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

Our Favourite Parks in Bristol

Family parks in Bristol

Parks in Bristol

We are blessed with many lovely parks and open spaces in Bristol.  If you are looking for free things to do with the kids, visiting a park would be top of the list.  So, here’s a selection of great Parks with great play equipment and areas for families with children of all ages.

Hengrove Pack

Hengrove Park Kids Play Area Bristol

Hengrove park welcomes visitors with a lot of greenery and open spaces that are as refreshing as they are full of activities to enjoy.  The park provides everything from sandpits and climbing frames for children from different age groups.  It also has a café, cinema, bingo hall, and free Wi-Fi for you to avail and enjoy as your children burn off some energy.

Hengrove Park Bristol

Not only that, but some of the most talked-about attractions of the park include a “wheel park” for skateboards, rollerblades, and BMX riders and a part that allows visitors to fly small model aircrafts and drones.  Or you can relax in the wildlife area at the west end, with plenty of grassy areas to have a picnic and watch the world go by.  In short, Hengrove has something for everyone.  It doesn’t have a dedicated carpark, but there is plenty of parking in the surrounding areas.

Hengrove Park, Hengrove Way, Hengrove, Bristol BS14 0HR.  Visit the Website for more information.

St George's Park

Lake at St Georges Park Bristol

Where Hengrove focuses on modern facilities and greenery, St. George’s Park is a very old and historic place that still boasts some of its Victorian architecture at its main entrance. One of the most loved parks by visitors, it is comprised of acres of lush green grass with a beautiful lake in the middle where different kinds of birds have nested. It offers spaces that are natural, pet-friendly, and safe for children to play in.

 

Pay Area at St Georges Park

Other attractions include a wheel park for skateboards, scooters, and BMX, tennis and golf courts, and a café kiosk with an outdoor seating area. The park also includes a dog-free playground.  There is a massive lake with resident fish and birds, but it does not allow fishing.  The Park doesn’t have a dedicated car park, but there is plenty of nearby parking.

St George’s Park, Church Rd, Whitehall, Bristol BS5 7AA.  Visit the Website for more information.

Oldbury Court Estate (Vassall's Park)

Oldbury Court Park Kids Playground Bristol

One of the most attractive and appealing aspects of the Oldbury Court Estate is that it has multiple enchanting panoramas to offer and is an ideal site for natural photography – such is its beauty and greenery. It includes a highly aesthetic woodland and riverside paths combined with a modern and attractive picnic area and play area. The park offers different activities for children of all ages including a water and sand play with a pirate play ship, swings, a roundabout, seesaw, spinner and slide, nest swing, slide, rock feature with a rope bridge, slingshot, dish spinner, zip wire, and much more. The play area is fenced to make it dog-free.

Free things to do with the kids Oldbury Court Park Bristol

The park also has a lovely café kiosk, a terrace next to the play park, a tea hut, two football pitches, a cricket pitch, a protected area for wildlife, and also some fishing spots in River Frome.  This very popular park has it has it’s own very large car park. Visit the Website for more information.  Oldbury Court Estate, Oldbury Court Road, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 2JH

This very popular park has it has it’s own very large car park.

Kingsgate Park

Play area and Lake Kingsgate Park Yate Bristol

Kingsgate Park in Yate offers a charming blend of nature and recreation. The park boasts mature trees and expansive grasslands.  Notable features include a sizable Bug Hotel near the Elmwood entrance and a towering totem pole at the children’s playground centre. Fallen trees are repurposed into quirky swings, alongside a variety of play equipment like tunnels, slides, and obstacle courses.

Enclosed by fencing and lush shrubbery, the park also hosts a basketball court and bespoke climbing adventure park. With ample seating, picnic spots, and a picturesque lake home to swans and ducks, Kingsgate Park promises delightful outings for all ages.

We spent the whole afternoon there recently.  Read more Here

Sundridge Park, Yate, Bristol BS37 4EP

Blaise Castle Estate

Free things to do with the kids Blaise Castle Park Bristol

Blaise Castle is another great tourist attraction with a very interesting history. The place showed signs of occupation in the Neolithic era, and the castle was built out of ashlar stone with limestone dressings back in the 18th century. The land has been one of the most popular and famous tourist attractions of Bristol ever since – mentioned in several literary works by famous writers and also praised by many other notable personalities.

Blaise Castle Park Bristol

The parkland around the castle includes a museum, plant nursery, café, play area, multiple walking courses, cricket pitch, picnic spots with benches, grassed spaces for sports, and also a lily pond. You could easily spend the whole day there exploring.  This is such a large park there are two free car parks, one off of Kings Weston Road at BS10 7QS the other smaller car park is of The Dingle at BS9 2PA.  Visit the Website for more information.

Greville Smyth Park

Greville Smyth Park Bristol

The Greville Smyth park is another prominent place to go and relax while allowing your children to indulge in different healthy games and activities. It includes a dog-free play area for children under 12 years of age as well as one for teenagers, three football pitches, a ping-pong table, tennis courts, outdoor exercise stations with great equipment for adults, and also a bowling green.

Free things to do with the kids Greville Smyth Park Bristol

The park boasts a very generous amount of open space and is the perfect place to chill out, relax with friends and family for picnic snacks and a game of frisbee.  Greville Smyth Park, Ashton Road, Ashton, Bristol BS3 2EA.

Visit the Website for more information.

Begbrook Green Park

Begbrook Green Park Bristol

Another one of Bristol’s great attractions, the Begbrook Green Park includes a very engaging play area for children of all ages that is fenced to keep it dog free. The toddler play area is separate with a climbing frame, cargo net, slide, swings, and nest swing. For older children, the park provides a rock-climbing wall with a cargo net. Adults can also indulge in different activities at any of the four outdoor exercise stations and enjoy the equipment provided by the park. There are football pitches, a bowling green, all-weather pitches, and also some changing rooms for the sports pitches included.

Begbrook Green Park, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1JG.  Visit the Website for more information.

If you are looking for Self-Catering Accommodation for your next trip to Bristol, we have the perfect place for families and groups of friends  Check availability for more information HERE

You may also be interested in the following – Great free things to do with the kids  in Bristol

A Walking Tour in Bristol

Bristol Walking Tour

Do you like TV documentaries?  Do you listen to Radio 4?  Do you read non-fiction?  Do you enjoy being told a story?  Then I’m confident an informative walking tour would enhance your Bristol City stay.

A web search is your starting point for any number of walking tours, including “Bristol Highlights” (which is the one we took) and others focusing on “Bristol Merchants and The Slave Trade”, or visiting the sites of local-lad Banksy’s murals.  (You’d heard rumours Banksy was a girl?  Well…on our tour the Guide pointed out his alma mater and assured us many could attest to his identity.)

Banksy Bristol

The cost varies, but, for example, the 2 hour “Bristol Highlights” tour is conducted by a qualified Blue Badge Guide and costs just £6 per person.  Unfortunately, the morning start wasn’t suitable for our group of seven and so I started to explore the possibility of a private, exclusive, tour.  I found a number of commercial tour operators but – frankly – the costs were prohibitive, e.g. £29 per person.  However, I’m glad I persevered because it seems the Blue Badge Guides are self-employed and can be contracted for private tours.  I came to an arrangement with the Blue Badge Guide who had conducted the same “Bristol Highlights” tour that morning for 27(!) “walk-ins” to the Tourist Information Office, to repeat the tour exclusively for us that afternoon at a cost of just £80.

Isambard Brunel

Our Guide – it goes without saying – had the gift of storytelling along with an encyclopaedic knowledge of all the significant dates in Bristol’s history.  (He couldn’t fail to impress someone who submitted an entire History examination paper without once referencing a specific date – or indeed the reigning monarch!)  He touched on ancient history; the growth of the Bristol docks and trading; Bristol’s role in the Slave Trade (no more, and no less, than a number of other cities heavily involved in overseas trading; both here and in Europe); Bristol Cream Sherry; and good ol’ Isambard Brunel and the railways.

Bristol Cathedral

An enthusiastic, knowledgeable and local Guide will not only introduce you to the ‘major’ sites such as Bristol Cathedral – which arguably you might have tripped over unaided – although apparently a lot of people do mistake St Mary Redcliffe Church for Bristol’s cathedral – but point out the less-obvious such as how the whole consists of parts dating back to the 12th century but then the twin towers were completed comparatively recently in 1888 (you can hardly see the joins).

St Mary Recliffe church

We learned there are underground caverns (inaccessible now) where the warehouses once stood and these proved invaluable in protecting the expensive (and highly flammable) goods destined for import/export and provided a USP (unique selling point) for Bristol Docks.  We heard that Cary Grant used to come back to Bristol regularly to visit his Mum.

Cary Grant Bristol

Whilst I’m sure every Guide has a tried and trusted “script”, a knowledgeable Guide will be quite prepared to answer queries or spend more time on a topic in which people show a particular interest and they are always pleased to receive snippets of knowledge from their visitors which, I’m sure, they add to their own collection.  For example our Guide pointed out the Wills Building donated to the University by the tobacco family which employed thousands in the area and I was able to tell him there was also a factory in Swindon where my mother worked in the early ’50s.

Wills Memorial Building Bristol

If you like a story…if you like learning new facts…consider arranging your own exclusive walking tour whilst you are in Bristol, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

A special thanks to Anne Brown-Robins, who wrote this post following a recent stay with us at Bury Hill Farm Bristol.

Other tours you may also be interested in:-

Blackbeard 2 Banksy

The Bristol Food Tour

Bristol Brewery Tours

Bristol Audio Walking Tour

Surfing – Bristol

The Wave Surfing Bristol

The Wave is an inland surf destination that allows people to surf on consistent safe waves all year round, without having to go to the sea.

Every aspect of The Wave has been designed to give the maximum amount of fun for everyone.  Whether you are a beginner or an accomplished surfer this will be the safe place to go.  The ground-breaking technology can create up to an amazing 1,000 quality waves per hour, that’s one every 10 seconds, ranging from 50cm to 2m in height in this massive 180 metres-long surfing lake.

The Wave Surfing Bristol

The Wave will be at a beautiful site in Easter Compton, Bristol and will not only have a wave pool, but it will also include a natural swimming lake, barefoot trails, a rope and tunnels course, foraging areas and gardens of various types including sensory, healing, culinary and herbs gardens.  There will also be a clubhouse serving delicious food and surf shop.  Making it a great space where people can become happier by connecting with water, nature, each other and themselves.

All levels of ability can enjoy this great experience, whether it’s a child getting on a board for the first time or a professional surfer training for the Olympics. Sessions can be booked according to your experience.

The Wave Surfing Bristol

Learn to surf in a supportive environment, with 2-hour sessions.  Everything that you will need is provided – wetsuits, boots and surfboards.  Learn about water safety, surf equipment, body positioning etc and then experience the fantastic rush of surfing along a wave.  The coaches will be with you for the duration.  Prices start from £55 – Adults, £45 – 6 – 16 years.  Lessons for more advanced surfers are also available at these prices.

The Wave Surfing Bristol

Or if you are more experienced they have sessions for intermediate and advanced surfers – just catch some waves with a 1-hour session.  For Prices and more information visit the website.

Spectators are welcome to join you and watch the action. 

If you are interested in the History of The Wave, where the idea came from and how it works, where all the Wave locations are, watch this interesting video.

This is a great asset for Bristol. The Wave is just 6.7 miles away from our Self-Catering Accommodation, Bury Hill Farm Bristol.  If you are visiting and looking for accommodation check out our website www.buryhillfarmbristol.com or check availability

Thanks for reading, we hope you enjoy the content

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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Summer Festival for Dogs – DogFest – Bristol

Bristol Dogfest Ashton Court 2019

Dogfest Bristol is an action-packed weekend in the amazing grounds of Ashton Court Estate, surrounded by thousands of gorgeous dogs.  This event is for the whole family to enjoy where you can treat your four-legged friend to the best day out ever!

Dogfest Noel Fitzpatrick Bristol

The event is hosted by legendary Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick, it all began back in 2013 originally a one day get together in Surrey.  Noel wanted to create something where everyone who loves dogs could be amongst like-minded people.  Over the years, Dogfest has grown in leaps and bounds to now become an amazing weekend for people across the country to enjoy.  It now has annual events in Bristol at Ashton Court, Herefordshire at Knebworth House and Cheshire at Tatton Park.

What to expect

This exciting festival has something for all dog lovers including amazing and daring action performances, dog dancing and agility displays, expert advice about caring for your pooch, shopping, music, food and so much more.

You can take part in many activities watching your dog doing something that they haven’t had the opportunity to do before.  Some activities have a small extra charge.

Hay Bale Racing – Watch as your dog leaps over a series of hay bales all the way to the finish line.  This is a friendly, not serious, competition dogs will be timed, with prizes being awarded for the fastest time of the day.  There are even extra treats given for the funniest runs too.

Flyball – A team of will guide you and your dog as they leap over hurdles, towards a box that releases a tennis a for your dog to catch as they land on a spring-loaded pad.

Dog Agility Dog Fest Bristol

Agility – Run by the Guild of Dog Trainers, a team of experienced dog handlers who will help novices to learn how to approach the obstacles correctly and safely.  Obstacles include jumps, A-frames, pole weaving and tunnels.

Obedience Challenge – Challenge your dog training skills to see if your dog will respond to your commands whilst completing a timed course.  On command your dog will be expected to be able to sit, stand, lie down, high five/paw, stay and come.  Prizes are given for the most obedient dogs and the fastest round.

Dog Diving Dogfest Bristol

Dog Diving -The most popular have-a-go activity and such a great activity to watch.  Dogs jumping into a big pool of water, having a splash and a swim.  Places are first come, first served, you won’t want to miss this one!

Temptation Alley – Dogs are enticed by treats and toys as they head down the course.  The aim of the game is for them to resist the temptation and get to the finish line without stopping or eating the goodies on offer along the way.  Would your dog be able to resist?

The Activity Arena

One of the most popular attractions at the show, the Activity Arena is jam-packed with exciting displays and demonstrations.  Look out for sports with dogs, Flyball which is fast and furious and the dogs absolutely love it.  Also there is the fantastic show from ShadowQuest Display Team, whose highly trained dogs abseil from a 30ft tower and zip wire across the arena.  Another amazing display is from Conquest-K9 featuring non-stop action with agility, 6ft high jumps, fire hoop jumps and criminal work.

Dog Show Dogfest Bristol

Fun Dog Show – Of course, the festival has to, have a dog show.  A chance to show off your special pooch to the audience.  Open to everyone, each day enter a class in one of the four Fun Dog Show Rings.  Winners of each class go through to a category final and winners of their category will then go through to the overall “Best in Show” held at the end of the day. Advanced entries are advised. 

Previous classes have included these fun categories ranging from Loveliest Lady – Best Female Dog – 1yr +, Most Fabulous Fella – Best Male Dog – 1 yr +, Cool Pup – 6 months to 1 yr, Best Rescue Dog, Golden Oldie (Best Dog Over 10 years), Dog with the Waggiest Tail, Dogs Got Talent and many more. 

Puppy Paddling Dogfest Bristol

Puppy Zone – Specially created to give you advice and a chance to learn more about the new member of your family – Organised by Puppy School the UK leading network of well-trained and professional puppy trainers.   Advice and techniques for training, play, discover, chill and learning.

Dog walking Ashton Court Bristol

Walkies – The Great Dog Walk.  Twice a day at 11am and 3pm join thousands of others on a 2km or 4km walk around the glorious grounds of Ashton Court Estate with your four legged friends.  Led each day by Noel Fitpatrick and Clare Balding.

Kid’s Area – A place for your children to enjoy themselves and burn off some steam.  Have fun and play games and enjoy the new obstacle course for children under 14.

This festival focuses on bringing together a community of dog lovers from across the country, to celebrate and rejoice in the bond shared between dogs and people.  Take a picnic and enjoy the whole day in the glorious grounds of Ashton Court Estate.

 Book your tickets.

Address – Ashton Court, Long Ashton, Bristol  BS41 9JN

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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.

Independent Review – May 2019

North Somerset Show Bristol, the first of the new season green field experiences this local family friendly show is the perfect size to get around in a day, see old faces, learn new ideas, inspire the next generation and generally appreciate how lucky we all are to live locally in the beautiful farmer-friendly county of Somerset … whether you like tractors, animals, games, sports, shopping, eating, drinking, chatting, bartering … watching or doing it you can pretty much do all of this with the whole family in tow !

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A Thrilling Experience to try with Friends – Locked in a Room Bristol

Locked in a Room Bristol Hen Party Activity

Locked in a Room

A live escape-room experience. Participants are locked in a room with a series of tests, puzzles and clues that combined, allow the unlocking of the room’s mystery and hopefully a successful escape, challenging you every step of the way.  Once the door slams, you’ll need to quickly figure out what lies ahead of you and ensure you have the best laid plans in order. You’ll need to collect clues, solve riddles and think outside the box in order to escape in time. Teamwork is key!  The games are designed for 3 players or more.

You will find yourself submerged into a new world in the heavily themed rooms which will take you on a journey through the world of science and time travel.  Faced with non-physical, yet exhilarating, challenges, cryptic clues, tests and puzzles which are aimed at stretching the usual thought processes.

Locked in a Room Bristol is the only escape venue in Europe that can enable a large group up to 52 players (up to 72 coming soon!) to race against each other simultaneously. This considerably adds to the pressure, excitement and adrenaline rush, as if it wasn’t tense enough already!

There are 3 themed escape rooms to choose from.

JUNGLE  – Dive into the deepest depths of the rainforest, discover lost idols and escape the clutches of The Unseen, as you investigate a secret agent’s doomed mission to retrieve the jungle’s most dangerous treasure.

PARALLAX – The time-travelling super genius, Professor Pottenger has been kidnapped by unknown assailants! The assailant’s hideout has been located but questions still remain… Where is Pottenger? Who kidnapped him? Who do they work for? Enter their hideout and obtain the vital intelligence needed to unearth this peculiar mystery, before it’s too late!

INFINITY – Samuel Pottenger and Albert Scabworthy; Two of the greatest scientists of a generation, forever locked in bitter rivalry. But now, Professor Pottenger has been kidnapped, and his fabled Infinity Device has begun to melt down, threatening all life on Earth. As a last resort, Pottenger has called upon the one mind powerful enough to find his Infinity Lab and avert disaster: his oldest enemy.  Uncover his greatest secret, and save the universe? Prove yourself worthy, and your names will live on through Infinity…

Locked in a Room like to make sure everyone has a great time and that of course includes safety! Their brand new room Jungle is designed for smaller teams, and has a maximum of 4 players at any one time. The Infinity and Parallax games have a maximum of 6 players per room, but there are multiple rooms of each! If you have more than 6 players you can play head to head.  Making it much more competitive and of course more fun!

Locked in a Room is an unforgettable live escape room experience, ideal for large or small groups of friends looking to challenge themselves whilst having a lot of fun.

Address – Building 11, Explore Lane, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TY – Tel: 01179 291759

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Exciting Boat Trips from Bristol’s Floating Harbour

Bristol Ferry Boats Fun things to do

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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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!