Every week, we’re going to be asking the Visit Bristol staff about their favourite parts of the city. They’ll also tell us what they’re currently digging. Soon, you’ll get to know Bristol through our eyes and maybe get some top tips for new things to find in this fine city of our’s, as well as get to know the guys behind Visit Bristol’s marketing department - Kelly, Laura, Wendy, Jon and Nikesh.

This week’s question: What is your favourite thing to do in Bristol on a hot summer’s day/evening/night?

K: The best summer evenings for me if I’m not playing tennis at one of the many great tennis clubs in and around the city is having an after-work drink on a Friday at one of the south-facing Harbourside bars. There are a few which come to mind including Las Iguanas (Millennium Square), The Shore Cafe Bar (Pero’s Bridge) and BrewDog (Bristol Bridge).  All have great views with outdoor seating in the sun plus 2-for-1 Early Bird cocktails (Las Iguanas) or a massive selection of interesting beers (BrewDog). After one or two I will then cycle home precariously on the beautiful Bristol to Bath cycle path.

L: I love to stroll around the Harbourside and dangle my feet over the edge whilst eating a massive lump of brownie from the Arnolfini Café - it’s the best! There’s something about the sun on the water that makes me feel like I’m on holiday and there really is no place like it when the sun is shining. 

W: Cycling through Ashton Court on a summer evening can’t be beaten.  It’s so close to the centre of Bristol yet you feel a million miles away - deer grazing in the fields, a grand manor house that you can pretend you live in and dusk settling over the city. The café sells Marshfield ice cream too, local and organic, it’s remarkable.

J: As a family, we love walking through the woods near our house and ending up at the river. From there we walk along and always find some ducks to feed before having an adventure through the Conham River Park and then taking the ‘ferry’ across to Beese’s Tea Gardens. The hospitality there is really great and the spot is ideal for a leisurely drink in the sunshine before a walk back up the hill and home.

N: The views across Bristol from Brandon Hill are quite spectacular. Up on the hill, just a bit down from the tower where there are benches overlooking the south of the city seem like a lovely place to meet a loved one with a bunch of flowers and some sunglasses, because the setting sun’s a nice way to end the day. Especially if you follow it up with small plates of food and a dry white wine at Goldbrick House.

Our weekly picks

K: I currently love the new late summer collection in Harvey Nichols – I can’t afford it but hey I can browse with the best of them.

L: I’m a bit of a plant geek and have just bought myself a wildflowers book so I’m currently loving spotting all the flowers and feeling smug when I know what they are called! I’m also watching the blackberry bushes along the River Avon with a keen interest so that I get in there quick to pick them before those pesky birds get there first!

W: I’m loving breakfast at the moment, mostly because of the top notch breakfastoriums in Bristol.  I’ve recently been introduced to the marvellous Turkish-style eggs and sourdough at the Lido. But, if time’s short then I’ll stroll over to Mark’s Bread on North Street for fresh pain au raisin while my other half puts a brew on.

J: I have recently started cycling to work. This has coincided with a change in job, making cycling the quickest and cheapest option to get to and from work. I hadn’t been on a bike in earnest since before I passed my driving test in the mid-1990’s so it was a big change, but the thought of all the money I would save plus the health benefits have helped me through. A couple of months in and I am loving it. Bristol is fantastic for cycling: of my 3-ish mile commute less than half a mile is on the road. I feel safe, richer and fitter – boom!

N: I really really enjoyed the spectacular Evie Wyld’s second book on holiday. ‘All the Birds, Singing’ seemed like a strange choice for a hot summery beach read with its cold winds, spooky goings-on and solitude, but it’s an eerie, sad, heart-wrenchingly brilliant tale of forgiveness and never escaping the shackles of the past, especially when it exists in scars all over your body. No wonder Evie’s recently been touted as one of Granta’s Best 20 British Novelists Under 40.

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