Summer Holiday Events in Bristol

Keep the whole family happy with a trip to Bristol during the school summer holidays.

The weather is warm, the city is alive, the events are plentiful and there's a whole host of ways to have fun. So get some holiday inspiration from us and feel the summer in the city love for a family trip to Bristol.

Family-friendly events

During the summer holidays there heaps of family-friendly events in Bristol to make memories that will last a lifetime. Browse all the events below which will be added to as the year goes on. For all-year-round family events head to our family events page.

As summer draws closer we'll round up the best of the summer offers too!

Outdoor attractions

Bristol is a green city, surrounded by countryside and all of these attractions and things to do are outdoors, in the open air. Summer holidays are the perfect time to explore these attractions and activities.

Check out our full list of family-friendly things to do.

Where to stay

And if you wanted to take the little’uns away for a longer summer holiday, then scoot over to our family-friendly accommodation section and book a break in Bristol. We've also rounded up our top places to stay with kids.

Getting to and around Bristol

It's easy to get to Bristol by public transport, with rail one of the most convenient and green options. Temple Meads railway station has direct services from London, Scotland, Wales, Manchester and Birmingham. 

Book a GWR Family Ticket in advance and up to two adults and four children (or a minimum of one adult + one child) can travel from London Paddington to Bristol for £54.50 per family one-way. If you are travelling in a group of between 3 and 9 adults, you can get a 1/3 off Standard Off-Peak tickets when travelling together with the GroupSave ticket.

You can travel around Bristol with First Bus for just £2 for adults and £1 for children, or five people can travel all day for just £10.

Alternatively, hop on a coach service from National Express, Megabus, FlixBus and Falcon. If you're thinking of bringing the car, consider using the Park & Ride services for day trips.

Join in the conversation with us on social media and tag your posts, photos and videos of you having fun and soaking up the city this season with #SummerInBristol.

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Bristol is the place to be at any time of year, but summer is just that little bit more special. Whether you’re after one-of-a-kind festivals, a short break with the family or your significant other, a day out with the kids, or a longer stay, you’re in the right place!  

Outdoor Dining

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. Bristolian diners take every opportunity to eat outdoors at one of the many restaurants, cafes and pubs with outdoor seating. 

Parks & Gardens

Bristol is truly a green city and has over 400 parks and green spaces. So take a deep breath and find the perfect places to walk, cycle, relax or picnic.