Graduation season in Bristol is upon us! If you’re one of the graduates-to-be collecting their degrees this year, it’s time to mark the end of an era and raise a glass or two with your friends and family. Here are some of the top ways to celebrate and make it an occasion you never forget. 

Make it last

After three or more years of hard work, you deserve to make the graduation celebrations last as long as possible. So rather than rushing through a day in the city for your ceremony and then heading home, book an overnight stay.

At Future Inns Bristol Cabot Circus Hotel, graduates and their loved ones can claim 12% off bookings made online when you use the discount code WEBDEAL. The hotel’s central location - close to the motorway and only a ten minute walk from Temple Meads - makes it super simple for anyone travelling into Bristol. Based at Future Inns is the Chophouse Restaurant and Bar, who are also treating graduates to a complimentary glass of prosecco or speciality cocktail when you pre-book your dinner or lunch.

Room at Future Inns Bristol Cabot Circus

Image credit: Future Inns Bristol Cabot Circus Hotel

Have a ball

Gather up your course mates and you can go all-out for the end of university celebrations by hosting a ball at Bristol Zoo Gardens, The Clifton Pavilion. They’re offering complimentary room hire when you book for a minimum of 70 attendees on the £27.50 menu for all Sunday to Thursday dates up until September. Access to the beautiful zoo gardens is included, ensuring a picture-perfect setting for your event.

For great group activities on a smaller scale, head out for some award-winning outdoor adventures with Go Ape Forest of Dean. They’re offering graduates 15% off Sundays to Fridays using the code TUDNT8. Or, for a throwback to your school years, plan a sports day Knockout Events style, complete with their epic inflatable obstacles and challenges. Graduates can get £10 off for bookings on Saturdays in July and August. 

Afternoon tea

If a more intimate affair is what you’re after, then save yourself a spot for the graduation afternoon tea for two at Hotel du Vin Bristol City Centre. Expect a mix of exquisitely made sandwiches, croissants, quiche, macarons, tarts and more, served with tea, champagne or cocktails in the opulent surroundings of the Bistro du Vin. A blissful reward for reaching the end of your university days!

Your dinner plans can also be made at the Bistro du Vin, thanks to their exclusive Graduation Set Menu. Indulge in the three course menu in one of the private dining rooms, topped off with a glass of Hotel du Vin Champagne.

Cakes from the afternoon tea at Hotel du Vin Bristol

Image credit: Hotel du Vin

Pop the prosecco

What’s a celebration without some bubbles? Say cheers to spending your student years in the world’s best city (in our completely unbiased opinion) with not just a glass of prosecco, but a free one.

Restaurants across the city are ready and waiting with free fizz deals to keep your glass full throughout graduation season and accompany some mouth-watering menus. Everywhere from Bambalan, Pata Negra and 1766 Bar and Kitchen in the city centre to The Ox, The Square Kitchen and Racks Bar and Kitchen in Clifton have offers running:

Dining table in the Playroom at Racks Bar and Kitchen

Image credit: Racks Bar and Kitchen

See all the Bristol graduation deals in one place.