even if you can’t fit the whole history of the world into one day, there’s always an excuse to go back!

Bristol Banksy

Banksy Walking Tour

When you think of famous faces from Bristol, chances are you think of Banksy…even if nobody knows what he looks like.

The anonymous artist calls the city home and it’s where some of his first and most famous artworks have appeared.

Grab a map and your walking shoes make sure you’re eagle-eyed as you embark on a walking tour to find some of his earliest and most well-loved works. They’re hidden in various locations around the city and sometimes in places you’d least expect!

The Downs

Situated on the border of Clifton Village, Clifton and Redland, The Downs is made up of acres of picturesque, protected parklands that offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

They’re a fantastic place to explore and enjoy a relaxing stroll but are also home to a number of exciting events throughout the year.

The highlight of The Downs’ calendar is The Downs Festival which has grown into one of the biggest music events in the South West.

Arnolfini

Arnolfini is Bristol’s harbourside home of contemporary art. It has an ever-changing programme of performances, films, music and exhibitions that celebrate culture from both Bristol and the wider world.

This modern, award-winning venue is also part of the Plus Tate network, a programme that allows some of the most exciting exhibitions, curated by the Tate museums, to visit other UK cities.

Entry to the centre and main galleries is free although there is a small ticket charge for some exhibits or performances.

Bristol Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge has been an iconic part of Bristol’s landscape since it’s completion in 1864. Crossing by foot is free and it’s certainly worth the walk; there are brilliant, panoramic views of the city to be enjoyed from either side.

Our favourite is from Observatory Hill, just after dusk, when the bridge’s illuminations are lit. There’s a visitor centre nearby where you can learn about the history of the bridge and free guided tours from run from the Clifton Toll Booth every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Monday from Easter to October.

There’s plenty of attractions in Bristol to keep you entertained without breaking the bank or even needing to visit a cash machine at all.

In fact, there’s so many, why not challenge yourself to see the city on a shoestring and combine a few on our list to create a big day out?

 

 

Hen Do Fancy Dress Ideas

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Hen Do Fancy Dress Ideas – The Best Hen Party Costumes

Everyone wants a great hen do before they embark on married life. Who doesn’t love a good time with their friends, getting a bit drunk and generally putting the world to rights? Where once you might have had a quiet evening in a local bar though, today it’s much more about cutting loose and sending the hen off in style. And what’s one of the best ways to do that? Grabbing some crazy hen do costumes and hitting the town, that’s how! 

If you’re after some great hen do fancy dress ideas then you’re in the right place. We’ve pretty much seen it all at West Country Games, so we’re well-placed to give you some inspiration on hen do themes and help you plan the most epic weekend possible for the bride. If you’d like her to look classy then there are some good chic hen costumes available, but if you want to embarrass the life out of her then you’re in luck as that’s what the majority of hen do costumes are all about! We’ve put together our pick of the best.

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?

The Great Tradition of Hen Do Fancy Dress

Go back 50 years and hen dos weren’t so much of a thing. While the men were out drinking to celebrate an impending marriage, women often stayed at home to prepare for the big day. Luckily that’s very much no longer the case! Having a hen do is an integral part of getting married, and hen do fancy dress ideas have got weird and wonderful.  

Your weekend might be a low key chill out with friends or a mental weekend in the pubs and clubs, but nowadays it’s easy to find hen costumes for both. You can go as sedate or as crazy as you like...as long as the hen is a good sport!

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Fancy dress to make the hen feel good…or embarrass them!

When you’re looking for some perfect hen do costumes you’ve got two options. If you’re feeling kind (and worried about what the bridesmaid dress might end up looking like!) then go for a flattering, sexy number like a slinky air hostess. The hen will be the centre of attention for all the right reasons, and will feel a million dollars. She’ll love it. 

But what about if you’re feeling naughty and want to embarrass her instead? That’s OK too! She must love her husband-to-be, she is marrying him after all, so how about building the hen fancy dress around him? Have masks made from his face, dress everyone up like him and watch her squirm!

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What can you get away with for hen fancy dress?

It might be hilarious to think of a million ways to embarrass the bride, but just be careful that you don’t go too far with your hen night costumes if you’re heading out in public. Dressing her up like a porn star is going to give all your mates a great laugh but it might not go down too well in a nice restaurant! 

When choosing a hen do theme it’s also a good idea to keep the bride’s sense of humour in mind. A bride-to-be sobbing in the toilets is a sign you’ve gone too far! A bit embarrassing is normally OK, but totally horrifying generally isn’t. You still want to be invited to the wedding after all!

Our top 5 original hen do themes and costumes

We’ve put together our pick of the 5 best hen do fancy dress ideas to help you on your way.

5. The Shepherdess

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First up is one of the classic hen do costumes: the shepherdess. Meek and demure yet a little bit risqué if you throw in a bit of cleavage, this is a good one for ladies who want to dress up and look glam.

If the rest of the hen party all want to dress up as sheep then so much the better!

4. Pub Golf

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Next we have pub golf, which is not a typical hen costume but is a great choice because of the entertainment that comes alongside. Dress up as sexy golfers with pleated skirts and long socks, grab a scorecard here then hit the pubs to hit a round of cocktails and shots!

Plus don’t forget the amazing benefit of golf-related hen costumes- you get to wear trainers with your outfit. You’ll be thanking us at 4am!

3. Air Hostess

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Hen fancy dress outfit number 3 is the super-sexy air hostess. This can be made as full-on as you want with some slinky outfits and tight-fitting shirts, or a bit classier if you go along the more buttoned-up route to turn it into a chic hen costume. Expect lots of attention from everyone else in town, and maybe a few generous offers to be your pilot!

2. Pink Ladies

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At number 2 on our list of hen do fancy dress ideas it’s the ever-popular Pink Ladies from the film Grease. The film is a classic and the hen night costumes are too!

We’re talking tight black trousers, spike heels or trainers, shiny pink jackets and hair as crazy as you want. This one is a good choice for mixed groups as it allows everyone to design their own outfit. 

1. Farmers

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Topping our list as one of the best hen do costumes around, it’s that West Country classic of dressing up as farmers! You can go wild with this one. Want to channel your inner Wurzel? Go for it.

Or have the bride as the farmer and everyone else as the farm animals? That works too! Dungarees, denim, checked shirts and straw hats are all great accompaniments to a night out.

Where to purchase your hen do fancy dress

The final step in organising the perfect hen weekend is to turn your hen do fancy dress ideas into reality. Google is your best friend as it lets you search for local fancy dress shops which might have some bargain hen costumes on offer. Alternatively, lots of retailers have online shops so check out Amazon or eBay to see what you can find. Make sure you buy the right sizes though, there’s nothing worse than an ill-fitting shepherdess outfit!

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Your Hen Fancy Dress Inspiration... Done

And that’s it! Now you know how to find the ultimate hen party fancy dress costumes, all you need to do is add prosecco and some good mates. Enjoy!

Bristol Harbour Festival – Host to Bristol Harbour festival 2018

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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.

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?

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.

Bristol Harbour Festival

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.

Bristol Harbour Festival

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!

 

Winter Wedding Stag & Hen Weekends in and around Bath

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Winter Wedding Stag & Hen Weekends In And Around Bath

Everybody wants a stag or hen weekend they’ll never forget (if they can remember it in the first place). But when it’s cold and the winter weather threatens to dampen the party spirit, how do you go about planning the perfect Bath hen weekend or stag do?

What is West Country Games?

West Country Games Home Page Logo

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?

Winter Wedding Stag Hen Bath

Talk To The Guest Of Honour

There tends to be two types of people when it comes to winter: those who don’t mind the cold and carry on as usual and those who, if human hibernation was an option, you wouldn’t see for six months of the year. This being the case, it’s important that you plan something that your stag or hen is going to enjoy. There’s no point in planning an outdoor adventure if they live in fear of frostbite through the winter months.

Winter Wedding Stag Hen Bath

Planning A Brilliant Bath Stag Weekend In The Winter

If you’re planning a Bath stag weekend as your stag’s final weekend as a single man, you’ll be spoilt for choice whatever the weather. If you’re looking for something active and exciting, we can provide you with an unforgettable afternoon as you compete in West Country Games. We move indoors for the coldest months too, so even if your stag gets the shivers at the thought of being outside, we’ve got you covered.

Heading into the evening, if you fancy a flutter you can hit the casino or, if the stag is game for a laugh without being the laugh himself, comedy clubs often attract established and up-and-coming talent throughout the year. Don’t forget to feed the party. The city has a wide selection of gourmet eateries and high-street restaurants so whatever appeals to your appetite, Bath has you covered.

Winter Wedding Stag Hen Bath

Planning A Winter Wonderland Bath Hen Weekend

There’s plenty to do in Bath during the winter months that will keep your whole hen party entertained and give the bride-to-be a weekend to remember. If you’re visiting in the later part of the year, the famous Bath Christmas markets are a fabulous addition to the extensive luxury shopping you’ll find in and around the city centre.

If your hen is more Lara Croft than Carrie Bradshaw, there’s a variety of outdoor adventures close to the city too. From zip lining to quad biking and everything in between. If she’s after adrenaline, a Bath hen weekend has you covered.

Winter Wedding Stag Hen Bath

Keeping Warm And Cosy

Or if you prefer to do something totally different and energetic indoors, then there is always West Country Indoor Games running from November to February in a cosy barn themed indoor space.

After your day of action and adventure or exploring the city’s designer destinations, warm up and unwind in a natural thermal water spa and finish your afternoon with high tea in the elegant and historic Pump Room. If you’re planning on partying into the night, Bath has a number of well-placed boutique cocktail bars as well as a selection of livelier clubs for you to dance the night away.

If you like the sound of this then we do recommend you head to Three Brothers for a very large burger to line your stomach beforehand! Trust us, you’ll be thanking us in the morning!

Winter Wedding Stag Hen Bath

Have A Backup Plan

If you’re planning a stag or hen weekend in Bath we can guarantee you’ll find plenty to do and the whole party will have the time of their lives. The only thing we can’t guarantee? The weather. If you are planning on doing something outdoors it’s always worth looking into alternatives just in case Mother Nature isn’t on your side.

And if she is, make sure you wrap up warm!

 

Bristol & Bath’s LGBTQ+ Nightlife

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Bristol & Bath's LGBTQ+ Nightlife

In the past, gay bars existed as a safe haven for the LGBT community; somewhere gay, bi and transgender men and women could enjoy a Saturday night without fear of persecution – and with the added bonus of potentially meeting someone. In today’s more accepting society (for the most part, at least), this isn’t such an issue. Anyone can walk into a bar, whatever their sexual orientation and order a drink with their partner (although again, sadly this might not be wise in some places). With increasingly progressive attitudes – and the power of online dating – the original requirements of specifically gay venues seem less salient. So why are gay bars and clubs still thriving?

Quite simply, because they’re awesome. LGBT nightlife sates all appetites – quite literally! From live cabaret and drag shows, to trendy cocktail bars and clubs, there’s something for every night owl. Here are a few of the finest LGBT venues in Bristol and Bath.

What is West Country Games?

West Country Games Home Page Logo

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?

The Best LGBTQ+ Bars in Bristol and Bath

Bristol Queenshilling

Queen’s Shilling, Bristol

The Queen’s Shilling is a favourite haunt on the Bristol scene. Conveniently located just off of Park Street, the venue has something on most days of the week. Karaoke competitions draw a fun and lively crowd – an excellent way to beat those Monday blues! The weekly drag-hosted competitions are hilariously entertaining and there’s ample opportunity to dance the night away with one of the resident DJs, every Friday and Saturday night.

Bristol LGBT

Mandalyns, Bath

Intimate and welcoming, Mandalyns is Bath’s LGBT place to be, every Wednesday through to Sunday. With regular offers on drinks and tasty cocktail evenings, the place quickly fills to bursting with an eclectic mix of clientele who love to party (a great late night option for a gay or straight Bath stag weekend). Drag shows, Karaoke and themed evenings make Mandalyns a favourite for locals and visitors alike.

Bristol Pride

Bristol Pride

For 11 glorious days, Bristol sparkles and swells with pride, for its annual pride festival. Last year, 36,000 people came together to celebrate diversity across the city – and this year looks set to be even bigger and better.

Gender-equality talks, independent films, live music, comedy shows and theatre performances are just some examples of the events on offer. Pride climaxes at the weekend, with a parade, huge parties and live music throughout the city centre. Around the Harbourside area, there are numerous stages surrounded by foodstalls, where you can sit back, relax, or dance the day away.

Bristol OMG

OMG, Bristol

If you’re feeling fun, flirtatious and ready for a freakin’ awesome night out, don those dancing shoes and head over to OMG in Bristol. It’s sleek, chic and modern decor sets the tone for the freshest music sets – not surprising for the biggest gay venue in the South West. If you’re a student, make the most of the incredible Wednesday student night offer, or save the hangover for the weekend and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere on a Friday or Saturday night.

Bristol Gay Bar

Old Market, Bristol

If you’re planning a Bristol stag weekend and want to try several of Bristol’s gay bars in one foul swoop, head to Old Market. There are a number of venues – gay and straight – in this area of the city, which is within walking distance of Temple Meads train station. The following venues are all located Old Market.

BBB (Bristol Bear Bar)

One for the bearded bloke lovers, Bristol Bear Bar is the place to go for a delicious pint and even tastier fellas! Situated in the Old Market area of Bristol, BBB welcomes everyone to come and enjoy a drink in their comfortable and modern surroundings.

Old Market Tavern

The Old Market Tavern is a classic pub with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Serving delicious food and tasty tipples, it welcomes everyone seven days a week, and the quaint beer garden is the perfect spot to enjoy a pint in the sun.

The Gin Palace

As the name suggests, this is one for the gin lovers. With a wide range of mother’s ruin on offer, it doesn’t disappoint. Of course, there are many other types of poison as well – all served with a smile by one of the friendly members of staff. The Palace also hosts regular cabaret evenings, as well as other events for the more ‘discerning’ dresser.

 

Bristol Halloween Party Guide – Where to go in Bristol this Halloween

Bristol Halloween Party Guide
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Bristol Halloween Party Guide

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!

What is West Country Games?

West Country Games Home Page Logo

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 2021

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 fun house of horrors bristol halloween

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 another amazing all-immersive night. With acro-bats, fire performers, and zombie cages, you’ll be in for a surprise around every corner! Ghoulish outfits are a must to gain entry into the fun within.

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

Lakota

Sunday 31st October 2021– 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!

This year Bristol Film Festival are hosting screenings at Arnos Vale and Bristol Museum too around the Halloween season so you have plenty of chances to catch one of their showings. We think Redcliffe Caves are still the best spot to catch a horror film that will haunt your nightmares for weeks after so snap those tickets up fast!

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

Redcliffe Caves

Friday 29th October– Sunday 31st October 2021

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For a riotous night out, you can’t get much better than Motion and their epic all nighters. This year, the Carnival of the Dead is set to enthral your senses with some legendary DJs such as Shy FX, DJ Marky, and DJ Hype taking over the whole Motion and Marble Factory complex.

Motion really go to town with their Halloween celebrations so expect amazing decorations, crazy carnival dancers and insane beats!

Fancy dress isn’t compulsory but strongly encouraged.

Motion

Friday 29th October 2021 – 22:00- 06:00

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!?

Whilst there is no official party going on this year, The Hatchet is always a hub of Halloween activity, both human and supernatural! Head over for at least one Bloody Mary to get you in the mood for the evenings festivities.

The Hatchet Inn

Friday 29th – Sunday 31st October2021

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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 4 of the venues to some seriously funky beats.

Rumoured to be haunted, the undead will certainly be awoken by the eclectic music choice on offer. From funk and soul via power ballads to trance, there really is something for everyone! The organisers have pulled out all the stops with dancers and performers throughout the complex ready to entertain and terrify.

The Old Crown Courts

Saturday 30th October 2021 – 20:00pm – 05:00am

Horror In The Caves Halloween Bristol

Ever wanted to learn more about your Bristol’s creepy past? Join this award winning 90 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

Saturday 30th October – 20:00pm

Bristol Halloween Party Guide

For something a bit more intellectual.. (well about as intellectual as we get!) check out the Royal Naval Volunteer’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!

Royal Naval Volunteer

Friday 22nd October 2021 – 19:00pm – 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!

Lakota House of Horrors Bristol Halloween Special

This has to be the best of the Halloween club nights that Bristol has to offer this year – and there’s a great choice! Lakota has long been the scene of some of the craziest nights with the best music. The venue really pulls out all the stops for its big events and All Hallows Eve is no different! Not only is the music top class, but as soon as you walk through the door you will be immersed in a spectacular world of macbre dancers and performers. This is one not to miss!

Haunted and Hidden Bristol Halloween Walking Tour

The perfect activity to get you in the mood for the scary season. Learn about the terrifying past of Bristol lurking within the shadows of the streets you thought you knew. Taking place after darkness has fallen, you will explore the old quarter of the city and hear some truly hair-raising tales of the old inhabitants and their bloody deeds. With a strong pirating past, and plenty of deranged characters, expect to never be able to walk around the city at night again without looking over your shoulder!

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! Check out a scary screening with newcomers such as Midsommar or the classic Dracula – there is 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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