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.

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