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Stuck for ideas on how to entertain young'uns in Bristol during the summer holidays? As part of our ‘#SummerinBristol: ask the kids’ series, we spoke to local teenagers (aged 11-19) about they’re favourite things to do in Bristol. Here’s what they said…

  • Alice (aged 13):

Do you have a favourite place in Bristol?

One of my favourite things to do in Bristol has to be a day out on the Harbourside. There are so many things to do; you can take a boat ride and experience Bristol from the water, visit M Shed, which is a museum celebrating Bristol’s history and people, and enjoy the latest exhibitions like Bristol Music.  You can eat a wide range of cuisines from places like the containers (Cargo) behind M Shed or the restaurants by the river. Brunel’s SS Great Britain is also well worth a visit, a 19th century ship which has been turned into a fascinating museum complete with authentic Victorian smells!  

Bristol Harbourside - M Shed

Image - Bristol Harbourside & M Shed, credit Alice and Charlotte

Another of my favourite places in Bristol is Clifton Suspension Bridge. It’s probably the most famous sight in the city, a massive bridge designed by engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, in the middle of the 19th century.  It provides beautiful views of Bristol and the Avon Gorge beneath.  I also love going to the nearby Observatory with its Camera Obscura, which lets you look down on the bridge and see people going about their daily business unaware they are being watched. You can also go underground into the rock to see the cave system. In addition, they have a little outdoor café, perfect for afternoon tea, or you could pack your own picnic and sit on Observatory Hill.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Image - Clifton Suspension Bridge, credit Alice & Charlotte

Are you planning on going Gromit hunting this summer?

This summer I am really excited to go Gromit hunting around Bristol. Although just walking around Bristol you can see many figures, I would recommend taking a day to journey round the city to see how many Gromits you can find. There is also an app you can download, (the Detect-O-Gromit 2 app - available to purchase from app stores on both iPhone and Android) which ticks off all the Gromits you find, and helps you to find more.  It’s a great way of encouraging people to get out and discover the city. 

Charlotte and Alice

Image - Bloggers Charlotte and Alice with 'The Bristol Hound' Gromit in front of Clifton Suspension Bridge

On a nice day, I like going with my friends to Park Street and College Green. Not only does Park Street hold Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, but there is also a wide variety of shops and cafés to visit. College Green is a nice hang out with friends to enjoy the sunshine. 

Because of the heat this summer, I am determined to make the most out of Bristol’s lidos and swimming pools. Some of the best public pools include Hengrove, Horfield and Easton (which has a long water flume) leisure centres. Although some lidos require membership, can be a bit pricey or only allow public swimmers on certain days, Portishead and Clifton open-air lidos are well worth a visit, especially on a sunny day.

Lido Bristol

Image - Lido Bristol

  • Molly (aged 13)

Where in Bristol do you like to go over the summer holidays as a treat?

I enjoy going to Vue Cinema or shopping at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway.

Do you have a favourite place in Bristol?

My favourite place is either Bristol Zoo or We The Curious.

What’s the best day out you have ever had in Bristol?

The best day in Bristol I had is when my cousins and I did the last Gromit Hunt around Bristol, then went to Za Za Bazaar

Is there somewhere at an attraction that you would like to visit?

I would definitely like to go see the dinosaurs at Bristol Museum or feed the gorillas in the zoo.

Do you like going to any particular events, and why, eg, Balloon Fiesta, Harbour Festival, Upfest, etc.

I love the Balloon Fiesta.

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Image - Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, credit Paul Box

Where would you recommend a first-time visitor to Bristol go?

A first-time visitor should definitely see M Shed or just a walk around the Harbour.

  • Charlotte (aged 11):

Do you have a favourite place in Bristol?

My absolute favourite place to go in Bristol HAS to be the Harbour. You can do so many things there! You can visit M Shed, where you can find out all about Bristol and its past, enjoy a breath-taking view of Bristol from the roof and also, on some Sundays, there is a train ride available! You can enjoy a refreshing ice cream with your legs dangling over the side of the Harbour on a hot day, or go on a ferry ride on the water. Maybe even take off your shoes and paddle on the beautiful, stone steps with water running down them, (one of my personal favourites), near the Watershed cinema.

Harbour bristol aerial view

Image - Bristol Harbourside, looking towards Redcliffe, credit Alice and Charlotte

I also love visiting Clifton Suspension Bridge, a go-to place if you are visiting Bristol, and want to get a good view of the River Avon and the city.  You could walk over the bridge and take some snaps; in Bristol there is always a good chance to take an artsy photo or two.  

Brunel’s SS Great Britain is another fun place for all the family, where you can find out what life was like in the 19th century, sailing the seas. It is an enormous ship which has been turned into a museum complete with wax figurines of different passengers and crew. Some days you can even climb up the rigging.

Brunel's SS Great Britain

Image - Brunel's SS Great Britain

Cabot Circus is my favourite place to shop. Lots of the major chains have shops there, there are a lot of cafés and restaurants and a cinema too. 

Cabot circus

Image - Cabot Circus, credit Alice and Charlotte

  • Lacey (19)

Where in Bristol do you like to go over the summer holidays as a treat?

As a treat this summer I’m hoping to go on one of the afternoon tea trips to Beese’s Tea Garden, especially if the weather stays as warm as it has been!

Do you have a favourite place in Bristol?

I love a trip out to Chew Valley Lake. Only a short drive from the city centre you’re suddenly surrounded by countryside. It’s the perfect place for a picnic or you can enjoy the delicious, traditional fish and chips of Salt and Malt. With multiple walks and places to explore, you haven’t truly visited until you’ve got a picture on the old foot bridge across the stream in the woods – I think we’ve got one every year since I was a baby!  

What’s the best day out you have ever had in Bristol?

During the last Gromit Unleashed trail it was my birthday – we spent the day searching the city for the sculptures before going for a pizza at Caio restaurant on Denmark Street, followed by watching Hairspray at the Bristol Hippodrome. As a birthday present we sat in our own box and had a load of sweets and cake to eat during the show!

Is there somewhere at an attraction that you would like to visit?

This summer I’m really hoping to attend one of the Twilight nights at Bristol Zoo, they sell out very quickly, so I’ll have to be speedy!  

Are you planning on going Gromit-hunting this summer?

Of course! Living in Bristol it’s hard not to get involved with Gromit hunting. Using the app this year makes it even more interactive.

Wallace - Space Oddi-Tea Cargo

Image - Space Oddi-Tea, Cargo, Bristol Harbourside, credit Angharad Paull

Do you like going to any particular events, and why?

I try to go to as many of the major city events as possible. This year I’m particularly looking forward to spending the weekend with a bunch of friends at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

Where’s your favourite place to eat in Bristol?

I love trying new places in Bristol. Somewhere I recently visited (and already would love to go back to) is Graze Bar & Chophouse. It was for a family birthday and the food was delicious. If you like a rack of saucy ribs – this is the place for you!

Where would you recommend a first-time visitor to Bristol go?

Having recently gone on a tour myself, I’d definitely recommend a Bristol Insight open top bus tour. You can hop on and off however often you like and with the friendly staff on board learn a load about Bristol whilst taking hundreds of Instagram worthy pictures! I’d then recommend a healthy dose of retail therapy at Cabot Circus and the massive Primark in Broadmead. For a night out you can’t go wrong with a bar crawl along the Harbour.

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