The daffodils are out, the sun is shining (fingers crossed) and it’s time to leave your winter lair for some fresh air. Whether you want to ease yourself in with spectator sports or get the blood pumping yourself, Bristol’s the place to be for seasonal fun and games…
Image - Spectators getting involved at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club
Wicket, wicket, incredible
It’s all go at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, with two One Day Internationals – England v Ireland (5 May) and England v West Indies (24 September) - plus the much-anticipated ICC Women’s World Cup starting in Bristol on 24 June. And don’t miss the inter-county T20 Blast (see here for fixture dates).
Don’t miss the last games of the season at Ashton Gate Stadium, home to both Bristol Rugby and Bristol City Football Club. Take a look at some of their excellent hospitality packages for game days and, if you hurry, you and your mates might even be in time to Play on the Pitch yourselves (8-21 May).
Over at Memorial Stadium, you can check out Bristol Rovers, and at Stoke Gifford Stadium, watch Bristol City Women F.C. do their thing - the team was recently promoted to the Women's Super League. And basketball fans, head to SGS WISE Arena to see the Bristol Flyers shoot some hoops. Finally, don't miss the action with Bristol Ladies rubgy.
Image - Bristol Flyers aiming high
Walking on sunshine
Hooray for May! Bristol Walk Fest is back with its programme of wild and wonderful walks for all abilities and interests – and many are free. Last year people could be found ambling, hiking and Nordic walking their way all around the city, from the Georgian perambulators up in Clifton to the mindful meanderers at Blaise Castle Estate.
The beautiful countryside surrounding Bristol is fertile ground for horse racing. There’s The Festival at Cheltenham Race Course, from 14-17 May, and then Badminton Horse Trials, a prestigious three-day event, from 3-7 May.
Image - Runners at Bristol 10K 2016. Credit - Hannah Stuart-Leach
Run, rabbit, run
Bristolians are keen joggers, but as the Great Bristol 10K (7 May) approaches you’ll notice even more people pounding the streets in training. The Harbourside is a popular loop where you can take in the colourful houses of Clifton Wood as well as the boats taxying to and fro.
Image - Biking by Bristol's beautiful Harbourside. Credit - Hannah Stuart-Leach
Bristol’s cycle mad year-round. To explore the city by saddle just like the locals pick up a vintage ride, one made for two or a zippy electric number (see here for details). Coming up in early summer, there’s also the Nightrider (1-2 July) – a moonlit 50k or 100k adventure up and down Bristol’s hills.
The grass is greener
Now the weather’s brightening up, it’s a pretty scenic time to get outdoors and tackle some of our great golf courses. Check out Bristol Golf Breaks for a fine selection of fairways.
Image - Burnham & Berrow Golf Club in the sunshine
Get up, stand up
For a special way to enjoy Bristol’s famous waterways, try stand up paddleboarding with SUP Bristol. Their two-and-a-half-hour Harbourside Adventure is the ideal introduction if you’re in town for the weekend.
Image - Trying new tricks at Freedog Urban Activity Centre
On a roll
If street and adventure sports are more your thing, get a unique perspective on Bristol’s cityscapes by having a go at skateboarding, climbing, mountain biking, slacklining or disc golf. Or for a bounce around head to AirHop or Freedog Urban Activity Centre, which as its own Parkour Academy.