In Bristol and in need of inspiration or looking for that last minute reason for getting away for a few days? Read our suggestions of 5 ways to boost your bank holiday weekend in Bristol and you’ll fill up your three-day weekend in no time.

Have some animal encounters

Explore the wild side of life without even having to leave the city! Meet the newest residents at the Wild Place Project in the Bear Wood exhibit – the UK’s largest brown bear exhibit, which is also home to wolves, lynx and wolverine.   

Over at Bristol Zoo, you can have a Grand Day Out with Wallace and Gromit, earning your stripes as a trainee zookeeper, or get acquainted with the marine life at Bristol Aquarium where you can also Meet the Octonauts.

This weekend is also one of the last chances to catch REWILD Our Planet at We The Curious before it ends on 31 August. This is a ground-breaking augmented reality experience transporting you to a range of at-risk habitats across the globe.

Bear at Wild Place Project's Bear Wood exhibit

Image credit: Wild Place Project

Fly through history at Aerospace Bristol

Head to Aerospace Bristol on Saturday for one of their Fly Through History tours at either 11am or 2pm. The journey will take you from the early beginnings of Bristol’s distinguished aerospace industry through to today, including a walk around the last ever Concorde to fly. On Monday, witness the very special Concorde droop nose and learn more about why this incredible piece of engineering was so vital.

Family looking at Concorde at Aerospace Bristol

Image credit: Aerospace Bristol

See a film for free at Watershed

As part of National Lottery Cinema Day on Sunday 25 August, you can reserve a free ticket for a selection of films at Watershed that day. Films on show include Pain and Glory, Blinded by the Light, King Kong and more – see the full list and find out how to save a spot here.

Outside view of Watershed on Bristol Harbourside

Image credit: Watershed

Be dazzled by the Invisible Circus on Brunel’s SS Great Britain

From luggage juggling to devilishly daring displays, the Invisible Circus have commandeered Brunel’s SS Great Britain and are delighting visitors with their aerial skills. Within their daily performances, which are included in the price of admission, they are telling the stories of real-life passengers who once journeyed across seas on board the ship. 

Performer from the Invisible Circus on Brunel's SS Great Britain

Image credit: Brunel's SS Great Britain 

Keep your glass topped up

Treat yourself to some bank holiday drinks along the East Bristol Brewery Trail, discovering five local breweries and sampling their beers at four stops. Centred round the Bristol and Bath Railway Path and taking place on both Saturday and Sunday, simply pick up a map from one of the breweries and be on your way!

Over at Bambalan on Sunday, you can celebrate the last bank holiday weekend of the year on their rooftop terrace with music from UK garage trailblazer DJ Spoony, plus support from some top local DJs too. 

Roof terrace at Bambalan

Image credit: Bambalan

Get more ideas for things to do in Bristol this bank holiday weekend:


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

Grab your very best explorer’s outfit and head out on an adventure to Wild Place Project, where you will discover amazing species from around the world! Get up close to incredible animals in a natural setting, with 40 beautiful acres to explore.

Bristol Zoo Gardens
Animal Collection
Bristol Zoo Gardens Gorilla

Discover over 400 species of exotic and endangered animals from across the globe at Bristol Zoo Gardens, all set within award-winning gardens spanning over 12 acres.

Bristol Aquarium
Children at Bristol Aquarium

Spectacular aquarium in the Harbourside area that provides an amazing underwater adventure from the British coast to exotic tropical seas

We The Curious
Science Centre
We The Curious North Gallery

We The Curious (formerly At-Bristol Science Centre) is a state-of-the-art visitor attraction, offering an amazing world of hands-on discovery for you, your friends and family.

Aerospace Bristol
Aerospace Bristol Concorde

Journey through more than a century of fascinating aviation history – including aeroplanes, helicopters, rockets, engines and more – and step aboard the last Concorde ever to fly.

Watershed Bristol Harbourside

Enjoy a lively programme of independent film, digital media and events at this fantastic media centre in the heart of the Harbourside

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!

East Bristol Brewery Trail
East Bristol Brewery Trail

Once again five of Bristol's best breweries roll up the shutters to welcome you all to their 'hood.

Bambalan Bristol brunch

The latest venture from the Hyde & Co group, Bambalan burst onto the Bristol food scene in May 2016 and has fast become a firm favourite for laid back drinking and dining ever since!