The Ultimate Bottomless Brunch Bristol Guide 2024

Bottomless Brunch Bristol 2024

Bottomless brunch has become increasingly popular, and it’s easy to understand why.  People enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, a wide selection of brunch items, with the added convenience of enjoying unlimited cocktails such as Prosecco, Mojitos and other popular cocktails

We’ve narrowed down the best places for large groups, saving you hours of time searching.  With so much variety and convenience, it’s a definite Hen Party activity winner.

Here are some of the most popular places to visit for a Bottomless Brunch in Bristol.

The Botanist

20a Berkeley Square, Bristol BS8 1HP

Located in the city centre, it is a great place to enjoy a leisurely brunch and take advantage of the unlimited drinks. Bottomless drink options include Prosecco, Aperol Spritz, Raspberry Spritz, Blood Orange Spritz or Elderflower Spritz.

The Botanist is a stylish premium pub, bar and restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere bringing together elements of contemporary and traditional décor, perfect for your Bottomless Brunch. 

Customers rave about the delicious food, flowing prosecco and customer service.

https://www.thebotanistbristol.co.uk/

Botanist Bottomless Brunch

Steam

Clifton Down Station, Whiteladies Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2PN

Steam is a large, quirky, steampump-style venue and one of the most unique spaces in Bristol.  It has one of the largest covered and heated terraces in the city with three stretch tents and serves a Japanese inspired menu from their pop up, Joki Shak.

You get to enjoy 90 minutes (plus 30 minutes drinking up time) of a selection of bottomless Summer Cocktail jugs, Prosecco and jugs of Steam’s Pilsner & Cider whilst enjoying their delicious food.

You can get a real feel for the place watching a video on their home page. https://steambristol.co.uk/

Tonight Josephine Bristol

28 Baldwin St, Bristol BS1 1NG

Indulge in the ultimate 90s face-off at Josephine’s Battle of the Girl Bands Brunch! This thrilling bottomless drag brunch extravaganza pits the Spice Girls against the Pussycat Dolls in a sing-off like no other, presided over by two legendary queens of the scene. Immerse yourself in an endless array of tantalizing cocktails, including Pornstar Spritz, Aperol Spritz, and London Lady, while savoring delectable brunch dishes that cater to every palate.

Prepare to be enchanted by spectacular performances and vie for exciting prizes during this enthralling event. Plus, don your most captivating 90s ensemble for a chance to claim the title of best-dressed girl gang, with fabulous rewards awaiting the winners.

This brunch is an unforgettable journey back in time, celebrating the beloved music and fashion of the 90s. Relive the era’s magic and book your spot now for an experience that will transport you to a time of carefree nostalgia. Don’t miss out on the hottest brunch event in town – it’s time to Loosen Up Your Buttons and spice up your life!  Booking in advance is essential.

Tonight Josephine Bottomless Brunch

The Lost & Found

85 Queens Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1QS

Step into the whimsical world of The Lost & Found, where wonder, discovery, and grandeur awaits. Located right in the heart of the action, this enchanting escape allows you to immerse yourself and relish in unforgettable moments. Indulge in the artistry of mixology and uncover the hidden charms of a decadent past as you savour eclectic cocktails, inspired by the majestic beauty of botany.

Bottomless Brunch at the Lost & Found offers a fantastic selection of brunch dishes with bottomless Aperol Spritz, Prosecco, Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Green Machine, Strawberry and Cucumber Fizz or Italian AF Spritz

Customers rave about their excellent table service, fantastic food and a constant flow of cocktails.  Book Here

 

The Lost & Found Bottomless Brunch

Flight Club

41 Corn St, Bristol BS1 1HT

Flight Club Darts Bristol offers a very unique and lively venue for a hen party Bottomless Brunch. Combining darts heritage with fairground excitement, the decor exudes British pub warmth with a nod to Bristol’s charm.  You compete against each other over 8 round of different games, Donkey Derby, Quack Shots, Snakes and Ladders, Killer it’s so much fun!

With Prosecco, bottomless pizza, and Social Darts sampler, guests are in for a treat.   Spend half your time perfecting throws and the other half toasting champions. Each guest gets a whole bottle of Prosecco and delicious pizza paddles, with complimentary orange juice for mimosas. It’s the ultimate fun-filled brunch experience!  Booking well in advance is a must, it really is as good as everyone says it is. 

Blame Glora

22 Small St, Bristol BS1 1DW

Step into a world where retro meets contemporary, as this restaurant effortlessly blends vintage-inspired decor with a modern twist. The ambience is electric, featuring neon lights, eclectic artwork, and an energetic soundtrack that sets the stage for an unforgettable dining experience.

Blame Gloria have themed bottomless brunches for you to choose from, inspirations include Abba, Rocky Horror Show, Back to the Noughty and good old karaoke.

People rave about banging great tunes, an amazing atmosphere and fantastic Drag acts.

https://blamegloria.co.uk/find-us/bristol

Dirty Martini

47 Corn St, Bristol BS1 1HT

Nestled on Corn Street, Dirty Martini Bristol exudes glamorous party vibes perfect for a hen party. Indulge in their bottomless brunch featuring delicious food, top-notch cocktails, and generous happy hours. With a wide array of martinis and cocktails, DJs, and sax players, it’s a lively spot.

Don’t miss out on snapping a pic at their famous neon angel wings, a must for your Instagram feed. Their attentive hosts. ensures drinks flow freely, making for an unforgettable experience. The food and cocktails are delectable, promising a fun-filled and tasty celebration.   Book Today!

Hen Party Bottomless Brunch Bristol

Turtle Bay Bristol

8 Broad Quay, Bristol BS1 4DA

The vibrant world of Turtle Bay, where the Caribbean spirit comes alive!  Imagine this: a magical place that captured the true essence of the Caribbean.

As soon as you walk through our doors, you’ll be greeted by the island bar, reminiscent of the laid-back beach shacks in the Caribbean. It’s the heart of the party!  But there’s more to Turtle Bay than meets the eye. They’ve got loads of rum, infectious reggae beats that’ll make your hips sway, and a mouthwatering spread of Caribbean-inspired food for any time of day or celebration.

And here’s the best part: you can enjoy the ultimate bottomless brunch for your hen party! Enjoy 2 hours of unlimited cocktails, prosecco, draft beers, and mocktails. Plus, you get to choose any brunch dish, burger, or wrap. Or, if you’re feeling fancy, upgrade to any dish on the menu!

Get ready to experience the Caribbean vibes and good times at Turtle Bay. It’s the perfect way to kick off your unforgettable hen party!

menu&order=brunchhttps://turtlebay.co.uk/menu/bristol-broad-quay?order=lunch

Turtle Bay Bristol Bottomless Brunch

Cosy Club

31 Corn St, Bristol BS1 1HT

Unveil the Elegance of Hen Party Bliss at Cosy Club, Bristol!

Ladies, gather your flock for an unforgettable hen party experience at the crown jewel of Corn Street – the legendary Cosy Club! Nestled in the heart of the Old City, this splendid venue, dubbed the ‘Cathedral of all Cosy Clubs,’ beckons you with open arms.

As you step inside, your eyes will meet a breathtaking glass domed ceiling, adorned with original cornicing and fresco work, now bathed in mesmerizing LED illumination. Enormous chandeliers sway gracefully above you, casting a warm glow on the vintage sofas, 1930s cocktail chairs, and delightfully mismatched tables and chairs.

The walls tell stories of aristocracy with captivating oil paintings and family portraits, while the Chinese room-inspired wallpaper adds an exotic touch. And let’s not forget the polished Bath stone that envelops you in luxury.

But that’s not all! Elevate your brunch to sheer decadence with 90 minutes of unlimited drinks, featuring Prosecco, Bloody Marys, Cosy mimosas, and a tantalizing array of cocktails and refreshing beverages.

Your hen party deserves nothing less than the opulent embrace of Cosy Club, where memories are crafted in style and sophistication. Book your celebration now at 31 Corn Street, Bristol BS1 1HT, and prepare for an enchanting day of pure delight.

https://cosyclub.co.uk/location/bristol/

Cosy Club Cocktails Bristol

Slug and Lettuce Harbourside

Explore Ln, Bristol BS1 5TY

Join the ultimate hen party brunch experience where the spotlight is on you and your favourite crew!  Treat yourselves to two fabulous hours of bottomless cocktails paired with the brunch of your dreams. Embrace your best selves because, after all, brunch should be as extraordinary as you are!

Slug and Lettuce have a mouthwatering menu of brunch delights that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy. From the classic Full English to the trendy Avocado Focaccia, delectable Waffle Eggs, and the indulgent Berry Pancake Tacos, they’ve got it all. Also they’ve just added four sensational NEW burgers to satisfy your lunch cravings.

It’s the perfect excuse for any celebration. Gather your favourite people and be part of the most memorable brunch experience ever. Let’s turn every moment into an endless celebration of friendship, fun, and fabulous food and drinks.

Make your hen party brunch unforgettable – one cocktail and one laugh at a time!

https://www.slugandlettuce.co.uk/bristol-harbourside/food-and-drink

Slug and Lettuce Bottomless Brunch

Coyote Ugly

Bordeaux Quay, Bristol BS1 5EP

Welcome to the most famous bar on the planet! This venue isn’t about sophistication; it’s about letting loose, going wild, and living your best life. With a Hollywood blockbuster filmed here, it’s a spot where memories are made. Perfect for a hen party Bottomless Brunch, it’s a place to party like there’s no tomorrow. Say goodbye to sophistication and hello to fun-filled madness. If you’re ready to join the craziness, they’ll ensure your experience is unforgettable. Get ready to let down your hair, dance the day away, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

www.coyoteuglysaloonuk.com/bristol

Hen Party Brunch Bristol Coyote Ugly

Bamalam

Podium Level, Colston Tower, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 4XE

Get ready to kick off your hen party celebrations in style at Bambalan, Bristol’s ultimate summer hotspot! Located in the heart of the city, at the Beacon Tower, Bambalan is your go-to destination for fabulous drinks, mouthwatering food, and unbeatable views.

Picture this: you and your fabulous squad, basking in the sun on Bristol’s best rooftop terrace, with panoramic city views that will leave you speechless. But that’s not all – there’s a culinary treat waiting for you! Indulge in our Mediterranean-inspired small plates or savour the new addition to the menu – wood-fired, sourdough pizzas that are to die for.

For those looking for lighter options, there’s mezze-style small plates, fresh salads, and delicious grilled fish and seafood.

And the party doesn’t stop there! Enjoy the beats of Bristol’s finest DJs on the terrace every weekend. So, ladies, get ready to toast, eat, and dance the day away at Bambalan’s bottomless brunch – the perfect start to your unforgettable hen party!

https://bambalan.co.uk/

Brace & Browns

43 Whiteladies Rd, Redland, Bristol BS8 2LS

Get ready to brunch and bubbly like never before, ladies! Brace and Browns Bristol is the ultimate hotspot for your hen party bottomless brunch extravaganza!

Step into a world of style and contemporary charm where vintage meets modern in the most delightful way. Picture this: exposed brick walls, wooden floors, and a warm, inviting colour scheme that wraps you in coziness. The seating? Oh, it’s a blend of plush leather chairs and cozy banquettes, surrounding wooden tables topped with chic lighting fixtures. The vibe? Completely relaxed and casual – just what you need for a leisurely brunch with your besties.

Now, let’s talk about the star of the show – the Bottomless Brunch at Brace and Browns Bristol! For a glorious 90 minutes, you and your squad can sip on unlimited Prosecco,  while indulging in mouthwatering brunch delights.

Get ready to clink glasses, giggle endlessly, and make unforgettable memories at Brace and Browns Bristol.

Bottomless Brunch Hen Party Bristol

Las Iguanas

South Bldg Anchor Square, Anchor Square, Bristol BS1 5UH

Ladies, get ready to savour the sizzling flavours of Latin America like never before! Choose Las Iguanas for an unforgettable Bottomless Brunch experience that’ll set your hearts aflutter.

Indulge in mouthwatering Latin American delights, all crafted with love from scratch. Their menu boasts a knockout lineup of premium cocktails that will leave you feeling on top of the world. And guess what?  Their Latin vibes and vibrant colours straight from the southern hemisphere will make this brunch an explosion of joy!

Bottomless Brunch awaits you:  Choose your favourite brunch dish from our menu.  Then, let the magic begin with unlimited cocktails, mocktails, beer, bubbles, and spirits for a full two hours!

Don’t miss out on this sensational celebration of taste, rhythm, and good times. Grab your besties and book your spot now!

Las Iguanas Bottomless Brunch

Par 59

Unit 3B, Building, 11 Millennium Promenade, Bristol BS1 5SZ

Brunch with a difference!  Get ready to swing into the ultimate hen party experience at Par 59!  This is not your average brunch spot; it’s a stylish haven where delicious food meets premium drinks and, of course, mini golf fun.  Picture this: endless mimosas, mouthwatering bites, groovy tunes, and a mini golf course waiting just for you!

If you’re starting with the classic Par Bottomless Brunch, you’re in for a treat. But why stop there? Elevate your brunch game and go all-in with the Pro Brunch for the ultimate mini golf extravaganza!

Create unforgettable memories with your friends, it’s not just brunch; it’s a celebration of friendship, laughter, unforgettable moments which will be a really good ice breaker for any Hen Party!

People rave about “The most delicious fried chicken”

Hen Party Activities Bristol Crazy Golf at Par59

Pitcher and Piano

Cannons Road, Bristol BS1 5UH

Known for its shabby chic interiors and cozy atmosphere, Pitcher & Piano has been delighting hen parties with their brunch experience since 1996. Nestled on Bristol’s Harbourside, P&P Bristol offers the perfect setting for a memorable experience.

As you and your fellow hens step through the doors, you’ll instantly feel the charm that has made Pitcher & Piano a beloved spot for brunch lovers. The eclectic and whimsical furniture spread across two floors ensures you’ll have plenty of Insta-worthy spots to choose from as you savour a delectable lunch. From mouthwatering salads to juicy burgers, their seasonal menu has something to satisfy every craving.

On the top floor, you’ll be greeted by sweeping views of Bristol’s picturesque harbourside. This space, adorned with unique nooks and crannies, is tailor-made for your hen party celebrations. Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or a lively get-together, Pitcher & Piano Bristol promises unforgettable memories with your hen party crew!

Customers rave about their Great food, great service and great value.

Bottomless Brunch Bristol

Bristol Harbour Festival 19th – 21st July 2024

Bristol Harbour Festival

The Bristol Harbour Festival  – Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July.   Celebrating its 52nd year, this free festival brings over 250,000 people together and is held annually to celebrate the city’s maritime heritage and the importance of Bristol’s docks and harbour.

Most of the activities are free, including live music, street performances, dance acts, interactive theatre, international circus acts, daredevil stunts and a variety of other live entertainments which are held on or near the waterfront of Bristol Harbour.

Bristol Harbour Festival

The outside venues include Queen Square, Lloyds Amphitheatre, Narrow Quay, Merchants, Quay, Hannover Quay, Millennium Square and Cathedral Walk, with seagoing vessels moored nearby. The liveliest part of the festival is quayside and the main attractions are entertainment designed to engage all the communities of Bristol, as well as entertain the thousands of visitors to the city.

Find your way around the Bristol Harbour Festival’s Performance Areas – Downloadable Map  See the program of events further down the page.

Market Locations

Narrow QuayMerchants QuayQueens Square and Hannover Quay

Bristol Harbour Festival Markets

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 at that time, with the Irene and the Matthew being two of the tall ships in attendance that year.

Bristol Harbour Festival

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 were 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.

The highlight of this year’s festival will be the arrival of three very special tall ships – The Etoile Molence, Irene and Iris.  Also Power8 Sprints will also be headlining with their 350 metre, high octane rowing action on the water.

Bristol Harbour Festival

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, rowing competitions, general fun and games in the water, dedicated family areas, plus the 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 Harbourside fun for everyone.

Bristol Harbour Festival

Travel – Head for the City Centre, follow signs for Harbour Festival.  Further travel info Here.

Parking

There is plenty of parking and it is advised to arrive early to get as close as possible to the available Harbourside Parking.  You will also find parking within a short walking distance of the Harbour at the following places –

St Mary Redcliffe Car Park, NCP – Redcliffe Parade, NCP – Queens Charlotte Street, Trenchard Street Car Park, The Gallery Car Park, Nelson Street Car Park, College Street Car Park, Mardyke Wharf Car Park, Oldfield Place Car Park

** Previous **Program of Events **Update Pending**

Saturday 20th July

Music – Amphitheatre – Music Stage

12.45 pm             Bristol Community Big Band

2.00 pm               The Hucklebuck – Blues Music

3.15 pm               Camo Clave – Cumbia Music

4.30 pm               Phantom Ensemble

5.45 pm               Matuki  – Afrobeat, reggae fusion

7.15 pm               Doreen Doreen – Marsh up Band

8.45 pm               Rod Smith RSD

Music – Brunel Stage at SS Great Britain

11.00 am             Framptoon Shantymen – All Male Choir

12.00 pm             Samba – Reggae drumming band

1.00 pm               Ceili – Traditional Irish/Celtic acoustic music

2.00 pm               Gentle Hooligans – Rock ‘n ‘ roll fusion

3.00 pm               JI & The Rainbirds – Up beat feel-good folk

4.00 pm               Eden Root’s Reggae Band – Red hot Reggae

5.00 pm               The Bare Souls – Rock, blues, soul and funk fusion band

Music – Centre Stage at Cascade Steps

12.00 pm            The Great Sea Choir

12.50 pm            Rosina Keri – passionate dreamy pop

1.40 pm               The Harrisons – Blues, country and americana band

2.30 pm               Barnacle Buoys – Acapella sea shanty singers

3.25 pm               Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall – Folk duo

4.20 pm               Mireille Mathlener – Vocalist

5.15 pm               Laimu – Sultry vocals

Music – Dockside Stage at the Grove

2.00 pm               Punk Rock Aerobics

3.00 pm               Richard the Fourth – Neo soul and slow funk

3.30 pm               Hush Mozey – Miz of spa, punk and garage

4.30 pm               The Rupees – Hi energy rock band

5.30 pm               Sam Brockington – Fantastic vocal talented singer

6.30 pm               Farebrother – Indie rock quartet

7.30 pm               Joe Probert – Super cool soul

8.30 pm               Katy J Pearson – Catchy melodies

Dance and Entertainment at Millenium Square

11.45 am             Bollyred Dance Company

12.15 pm            Urban Cookie: Dance Zumba Gold

1.20 pm               Performance from Gerry’s Attic Dance Company

1.55 pm               Making Tracks Youth Music

2.55 pm               2 O’clock Beauty Queens

3.15 pm               Dance Extreme BS13/Storm

3.25 pm               Bristol Salsa Ladies Styling Team

3.30 pm               Subline Dance Troupe

3.40 pm               Rise Youth Dance

5.00 pm               Hype Dance

5.20 pm               Swing Dance Bristol and Swing Riot

Entertainment, Family Fun Activities, Music and Food at The Circus Playground – Queens Square

Continental Market Food – a selection of everything you will expect will be on offer

Bubbline – Fun with bubbles

A.P.E Project CIC – Mobile Adventure Playground

Sounds Right Phonics Bristol – Music, games, movement, bubbles and poms poms for little ones

Marky Jay – Compere & Street Theatre – Jokes, Juggling and puppets

Avon Valley Wildlife Park – Interact and discover more about small animals

Bristol Taiko – Traditional Japanese Drumming

Bocadcalupa Arts – Bee Garden

Avon Valley Wildlife Trust

Baby Racing

Cirocomedia – Youth Circus Showcase and Workshops

Giddy Kipper – Sloth Time

Tiny Little Clouds Theatre – How to Build a rainbow

Don’t Drop The Beat – Live Drumming and Juggling

Above & Beyond – Mini Flying Trapeze Rig

Dragonbird Theatre – Pyjama Island

Angie Mack – The Super Hooper Jula Hooping Street Show

Korri Aulakh – World Class Aerialist performances

Rob Lewis – Cello

Kat Lyons Storytelling and Spoken Word

King Edmunds Acrobatic Club

Angie Mack – Have a go Hula Hoop Workshops

Cathedral Walk – Spoken Word, Music and Performances

11.30 am             Poetry Machine – Performance

12.00 pm            South West Showcase – Performance

1.00 pm               Yoniverse Takeover – Performance

2.00 pm               Guest Artist – Joelle Taylor – Performance

2.30 pm               Poetry Machine – Performance, Family

2.50 pm               South West Showcash – Performance, Family

4.30 pm               Guest Artists – Rebecca Tantony and Dominie Hooper – Performance & Music

On the water Themes Maritime & Sports

10.00 am             Family Maritime Trail – Complete the trail for a chance to win a boat kit

12.00 pm             Young Shipwrights Boat Race – Cardboard boat race

12.45 pm             The Aircraft Carrier Challenge

1.15 pm               Bristol Cardboard Boat Race – A 250 metre cardboard boat race

2.30 pm               Newfound Friends – Dogs shows us their lifesaving skills

3.50pm                Jet Ski Stunts

Bristol Harbour Festival – Sunday 20th July

Music – Amphitheatre – Music Stage

12.00 pm             Tan Teddy – Sharing Jamaican culture through song

1.10 pm               Nuala Honan – Folk music from Bristol based Australian singer-songwriter

2:20 pm               Amdodu Diagne & Yakar – Modern blues and funk

3:30 pm               Dizaeli – Jazz-tinged band

5:00 pm               Sheelanaig – Balkan swing, celtic music

Brunels Stage at SS Great Britain

11.00 am             South Wales Clarinet Choir

12.00 pm            North Somerset Samba – Reggae drumming band

1.00 pm               Bee Bakare – Soulful pop

2.00 pm               Zyla – Soul-infused funk

3.00 pm               Sol Feo – Rock, funk, grunge, metal and folk bended band

4.00 pm               Baraka – Afro beat dance band

Centre Stage at Cascade Steps

12.00 pm            Storm Force 10 – Shanty band

12.50 pm            Jodie Mellor – Singer

1.40 pm               Bristol Sea Slugs – Shanty, folk band

2.30 pm               Charlie Limm – Vocalist

3.25 pm               Jazz the Two of us – Jazz classics with a twist

4.20 pm               Maaike Siegerist – Swinging jazz and dark folk

5.15 pm               Sounds of Harlowe – Grunge soul collective

Dockside Stage at the Grove

1.00 pm               Gabriel Templar – Indie pop

2.00 pm               Luke Marshall Black – Vocalist

4.00 pm               RVBY – Quirky pop

5.00 pm               Agata – Vocalist

6.00 pm               Imprints – Gypsy, pirate, folk-rock band

Millennium Square – Bristol Dances

11.00 am             Diddi Dance

11.45 am             Dancin Tots

12.20 pm             Afon Sistema – Brazilian Dance in Bristol

1.10 pm               Mumtaz Dance Company – Bollywood Dance

1.25 pm               Original Spinners – Dance, Performance

1.40 pm               Untold Dance Theatre – Dance

2.00 pm               Cabaret and Drag Dance Show

3.10 pm               Funk Supreme

3.20 pm               Piloexcersize – Dance

4.20 pm               The Hills School of Irish Dance Performance and Workshop

5.00 pm               Celidh Dance with Mr Medler – Dance

Cathedral Walk – Spoken Word, Music and Performances

11.30 am             Poetry Machine – Performance

12.00 pm             South West Showcase – Performance & Music

1.00 pm               Guest Artist – Dizraeli – Performance & Music

1.30 pm               Poetry Machine – Family Performance

2.00 pm               The Urban Word Collective Takeover – Performance

3.00 pm               Guest Artist – Deanna Rodger – Performance

3.30 pm               Bath Spa University Poetry Showcase – Performance

3.45pm                South West Showcase – Performance

4.30 pm               Guest Artist – Toby Thomson – Family Performance

On the water Themes Maritime & Sports

10.00 am             Family Maritime Trail – Complete the trail for a chance to win a boat kit

12.00 pm             Young Shipwrights Boat Race – Cardboard boat race

2.30 pm               Newfound Friends – Dogs shows us their lifesaving skills

The Circus Playground – Queens Square

Entertainment, fun for the family, food and Music all day from – 11.00 am – 4.00 pm.

Avon Wildlife Trust, Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park, Bubblina – Family entertainment with bubbles, Sound right phonics Bristol, Circomedia – Circus Workshops – Great Family Fun, Traditional Japanese Drumming, A.P.E Project CIC – Mobile Adventure Playground, Marky Jay – Street Theatre, Bocadalupa Arts – Bee Garden and much more.

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North Somerset Show Bristol – May Bank Holiday

North Somerset Show Bristol Bank Holiday

I enjoyed a fabulous day out on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May, at The North Somerset Agricultural Show at Bathing Ponds Fields in Wraxall, Bristol.  It was an early start as I wanted to watch the cattle showing and take lots of photos as this, for me, is the star of the whole show and my family were showing our Jersey and Hereford cattle.  It was a very successful day (although tiring for the team) with great results  – 4-second places, 3-first places and Reserve Champion, what a great way to start the year, at the first show of the season.

North Somerset Show Bristol Bank Holiday

The Show is on the first Bank Holiday Monday in May and is run by The North Somerset Agricultural Society, formed out of the North Somerset Ploughing Society in 1840 by a small group of farmers.  Its sole purpose was to further agricultural development by communicating agricultural issues and providing a showpiece to the general public.

This popular event attracts over 20,000 people and showcases local agriculture, food and farming as well as country crafts and pursuits.  Show stoppers are tractor pulling, livestock showing and horse show jumping.

North Somerset Show Bristol Bank Holiday

North Somerset Show is massive, with so many sporting activities to partake in or to watch.  I think my favourite (after the livestock) was the dog agility competitions, they had 3 rings for different levels of difficulty.  It’s super competitive and the dogs absolutely love it, with some of them barking around the whole course.

You can easily spend a whole day here and be constantly entertained, there are displays and competitions going on all at the same time in different areas of the show.  I wandered for hours and enjoyed every single minute of shopping at the trade stands.  They have all your country needs, including clothing and gifts, crafts, art, photography, pet supplies etc.  A vast array of food stalls inside and out.  All of this is amongst the different arena displays showcasing, sheep shearing, falconry, motor bike displays, strongest man event, Vintage Tractor displays, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Air Rifle Shooting, Blacksmith Competitions, pony games, motorbike displays, the list just goes on and on.

North Somerset Show Bristol Bank Holiday

A Great day out – put the date in your diary for next year!

Address – Bathing Pond Fields, Bristol Road, Wraxall, BS48 1NF – Website and useful Information  

Gates open to the public at 9.am and close at 5pm – Car parking is free.  Dogs are welcome.

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Exciting Boat Trips from Bristol’s Floating Harbour

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Fancy a Boat Trip with Bristol Ferry Boats? – Bristol Ferry Boats offer a number of different trips, a great way to see the City from a different viewpoint.  Bristol Ferry Boats has been running since 1977.  The iconic blue and yellow Ferry Boats can be seen travelling around the harbour almost every day of the year.  They provide a community focused, friendly ferry service and pride themselves on their unrivalled reliability.  Visitors are safe in the knowledge that they run their service every day except Christmas day, come rain or shine.  You will always receive a warm Bristol welcome their staff.

Bristol Ferry Boats Bury Hill Farm

Wednesday Sundown Sailings – A lovely cruise around the Harbour, listening to music, watching the sun go down.  The trip includes tapas and cheese to complement two drinks of either Gin, Sherry or Rum (drinks depend on dates booked).  There are two departure times from the City Centre at 7pm and 9pm the trip lasts for 2 hours.

Brunel’s Bristol Boat Tour – A comprehensive tour of Brunel’s famous Bristol Landmarks.  Departing from Bristol Temple Meads, sailing past the SS Great Britain and on toward the historic lock gates, where Brunel’s other Bridge is laid.  Traveling away from the harbour along the Avon Gorge underneath the famous Clifton Suspension Bristol and then returning back to the Bristol Floating Harbour.  A great way to see some of Bristol’s Landmarks.  This trip lasts for 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Avon Gorge Trip – An exciting cruise along the Avon Gorge, with commentary throughout.  Departing from SS Great Britain leaving the floating harbour, along the Avon Gorge, underneath the amazing Clifton Suspension Bridge, Passing the ancient port of Sea Mills and the Village of Pill and onto Avonmouth (if the tide allows) and then returning back to the floating harbour.  This trip lasts for 3.5 hours. 

Bristol Ferry Boats Map

 

Booze Cruises and Boat Parties – Private Hire – There is a variety of packages on offer – Vintage Tea Party, Bubbly Breakfast, Booze Cruises and Party Packages offering trips to dockside pubs and bars.  Catering for parties ranging from 25  to 45 people, with fully licensed bars and music.  You have the opportunity to hop on and off of the boat and visit a wide range of Bars and Pubs.  These are fantastic trips, perfect for any celebration and for Hen Parties, a great way to start your weekend visit to Bristol.  There are many options available to create a bespoke party.  Find out more HERE.

Sunday Riverside Roast – A lazy cruise along the River Avon, departing from Welsh Back.  This is a very relaxed river cruise, after sailing through the City, see Bristol’s countryside from the water as it travels along the feeder canal and through Netham Lock along the riverbanks of St Anne’s and Conham River Park.  Enjoy the wildlife, you may see Otters, Swans, Deer, Foxes, Squirrels, Kingsfishers, Ducks etc.  Gently cruising onto the very popular Beese’s Riverside Tea Rooms to enjoy a delicious roast dinner and then have time to enjoy the beautiful grounds of the Tea Rooms until it’s time to make the journey back to Bristol.  This trip lasts (including your meal) for 3 hours.  Ticket prices include your food – Adults £25.00, Concessions £19.00.  Advance Bookings are essential as these trips are very popular.

Friday trip to Beese’s with live music – A Great way to start the weekend, departing from Welshback, a super river cruise sailing from Bristol, through the countryside to the very popular Beese’s Riverside Tea Rooms, where you can enjoy a meal and watch a live band most Fridays.  Some Fridays the tide doesn’t allow for these trips, but that’s only a few.  Drinks are available to buy onboard during your trip.  This is a one-way trip, so that you can enjoy the whole evening dancing, you will need to book a taxi for the return journey.    Advance bookings are essential.

Live Music Beese's Tea Rooms Bristol Bury Hill Farm

Band line ups – examples

Belle Rose

 Fiesta Latina

Dysfunktional

The Mayfair Players

Funk Husky

Soul Reason

The Bad Losers

The Jumps

Dukes of Mumbai

Dappa Don & The Playaz

Stiff Upper Lips

JJ Gatsby

Natty Daps

More about Beese’s Riverside Tea Rooms

Beese’s Riverside Tea Rooms is a hidden treasure, set beside a pleasantly wooded stretch of the river Avon. For some, a haven of tranquillity, where generations of city dwellers would put their cares of the city behind them for a time.  Visitors range from families, ramblers, cyclists, dog walkers and, of course, river-users swimming or rowing leisurely by.

Beeses Tea Rooms Bury Hill Farm

In more recent years, Beese’s can be a lively place, whether it’s a friends’ get-together, a birthday or wedding celebration, or one of Beese’s music nights.

Beese’s is open each year for the spring and summer.  They have live music most Friday evenings, including a mix of known Bristol bands and visitors from afar.  There has been an annual beer festival since 2009.  Visit their Website for more information.

 

Back to Bristol Ferry Boats –  There are 5 Ferry Boats all painted in iconic yellow and blue colours.

Margaret was built in 1952 and acquired in 1977 she has capacity for 28 passengers.  She has a wooden hulled open launch and was Built in Appledore for service in Lynmouth to replace a vessel wrecked in the flood of 1952 and later used as a ferry across the Avon between Shirehampton and Pill.

Independence was built in 1927 and acquired in 1980 she has capacity for 46 passengers.  With a wooden hulled open launch and was previously used on the Severn and Wye, and on the Erewash Canal.

Emily was built in 1927 and acquired in 1992 she has capacity for 48 passengers.  With a wooden hulled enclosed launch. Built in Bideford and was previously used at Scarborough and in Gloucester Docks.

Bristol Ferry Boats Bury Hill Farm

Matilda was built and acquired in 1997 and has a capacity for 50 passengers.  With a Steel hulled enclosed launch, with a length of 14.02 m (46.0 ft) and a beam of 4.61 m (15.1 ft). Purpose built for Bristol Ferry Boats.

Brigantia was built and acquired in 2006 and has a capacity for 50 passengers.  With a Steel hulled enclosed launch. Purpose built for Bristol Ferry and based on the design for Matilda but equipped with a retractable wheelhouse and a wheelchair lift.

Both Matilda and Brigantia are licensed to operate on the tidal Avon downstream from Bristol through the Avon Gorge to Avonmouth, as well as throughout Bristol Harbour and on the Avon upstream to the city of Bath. The other vessels are restricted to Bristol Harbour and the upstream Avon.  Margret is the original yellow and blue ferry boat and is a true west country survivor.

Visit their Website for more information.

Independent Reviews:-

Having had a less than successful trip to We the Curious, we saw the yellow boat arrive and jumped on board. The full tour takes you from the City Centre to Hotwells and back, and then goes off in the other direction to Temple Meads and back. You can choose the full 80 minute tour, a 40 minute (half tour) or simply use the craft as a taxi or bus in the harbour area.
We chose the 40 minute trip to Hotwells and back and saw Bristol from a viewpoint I had never experienced before. You travel past The Matthew and The Great Britain, have a good view of the cathedral, the harbour-side industries and the old pubs, with a great view of the multi-coloured buildings of Hotwells.
A very friendly crewman was there to help people on and off and call out the stops and sell the tickets.
We will definitely go back and do the full tour (tickets lasts a day and lets you hop on and off) when the weather is a bit warmer. Great fun and great value.

Beese’s Riverside Bar and Tea Rooms
 
This is a great little quirky place next to the river. If you are used to eating in chain establishments it may not be for you as it is quite ‘characterful’. We only had a cream tea but the Sunday lunches that people were tucking in to looked good too. The walk along the river and ferry across added to the charm.

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15 Great Things to Do in Bristol – Local Guide

15 Best Things to do in Bristol

Things to do in Bristol

Bristol is a Great City, loved for is Diverse Cultures, Art, Music, Festivals and more.  Its’s a great City with lots of open spaces.

Here are some interesting less “well known” places to go, when you are planning your visit.

Concorde At Aerospace

Aerospace Museum opened at Filton in October 2017.  The project is being run by the Bristol Aero Collection Trust and houses a varied collection of exhibits as well as Concorde 216, the final Concorde to be built and the last to fly.  It made its final flight in November 2003 (flying over Clifton Suspension Bridge) – it is now housed in a specially constructed hangar at Filton, on the outskirts of Bristol, where the airframe and the engines of Concorde were largely developed and where the UK assembly line was located; all British planes also made their maiden flight from Filton’s runway.

Filton’s association dates to the First World War, with the creation of the Aircraft Acceptance Park in 1915 which was manned by The Royal Flying Corps. The building lies next door to a former First World War hangar which has been cleverly renovated to house the bulk of the museum’s exhibits.  The hangar was built in 1917 by the War Office as part of the Filton Aircraft Acceptance Park. It has enjoyed 100 years of continuous service in RAF and private hands.  Manufacturers of airframes for use in the First World War delivered their aircraft to an Aircraft Acceptance Park for the installation of engines and armament. Squadrons were also prepared here before they were sent to the front lines in France.

Although the Acceptance Park closed in late-1919, the large flying ground was taken over for test and development flying by the new Bristol Aeroplane Company. The aim of Bristol Aerospace is to recall the past and showcase the remarkable role played by the Bristol site in Britain’s aviation history, but also, according to the museum’s collections manager, “to inspire the next generation” about science and engineering.  Numerous exhibits – such as flight simulators and interactive options – show the museum is most definitely not just aimed at “plane spotters”.

Concord at Bristol Aerospace Bristol

Aerospace Bristol will keep the whole family entertained for hours.  There are plenty of hands-on-activities.  Children will be entertained with the fun flight’s interactive exhibits, fact-finding trails and clocking-in stations and much more.

Free things to do with the kids in Bristol

Grimsbury Farm

Grimbsy Farm Bury Hill Farm

Grimsbury Community Farm is open to the public every day 365 days a year from 9am – 6pm, there is a car park on site and entry is free.

Evidence of farming activities on this site have been found going back to medieval times, although ownership and detailed usage have changed many times over this period.

The farm is now owned and managed by South Gloucestershire Council, where its function is that of a community farm open to all as a place to relax and enjoy, or even to learn new skills.

Throughout the year there are lots of different activity days and as well as new births of lambs, calves, piglets, goat kids, ducklings etc so always plenty to do or see.

If you are visiting Bristol with your family, this is a great place to spend the day.

Willsbridge Valley Nature Reserve

Willsbridge Valley Free things to do Bristol

Willsbridge Valley is part of the Avon Wildlife Trust and is a sanctuary of wildlife amongst modern housing estates. The Siston Brook stream runs through the site and there are 2 ponds. In the 19th century the site was used for milling, quarrying and a coal dramway.  The woodlands are beautiful and best visited in the spring when it is filled with flowers and you are surrounded by birdsong.  Frogs, toads and dragonflies find their home in the ponds whereas dippers and kingfishers can be seen by the stream.  Even foxes, badgers and bats are known to be in the area. This valley is a great place for a family day out, dog walking or if you are interested in geology and history.

The best time to visit is in spring between April and July but it is open all year round.  A number of public footpaths run throughout the reserve. Wheelchair users can gain entrance via Willsbridge Hill and can access most of the valley. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on lead. Parking spots are available on Long Beach Road, Longwell Green, Bristol BS30 9UA.

Country walk Willsbridge Valley

Frenchay Village Museum

Frenchay Museum Bristol

The Museum building was built in the 19th century as the West Lodge for Frenchay Park estate.  The building has had considerable modifications over the years.  The latest changes were in 1999 when the Frenchay Tuckett Society obtained a lease on the building from the North Bristol NHS Trust and converted for use as a museum.

The Frenchay Tuckett Society was formed in 1996 to care for a collection of Quaker artefacts donated to  the village of Frenchay by the descendents of the Tuckett family.  The Tuckett Collection, which is the nucleus of the museum, contains a wide variety of artefacts, some dating back to the 1770s.  These include paintings, mountaineering equipment, journals, Quaker wedding certificates, books, Egyptian remains, Bristol porcelain and much more.

FRY’S CHOCOLATE – INVENTED IN BRISTOL – There is a permanent display about the great chocolate manufacturers, J.S. Fry & Sons. Although they were a Bristol Company that relocated to Keynsham, Joseph Storrs Fry (and his sons) lived in Grove House, Frenchay, from 1800 until his death in 1835, and he is buried in the Quaker burial ground here.  Later, his great-grandson Cecil Fry lived in the same house. He was the last of the family to head the firm, and he died here in 1952.

On display the mortar and pestle originally used to grind the cocoa beans. In 1847 Fry’s invented the chocolate bar, and chocolate changed from being a drink to being something you ate. Fry’s displayed their new invention at the Great Exhibition of 1851, and one of those original 160 year-old chocolate bars is on display in the museum.

5. More things to do in Bristol

Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park, a National Trust property, has an historic herd of fallow deer who roam freely in the 270 acres (110 hectares) of ancient parkland which is full of magnificent trees and spectacular views.  Visitors can get a flavour of the richly luxurious 17th-century life enjoyed by founder William Blathwayt by stepping into the impressive baroque mansion house and see the collections including artwork, furniture and a fine collection of blue and white Dutch Delftware.

Young explorers can run free in the Old Lodge picnic and play area, take part in a nature trail and tick off challenges on their 50 things to find list and investigate the splendid borders, idyllic ponds and the wildflower orchard which are all features of the stunning West garden and is being sensitively developed as a 21st-century garden with echoes of the past.

Deers Dyrham Park Bristol

7. Things to do Bristol

Badminton Horse Trials

Badminton was first held in 1949 by the 10th Duke of Beaufort in order to let British riders train for international events and was advertised as “the most important horse event in Britain”. It was the second three-day event held in Britain, with the first being its inspiration – the 1948 Olympics. The first Badminton had 22 horses from Britain and Ireland start, and was won by Golden Willow. Eight of the 22 starters failed to complete the cross-country course. Badminton was the home of the first European Championship in 1953, won by Major Laurence Rook on Starlight XV. In 1955, Badminton moved to Windsor Castle for a year, at the invitation of the Queen, in order to hold the second European Championships. Badminton was first televised in 1956.

In 1959, Badminton was held in two sections, called the Great and Little Badminton, due to the popularity of the event and the number of entries. The horses in the two sections jumped the same fences but were separated into the two divisions based on their money winnings. This graded approach was abandoned after the 1965 event.  In 1989, the current director and course-designer Hugh Thomas, who rode in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, took over from Frank Weldon, a former winner, who is credited with bringing the event to the pinnacle it is at today.

Badminton is held in the 6 square kilometre (1500 acre) Badminton Park, where the car parks, trade stands, arena and cross-country courses are located.

The World’s Premier three-day event is held every year in early May and attracts over 160,000 visitors from all over the world.

Badminton Horse Trials

8. Outdoor Activities in Bristol

Windmill Leisure

Windmill Leisure Westerleigh Bristol

Why not spend the day at Windmill Leisure an outdoor activity centre providing many activities for individual, groups and family fun out in the countryside.

Activities include

Golf – A number of activities are provided, Floodlit, heated 300 yards long Driving Range, Floodlit G4 synthetic short game practice green suitable for putting, chipping and pitching.  Lessons with golf professionals, fully stocked Golf retail shop and opening in 2021 an18 hole Par 3 Golf Course

Archery – Target Archery shooting at 20 metre distances is practiced. All the equipment is provided, coaching for individual and groups are catered for.  Try their taster experience sessions to experience the sport and have some fun.

Football Golf – Getting the ball in the hole only using your feet is the object of the game.  12 holes of footgolf takes an average of 1.5 hours to complete, it’s open to everyone, perfect fun for groups and the family.

Disk Golf – Play much like traditional golf, but instead of balls and clubs players use frisbees or flying discs.  Targets are used instead of holes.  The game shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf.  A great way to enjoy the county side and keep fit.

Fishing – Coarse fishing on four different lakes, suiting all levels of fishing, both social and weekly open match fishing.  Fishing lessons / coaching available to book. Party and Group Packages available.

Some activities require advance bookings.

Windmill Leisure Westerleigh Bristol

 

9. More Free things to do in Bristol

Winterbourne Duck Pond

Winterbourne Duck Pond Near Bury Hill Farm

The duck pond, also known as Flaxpits Pond, has been a beautiful peaceful oasis in the middle of Winterbourne for many generations.  It has existed since the 16th century when it was used to soak flax before making linen, so is of considerable historic significance.

The area is used by local residents of all ages as a place for recreation and is very popular with local fishermen.

Winterbourne Parish Council own the pond and maintain the surrounding area.  Frome Valley Angling Club manage the ‘water’ and fishing on behalf of the Parish Council.

10. More for things to do Bristol

Frome Valley Walkway

Frome Valley Walkway Bristol

 A pleasant and interesting 18-mile-long path which follows the River Frome between the River Avon in Bristol and the Cotswold Hills in South Gloucestershire.

The route links with the Cotswold Way National Trail at one end and the Avon Walkway at the other, as well as connecting with several other well-established recreational routes, notably, the Jubilee Way, the Monarch’s Way and the Community Forest Path.

The path passes through a variety of landscapes including open countryside and meadows in South Gloucestershire, the mediaeval town of Chipping Sodbury, wooded valleys south of Winterbourne Down, the pretty village of Frenchay and historic, landscaped parks in Bristol including Oldbury Court estate, originally an old hunting lodge within the Royal Forest of Kingswood. In Bristol the route runs through city parks and along pavements. Some sections of the River Frome are culverted near to the City Centre, including the point where it enters the River Avon near Castle Park.

Frome Valley Walkway Bristol

Frome Valley Walkway Booklet

11. Fun things to do in Bristol

Lots of Fun at Cleve Archers

Cleve Archers

Wholly run by volunteers Cleve Archers is one of the largest clubs in the county.  It was founded in 1960 to practice and promote the sport of archery in accordance with Grand National Archery Society Rules.  It is a well established and recognised leading archery organisation in the South West of England. The club is registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club. The majority of the members live in or around South Gloucestershire and Bristol areas.

As well as hosting tournaments throughout the year Cleve Archers have daily clubs running for Juniors, seniors and disability group.  All courses are fully supervised by their coaches and all the equipment is provided.  Have a go taster session are a great way to have an introduction to the sport.

If you are looking for a new challenge, this is definately one to try.

 

12. More Great Places to Visit

Bristol Activity Centre

Bristol Activity Centre is an experienced provider of great outdoor activities for adults and children in the South West of England, catering for groups of all ages 8+ and over, and groups of all shapes and sizes – from small groups of just two people, right up to large groups of 200+. They offer over 10 top activities all at the same outdoor venue in Bristol, Cribbs Causeway, including Paintball, Low Impact Paintball, Airsoft, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Crossbow, Quad Biking, Archery, Battle zone Archery and Axe, Tomahawk & Knife Throwing, and coming soon they will be adding Air Rifle shooting.

The original paintball venue established 2000 (and still one of the UK’s best!) is their dedicated woodland paintball venue which is located in Portishead. They also have a dedicated airsoft club for those with their own Airsoft equipment, called “Black Ops Airsoft” where they run “Airsoft walk-on day” every single Sunday.  This place has something for everyone.

Bristol Activity Centre

13. Fun thing to do with the kids in Bristol

Wild Place Project

Wild Place Project is a wildlife conservation park, run by Bristol Zoological Society and located close to the M5 in Bristol.  It’s a fun, family attraction that provides outdoor adventure, play and learning, with a vision to create a sustainable future for wildlife and people through their conservation and education work.  It has a natural and open feel, making it easy to explore.  You really can get up close and personal with some of the animals.

It aims to inspire families to enjoy nature with a number of outdoor adventures from discovering wildlife from the UK and around the world with seasonal themed trails, exploring the woods and climbing in the undercover Fun Fort.  There are some hidden gems liked the barefoot challenge exploring senses, a mud kitchen and musical play area and you can enjoy a great range of hot food and drinks in the quaint guest village, but there are also some great places to have a picinic.

Visitors to Wild Place Project can meet amazing animals from across the world from the mischievous lemurs of Madagascar, Leopards, Giraffes, Zebras, to the striking grey wolves of Europe and many more.  You can also feed the animals.  This place is like being on a small-scale on foot Safari.

Wild Place Project Bristol

14. Places to go in Bristol

The Dower House at Stoke Park 

The Dower House Stoke Park Estate

The Dower House, Stoke Park is a building in Bristol, England. It is one Bristol’s more prominent landmarks, set on Purdown, a hill above the M32 motorway on the main approach into the city, and painted yellow.

The house was built in 1553 by Sir Richard Berkeley. Rebuilt by Norborne Berkeley, 4th Baron Botetourt circa 1760, it eventually became used as a Dower House by the Dukes of Beaufort at nearby Badminton House. This included Charles Somerset, 4th Duke of Beaufort (The son of Henry Somerset, 2nd Duke of Beaufort) and wife Elizabeth Somerset, Duchess of Beaufort whose daughter’s obelisk can be found on the hill she died on from falling off a horse to this date.

Legend has it that Stoke Park, is haunted by the ghost of 17-year-old Elizabeth Somerset, who died in 1760 there after falling off her horse and breaking her neck.  In recent years numerous visitors claim to have heard galloping hooves as they walk through – despite the fact horses haven’t been on the grounds for years.

Stoke Park Bristol

Lots of people walk the grounds of Stoke Park, it’s the perfect place to walk the dog, enjoy a walk, have a picnic or in the winter tobogganing down the very steep hill in front of the house.

15. Places to go in Bristol

Glenside Museum

Glenside Museum

Glenside Museum is located on Blackberry Hill in the suburb of Fishponds. Its clocktower is a prominent landmark, visible from the M32 motorway. Several of the buildings on the site are Grade II listed.

The museum was founded by Dr Donal Early, a consultant psychiatrist at Glenside Hospital. Objects and documents were saved and collected from all corners of the building and beyond. The collection consists of a wide range of paraphernalia and images from the life of Glenside and of the local Learning Disability Hospitals of the Stoke Park Group and the Burden Neurological Institution.

The museum was successful in gaining a Heritage Lottery Grant in 2011 to collect memories of Glenside Hospital from those who lived and worked there. This has enabled the Museum to collect over 60 interviews giving many perspectives. These are available for those researching or wanting a better understanding of the history of mental health care. The museum continues to collect memories from anyone that worked or visited the hospital.

The museum charges no entrance fee but depends on donations from the public.

Glenside Hospital Museum

 

Free things to do with the Kids in Bristol – Visit Grimsbury Farm

Grimsbury Farm Bristol

Grimsbury Farm

Grimsbury Community Farm is open to the public every day 365 days a year from 9am – 6pm, there is a car park on site and entry is free.

Evidence of farming activities on this site have been found going back to medieval times, although ownership and detailed usage have changed many times over this period. Through marriages (involving the Stone and Tilly families in the mid-1700s) this site became part of the much larger Tilly estate which was in excess of 1000 acres. Following more changes in ownership, it was sold off in lots by the then owner, Rev. Edward Batchelor in 1862. The last private ownership was that of the Warner family who finally moved out in the 1970’s, whereupon Kingswood District Council took ownership.

Today, the farm is owned and managed by South Gloucestershire Council, where its function is that of a community farm open to all as a place to relax and enjoy, or even to learn new skills.

Grimsbury Farm Bristol

Throughout the year there are lots of different activity days and events including new births – lambs, calves, piglets, goat kids, ducklings etc so always plenty to do or see.

A Typical year on the of farming activities include:

Spring – Lambing, Vaccinations and worming.  Scanning cows to see if they are pregnant.  Putting the animals out into the field to eat grass. Planting sprint crops.

Summer – The sheep are sheared to keep them cool in the heat. This wool is sent to the market. Lambs are weighed.  Harvesting of spring and winter planted crops.  Bailing straw from left over crops to us as animals bedding at the farm.

Autumn – Calving of Cows, sending lambs to market, moving some of the cows and sheep into the barns for the winter.  Cultivating the land and sowing winter crops.

Winter – Female sheep are scanned to see if they are pregnant and also wormed and vaccinated. Cows are mated for Autumn calving. Maintenance is carried out on all the buildings, machinery, hedges and fences.

There is a lovely Café “The Barn Café” providing children’s meals, a range of light bites, sandwiches & rolls, pasties, a selection of homemade cakes and also has daily specials – all very reasonably priced and freshly prepared. The Café is open daily hours do vary but usually 10am – 3.30pm.  Besides providing food for humans you can also purchase small packs of feed for the chickens & ducks, sheep & goats or pigs who you can feed on you way around the farm.

Grimsbury Farm Cafe Bristol

A rather damp Sunday afternoon didn’t seem like the best of times to visit Grimsbury Community Farm but we had a pleasant surprise when we arrived, the Farm has plenty to see even on a rainy day there are fairly dry pathways around the farm from where you can see an array of animals including : Pygmy Goats, Sheep, Dexter Cattle, several different breeds of Pigs, chickens, ducks, Donkeys & ponies to name but a few. As you wander around the Farm there are lots of signage & information boards telling everything from the history of the farm to details of the breeds of animals and details of individual animals, which are both very interesting and educational.

Grimsbury Farm Bristol

Upon arrival we decided to pop into the Barn Café (which is situated by the car park) for a nice cup of tea and a slice of lovely homemade Fruit Cake, we then had a wander along the pathway behind the café where you can see some of the ducks & chickens and then up to one of the barns which houses most of the Farm’s “babies”. In the barn was a Large Black Sow called Diana with her 11 piglets and 12 Gloucester Old Spot piglets –  we read that the mother of these unfortunately died shortly after giving birth and it’s a testament to the care given by the staff at Grimsbury that all 12 piglets had survived hand reared !

Also in the barn were a Muscovy Duck and her ducklings, some lambs and a pen of rabbits.

On the way out of the barn we stopped to pat a sheep that was hand reared & bottle fed and roams freely around the farm happily accepting pats & attention from visitors, we then walked on around a path between the fields, past the outdoor paddocks housing some of the pigs onto the Pigmy Goat’s paddock and there met a very inquisitive little Billy Goat who just loved attention & posing for photos.

In the fields opposite were the Farm’s herd of Dexter Cattle (the UK’s smallest breed of cattle) some with calves too and some of the Farm’s sheep, some of these had red or blue markings on their behinds – which shows they have been served by the Ram and will be due to have lambs in the spring.

Further along there is the “Tree Life Centre” and Picnic Area and we then passed another field of sheep where some children were feeding some of the sheep who were very happy to nibble the food from the children’s hands.

On our way back to the car park we also passed the large Children’s play area which has plenty to keep the kids entertained including, seesaws, sliders, swings, climbing frames & mini adventure playground etc and plenty of benches around for weary parents to sit too.

So although it would be obviously more appealing to visit in the spring or summer there is still plenty to do & see even on a dull winters day at Grimsbury Farm !

Address – Grimsbury Community Farm, 90 Grimsbury Rd, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 9SD

And if you fancy dinner afterwards, why not try a local Pub and restaurant ” The Folly”  and round off your day!

The Folly a lovely Country Pub

The Folly Pub Bristol

The Folly on Westerleigh Road Bristol has had a major refurbishment and reopened on 5th November in style.  The Management have been working really hard during the build up to opening night, running competitions and publicising their new menu.  They’ve been out locally, with a mobile unit serving their coffee and cakes and hitting the streets with goodie bags, flyers and drinks vouchers.

The Folly is a modern family Pub and Restaurant with a very large garden and outside drinking area.  The new décor is rustic, but charming and they provide a wide variety of Wines, Gins, Mocktails, Cocktails and of course, lager and cider.

The Folly Pub Bristol

They had sneaky preview sessions during the weekend before the big night, serving drinks, cocktails and samples from their menu.  We sampled everything, and I have to say the Beer Battered Fish samples and Korean-Style BBQ Chicken Wings were a big hit with all of us.  The whole menu looks great I can’t wait to make my way through it!

Monday Evening was the official opening night, the pub was packed, there was live music and a raffle in support of a very worthy charity SRUK.  A Cheque for £3,000 was presented on the night.

Carvery’s on Sunday’s are extremely popular, booking well in advance is essential.  We went last Sunday.  There is an amazing selection of fresh veg, with Beef, Turkey and Gammon to choose from or a bit of each if you fill that you are up to it.  Mushroom, Parsnip and Hazelnut Tart is on offer for Vegetarians.  I have to say this is one of the best Carvery’s I’ve had in a long time, I always new The Folly was busy on a Sunday and now I know why.

The Folly also has a very large beer garden, with plenty of seating, you may even see the odd duck wanding around. Free Wi-Fi, Disabled Access and dogs are welcome and there’s a free carpark.

The Folly Pub Bristol

A bit of History

The Folly started its life as a Farmhouse and was originally converted into a roadside Cider house, where Nelly Hussey was the landlady.  At the time it was called “The Beaufort Arms”, named after “The Duke of Beaufort” who hunted the land in the surrounding areas, there are tails of many jolly and late nights drinking and singing around the resident piano.  In 1975 the pub was taken over by Dave and Molly Nunn.

Although the Pub was called “The Beaufort Arms” locals nickname it The Folly, it means to trick or swindle and it is said that when the local mines flooded, the miners would say they had been swindled.  Water from the mines went in to The Folly Brook which still runs behind the pub today.  Years later Dave Nunn changed the name of the Pub to The Folly.

The pub became a much-loved family country pub, with regular skittles, darts and quizzes nights.  The bar was always full of with locals enjoying a game of cards, playing pool or just chatting and putting the world to rights.

The Nunn’s sold the Pub in 1999.  They retired to Spain, to the Costa de Sol, where they loved to take their holidays.  Some members of their family still live in the surrounding area.  The Folly has changed hands a few times over the years since, it’s be modernised, but apart from some small additions, essentially the exterior of the building remains the same.

All in all this is a very good pub that has stood the test of time, its always remained very popular, the current management are doing a really good job to make sure it continues that way.  Well done Chris and Team.

Address – Folly, Westerleigh Road, Emersons Green, BS16 7AJ – Tel: 01179 573691 – 4 mins by car from Bury Hill Farm. 

Visit the Website to book a table.

A Recommended Day Trip in Bristol

St Nicholas Market Bristol

St Nicholas Market

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 20 minutes by car.  https://www.bristol.gov.uk/web/st-nicholas-markets/home

Delicious Food from a Traditional Local Pub – Bristol

New Inn Pub near Winterbourne

The New Inn, Badminton Road

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.

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 Pub Bristol

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 Pub Bristol

 

Badminton Rd, Frampton Cotterell, Bristol BS36 2NT – Tel: 01454 773161 – 5 minutes’ drive along the Badminton Road (A432)    Booking in advance is recommended.

A Great Local Pub in Winterbourne Bristol UK

Out door Dining The Golden Heart Pub Winterbourne Bristol

The Golden Heart

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 Bristol

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 Bristol

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 recommended for large groups, this can be done on the website, just choose your day and time.  

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

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. 🙂