It’s coming home, it’s coming home, cricket’s coming home. This year, England and Wales are set to host the Cricket World Cup between 30 May and 14 July 2019 and with Bristol’s Gloucestershire County Cricket Club set to host three world cup matches in June (1 June: Afghanistan v Australia, 7 June: Pakistan v Sri Lanka and 11 June: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka), cricket fever is hotting up in the city.

Before the world’s best teams battle it out for the biggest prize in cricket, you can watch them in three warm up matches (S. Africa v Windies – 26 May, Windies v New Zealand - 28 May, Afghanistan v Pakistan – 24 May) at The Brightside Ground in three official matches. Or practice your cheers when England take on Pakistan in an ODI (14 May).

The city is also a great base from which to reach matches in other host cities, Cardiff – just across the Severn Bridge - and Taunton, just a short hop down the M5. So, when you’re not watching an innings, here’s a handy guide of things to do in Bristol during the Cricket World Cup.

See the sights of Bristol

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Be blown away by jaw-dropping views of Bristol’s iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge and discover endless facts about its fascinating history with a guided tour from the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre.

Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Did you know, Brunel’s SS Great Britain took the first ever All England cricket team to Australia, in 1861 and 1863, before any sporting world cup events were established? The attraction is celebrating the historic ship’s role in international cricket with a special exhibition (25 May -21 July). Discover more of the ship’s history, plus sights and smells of life on-board before popping into sister museum Being Brunel for an immersive exploration of the life and legacy of the Victorian engineer behind her creation.

Bristol Zoo Gardens

Explore the vibrant gardens of Bristol Zoo Gardens and get up close to over 400 species of animals. Watch gorillas pace above your head in the 180 degree viewing house, peek nocturnal animals in the Twilight Zone and delight in watching penguins and seals frolic above and below water.

Wild Place Project

Spot cheetahs in the undergrowth, keep your eyes peeled for wolves in the woodland and look down on giraffes from above. Until 6 September, there are 20 six foot tall, bold and beautiful hand-painted bear sculpture trails to complete, alongside themed habitats to explore.

And If you’re after accommodation during your Cricket World Cup trip, book a stay at Wild Place’s Camp Baboon, for an exciting safari-style glamping adventure.

Aerospace Bristol

Be whisked away on an incredible journey through aeronautical history at Aerospace Bristol. Get to grips with the principles of flight through hands-on activities and step aboard Concorde Alpha Foxtrot - the last ever Concorde to be built and to fly.

Image: Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, Aerospace Bristol

We The Curious

Packed full of thrilling interactive exhibits, We The Curious has all sorts of interactive events and activities to fire your curiosity. Blast off on an incredible, immersive space adventure and explore the Solar System in the UK’s first 3D Planetarium or become an animator for the day in Aardman’s exclusive exhibition.

Bristol Aquarium

Go on a fish-tastic journey at Bristol Aquarium and discover underwater life from the British coast to exotic tropical seas. Highlights include a Bristol harbour scene, a walk-in seahorse display and a wooden footbridge over the open-top giant coral seas display.

Watershed

See an independent film at Watershed and keep an eye out for special food, drink and cinema events at this waterfront multi-media art centre. 

Bristol Harbourside

Take in the sights of Bristol’s buzzing Harbourside and learn about Bristol’s rich maritime history as you cruise through the Floating Harbour and onto rural stretches of the Avon with Bristol Packet Boat Trips. Trips are topped off with a freshly baked cream tea (from 8 May – 6 October) or alternatively, stop at a riverside pub for lunch (from 4 June-26 September).

Bristol Packet Boat Cream Teas

Image: Cream Teas aboard Bristol Packet Boat

Bristol Street art

Street art tours are a Bristol ‘must-do’ experience, with professional artists guiding visitors around the city's ever-changing urban outdoor galleries. Where The Wall run Bristol Street Art Walking Tours all year-round, or discover the city's street art on a Blackbeard to Banksy Ultimate Bristol Walking Tour, get stuck into a Graft graffiti workshop, or discover the works at your own pace by downloading the Banksy Bristol Trail by Cactus Apps.

Where the Wall street art tour_ Credit Destination Bristol

Image: Where the Wall street art tour. Credit: Destination Bristol

Exhibitions

M Shed

Discover the story of Bristol and its people at M Shed through hands-on displays and historical paraphernalia. Take a break from the cricket to check out latest exhibition Tattoo: British Art Revealed (16 March- 16 June).

Royal West of England Art Gallery

For historic and contemporary British art, head to the RWA, England’s only regional Royal Academy of Art. Exhibitions on during the Cricket World Cup include the RWA Sculpture Open Exhibition, which will celebrate the diversity of form, medium and scale in contemporary sculptural practice (16 March – 2 June) and Gaudier-Brzeska: Disputing the Earth at RWA (16 March – 2 June 2019).

Spike Island

A thrilling hub of creative and cultural activity, during the cricket months, look out for Paul Simon Richards’ Quasi-Monte Carlo (6 April -16 June) featuring computer-generated imagery and spoken word monologue and Sriwhana Spong’s series of sculptures based on the traditional Balinese gamelan (6 April – 16 June).

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Proudly displaying Banksy's largest work on canvas ‘Devolved Parliament’ for the first time in 10 years alongside its world-class collections. Look out for the ornithological-themed Natural Selection from father and son team Andy Holden and Peter Holden (1 June-1 Sept).

Devolved Parliament by Banksy_ Credit Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Image: Devolved Parliament by Banksy. Credit: Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Shopping

Gloucester Road, close to the Brightside Ground, is renowned for having the longest stretch of independent shops in the UK. From a shoppers’ point of view, it’s also a treasure trove of quality charity and vintage shops. Get help with seeking out the best bargains by join Becky Barnes’ Personal Stylist Charity Shop Tours (running until 22 June).

Explore the shops on Gloucester Road. Room 212

Image: Room 212, on Gloucester Road. 

Theatre

At the end of play, swap bowlers and batsmen for banging show tunes and blockbuster productions! Tim Minchin’s Multi award-winning Matilda The Musical, inspired by the Roald Dahl book is showing from 7 May-8 June) at Bristol Hippodrome, followed by 1980’s pop culture hit, Fame The Musical (10-15 June).

Matilda the Musical. Credit: Manual Harlan

Image: Matilda the Musical. Credit: Manual Harlan

Festivals

Bristol Walk Fest

Stretch your cricket-seated legs with one of Bristol Walk Fest’s wanders (1-31 May). There are over 150 amazing walks to choose from aimed at all ages and abilities. From street art, to wildlife to buccaneers and mindful walks, you’ll be sure to find something to tempt your tootsie during the month-long festival.

Dot to Dot Festival

Discover the stars of tomorrow in intimate spaces across the city at the Dot to Dot festival on 25 May. The xx, Ed Sheeran and Mumford and Sons have all performed at the festival before they shot to stardom.

Love Saves The Day

Put down your cricket whites and dig out your neon in between matches at Love Saves The Day (25-26 May). The event boasts an outstanding musical line-up including headliners, Lily Allen and Chase & Status

Clifton International Festival of Music

This summertime classical music event welcomes world-class artists alongside home-grown Bristolian talent for a series of concerts, lectures and workshops (1-8 June).

Love Saves The Day

Image: Love Saves The Day

Festival of Nature

The UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world comes to Millennium Square, on Bristol’s Harbourside from 8-9 June. Expect live performances, interactive exhibitions and talks from the giants of the natural history world at this family-friendly event.

Bristol Craft Beer Festival

Raise a pint of world-class beer to your chosen team and become an ale aficionado at Bristol Craft Beer Festival (7-8 June). With over 250 beers from 35 brewers, great street food and live music, this festival appeals to seasoned beer drinkers as well as the craft-clueless.

Bristol Food Connections

Pitch up at Bristol Food Connections (12-23 June) for a citywide celebration of all that is great about food in Bristol. There are over 100 events ranging from workshops and demos to a pre-work Wake Up Rave, as well as plant-based feasts, family events, tipple tasting and more!

Cider Salon Bristol

Try one of summer’s most popular beverages in the city of cider itself. The Cider Salon (7-9 June) will host a weekend of talks, tastings and dinners at venues across the Bristol. Alongside the main tasting event, there will also be a city-wide programme of fringe activities.

Craft Beer Festival_ Credit Plaster

Image: Bristol Craft Beer Festival. Credit: Plaster 

Eating out

Gloucester Road is teeming with quirky cafés, bakeries and well-loved boozers. Once players have downed bats, grab a bite to eat at vegan restaurant Suncraft, or Sri Lankan street food from The Coconut Tree or sink a pint on the outdoor terrace at the Gallimaufry. Head towards Stokes Croft and the brand new Masa + Mezcal restaurant and the city centre. Or head up Gloucester Road where you’ll find The Wellington – a Bath Ales pub with rooms for those that need a place to stay.

On a summer’s day, it’s hard to beat Bristol Harbourside’s al fresco atmosphere. Head to Cargo and Wapping Wharf to find a trendy collection of cafés, shops and bars in repurposed shipping containers on the waterfront.

Bristol loves its street food, try St Nicholas Market (open Monday-Saturday 9.30am-5pm), St Nick’s Vegan & Wellbeing Market (Monday), St Nick’s Street Food Market (Tuesday & Friday 11-2.30pm), The Nails Market (Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm), Bristol Farmers’ and Producers’ Market (Wednesday 8am- 2.30pm) and  Tobacco Factory Market (Sunday 10-2.30am), Harbourside Market (Sat & Sun 11am-4pm or Thurs on Broad Quay 12-3pm) or Finzel’s Reach Market (Friday 10am-2pm) for extremely yummy grub.

The Coconut Tree Clifton

Image: The Coconut Tree

Where to stay

Whether you're staying in Bristol to watch the matches or basing yourself in the city to travel to other ICC Cricket World Cup matches in BirminghamCardiffLondonTaunton and DurhamFind out where to stay in Bristol here.

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