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200 ways to experience Bristol

29th March 2019

Categories: Press Releases

Ranging from lemur feeding and cemetery tours to chocolate workshops and futuristic farming, Visit Bristol showcases over 200 experiences.

This week Visit Bristol launches a dedicated Bristol Experiences campaign which invites visitors to discover a range of activities: peer behind secret doors, learn to cook, drive a steam train, practice yoga (in a museum), spray your own street art or spend the night with Gelada baboons.

Following a current visitor trend – reflected in Visit Britain’s recent ‘micro-gapping’ campaign – the experiences are divided into 18 categories:

  • Secret Bristol includes hard-hat tours of the hidden vaults at the Clifton Suspension Bridge, behind-the-scenes theatre tours at Bristol Old Vic and a peek at the University of Bristol’s ornate 18th century gardens at Goldney Hall.
  • Food and Drink – head to the tasting table at Averys Wine Merchants, sign up for a chocolate workshop at the Chocolate Tart, get behind the scenes at the 6 O’Clock Gin distillery, try a Sushi masterclass at Yakinori or join a tour of the city’s craft ale breweries with Bristol Hoppers.
  • Film and TV experiences (Bristol is a UNESCO City of Film) include an Only Fools & Horses Tour, tours of BBC Bristol and classic cinema shown in a range of unusual locations at Bristol Film Festival (think Battle of Britain screened beneath an original Concorde at Aerospace Bristol).
  • Green and Social Impact experiences include invitations to an Incredible Edible Growing Party at Better Food, volunteer at Windmill Hill City Farm or to help Clean up Bristol Harbour (as you’d expect in a Former European Green Capital.
  • Dark Bristol – brave a theatrical Blood, Booze and Buccaneers Tour, or discover Arnos Vale - one of the UK’s best examples of a Victorian garden cemetery.

Other categories include Gardens and Nature (try futuristic farming at We the Curious or Meet the gardeners at Bristol Zoo Gardens), Family days out (discover the Treasure Island trail app), Sports and Active (abseil the Avon Gorge or take to the streets on a tandem), Wildlife (gorillas, lemurs, sealions), Boat Trips (…with Captain Barnacle perhaps), Classes and Workshops (floristry, Thai cookery, or spray-can street-art sessions), Arts & Culture (yoga at Bristol City Museum or backstage tour of Bristol Hippodrome), Music and Nightlife (a Blues and Beyond experience, or the Pink Floyd Fulldome at the Planetarium), Shopping (Style Concierge at Harvey Nicholls), Luxury (treat yourself to a hot-air balloon flight), Spa and Wellbeing (spa-day at a Victorian Lido) and Historic experiences (try a pirate themed day out or dress up as a Tudor at Thornbury Castle).

In the mix is a collection of Accommodation Experiences: Spend the night in an ‘industrial designer apartment’ or in a rooftop retro caravan; stay in a floating hostel, sleep in the UK’s largest four-poster bed or ‘get close to the animals’ (at the Wildplace Project’s Camp Baboon).

The campaign will sit in a new section of the VisitBristol.co.uk, adding another element to the city’s vibrant tourism website which has already seen phenomenal growth - attracting over 3.3 million website visits over the course of 2018.  With traffic up around 20% already this year, that record is set to be smashed again in 2019. 

‘The experience trend has been evolving in the last 18 months, and we have been quietly working towards bringing together the huge range of experiences available to visitors in the city region,’ says Bristol’s Head of Tourism Kathryn Davis. ‘Evidence shows that travellers want more than a passive visit, whether this is learning a new skill or experiencing a bucket-list activity and we have already uncovered more than 200 experiences that can be booked.’

View the experiences here: www.visitbristol.co.uk/experiences

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