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10 best things to do in Bristol this summer and beyond

Discover what the south west city has to offer in terms of restaurants, festivals, hotels and more

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Rachel Avery
Rachel AveryHomes Editor
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The harbourside city of Bristol is well known for its student lifestyle. If you didn't go to university there, we bet you know someone that did. Beyond the student nights out and the cheap-and-cheerful eateries, this south west city has a burgeoning cuisine scene, fun days out for the family and a whole host of amazing hotels. Keep reading to find out what's on in Bristol at the moment…

BANK restaurant, Wells Road

bank restaurant roast dinner
The woodfired food is delicious

While in the city, why not visit one of the country's top 100 restaurants as awarded by The Good Food Guide? Sundays see woodfired roasts served up with a rotating menu of delicious vegetables and weekdays are for seasonal sharing plates. The tasty chicken roast came with a giant Yorkshire pudding and the best roast potatoes EVER (not pictured, simply eaten). 

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Beyond Submergence at Propyard, Feeder Road

yoga under lights © Dan Weill
Treat yourself to a zen yoga session with a difference

Step into a world of incredible light displays with Squidsoup's Beyond Submergence art installation at Propyard this summer. For a fully immersive experience, book in for a yoga session under the rainbow wave or a transcendent sound bath within the dazzling exhibit. We loved our relaxing evening yoga class for ultimate bliss. 

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Casa, The General, Redcliffe

Casa Restaurant in Bristol
Discover delicious Italian-inspired dishes at Casa Restaurant in Bristol

Bristol may be famed for Jason Donnervan (yes, a kebab van named after the singing legend) but Bristolians devour an eclectic mix of food in the city, including high end delights. It would take you a while to get through all of the critically-acclaimed eateries, and new kid on the block is Casa. From the same family as Casamia, expect mouth-watering small plates that pack big flavours. Ravioli with mushroom ragu will fool you into thinking it is meat and the braised beef cheek cuts like butter and tastes like heaven. Perfect for an extra special night out in the city.

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Wake the Tiger, St Phillip’s Causeway


An amusement park ideal for days where Bristol drizzle hits and the park is off the cards. Take the kids along and explore a whole world of sensory adventure. There’s theatrics, lights and puzzles to master as you make your way through the exhibit. Well worth stopping at the cafe at the end - the brownies are the best. 

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Mollie’s Motel & Diner, Cribbs Causeway

Mollie's Motel and Diner
Mollie's Motel and Diner is perfect for a Bristol stopover

Extend your Bristol stay with a slice of the US-of-A. Expect cool interiors, hearty grub and the friendliest folk in the West Country. Rooms come with Dyson dryers, GHDs and the hotel’s very own blend of Cowshed products. Don’t miss the cream-topped milkshakes in the diner and stay for brunch to really get the full foodie experience. Plus, Cribbs Causeway shopping centre is a stone's throw away for all of your shopping needs.

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Love Saves The Day, Ashton Court, 27-28 May

Love Saves The Day© Sami Taylor
Love Saves The Day will bring fun to the city in May

Bristol’s biggest festival just keeps getting better and better. Headliners gracing the stage in 2023 include Fatboy Slim and Years & Years. Sunday revellers will also have the chance to see 90s legends, The Sugababes. After their swamped performance at Glastonbury Festival, we think it's going to be epic.

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Rick's at The Bristol Hotel

cocktails and brunch on outside table

Hotel restaurants can sometimes get a rep for being a bit basic and dare we say naff but it’s the total opposite for Rick’s at the Bristol Hotel. The space is an Instagrammable haven with classic cocktails and delicious dishes to boot. Brunch is served with a side of live music and the shaded terrace is ideal for when the Bristol sun is blazing. Top tip, the brunch menu dishes are small but tasty - order two and you won’t regret it. The Florentine and pancakes were our faves!

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International Bristol Balloon Fiesta, Ashton Court, 10-13 August 2023

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta© PaulBox
The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is a highlight of the west country calendar

Bristol is synonymous with hot air balloons and the best place to see them is the annual fiesta. There’s a chance to see the balloons take off at sunrise and sunset but what’s not to miss is the unique night glow where the balloons are lit up beautifully to music. Trust us, it may sound strange but it’s utterly enthralling. Definitely one for the kids to come along, as the daytime funfair will be a big hit with little ones.

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Bristol Sounds, Lloyds Amphitheatre, Harbourside, 21 - 25 June 2023

Bristol Sounds© Paulbox
Check out Bristol Sounds this summer

Evenings by Bristol’s glittering harbourside are magical come summertime and they are made even better by the  Bristol Sounds open-air concerts. Enjoy the balmy nights with a slice of soulful sounds on five consecutive dates. This year artists include Jacob Collier, James and The Levellers.

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MOHIITIO Fitness, Clifton 

Why not try a class at MOHIITO Fitness?

Bristolians may like to eat and party, but they love a high octane fitness class too. Many specialised gyms are popping up all over the city and one of our favourites is MOHIITIO. Two female founders, four amazing classes and the chance to take your usual workout to another level. We tried Barre Burn and it certainly did what it said on the tin. No pain, no gain, right? Conveniently located in Clifton for a post-workout refuel somewhere nice.

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