Bury Hill Farm Bristol

Perfect Group Accommodation for Families and Hen Parties visiting Bristol and Bath

6 Bedrooms   –   2.5 Bathrooms   –   Sleeps 12-14   –   Free WiFi

A Wonderful Christmas Experience – Bristol

Christmas Experience Avon Valley Country Park Bristol

Avon Valley Country Park – Whatever the weather there is plenty to do for all the family.  It is an 80+ acres Country park in Keynsham Bristol, next to the River Avon a place to have fun, meet the animals from Rabbits to Horses.  There are many activities throughout the day, every day including animal demonstrations, talks and handling, fun games and craft activities.

There’s a massive indoor soft play area with slides, rope swings, canon area and a toddler village for the under 5’s.  The outdoor adventure park has animal petting area, train rides, fishing, boating on the lake, go-karting, jungle land, wall climbing, crazy golf, feed the lambs, a Maize Maze, junior sandpit, country trail, tractor rides, picnic areas, gift shop and so much more including a café serving excellent food.  There are hours and hours of fun to be had.

There are many other events during the year, but my favourite is the Christmas experience.  Running from the end of November until Christmas Eve.  The park is transformed into a Winter wonderland and the children can enjoy Christmas activities like gingerbread man biscuit decorating, card making, touring the toy factory, help the elves make toys for Father Christmas, posting their very important Christmas list in the magical post room, visiting the Enchanted Village.  This is a special event which you must purchase tickets well in advance, but you also get use of the whole park.

We visited on the 2nd December 2018 and took 2 of our nephews.  We arrived in plenty of time to enjoy the whole park.  The children were given a special Christmas passport for the Christmas experience and some tokens for the quad bikes.  We spend a couple of hours wandering around seeing the animals, having a ride on the train.  They each took turns on the quad bikes and enjoyed the adventure playground.  It was a little bit drizzly, so we spend the last hour an hour in the inside play area.  We got a bite to eat and a cup of coffee whilst they burnt off their energy enjoying themselves on the slides and soft play area.

Then it was time for us to check in for the Christmas experience.  It’s very well organised, the children are totally memorised by the whole thing.  You are led from one lovely themed room to another with the elves entertaining them the whole time.  Each activity must have taken around 20 mins, all the children in the group, which was about 12, got really involved with everything they were given to do, their passports were stamped after each activity.  Then there was a chance to have a relax and wait for the big event, to see Father Christmas.  While we waited for our time slot the children could enjoy the merry-go-round and the tea cup ride, feed the reindeer, sit down and have a chat with the elves who were helping them complete their present list and getting them posted in the Post Room.  Enjoy their free cup of hot chocolate and play and have fun around the many decorated trees and Christmas themed life-sized ornaments.  You really did feel like you were at the North Pole.

Avon Valley Country Park

Smaller groups of 6 went in to see Father Christmas and Mrs Claus, the children were sat together on a bench, with the adults sitting at the back, the room was like what you see in fairy tale books. We must have spent another 30 minutes in there.  They each has their turn to tell Father Christmas what they wanted for Christmas and were given named gifts.  It was a very magical experience for everyone.

All the children left believing and then you could still spend further time in the area outside / inside and enjoy more rides until you were ready to take the train to leave.  We all had a really great time.  Would really recommend this experience.

Other Themes during the year include, October Half Term, children can enrol in the parks Witch & Wizard School with activities like, slime in potions classes, spell classes, teachers showing off their broomstick skills, pumpkin carving, broom decorating.  Sessions run throughout the day.  Children can take home with them a witch or wizard hat, broomstick, broomstick flying licence.

Halloween is always a very popular time, during October the park will be running a scary theme called Fear at Avon Valley Scream Park.  This event is classified as 12a. Any persons under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult.  Be prepared to be scared and dare to go into the Mazes or Escape Room, Frightening Street Theatre or ride of the Fairground Rides.  Or enter the Killzone an interactive experience, test your shooting skills and kill as many Zombies as you can before they get to you!   Will you make it out of the Corn Field?  It’s totally terrifying.

There is also Halloween themed events for children, where they can carve pumpkins and do other activities and the whole park is covered in pumpkins.

Avon Valley Country Park –  Pixash Lane, Bath Road, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1TP – 0117 986 4929 – 17 minutes by car from Bury Hill Farm.

Opening times vary through out the year , for more information visit their Website

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Revolucion de Cuba – A New Rum Bar and Restaurant in Bristol

Brunch Revolucion de Cuba Bristol

Last weekend we were very lucky to get tickets to the launch night of the new Bar and Restaurant in Bristol – Revolucion de Cuba. A Rum Bar and Restaurant specialising in Latin, Cuban and Mexican inspired food and rum-led cocktail ranges. The Bar is situated right on the harbour side and it will be one of the biggest Bars in Bristol in a really great location, spread over two floors. It has tasteful funky décor in a Cuban inspired style, with dark woods, traditional bar counters, antique tiles, vintage furniture, Havana-style ceiling fans and original Cuban artwork and photographs.

Revolucion de Cuba Bury Hill Farm

Upon arrival we were greeted with free cocktails and garlands to wear, helping us to relax into the amazing party atmosphere inside.  We had arranged to meet friends and had arrived early, so we took a seat, drank our cocktails, soaked up the atmosphere and enjoyed the live band, while we waited for our friends to arrive.

Downstairs is massive, it’s separated into different areas, for food, lounging and the Bar area, it has a stage and dance floor at the front which can be seen from all areas of the bar.  The actual bar is massive, nearly the whole length of one side to the building.  There are so many drinks and cocktails to choice from and plenty of bar staff servicing too.

Revolucion de Cuba Bury Hill Farm

When our friends arrived we continued upstairs to the Launch party, where there was another live band playing.  This band is a very well-known Latin Band from Bristol – Indira Roman & Aji Pa Ti the whole room was buzzing, there was salsa dancing, food and a make your own cocktails booth.  Another massive bar with plenty of staff.  Really long tables for large groups.  People where dancing everywhere, I would imagine it was just like being in Cuba.  We really enjoyed all of the food, they provided tasters from the menu.  It really was very good and we have already arranged to go back and have a proper meal there.

What you can expect – An electric atmosphere, live music during the weekends, loads of incredible, colourful, mouth watering dishes, served all day everyday, dancing girls, unique taste of the tropics, exotic cocktails, happy and friendly staff, terrace with an open fire pit and waterside views.  This Bar caters for everyone from Large group to couples.  Book a table

Happy Hour is Monday to Friday 3 – 7pm – 2 cocktails for £10.  The Menu is massive and caters for everyone.

Here’s a video to give you an idea of the atmosphere, it’s very similar, this is the launch party at the Manchester Branch

They also have Classic Cocktail making masterclasses, you can just book for cocktail making classes or you can combine the cocktail class with food, such as tapas or deliciously indulgent 2 course meals.  There are a few different options.   How fab is that, a great girl’s night out.  Book a Cocktail Masterclass

Revolucion de Cuba Bury Hill Farm

Address: Canon’s Road, Bristol BS1 5UH – Tel 0117 4564981 or 0800 6300860

OPENING TIMES:  Mon – Sun 11am – 12am

FOOD SERVING TIMES:  Mon – Sun  11am – 12am

HAPPY HOURS:  Mon – Fri   3pm – 5pm

Website

Revolucion de Cuba is the place to be for a fun night out, or the perfect start to your evening!

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Strolling around Kingsgate Park, Yate Bristol

Play area Kingsgate Park Yate Bristol

We went for a walk in this lovely park in Yate, it was a really warm early autumn afternoon we took our dog too.  I’d read there was a lake, so I loaded up a bag with chicken pellets and some chopped up iceberg lettuce, which our chicken love and so I thought I’d see if the ducks would appreciate them too.

The park has a number of entrances, we entered from a road named Elmwood, off of Sundridge Park.  There’s a small carpark there for approx 10 cars there is also lots of parking on the road.  The park is as you would expect full of mature trees and open grass land.   It has some nice additions, such as a very large Bug Hotel, Close to the Elmwood entrance and a large totem pole just in front of the entrance to the younger children’s playground which is in the centre of the park.  There are quirky swings made from fallen trees, a climbing frame with tunnels and a slide, a junior roundabout, mini obstacle course, seesaw, tyre swings and plenty of seating.  It’s completely enclosed by a fence and surrounded by shrubs and trees.  There is normally an ice cream van in this area, but sadly that day we missed it.

Kingsgate Park Yate Bristol

Behind the junior park there is a more open area with a basketball court and more climbing obstacles, slides and seating.  A row of more trees separates this part of the park from the large bespoke climbing adventure park for the older children.  The adventure park has been built within the trees, making it feel like you are in the jungle.  There are rope walkways, rope bird cages, a small tree house, fireman poles and alongside there is a zip wire.  This section of the play area is also fenced for safety and dogs are not allowed.

Kingsgate Park Yate Bristol

Beyond the play area the lake is home to lots of wildlife.  The ducks and swans really enjoyed the chicken food and lettuce.  It was quite comical to watch the ducks diving down to reach the pellets as they sunk into the water.  There were young swans sitting on a floating island in the middle of the lake which eventually joined the adult swans to eat the food too. It’s surrounded by hilly grounds, there are lots of areas to explore and plenty of places to chill out and relax.

Kingsgate Park Yate Bristol

The Park hosts community events during the year such as an annual Easter Eggs Hunt and a number of Music Festivals, including “Yate Rocks” which is in it’s 13th year, a free music festival also offering, dancing displays from local clubs and academies, arts & crafts, children’s activities and games and community stalls with a great range of local products, novelty gifts and a wide variety of refreshments.

A very popular café is just outside the park it’s called Vintage Birdcage Cakery, it’s a really beautifully decorated café with pretty bunting and fairy lights and serves breakfasts, loaded jacket potatoes, salads, sandwiches, paninis, toasties, baguettes, bespoke homemade cakes, cream tea, milkshakes etc including a children’s menu, the list goes on and caters for everyone.  They even make muffins for dogs.  Open every day until 4.30pm apart from Sunday when it closes at 3pm.      Website

Vintage Birdcage Cafe Yate Bristol

Address – Kingsgate Park Sundridge Park, Yate, Bristol BS37 4EP  –  5.2 miles – 12 minutes from Bury Hill Farm by car.   Website

Review – August 2018

Lovely park, big play area with swings etc. and plenty of space to kick a ball around, a few picnic tables dotted around, also a lake with swans and ducks. Really well maintained. On the sides of the park is a pub and a beautiful cafe called the Birdcage, Both accessible from the park.

Review – July 2018

The team that runs the Park are always doing some fantastic family friendly events. It’s a good location not too far from the shopping centre and it has a great park for young and slightly older which is often maintained.

If you’re a Pokémon Go user there’s two pokestops and one pokegym so you’ll spend a while running between them and the not so far from that location either. Host to Easter events, Yate Rocks and a swan feeding pond (with food sold at a very close establishment) there’s always something to do.

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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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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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Gromit Unleashed 2 – Bristol UK

Gromit Unleashed 2 2018

Gromit Unleashed 2 Bristol

Gromit Unleaded 2 – Bristol – UK – 2nd July – 2 September 2018

This year Gromit with be joined by his pal Wallace and rival Feathers McGraw, as they once again take up residence in Bristol and the surrounding area to raise money for The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity.

The dazzling, colourful award-winning trio will be dotted around the city and perfect for a Grand Day Out.

Gromit Unleashed 2 2018

You can download the interactive trail app and unlock special trophies and collect rewards whilst tracking down the sculptures, or you can pick up a paper map from several locations around Bristol including our GU shop at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre, M Shed, Tourist Information Centre, Aerospace Bristol and the Gromit Unleashed HQ on Upper Maudlin Street. – We have the official paper Trail Map here a Bury Hill Farm for guests too.

 

Gromit Unleashed 2 2018

Here’s the trail in alphabetical order showcasing Bristol’s fabulous parks, historic landmarks and waterfront locations – Aardman, Gas Ferry Road, Aerospace Bristol, Arnos Vale, Ashton Court, Ashton Gate Stadium, Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park, Keynsham, Badminton Road, Downend, Blaise Castle, Boston Tea Party, Gloucester Road, Bristol Energy Hub, Harbourside, Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel, Bristol Children’s Hospital, Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Cabot Circus, Cascade Steps, Cenotaph, Colston Avenue, Chew Valley Lake, Cinema de Lux, Cabot Circus, Clifton Observatory, Clifton, Suspension Bridge, College Green, Dunkley’s, Bradley Stoke, Flaxpits Lane, Winterbourne, Gardiner Haskins, Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare, Greenway Centre, Southmead, Gromit Unleashed 2 Shop, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Hargreaves Lansdown, Anchor Road, Hartcliffe Community Farm,   High Street, Chipping Sodbury, House of Fraser, Cabot Circus, Kings Chase Shopping Centre, Kingswood, Mall Gardens, Clifton Village, M Shed, Millennium Square, Museum Square, M Shed, Narrow Quay, North Street, Park Street, Puxton Park, Hewish, Quakers Friars, Queen Square, Royal Fort Gardens, Royal West of England Academy, Sion Hill, SS Great Britain, St Mark’s Road, Easton, St Mary Centre, Thornbury, St Mary Redcliffe, Stanfords, Corn Street, Temple Meads Station, Temple Quay, The Downs, The Galleries, The Horsefair, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, The Podium, Broadmead, The Victoria Rooms, UWE Bristol, Bower Ashton, Wapping Wharf, Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke, Wills Memorial Building.

Gromit Unleashed 2 Bristol

During the summer holidays on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays FREE shows will be taking place at the Mall Cribb Causeway, of classic Aardman animations at their pop up cinema.  Each show is 30 minutes long, there’s no need to book, just turn up on the day.  The cinema will be located outside the Mall either by the entrance of topshop, M&S or inside if it is raining.  The Gromit Unleashed shop is also at the Mall, the only place to buy all the official Trail merchandise, a perfect change to purchase a Wallace or Gromit of your own.

Gromit Unleashed 2 2018

After the trial has finished, from 15 September you will be able to see all of the sculputres at the Gromit Unleashed 2 Exhibition at the Mall Cribbs Causeway, this is ticketed exhibition – on sale soon.

https://www.mallcribbs.com/events/summer-unleashed

The Grant Appeal has been raising money since 1995 to help fund life-saving medical equipment and provides free accommodation to families of critically ill patients.

https://wallaceandgromit.com

https://www.grandappeal.org.uk

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Marillion at Colston Hall, Bristol UK

Marillion Colston Hall

Marillion at Colston Hall
When:       Tuesday 17th April 2018
Where:     Colston Hall, Colston St, Bristol BS1 5AR
Price:         £32.25 to £37.62 incl. booking fee
Website: https://www.colstonhall.org/shows/marillion-2/

Marillion is a British rock band, formed in Aylesbury in 1979. They emerged from the post-punk music scene and existed as a bridge between the styles of punk rock and classic progressive rock, becoming the most commercially successful neo-progressive rock band of the 1980s.

They are best known for the 1985 singles “Kayleigh” and “Lavender”, which reached number two and number five respectively, with “Kayleigh” also entering the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

Marillion have maintained an extremely loyal international fan base, as well as being widely acknowledged as playing a pioneering role in the development of crowdfunding and fan-funded music. To date, they have sold more than 15 million albums.