The weather is decidedly mixed this weekend; meaning it's the perfect time to enjoy both the great outdoors and entertaining indoor spaces in Bristol.

Our shops, bars and restaurants have each carefully transformed their businesses to make spaces safe for residents and visitors to return. 

Be a tourist in your own city this bank holiday

2020 is the year of the staycation and, even if you live locally, Bristol should be top of your list for a UK city break!

As more restaurants, attractions and hotels reopen responsibly, ensuring your visit is safer than ever, there’s heaps to explore right on your doorstep. In order to really kick back and relax, and to get that much-needed change of scene, we recommend booking into a hotel, apartment or bed and breakfast for a night or two.

Then the city is your oyster; eat out at that restaurant you’ve been wanting to visit, book tickets to that attraction you’ve not been to in ages and pop in to those shops you usually window browse. We’re here to prove you don’t have to go far to have a great getaway!

Hotel du Vin & Bistro

Image - Hotel du Vin & Bistro

Soak up some Street Art

Scour the streets of Bristol and you’ll struggle not to find a cutting-edge piece of graffiti art decorating the city’s walls. Along narrow alleys, down side-streets and boldly displayed on bridges, a piece of it will soon jump out depicting wry humour and subversive displays of pop-culture. Bristol is, of course, where the legendary Banksy hails from and is home to Europe’s largest live street art and graffiti festival, Upfest.

We say, join a street art walking tour for an insider’s guide to the street art scene. Alternatively, download Where The Wall’s app, new for 2020, "A Piece Of…..Banksy!” Self-Guided Street Art Cultural Walking Tour. What could be better in these post-lockdown times than a self-guided, walking tour; enabling you to explore whilst maintaining your own comfortable social-distancing?

Banksy's 'The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum' with mask

Image - Banksy's 'The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum' with mask

Dine Al Fresco

Under current circumstance, al fresco dining is more appealing than ever. From outdoor gardens in country pubs to the waterfront restaurants along the floating harbour, a trip to Bristol isn't complete without having a beverage or a bite to eat outdoors. Now, we’re not blessed with constant sunshine in the West but don't let that put you off! Plus many places have covered outside areas and heaters if the weather does take a turn.

Ashton Gate Stadium are hosting Comedy at the Gate: Russell Kane and Friends this Saturday where groups of up to six friends can reserve a bench for the comedy and grab drinks from the Sports Bar and a bite to eat from Pizza Workshop on site too.

Also at the stadium, taking place on Sunday 30 August, you could be the first to enjoy a unique pitchside dining experience. Arrive at the stadium and walk in the footsteps of sporting stars, through the tunnel and out into the stadium bowl, where you will have incredible photo opportunities before being seated for al-fresco dining on picnic benches pitchside. Choose from lunchtime pizza a date night steak night, sharing a tomahawk steak with your special one.


Image - Bambalan roof terrace

Visit an attraction

Attractions in Bristol are reopening safely. Book your time slot and get out to one of Bristol's brilliant visitor attractions.

Behold Bristol's engineering greats with Brunel's SS Great Britain, who are celebrating the 50th anniversary of her return to Bristol, or take flight with Aerospace Bristol. Telling the incredible story of Bristol’s amazing aviation achievements, you'll even get the chance to step aboard Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, the last of the supersonic jets ever to fly.   

Walk on the wild side with Bristol AquariumWild Place Project or Bristol Zoo Gardens which has BRICKLIVE Ocean this summer, with over 50 incredible sculptures made with half a million toy bricks.

Aerospace BristolImage - some of the displays at Aerospace Bristol


Go to the shops

Stretch that elastic over your ears and get your facemasks on to do your bit to help protect our shop workers before browsing the shops in Bristol Shopping Quarter, the Old City, Park Street or Clifton. They've missed you over the last few months and you won't have to wait in all day for a delivery!

Cass Art in BristolImage - Cass Art on Bristol's Park Street

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