Indoor activities are heading outdoors this summer. Here are some typically indoor pursuits that can be enjoyed in the open air during the summer break. 

Image - The Lido 

Open air swimming

Indoor pools are great for colder days, but for a cooling summer dip try an open-air pool instead. The Lido in Clifton is a stylish spot, with quaint vintage dressing cubicles on the poolside and outdoor tables between the pool and café bar for soaking up the sun with a spritzer. In the seaside town of Clevedon, around 15 miles from Bristol, the Marine Lake is a scenic spot for swimming or water play with the hills of south Wales visible across the Bristol Channel. 

Al fresco films

No need to fester indoors with the curtains drawn in order to enjoy a blockbuster film this summer. Grab some friends and head to an outdoor screening instead. Dinema  - Bristol’s newest alfresco cinema experience combines outdoor cinema with street food and drink - over 3 days this summer (14-17 July), a pop-up big screen at The Memorial Stadium will screen 4 classic films. There's a silent cinema experience to be had at Bristol Zoo Gardens on 29 July, while 5 alfresco screenings from Cult Screens will take place at the zoo over several nights in late August. Don't fancy sitting inside a theatre? Settle down for some cultural evenings in front of the Big Screen at Millennium Square with live screenings from The Royal Ballet (7 June) and the Royal Opera House (4 July).

Image - Mud Dock 

Outdoor bars

Take your drinks outside at Bambalan in Colston Tower. Since opening in May 2016, the rooftop terrace of this relaxed restaurant and bar has become incredibly popular and overlooks the bustling centre towards the Harbourside. Mud Dock café bar has an attractive outdoor terrace for food and drink overlooking the water, or head to Clifton and enjoy a drink on the terrace of The Bridge Café at Avon Gorge Hotel with unrivalled views across the gorge and Clifton Suspension Bridge. 

Outdoor performances 

Brush up on your Shakespeare with outdoor performances of Much Ado About Nothing and Midsummer Night's Dream in the ancient grounds of Berkeley Castle, fitting as the latter was actually written for a Berkeley family wedding! The Bard's plays will also be brought to life in beautiful outdoor locations such as Brandon Hill, Arnos Vale and Windmill Hill City Farm with the month-long Shakespeare festival in July. Or enjoy live outdoor entertainment and food whilst visiting the animals at Wild Place Project's Summer Sundown on 11 August.

Image - SUP Bristol 

Yoga in nature

Escape the confines of the gym or community centre and explore your spirituality out in the fresh air whilst floating serenely on Bristol Harbour on a stand up paddleboard. SUP Bristol is leading yoga sessions on request throughout the summer. Experience of paddleboarding or yoga is not necessary.

Need some more outdoor inspiration? Take a look at our tips for Al Fresco Dining in Bristol.


Mud Dock Cycleworks and Cafe
Mud Dock

Over the last 25 years, Mud Dock Café has evolved to become one of Bristol’s most successful independent restaurants.

Goram & Vincent at The Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin
Goram & Vincent at The Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin

Imagine a gritty, earthy smoke house with open kitchen for fire, smoke and theatre, coal fired grills, a smoker and bespoke clay ovens

The Lido - Bristol
The Lido - Bristol

Dating back to 1849, the Lido in Bristol is one of the oldest surviving Lido’s in the UK, allowing year round swimming.

Bristol Zoo Gardens
Animal Collection
Bristol Zoo Gardens Gorilla

Discover hundreds of incredible animal species from across the globe, set in 12 acres of award-winning gardens – the perfect fresh-air destination.

SUP Bristol - Stand Up Paddleboarding
Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre
SUP Bristol Stand Up Paddleboarding in groups

Try stand up paddleboarding with SUP Bristol and see Bristol Floating Harbour from a truly unique angle. Explore the vibrant and historic Harbourside with SUP Bristol's expert and enthusiastic instructors to show you the ropes.

We The Curious
Science Centre
We The Curious

We The Curious is a state-of-the-art visitor attraction, offering an amazing world of hands-on discovery for you, your friends and family.

Brunel's SS Great Britain
Historic Ship
Brunel's SS Great Britain Bristol

Step aboard the award-winning Brunel's SS Great Britain for a ship shape and Bristol fashion day out!

Clifton Suspension Bridge
Historic Site
Clouds over Clifton Suspension Bridge Bristol - CREDIT GARY NEWMAN

The world famous bridge and the iconic symbol of Bristol, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1831 and completed in 1864 after his death

Wild Place Project
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Bear at Wild Place Project

Discover a world of animal adventures – right on your doorstep! Wild Place Project is the perfect fresh-air destination, with 50 acres to explore. Say ‘hello’ to bears, giraffes, zebras, gelada ‘baboons’, cheetahs, meerkats and ring-tailed lemurs, among many others.

Windmill Hill City Farm
Adventure Park/Playground
Windmill Hill City Farm

Windmill Hill City Farm is a voluntary community project seeking to meet the needs of local people through a range of social, environmental and educational activities.

Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust
Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust

Step into a secret world and discover 45 green acres where the history of Bristol is told in a leafy and tranquil setting.