July is a bumper month for outdoor events and festivals - glamp with animals at Camp Baboon, cheer on the England Women’s cricket team, or visit the visually spectacular Upfest, plus lots more!

Glamp with baboons (the animals – we’re not being rude about your family…)

Wild Place Project’s new Camp Baboon is an exciting safari-style glamping adventure that offers the chance to stay overnight in luxury cabins and have after-hours encounters with exotic endangered animals. Guests also get twilight tours, some of the best burgers ever (according to our source) and entry to both Wild Place and Bristol Zoo Gardens. Toast marshmallows over a camp fire, breakfast next to giraffes, and listen out for wolves in the night. Book in July and August for an introductory 20% off. Ba-ba-boom!

Camp Baboon

Image - Camp Baboon, Wild Place Project

Be the next Banksy

Discover your inner Banksy with new spray-can workshops run by Where the Wall. A spinoff of their popular street art tours, the sessions offer a chance to practice your ‘tag’ and try your hand at Banksy-style stencilling techniques. The Street Art Stencil Spray Sessions take place every Thursday (12pm-1pm) at The Island throughout summer and are open to all ages.

Delve into the world of Morph

Bristol-based Aardman Animation’s Morph is still naughty at 40! The well-loved bendy character is celebrating his 40th birthday with a grand tour of his home city followed by a charity exhibition for Bristol children’s charity, The Grand Appeal. Following spells on the Harbourside and Clifton Suspension Bridge, giant MegaMorph will spend the summer at the Mall at Cribbs Causeway on 10 July. The exhibition will feature 20 original sculptures at the Gromit Unleashed Shop (14 July- 5 September), an interactive green-screen experience and Morph model-making workshops.

Mega Morph

Image - Mega Morph, credit Jon Chamberlain

Get your rainbow on

Bristol Pride Week (30 June – 9 July) is dedicated to the city’s (LGBT+) community, Bristol Pride is a week-long series of events featuring top names in cabaret, comedy, Charlotte Church’s raved about late night pop dungeon and Queer Vision at The Watershed (the award-winning Pride film festival). This year sees the launch of ‘Bristol Pride Presents’ at the Amphitheatre with headliner Belinda Carlisle. Saturday’s Pride Day (8 July) starts with the Pride Parade through the city as part of a colourful outdoor music and arts celebration. Entertainment includes food stalls, a family area and bars. Read our 10 things to look out for at Bristol Pride blog

Pride

Image - Bristol Pride, credit Paul Box

Friday Twilights at Bristol Zoo

Listen to live music alongside the roar of lions and dance the night away next to new resident dinosaurs as the sun sets over Clifton. Bristol Zoo’s Friday Twilights offer chilled after hour’s visits on 5 Fridays between June and September (from 30 June).

Make believe as medieval Kings and Queens

Berkeley Castle have lots going on in July – for kids there’s have-a-go archery, sword-fighting displays, traditional outdoor games, falconry and jester circus skills. Adults might like to catch an early afternoon or evening performance of Much Ado about Nothing and Midsummer Night’s Dream (until 11 July) in their historic grounds.

Berkeley Castle

Image - Berkeley Castle

Celebrate the genius of the Bard

Bristol Shakespeare Festival takes places throughout July and brings the most exciting productions of the Bard’s plays to some of Bristol's most beautiful and unusual spaces. See Improvised Shakespeare at the Wardrobe Theatre (8 July), The Taming of the Shrew at Brandon Hill Bowling Green (12-13 July) or A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Windmill Hill City Farm (23 July).

Howzat! Cheer on our women cricketers

International cricket returns to The Brightside Ground in Bristol with the final stages of the ICC Women’s World Cup (2-18 July). The home of Gloucestershire CCC, located just off Gloucester Road, the ground is to host 8 matches for the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup including England v South Africa (2 July), Australia v New Zealand (5 July), Australia v India (12 July), England v West Indies (15 July) and the ICC Women's World Cup Semi Final (18 July). Read our interview with Women’s international cricketer Fran Wilson

Women cricketers

Image - former cricket captain, Charlotte Edwards & Suzie Bates in front of the SS Great Britain, Bristol. Credit ICC Nissan Trophy Tour.

Uncover the darker side of Arnos Vale Cemetery

Arnos Vale After Hours evening tours (7 and 28 July) let visitors uncover the darker side of this 19th century ‘necropolis’. You’ll explore paths overhung with creeping branches, descend into a mortuary crypt, listen to tragic tales and folk customs and learn about Victorian funeral etiquette.

See an art exhibition

L-Shaped Room at Spike Island (8 July-17 September) is an exhibition by the sculpture and performance artist, Tessa Lynch, whose work is inspired by wanderings around the city and then translated into sculptural installations. The exhibition at Spike Island takes its title from Lynne Reid Banks’ 1960s classic novel in which a young single woman finds herself pregnant and her consequent feelings of ‘imprisonment’ within a bedsit in a London slum as well as her within her body.

Drink local beer

Averys is a Bristol name normally associated with wine, but this summer they host their very first beer festival (15 July). The tasting event will take place in Averys’ historic cellars, showcasing small batch beers from seven of their favourite brewers, including many local tipples. Look out for Bristol’s Arbor Ales, Cannonball Ales, Left Handed Giant, Lost & Grounded, Moor Beer, Wild Beer Co and Wiper and True.

Moor Beer

Image - Moor Beer

See a nautical extravaganza

One of England’s largest free festivals, the annual Bristol Harbour Festival (21 – 23 July) is a nautical, music, arts, circus, food and dance extravaganza along a two mile stretch of waterfront - from Brunel’s SS Great Britain to M Shed, and from Queen Square to Castle Park. Over the weekend hundreds of sailing vessels take to the water. The finale will celebrate the 300th anniversary of Handel’s Water Music, with the Bristol Ensemble performing on a flotilla of boats beside the SS Great Britain.

Discover the wonderful world of What If

At-Bristol are holding their first ‘What If’ festival (22 July- 3 Sept) - a six week celebration of curiosity. The Festival will focus on three ‘What If’ themes: ‘What if we had to live on a different planet’, ‘What if nature took over’ and ‘What if I could see inside myself’. There will be weird and wonderful activities in every area of At-Bristol, special events, extra Planetarium shows, evening talks, outdoor film screenings and ‘fiesta weekends’. 

Watch street artists at work

Upfest (29– 31 July), Europe’s biggest, free, street art and graffiti festival, is a visual spectacle in the Bristol calendar, attracting over 250 cutting-edge graffiti artists from around the world. For the first time, the family-friendly event is teaming up with Ashton Gate Stadium to create a brand new area which will host the longest painting surface for the festival to date, with 50 artists painting on a 200m stretch alongside a New York Style Subway Train, live entertainment and children’s activities.

Louis Masai

Image - Louis Masai, Upfest

Head to the theatre

Highlights of Bristol summer theatre season include, the classic stage version of Dirty Dancing at Bristol Hippodrome (3 - 8 July) and Kneehigh Theatre Company’s Tristan & Yseult at Bristol Old Vic (4-15 July). The Tobacco Factory Theatres present multi award-winning, Bristol based company Theatre Ad Infinitum in Translunar Paradise (4-8 July) and Why the Whales Came (11-15 July). Tobacco Factory Theatres are also running week-long summer schools (23-28 July) for kids.

For more information on Bristol news and events see www.visitbristol.co.uk.

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