We take a look at press and media coverage from August 2019.


Outlet: Nextination
Reach: 81k (Instagram).
Headline: 2 Day Travel guide to Bristol
Date: : 02/08/2019
Spanish influencer Esther Garcia Sagrado (accompanied by her sister) spent two days in Bristol compiling a guide to the city for her blog Nextination. Her posted content covered St Mary Redcliffe Church, the Matthew, the SS Great Britain, street art tour with Where the Wall, Cargo at Wapping Wharf, a visit to Tyntesfield, shopping at Cabot Circus and Clifton Village and the accommodation (Esther was kindly hosted by Cleyro Apartments).

Outlet: Food Travel Photography
Reach: UVM 25k / social media 7.5k
Headline: Food in Bristol
Date: 10/08/2019
Bianca Kramer visited Bristol as part of a group of Netherlands press on a media trip organised by Visit Bristol in association with Great West Way. Earlier she posted but here, she wrote a post dedicated to Bristol’s food scene: ‘from pub food, afternoon tea and the hippest coffee bars’, including Hotel du Vin City Centre, Three Brothers Burgers, Buttermilk and Maple, the Ivy Clifton Brasserie and St Nicholas Market. In an earlier post (14/05/2019), Bianca set out the details of her Great West Way tour as part of her Road Trip series. linked post outlined her day in Bristol: a street art tour, Clifton Suspension Bridge and Christmas Steps were on her list of must dos.

Outlet: Reisdoc
Reach: 38k UVM, 2.7k on Instagram.
Headline: Road Trip South England
Date: 13/08/2019
As part of Visit Britain’s Don’t Miss the Summer campaign, Visit Bristol helped host a Dutch blogger called Chantal Schram from Reisdoc. After flying into Bristol airport and using the airport Flyer bus, Chantal visited Bristol as her first city on her trip around the south west and visited Cheddar Gorge and stayed in a campervan on the outskirts of Clevedon which featured in the resulting blog and Instagram coverage.

Snippet from Residoc


Outlet: The Guardian
Reach: 6.07m (across all platforms)
Headline: A local’s guide to Bristol: Top 10 tips
Date: 10/08/2018
Georgina Wilson Powell, editor of eco-conscience Pebble Magazine, was the ‘local’ behind this round-up which focused in the main on Bristol’s green, sustainable side. The list covered plant-powered dining, Bear Wood at Wild Place, the Old Vic, Kyle Blue (floating Hostel) the Bristol Hotel and the coming of The Wave. Cycling, bakeries (‘the city runs on sourdough’), ethical fashion, Upfest, Tobacco Factory Theatres and ‘anarchic pottery’ were also covered.

Outlet: Sunday Express Magazine
Reach: 315k
Headline: First Look
Date: August 2019
Following Visit Bristol’s summer press release, the Sunday Express magazine published a round-up of summer events and included Bristol Balloon Fiesta. 

Outlet: National Geographic Traveller
Reach: 58k print run / 200k readers
Headline: Neighbourhood (Bristol)
Date: September 2019 [published early August]
In the September issue of this glossy travel magazine, associate editor Sarah Barrell, covered Bristol in a monthly feature dedicated to an urban Neighbourhood. ‘The big city in the country, Bristol is green at heart’, she began before painting a picture of three diverse neighbourhoods, Clifton, Stokes Croft and Centre/Docks. Bristol Old Vic, Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin, Ivy Clifton Brasserie, Rockets on the Roof at Brooks Guesthouse, ‘bonkers-brilliant’ Being Brunel at SS Great Britain, Pieminister,  Artist Residence (she did a hard hat tour of the soon-to-be-open boutique hotel) and Masa + Mezcal on Stokes Croft all got a mention.

Snippet from The Guardian
Snippet from The Guardian 

Other coverage

Five of Bristol’s landmark attractions were featured in Lonely Planet’s ‘ultimate UK travel hitlist’ which ranked the UK’s 500 unmissable experiences, 58 of which are in the South West. The Bristol list included the Banksy Trail (in the highest spot at number 85), the SS Great Britain (number 220), Clifton Suspension Bridge (231), Georgian Clifton (331) and Bristol balloon flights (444).  Wookey Hole and Cheddar Gorge also made the list. The Sunday Times (04/08/2019) reviewed Freddie Bird’s new restaurant venture, giving Little French a big thumbs up.  The Guardian included Millennium Square’s Bristol Beach Club in an online round-up of Bank Holiday attractions and events; the following day (17/08/2019) the newspaper ran an article about urban farming and self-sufficiency describing Bristol as ‘at the head of a food phenomenon’. Loads of coverage on Sanditon, ITV’s new Jane Austen costume drama – including this piece in Hello Magazine online which provided a guide to some of the Bristol-area film location. Go Boat website features things to see and do in Bristol, as part of a feature on 26 Best Waterfront Destinations in Europe.

Press trips and enquiries (where coverage is forthcoming)

Portia Smith, the Seattle-based influencer behind Obsessed by Portia spent two days in the city with her family. Guernsey airline Aurigney in-flight magazine En Voyage is due to run a feature on Bristol after the editor spent three days in the city in August. Brussels Airlines’ inflight magazine, b-inspired got in touch asking for pictures and information to support a Bristol city guide with a Halloween theme. Good Homes magazine asked for content relating to a round-up of bonfire night events.

Press releases

First, we sent out a round-up of what’s new and what’s on in September (Hello September, Hello Bristol - 01/08/2019). With the August airing of Sanditon (ITV’s made in Bristol dramatization of Jane Austen’s last, unfinished novel), Visit Bristol issued a press release on the city’s film and TV credits (Cinema City: Bristol on Film: 8/08/2019). With the bank holiday out of the way, we got straight on the autumn/winter events with a Halloween-timed press release, sent early enough to catch long-lead press (Discover Bristol’s Dark Side: 27/08/2019).