Bury Hill Farm Bristol

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A Recommended Day Trip in Bristol

Flowers and gifts St Nicholas Indoor Market Bristol

St Nicolas Market is a lively market place found in the heart of the old part of the city.  It was established in 1743 and is the oldest and most popular market in Bristol.  Located at the top of Corn Street in “The Exchange Building”.  It has been named one of the ten best markets in the UK and Britain’s Best Large indoor Market in 2016.  It is quintessential of what a market should be and home to the largest collection of independent retailers in Bristol, making it one of Bristol top attractions.

Its historical architecture, quirky ambience and fantastic stalls bursting with a wide variety of goods, crafts and street food combine to make the perfect place to shop, wander, eat, relax and enjoy. With over 60 independent stalls, with things you just wouldn’t find in regular shops this market is a must see for any visitor to the city.  St Nicholas Market is also home to several outdoor markets which take place in the pedestrian street which is alongside The Exchange Building.

It has a varied mix of stalls selling original fashion, vintage, hand-crafted accessories, records, unique gifts and everything in between and an underground treasure trove of Indian goods just at the entrance to the Exchange Hall where you can pick up Mandala tapestries, rugs, textiles and designer made stained glass, tiaras, jewellery and more.  This shop is called Lunartique and is a colourful treat and owned by a very talented lady named Helen Christini.

St Nicholas Indoor Market Bristol

The indoor market has three sections and is open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm:

EXCHANGE HALL – a large open plan trading area with a broad collection of permanent stalls selling funky knitwear, individual bags and hats, shirts, scarves, handmade jewellery and gifts, novelty gifts, celebration cards, travel bags, gadgets, Organic Natural Olive Oils, flaming hot sauces, Handmade wooden crafts, wind charms and chimes, dream catchers, second hand records and books, pictures, candles, toys and much more.  The majority of which are handmade by local traders.

St Nicholas Indoor Market Bristol

In between the Exchange Hall and the Glass arcade is a café called Royce Rolls selling a huge range of rolls and sandwiches with interesting homemade fillings, Organic Soup, Salad boxes, Oven baked jacket potatoes and a delicious selection of gluten free and vegan cakes.

St Nicholas Indoor Market Bristol

GLASS ARCADE – home to a unique offering of world foods.  This brightly coloured selection, includes award winning pies handmade pies from Pieminster, Handmade falafel, hummus and pitta from Eat a Pitta, homemade cakes and buns from Ahh Toots, authentic Szechuan street food from Chilli Daddy, Japanese cuisine, Gyoza and delicious filled dumplings from Eatchu, traditional Portuguese food from Portuguese Taste, Pure Pasta sell pasta, sandwiches, lasagne and other Italian meals from Pure Pasta, Soup and Sandwiches, authentic flavoursome Moroccan food from the Moroccan Café, healthy nutritional fresh juices and smoothies from Big Juice Bar to name just a few and not forgetting Lucy Anna Flowers, supplying the best quality flowers sourced locally.

St Nicholas Indoor Market Bristol

COVERED MARKET – a series of unique shops in alleyways – One of the oldest bookshops in the South West called Beware of the Leopard Books, boutique Danish Costume Jewellery, second hand fine jeweller from A&P Jewellery, Zimbabwean and South African Food and drinks from Kalahari Moon, Phone accessories and repairs from Phone Junkies, delicious chocolates, sweets and handmade truffles from A Bar of Chocolate, Haberdashery, beads, ribbon and craft supplies from Sew n Sew, records from blues to reggae in Wanted Records, Handmade one off glass, concrete planters, ceramics, books and homeware from Gravel Pit.

St Nicholas Indoor Market Bristol

During the week there are Markets on the street in front of The Exchange Building.

Tuesdays and Fridays – 11am – 2.30pm – Street Food Market, 15 stalls offering the best of Bristol street food from Thai to British, Indian to Japanese.  Regulars are Caribbean Mutton Creole/Cajun Cuisine from Blue Fire Smoke and Grill, Indian curries and accompanying side from Indian Masala, homemade exquisite sausages from The Italian Sausage, Indonesian Street Food from Enggi’s Kitchen, Japanese Street Food from Momo Bar, Thai food from Niang’s Thai Snacks, Gourmet doughnuts filled with homemade delicious jams and custards from Pippin Doughnuts.

Wednesdays – 9.30am – 2.30pm – Bristol Farmers’ and Producers Market an award-winning weekly market offering fresh produce direct from independent producers across the city. Traders include – Apple Juice from English Apple Juice, Smoked Fish from Felce Foods, Meat, Pies and Quiches from Frocester Fayre Farm, Handmade Hummus from Moist, a superb range of bread from family owned Pullins Bakers, a great Venison range from Robert Hawker Venison, traditional Italian and Spanish cured meats combined from Somerset Charcuterie, Quality homemade cakes and sponges from Taynton Farm.  Elm Tree Farm a 47-acre Farm based in Bristol offering support for leaning disabilities and selling the products produced. Products range from apple, eggs, cucumbers, marrows, lettuces, Aubergines, sweet corn, apple juice, herbs, cut flowers and anything else you can think of.  The list for the Farmers Market goes on and on.

St Nicholas Indoor Market Bristol

Fridays and Saturdays – 9am – 5pm – The Nails Market – 30 local independent traders selling a fantastic range of handcrafted jewellery, vintage clothes, original artwork and an array of gifts – Traders include – Bespoke handmade pottery by Liz Isaacs, fused glass window hangings and jewellery from Mivart Colour, Bristol Landscape Photography from Roger James Hinchliffe Photography, Art, Books and collectables from Simon Ellis, Art and fashion from Tobias Illustrate, Vintage Clothing from Urban Fox, the naughtiest, tastiest homemade chocolate brownies from Naughty Brownies. Plus, a range of unique and creative seasonal guest stalls.

Mondays – 10am – 3pm – The New Bristol Vegan and Wellbeing Market – Bristol’s only dedicated Vegan Market with an array of plant powered goodness guaranteed.  Delicious Street food options, sweet treats, fresh produce and vegan essentials.

St Nicholas Market – The Exchange Building, Corn Street, Bristol BS1 2DP – Parking – The Galleries, just a 2 minutes’ walk. Newgate, Bristol BS1 2DP – Travel 25 minutes by car.  https://www.bristol.gov.uk/web/st-nicholas-markets/home

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Delicious Food from a Traditional Local Pub – Bristol

Traditional Pub New Inn Mays Hill Bristol by Bury Hill Farm

The New Inn, Mayshill, Frampton Cotterell, Bristol

A traditional pub well know for it’s delicious food.  It’s an authentic, family friendly pub with lovely helpful staff and lots of choices of wines, beers and ciders.  The food is fresh, seasonal and the portions are very big.

The Pub was originally built as a rest-stop for travellers, travelling north from Bristol to Chipping Sodbury.  It is a unique, 17th  Century Inn with rustic charm.  I superb example of an historic Coaching Inn.  A plaque bearing the date 1655 was discovered above the fireplace in an upstairs room and is now displayed on the wall of the bar.  Although renovated and sympathetically modernised, many fittings and the unevenness of the floors and ceilings ensure that much of the New Inn’s over 400 year old character remains.

The New Inn has relaxed seating as you walk through the main door, with comfy chairs and a log burning fire the entrance is at the side of the building, straight from the car park.  There is also seating by the bar and more formal seating in the rooms past the bar.  All sizes of groups are catered for.

New Inn Mays Hill Bristol by Bury Hill Farm

We went for a family get together on a Sunday, most of us opted for the Sunday Roast and we had read some really good reviews, but as the full menu was also available my both of my sons chose something else.  For starter both me and my husband had the delicious soup of the day, which was Carrot and Coriander.  Really, really tasty.  The Roast Dinners were massive, they came out all plated up with plenty of gravy, homemade Yorkshire Puddings and lovely tender, juicy meat.

Both my sons had different meals, Josh opted for Cajun spiced Chicken Breast, a butterflied Chicken Breast marinated in spices, served with curly fries, sour cream dip and salad.  He was very pleased, it was a big plate of food and he finished everything.  He’s quite a fussy eater so if he likes it must be good.  Reece went for Ham, Eggs, Pineapple and Chips.  His meal was also completely finished off.  He said the ham was very tasty.

The cheesecake of the day was lemon and  again I had to try it especially as it said homemade, I am a massive cheesecake fan, it definitely was homemade.  I make a cheesecake myself that is very similar, it was divine and came with a little pot of cream, just perfect.

New Inn Mays Hill Bristol by Bury Hill Farm

Meals are cooked to order with most of the dishes being prepared “in house”, they advise that there could be delays at busy times.  The menu has a great selection for everyone, I can vouch for the fact that the wait is worth it, but to be honest we weren’t waiting for a long time, the food came out in a timely manner and there were 8 of us.  A set large party menu is available for groups of 11 or more, a deposit is required and Pre order food forms must be completed and returned 7 days prior to the booking.

The Garden is behind the Pub.  It has plenty of seating, a climbing frame and a summer house and plenty of room to relax and enjoy the weather.

New Inn Mays Hill Bristol by Bury Hill Farm

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday – 11.45am – 2.45pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm.
Food served – 11.45am – 2pm, 5.30 – 9pm (8.30pm on Mondays)

Fridays  – 11.45am – 2.45pm, 5.30pm – 11.00pm.
Food served – 11.45am – 2pm, 5.30 – 9pm

Saturdays – 11.45am – 11.00pm.
Food served – 11.45am – 9pm

Sundays – 12pm – 9.30pm
Food served – 12pm – 8pm

Menus

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Address

Badminton Rd, Frampton Cotterell, Bristol BS36 2NT – Tel: 01454 773161 – 5 minutes’ drive along the Badminton Road (A432)     email:  newinn_mayshill@aol.com   http://www.newinn-mayshill.co.uk/

Independent Review

Local Guide – Truly delicious food. I had the Rump steak, which was beautifully tender and cooked to perfection. I choose to have sweet potato fries that were lovely and crispy but soft on the inside. Really didn’t need pudding but the choice was to good to miss out on altogether. So I had 2 scoops of ice cream – white chocolate and honeycomb and caramel fudge. Would happily eat it all again if there wasn’t a risk of exploding. We were a group of 11 for midweek lunch, and we pre-ordered our main courses which all arrived piping hot. No complaints from anyone. High recommended.

 

New Inn Mays Hill Bristol by Bury Hill Farm

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An Anniversary Dinner Treat

Willy Wicket Pub and Restaurant Downend Bristol

We went to the Willy Wicket Inn Downend Bristol for a mid-week treat on our Anniversary.  I reserved a table online, which was super easy and received a confirmation email within minutes.  I had a sneaky peak at the online menu, knowing that I was going to be very hungry after a hard day at work.

The Willy Wicket is a former dairy farmhouse, now converted into a very popular pub/restaurant and is a Vintage Inn, serving quintessentially British food from an extensive menu.  The dining areas are on either side of the bar and have roaring open fires, black oak beam ceilings, romantic candle lite tables and cosy lighting.  The bar has many seating options including squashy leather sofas.  Outside is a heated fenced beer garden with plenty of seating.

Willy Wicket Downend

We had a lovely meal. For starters I had Oven Baked Portobello Mushrooms in a garlic and Cheddar sauce, served with very tasty rustic bread.  My partner choose the Duo of pate and duck liver parfait, with Bramley apple butter, baby gherkins and the same very tasty rustic bread.   For our mains, I choose the Tagliatelle primavera a paste dish with asparagus, soya bean, broccoli and baby spinach, served with a white wine sauce to which I added a chicken breast.  My better half had the 8oz Rump steak with triple cooked chips, onion rings, thyme-roasted tomato and added garlic mushrooms.  Of course, we couldn’t finish it there, we had a dessert each.  A very creamy Eton mess and Coconut sorbet with fresh strawberries.  As you can imagine we were suitable stuffed.

Willy Wicket Downend

The pub oozes rural charm and rustic character and the picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on offer, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines.  With a weekly changing menu and lots to choose from, we will have to go back to try the many other dishes on offer and I especially want to try their Sunday Roast.  There is also a range just for kids offering mini versions of pub favourites too.

If you’re staying in the area in December 2018 they have live music from “Freeze” playing on 21st from 9pm.  “Freeze” is a covers band, playing all the classic’s and favourites throughout the years.

Whether you are planning dinner with friends or Sunday lunch with family, it’s a great pub to enjoy some quality time with those who matter the most.  Booking for large groups is essential.  We have a sample menu for guests at Bury Hill Farm and it’s just a 10 minute walk away.  Parking is free and directly outside the pub.

The Willy Wicket Inn – Badminton Road, Downend, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS36 1DP  – Tel: 01179 567308  Opening hours – Monday to Saturday: 11:30 – 23:00,  Sunday: 11:30 – 22:30

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Independent Review  –  25 February 2018 via mobile

My wife and myself visited the pub on the hop at lunchtime on Thursday. It was extremely busy. The waitress found us a table by the window, I was impressed by the cleanliness of the place very warm with two real log fires blazing away. The service was first class and very friendly staff. We both had the lunch time Menu of two courses we both had starters My wife had the lamb koffters and I had the garlic mushrooms Both beautifully presented and plenty of it with various bread great. We had the salmon and spring onion fish cake for main with a medley of assorted veg again beautifully presented and plenty of it. It was reasonably priced, and the staff continually saw that we had all we wanted As Regular visitors to this area from Wales I will definitely be using the pub again Very impressed Thank You

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A Wander in Winterbourne

Jersey Cow Winterbourne Bury Hill Farm

Exploring Winterbourne, Bristol

It was a lovely warm Saturday afternoon and I decide to go for a little stroll around Winterbourne’s footpaths and lanes to do some foraging and to explore. The Donkey’s and Cow’s followed me along the drive, I think would have like to come. I turned left heading down Cuckoo Lane. Almost straight away I came across a wall of lovely ripe and ready for picking black berries, I left them where they were, as I would be returning the same way and would pick them on the way back.

I continued up Bury Hill and along the lane, I’d also planned to visit Bury Hill Fort today too, after reading a recent newspaper article about it.  The Iron Age fort was built about 700 BC. The double earth ramparts are well preserved except on the western side.  One side of the fort is along a steep hill edge above the River Frome, the other 3 sides are flat.  The flat sides have been destroyed by quarrying.  There is a central ditch, with ramparts built on both the inner and outer sides of the ditches.  The Romans occupied the fort, to defend against invasions from South Wales.

Walking in the Country Winterbourne Bristol

We’ve lived in Winterbourne for 23 years and haven’t been, so today was the day.  Access to the Fort is via a stone stile.  There is a sign indicating the public footpath just off of Bury Hill.  You can walk through the field and exit the other side by another stone stile. There’s not really a lot to see now, you need to have a really good imagination.

I continued my walk along Bury Hill turning right at the small triangle of grass, the junction where Bury Hill crosses with Church Lane and went towards the Frome Valley River.  It was lovely to see people out enjoying the sunshine, running, walking their dogs and riding their horses.  This part of Bury Hill joins onto the Frome Valley walkway.  I continue along Frome Valley River heading toward a bridge, I wasn’t sure which way I would go from there, but once at the bridge, I decided to do a bit of off roading and walked along the river following the walkway.

Walking in Winterbourne

The canopy of the trees were now completely joined together and the damp, crisp forest like smell made for a completely different atmosphere.  I highly recommend having no idea where you are going on your wander and just seeing where you end up, we all have phones now which will help us out when we think we are lost.  I took photos and enjoyed the journey.  Dog’s love this part of the river as it is shallow and the can run in and out of the water and have a fab time.    There is a small very old bridge that you must cross before exiting up the hill, I then found myself amongst the houses in Winterbourne.

Walking in the Country Winterbourne Bristol

I knew exactly where I was and instead of turning back I decided to continue as there was another part of the River that I have also never walked along.  I passed the Pub the “Cross Hands” on Down Road.  They were having a Cider, Cheese and Chillies Event today.  It’s a friendly proper old-fashioned pub, with tons of character and has a large enclosed garden out the back, family are welcome.  They always have different things going on during the year as they are at the heart of the village.  The Cross Hands doesn’t do food, but it does have lots of guest ciders, ales, snacks and a cosy atmosphere and always has fabulous hanging baskets and window boxes overflowing with beautiful flowers outside.  On this occasion I daren’t stop, I was on a mission today to visit places I hadn’t been to before.

Cross Hands Pub Winterbourne

I headed down, Down Road towards the dingle, over Damsons Bridge, and through the footpath gates to continue my journey along the River Frome.  The trees are smaller along this section and the hedges are like tunnels, with some Blackthorn absolutely covered in Sloe Berries.  These are what I was looking for a Forager’s Favourite, but for me I was thinking more for Sloe Gin ready for Christmas.

I wasn’t the only one foraging, one of the fields that run all the way down to the river there where 5 squirrels all burying nuts.  I wasn’t quick enough to get them all together with my camera sadly.  It would have been a great photo.  There were also plenty of Rose hips for me to pick, I’m going to make my first ever Rose Hip Jelly.

In the distance I get a good look at The Huckford Viaduct, a bridge composed of several small spans for crossing a valley, which extends over the River Frome just north of Winterbourne Down.  It was built in 1902 as part of the Wootton Bassett to Patchway railway line. It now forms part of the “Badminton” line from Bristol Parkway to Paddington station.  The viaduct rises to 100 feet above the river and is made up of 11 massive brick arches. The Frome Valley Walkway also passes through one of these arches.

Winterbourne Viaduct

The pathway had many twisted and turns, it was a really good walk and as I went around the bend at the top, I could see so much.  Horses in the fields, Birds of Prey in the sky.  It was a lovely view.  I could have gone on but by now I’d been steadily wandering for 2 ½ hours, I still had to walk back and I needed to pick some Black Berries for the next days pudding, Apple and Blackberry Crumble, first one of the year, it was delicious.  So, I headed back.

Map of my Walk

Frome walkway  http://www.fromewalkway.org.uk/frome_valley_booklet.pdf

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A Great Local Pub in Winterbourne Bristol UK

Out door Dining The Golden Heart Pub Winterbourne Bristol

The Golden Heart is located on Down Road in Winterbourne Down, Bristol.  A stylish premium pub bar and restaurant for relaxed drinking and eating, serving delicious food for all dining requirements, whatever the occasion it’s a nice place to have a drink and relax in its chic bar area with its open log burning fire or retreat to the cosy, warm and welcoming dining area and enjoy the delights on offer.

It has a modern interior with a stylish rustic twist, serving food from 12pm until late, it also has a lovely outside area for a spot of alfresco dining on those sunny days and also has a great garden for children to play in.

The pub has an extensive range of top notch food, every day of the week, a whole host of tasty starters, light bites, appetising mains, pub food classics, sharing platers and delightful desserts, guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling.

The Golden Heart Winterbourne

We went as a large group in May this year, the food and service were very good.  My husband and I shared a Carne Platter which was very tasty, I especially loved the Southern-fried buttermilk chicken thighs, really flavoursome.  For my main I had the Wholefood Salad and added a chargrilled chicken breast. This really was delicious and even though I was pretty much full, I couldn’t resist the desserts which I had seen leaving the kitchen and opted for Baked Sicilian Lemon Cheesecake.  I’m a big cheesecake fan and this did not disappoint.  Everyone enjoyed their meals and we spent the rest of the evening sat out on the pretty garden patio area, finishing our drinks in the warm evening sun.  It really was a perfect night and a perfect end to our day.

The Golden Heart Winterbourne

All in all, The Golden Heart is a great family pub, bar, and restaurant and should be your first port of call for brunch, lunch, or dinner, no matter what the occasion.  There is also plenty of space parking in the car park – free.

Booking well in advance is recommend for large groups, this can be done on the website, just choose your day and time.  There is a discretionary 10% service charge for group of 6 or more.

Opening Hours – Monday to Saturday 11am – 11pm. Food is served 12pm – 10pm.     Sunday 12pm – 10.30pm, Food is served 12pm – 9.30pm

Golden Heart Winterbourne Down Bristol, Down Road, Bristol BS36 1AU. Tel: 01454 774392  – 10 minutes walk from Bury Hill Farm.  http://www.thegoldenheartwinterbourne.co.uk

Book a Table   Dinner Menu  Sunday Menu  Childrens Menu

Review – Local Guide – July 2018    Love this place. New fave “go to” pub for grub. If you’ve not eaten here, you need to!! Food is awesome, tried lots on the menu never had a duff dish! Place is clean. Staff are great! Service is prompt! Alex really looked after us on Sunday for amazing roast lunch and we’re back again! 5th visit in as many weeks. 🙂

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South Gloucestershire Show 2018 – 4th & 5th August 2018

Craft Stalls South Gloucestershire Show Bristol

South Gloucestershire Show 2018 – 4th – 5th August 2018

Celebrating its 5th year, South Gloucestershire Show had something for everyone and the weather this year was absolutely glorious, making for a perfect weekend at the Show which gets bigger and better every year.  This year one of the highlights was the amazing spectacle from The Stampede Stunt Company with their incredible International Dzhigitovka Show providing the best in Main Arena Equine Shows, using the world’s best Trick Riders and delivering outstanding performances that are detailed, scripted, choreographed and presented meticulously. It certainly kept everyone thoroughly entertained.

Other attractions included a new birds of prey show in the main arena and a dog agility display and terror racing.  A country fair area with the Wye Valley Axemen showing off their skills with engaging displays containing razor sharp axes and saws. The Motor Zone which had a massive selection of vintage cars on display.  The food and crafts festival marquee, children’s fun fair rides and live music from the music stage with local bands performing throughout the day including The Coyote Kings, Twinners, Paruski, Limited Edition, WILF and The Stories to name just a few!

The Sprint Print BMX Arena showcased Matti Hemmings a professional flatland BMX rider with 3 Guinness World Records showing his BMX stunt show with freestyle BMX performances alongside freestyle footballer Steve Gray.  These very skilled shows were amazing.

There were also hundreds of fabulous individual local exhibitors and stalls too selling local crafts, clothing, face painting, health and wellbeing, bespoke gifts, plants and scrumptious food and drinks and the Kids Zone was always full of families enjoying a whole range of activities from painting, flower arranging, modelling and a Punch & Judy Show, which was hilarious and not forgetting the Sheep Show a fun educational show, if you’ve not seen it before it’s definately not one to miss.

South Gloucestershire Show by Bury Hill Farm

Exhibitors – there are just too many, but here’s a selection from our visits this weekend :-

Handmade Pies, Black Cheese, Handmade Wooden Gifts by Amy Lovell, Hives & Herbals, Bertha’s Pancake Pantry, Artisans, The Reiki Connections, Heart Shack, Eat a Pitta, Atlanta Design, Handmade Illustrated Gifts, Eccentric Gins, Flapjackery, The Bath Soft Cheese Co, ICandy, Continental Cottage, Edinburgh Gin, Stardust Face painting, NFU Mutual, Clifton Photography Co, The Gourmet Brownie Kitchen, Almondsbury Garden Centre, Oliver Corner, Avon Wildlife Trust, Pickle Millie, Oscar Pet Food, Dazzling Mosaics, Marshmallow Heaven – and many, many more.

The organisers have done a great job providing South Gloucestershire with a country show, which just keeps getting better year on every year.

Tickets

Advance Ticket Prices – Adults £10, Child £6, Family (2 adults, 3 children) £30

On the Gate Prices – Adults £12.50, Child £7.50, Family (2 adults, 3 children) £37.50

Hospitality Packages from £20.    Parking is free – Dogs allowed.

http://www.southglosshow.co.uk/ticket-info/

South Gloucestershire Show by Bury Hill Farm

Travel

The South Gloucestershire Showground, Westerleigh Road, BS37 8QZ between the large towns of Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Emersons Green and Downend and is easily accessible from the M4, M5 and the A4174 (Avon Ring Road).

Gates open at 10.30am on both days and the fun goes on until 8.00pm.

For Sat Navs you should use the postcode BS37 8QZ.

Car parking is free at the show and there is ample space for plenty of cars including disabled parking.

CYCLING

The Showground itself is situated along the Avon Cycleway that connects areas in South Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset.

Review – 11 months ago-

I’m not one to usually post a review but enjoyed this year’s Show so much I felt I should.
The food available inside was great with plenty of choice (and not too expensive either!). I particularly liked the bubble tea and ridiculously rich stand within the marquee section.
So much on offer for only £10 entry, the children really loved the BMX display and we enjoyed the bar! The pig racing was also a lot of fun.   Looking forward to next year’s Show already!

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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta UK – 9th – 12th August 2018

Clifton Suspension Bridge Bristol Balloon Fiesta Bury Hill Farm

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 130 Hot Air Balloons from across the world.  Tens of thousands of visitors from across the country and beyond come to celebrate this spectacular event.  It is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018 and will be bigger and better than ever before.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

The Fiesta is truly a sight that can only be seen in Bristol and is held over four days in August every year, at Ashton Court Estate.  There is so much to keep you busy during the day including the mass ascents where as many as 100 balloons launch at the same time, twice per day at 6am and 6pm, subject to weather conditions and also shows and entertainment, fairground rides, food stalls and fantastic trade and craft stands and fireworks.  It’s also a great opportunity to have a ride in a balloon.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

The night glow is also something not to miss, the hot-air balloons light up their burners in time to music.  Night glows are usually on the Thursday and Saturday from 9pm and usually last for an hour and is then followed with a firework finale.   Some people see this as the highlight of the Fiesta.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

The event was first held in 1970 and is now one of the largest in Europe and takes place in the Aston Court Estate.  For it’s 40th Anniversary some of the most iconic shapes will be returning to mark this huge milestone.  These include favourites like Superbike, the Michelin Man, a special huge birthday cake shaped balloon, a pair of Bertie Bassett’s.

TRAVEL AND PARKING

This is a fun family event and entry to the Fiesta is free, but parking is charged at £10 + booking fee per car and needs to be booked in advance.   http://www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk/visitor-information/tickets-and-parking/  Anyone turning up without a pre-booked ticket will be turned away.  Last entry to the Fiesta car park is 5pm each day, spaces are expected to sell out quickly, so you need to book asap. There are signs, which are yellow to guide travellers to the correct car park and it’s best not to follow your sat-nav directions as there is more than one entrance.

If you’re coming from the North, M5 Junction 19: take the A369 towards Bristol city centre.From the South, M5 Junction 21: take the A370 towards Bristol.From the East or West, M4 Junction 20: take the M5 southbound, leaving at junction 19 for the A369 towards Bristol city centre.

Bus services will be operation from Bristol Temple Meads and The Centre (St Augustine’s Parade) during all four days, running ever 10 minutes from 10am until the Fiesta closes.  Payment can be made on the bus, tickets are £3 for adults, £2 for concessions or £5 for day returns for adults and £3 for concessions.

Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, Bristol, BS41 9JN – 45-minute walk from the city centre.

http://www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk/

Review

A must-see attraction

We stayed for the whole weekend at the Balloon Fiesta and camped in the nearby temporary campsite. This is just walking distance to the main arena. The balloons are just fantastic, and (weather permitting) fly in the morning and the evening. Thursday and Saturday evening they also had the “Night Glow” of static balloons lit up to music and a spectacular firework display. Lots of things to see also like stunt flights, wing walkers, parachute etc. The arena is very large and has trade stands galore, mostly craft type or food outlets. Two bandstands with live music was also a bonus.

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Bristol Harbour Festival UK – 20th – 22nd July 2018

Entertainment Bristol Harbour Festival

The Bristol Harbour Festival is back this weekend, a free festival held annually, which celebrates the city’s maritime heritage and the importance of Bristol’s docks and harbour. Most of the activities, including live music, street performances, dance acts, interactive theatre, international circus acts, fireworks and a variety of other live entertainments, are held on or near the waterfront of Bristol Harbour. Venues include Queen Square, Lloyds Amphitheatre, Millennium Square and Castle Park, with seagoing vessels moored nearby. The liveliest part of the festival is quayside, but the main attractions are entertainment designed to engage all the communities of Bristol, as well as entertain the thousands of visitors to the city.

Bristol Harbour Festival

The city has hosted the festival since 1971, when it was started as part of an, ultimately successful, attempt to save the docks from being filled in.  In 2012, the festival attracted over 200,000 visitors, its highest ever attendance, with the Irene and the Matthew being two of the tall ships to attend that year.   The festival is held every year in July over a weekend and many of the bar and restaurants put on extra entertainment to keep visitors happy during the late evenings. In 2018 visitors will be able to watch for the first time, the Power8 rowing sprints battle it out on the water, as teams from eight cities compete to be the best.

 

Bristol Harbour Festival

The highlight of this year’s festival will be the arrival of three impressive ships – The Kaskelot, this year, it will be open for the public, after undergoing a full restoration, you can explore the boat and discover the inner workings of this gorgeous boat.  The Earl of Pembroke, the current rigging has been designed and built the remarkable HMS Endeavour.  The Phoenix, being the star of several tv productions and movies.  They all return home to their registered port of Bristol, symbolising and celebrating Bristol’s wonderful maritime heritage.

More than 250 boats of varying shapes and sizes will be tied up at every available mooring along a four-mile stretch of the Harbourside, with familiar sights such as the SS Great Britain and the Matthew all set to appear.

Bristol Harbour Festival

There’s so much entertainment to keep you engaged including music at the huge outdoor concert area, the Lloyds Amphitheatre, top quality circus and street theatre acts from Circus Bijou.  Western Boat Show, showcasing all kinds of sailing boats and power boats.  Continental Food Market at Queens Square, a fantastic line-up from across France, Italy, Spain and Germany providing olives, cheese, crepes and more, an experience for the taste buds together with traditional gifts and crafts and lots of Harbour side fun for everyone.

Travel – Head for the City Centre, follow signs for Harbour Festival.

http://www.bristolharbourfestival.co.uk

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St Pauls Carnival – Bristol – UK

St Paul's Carnival Bristol

There are lots of things to look forward to as St Pauls Carnival make its triumphant return to the city on July 7th 2018 – 12 noon – 10pm for its 50th anniversary.  Attracting over 40,000 people this iconic event started back in 1968 bringing people from around the world to the streets of St Pauls, as you will expect, it’s going to be the most colourful of celebrations.  The Carnival is traditionally a participatory event for local people and this year it’s going back to its roots celebrating African Caribbean culture.  It truly represents the immense vibrancy, creativity and diversity that enriches the city.

The event includes a masquerade procession with beautiful, colourful costumes and floats from local and neighbouring schools and cultural associations, a stage for professional performers, sound systems all across the area and a range of stalls selling delicious food from a wide range of cultures as well as authentic Caribbean food including Jerk Chicken, Curry Goat, Rice and Peas.  It’s an inclusive event for all ages, with plenty of things to do for the younger carnival goers.

Live Music St Paul's Carnival Bristol
Live Music St Paul's Carnival

The procession is always a highlight and worth watching the colourful sea of costumes and floats which makes its way through the streets.  If you are taking children and there will be plenty of good vantage points along the route where you can soak up the sensory delights of the carnival.  It starts on Wilson Street and finishes at St Pauls Sports Centre.  Children can also enjoy a family activity zone, where they will be able to enjoy a wide range of fun and themed craft activities.

PROCESSION ROUTE

Starts at noon from Wilson Street, before turning right onto Portland Square. It will make its way around the square, in an anti-clockwise direction, so people can marvel at the Carnival floats and costumes in all their glory. The procession will then proceed along Surrey Street, before turning right onto York Street. Then, the procession will turn right onto City Road, making its way to the judging point at the junction of City and Ashley Roads. Judging will take place at around 2pm. Once judges have announced the winners, the procession will continue down Ashley Road, turn right onto Lower Ashley Road, and then turn right onto Tudor Road. Next, it will turn left onto Fern Street, before turning right onto Newfoundland Road, Ending at St Pauls Sports Centre.

Drummers St Paul's Carnival
Live Music St Paul's Carnival

MUSIC

There’s going to be a lot of fantastic music to enjoy with a large number of official PA systems on various streets, together with two main stages in parks and open spaces playing host to renowned DJ’s.  This event has historically predominantly featured Jamaican sounds with offerings of dub and reggae, this year you can also expect to hear an array of different sounds from other genres too including Soca, Salsa, Dancehall and drum & bass.

WINDRUSH STAGE – COREY CLOSE

This stage will host a combination of community groups, cultural showcases and live music throughout the day. Stand-out live music includes Bristol-based multi-national group Baraka, whose unique sound draws the music of Ghana, Senegal, Dominica, Trinidad and Southern Ireland. Plus, of course, a closing set from Bristol reggae royalty Laid Blak. 

WORLD CARNIVAL STAGE – BRUNSWICK SQUARE

This stage opens later at 1.55pm and will host a mix of culture and live music, with a little more of a lean towards the latter. Bigger names on the line up include Bristol/Plymouth-based alternative hip hop trio from the The Scribes,  a heavyweight back-to-back from Dismantle b2b Boeke b2b LUCY, and a big finale from Bristol titan Roni Size with MC Jakes.  

There so many other areas with music from the following  DJ’s and artists – just to name a few :-Sly One, Carasel, K Stylz b2b Fireman Sam and Slowie, Marcus Nasty b2b DJ Polo, Jaydrop with Puma MC, Sherry S and Scar Duggy, Sian Evans, Krust, Joker, RSD, Tectonic boss Pinch, Kahn and Neek (dancehall set), L U C Y, OH91 x Hi5Ghost x Boofy, N.Y.T.A x GotSome, Gardna, Surprise headliner.

Friends Chilling Bristol Harbour Festival
St Paul's Carnival Bristol

TRAVEL

The nearest train station is Temple Meads. There are no trains running between Bristol Temple Meads and Lawrence Hill/Stapleton Road/Filton Abbey Wood/Bristol Parkway/Montpelier/ Redland/Clifton Down/Sea Mills/Shirehampton/Avonmouth/St Andrews Road/Severn Beach due to maintenance work during the weekend of the carnival.  Buses will replace train to stations during the carnival.

The organisers reserve the right to search bags and any glass found will not be permitted into the carnival areas and may be confiscated.  They advise not to bring rucksacks or glass.  The carnival team is working closely with Avon and Somerset Police to ensure a safe and friendly carnival for all.

Website -https://www.stpaulscarnival.net/

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