Bury Hill Farm Bristol

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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 Open Top Bus Tours

The Ultimate Bristol Hen Party Guide – The best places to go / Things to do / Mobile services

Hen Party Bristol Guide

If you are staying in Bristol for a Hen Party or Girls weekend away, here is the best guide with 40 ideas of what to do and where to go in Bristol.  From nightclubs, where to eat, afternoon tea, exciting activities and more.  It also includes lots of great mobile “in house” activities you can book at your Hen Party Accommodation.  Things like customising your shoes, caterers, cocktail classes, life drawing, candle making and so much more.

Bristol has so much to offer.  There’s never a dull moment, it’s buzzing all day and night.  There is so much to enjoy, the Vibrant Harbourside, massive shopping centre, restaurants, the nightlife is fantastic.   Everything in this guide will be suitable for groups of 10 or more.

Best Nightclubs for a Hen Party in Bristol

Pryzm the biggest Nightclub in Bristol

PRYZM is a modern, state of the art, stylish night club, close to the harbourside.  A modern-day coliseum consisting of 3 club arenas, luxurious VIP suites and the ultimate chic and sexy bar experience, containing bespoke designer furnishings with a modern twist. With all the biggest brand premium spirits, champagne and prosecco available plus plenty of tasty cocktails and shots to choose from along with some of the best DJs and PAs around, there’s simply no better venue to spend you the evening with friends. PRYZM offers an amazing combination of excitement, atmosphere, elegance and opulence alongside world-class entertainment and service standards. Book your hen party and enjoy the VIP treatment you ladies deserve plus the ultimate clubbing experience you want, all rolled into one for a  truly amazing night out.

Pryzm Night Club Bristol

 

Popworld

Dance until the early hours in this popular thriving nightclub in the heart of the City Centre.  They play the best and biggest songs from the 80’s, 90’s and upwards.   This colourful venue has bookable booths for your VIP experience, with table service throughout the evening.  So, whether you are planning a night out with the girls, birthday party or hen party this will be a great place to celebrate.  Get the party started with Popworld sharer Cocktails from £9.95, or 4 for £8 on shots or something else from the array of drinks available.  Check out the Website for more information.

Popworld Nightclub Bristol

 

 

Lola Lo Nightclub

Another one of Bristol’s popular nightclubs is this intimate Tiki-themed nightclub, spend the evening in this colourful nightclub giving you the feeling of being on holiday with their feature bamboo styled bar, impressive lamplit interior, colourful neon lights and decor and superb cocktails.  Get into the spirit and take some selfies at the dressing up box. Playing a mix of music including cheesy and eclectic pool party-worthy dance tunes, this is a great place to party.  Book a Tiki Style Cocktail making Masterclass, learn how to create a selection of bespoke cocktails with the added Lola Lo twist.  Classes last for 2 hours and prices start from £28.95 per person.  Or just book a VIP booth and get your name on the guest list.

Lola Lo Bristol Nightclub

 

Opa – Restaurant and Club

A fabulous Greek Restaurant servicing delicious fresh food but turns into a night club after 10 pm with great music and Weekly Themed Nights.  It has an amazing sophisticated, luxurious interior and is set over two floors.  Downstairs is where you will find the Bar and dance floor area with bookable VIP booths.  They often have guest DJs and sometimes have ticketed nights.  They host special packages for Hen Parties, with additional options for food.  You can also book a Cocktail Masterclass. Upstairs is where you eat.  There are plenty of options to choose from, depending on the size of your group.  You could spend the whole evening there as it is open until 3 am. If you are just visiting for the nightclub, you will need your passport for ID as this is a venue for 23 + of age and proof will be required.  Get yourself on their Guestlist.

Opa Nightclub Bristol

 

The Old Market Assembly

A great place to spend the evening, with live music every weekend.  Its aim is to create an environment where culture, food, drink and music and events connect people from all walks of life.  You can book a table for food and then dance the night away from 10.30 pm into the early hours.  Enjoy the wide variety of live music usually on Fridays, from local and up and coming bands.  Saturdays are a mixture of anything from cabaret, drag queen acts, to club music, with the occasional live band.

Old Market Assembly Rooms Bristol

 

 

Thekla – Harbourside

Thekla is a massive boat.  It was originally a floating art gallery and theatre brought to the Mud Dock area back in 1982.  In the early 90’s it was transformed into a nightclub, providing performance for Bands such as Massive Attack and Bristol’s Drum and Bass scene.  It regularly has live gigs and is a firm favourite for dancing.  This is a club that may not appeal to everyone, we would suggest checking what’s on before you go. Find out More.

Thekla Nightclub Bristol

 

Cocktails, Gin Tasting and Bottomless Brunch

Bottomless Brunch with Cocktails?

Brunch is very popular in Bristol.  Many places are providing great Brunch experiences.  How about Brunch with an endless supply of your favour Cocktails at Aluna – 2-hour eating and drinking experience.  Choose your Cocktail, and delicious food from the Brunch Menu, one main and one dessert.  Dishes range from a traditional breakfast to pancakes or even cheesecake.  served every Saturday and Sunday between 11 am and 4 pm.  See their full menu and book  HERE Aluna is a great place even if you don’t fancy a Bottomless Brunch.  They are also very popular for their food and unique amazing cocktails.  It’s the perfect place for people looking for something a little bit different in the bustling Broad Quay of Bristol. Why not book a Masterclass? – Cocktail Masterclasses will be a personal guided session with your own bartender, who will show you the basic Aluna techniques to making show-stopping cocktails. Packages start from £22.95 per head up to £39.95 per head, although groups must be a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 12. Any groups larger than this must be completed in two sessions to ensure the guests receive the best experience with each session lasting roughly 1-3 hours depending on package and group size.   Booking in advance is essential due to demand.

  Click HERE to book.

Aluna Cocktails Bristol

 

Gin Tasting Experience – The Florist

Enjoy a masterclass at the Florist, hosted by a Gin expert, for a fun event full of sipping the classy spirt.  Learn how to pick out the many flavours of distilled gin, from citrus to fruity and which tonics and garnishes complement them the most.  A great way to kick start your weekend.  The Florist provides Gin tasting experiences which last for 90 minutes and accommodates up to 12 people.  The Florist is a beautifully decorated very popular restaurant in Bristol, so if you are feeling peckish after you can also enjoy a lovely meal.  Visit their WEBSITE for dining options or book you Gin Tasting Masterclass.

The Florist Bristol

 

Revolucion de Cuba

A Fabulous Bar and Restaurant right on the harbourside, with an electric atmosphere, tasteful funky Cuban inspired decor and live music during the weekends.  This is one of the biggest bars in Bristol and is spread over two floors.  Book your Classic Cocktail making Masterclasses, or you can combine the Cocktail Classes with food, such as tapas or deliciously indulgent 2-course meals.  There are a few different options.   How fab is that, a great Hen Party Weekend starter.  Book a Cocktail Masterclass

More details about the Cuban inspired Bar and Restuarant

Revoluation de cuba Bristol

 

Zerodegrees

Set in a historic building, an old tram shed, right in the heart of the great city you will find this stunning restored Building.  It has three spacious outdoor terraces to make the most of the summer sunshine and relaxed atmospheric interior.  This much loved, marvellous microbrewery, brews its own beer and services deliciously tasty locally sourced food and fabulous cocktails. Zerodegrees serves quality tasty food and has an extensive range of all of your favourite Cocktails, at very reasonable prices.  A great place to start your evening out.  Find out more on the Website.

Zerodegrees Cocktails Bristol

Cosy Club

A grand venue in the centre of Bristol.  Cosy Club is a really stylish bar with a restaurant at the back.  It was formerly a bank and has retained all of its character features, with its very elegant and grand high ceilings with an awe-inspiring domed roof and marble flooring.  This smart and sophisticated bar makes for a super start to any evening. Serving Brunch, Lunch and Tasty Tapas and Dinner.  They have a massive range of Cocktails.  Check out there Menus.

Cosy Club Cocktails Bristol

 

Best places to Eat for a Hen Party in Bristol

Italian Restaurant – La Grotta

Being on Union Street right in the Centre of Bristol La Grotta is perfectly situated for either lunchtime visits whilst shopping, early dinner after wandering Broadmead & Cabot Circus, Dinner before venturing out to one of a host of Bristol’s many nightspots, pubs, clubs & Theatres etc or for a Special night out meal. They have a very extensive menu, including the obvious Pasta & Pizzas but also a good range of Fish, Chicken, Meats & Steaks and Daily Specials with an array of homemade desserts to finish your meal.  They proudly boast that all meals are prepared with the freshest locally sourced ingredients and all meals are prepared & cooked freshly to order. La Grotta is able to cater for larger groups, Hen Parties, Birthday Parties or Family Gatherings, as well as couples.  Highly recommended.  Tel – 0117 9290466

Read about our recent visit.

La Grotta Italian Restaurant Bristol

 

Fancy some tapas, cocktails and music?

Situated on the waterfront, El Puerto is an independently owned restaurant, serving fresh authentic Spanish cuisine as well as signature Sangria, Spanish wines and beer.  You can choose from a wide range of food as well as their delicious tapas dishes. This restaurant has a genuine Spanish feel, with a vibrant atmosphere and friendly Spanish staff.  They boost to be the only Spanish restaurant in Bristol with fully trained Spanish Chefs.  They provide fresh, nutritious flame cooked food from mainly organic local food producers and suppliers.  Open 7 days a week 12 pm – 12 am.  Check out their Menu. El Puerto caters for large groups, including Hen Parties and has cosy areas for smaller groups as well as couples.

El Puerto Spanish Restuarant Bristol

 

Magic, Food, Music at Smoke and Mirrors

A bar with its own Magic Theatre featuring Close up Magic, Live Music, Stand Up Comedy, Burlesque, Comedy and Magic Shows with inhouse Magicians. Expect to be entertained in the cosy bar with close-up magic from the minute you enter the door.  The show starts at 8 pm, you will be welcomed into the theatre to enjoy 2 hours of hilarious comedy and magician acts.  Your face will ache from all the laughing during the very entertaining show.  After the show, you can relax and enjoy live music in the cosy bar which services a wide variety of drinks and serves pizzas and other delicious bar snacks. Smoke and Mirrors also run Cocktail and Magic Masterclasses.  You can learn how to make up to 3 classic cocktails.  Classes are run every Saturday from 3 pm to 5 pm and you can not only learn how to make your favourite cocktails, they also teach you some magic tricks so that you can talk away feeling accomplished from your new skills.  Booking well in advance is essential.  Something quite unique and different for you to enjoy on your girls night out.

Smoke and Mirror Comedy and Magic Bristol

 

Za Za Bazaar – multi-cuisine buffet restaurant

Located right on the Harbourside this restaurant is a world banquet and bar.  An “all you can eat” restaurant where you can feast on food for all around the world.  Once inside this enormous venue, you feel like you’ve been transported into another world, with big neon lights and a theatrical feeling. This is a self-service venue and has specialist chiefs for each type of cuisine, you can watch the food being created right in front while you wait to load your plate.  Each cooking station is run as an individual restaurant and all the food is freshly prepared on-site.  A great opportunity to try something you may not normally order in a restaurant.  The food choice is huge, food from – Far East, China, Italy, India, Thailand, Mexico and Great Britain Classics. This amazing venue also has a downstairs bar, with plenty of seating and Live Bands on Fridays and Saturdays making it for a great place to get you warmed up before going to a nightclub.

Check out the Website to make a booking

Za Za Bazaar Restaurant Bristol

Best Places to go for Afternoon Tea for a Hen Party in Bristol

How about a really special Cream Tea aboard The Matthew

Take in the atmosphere and indulge in a traditional cream tea aboard the magnificent Matthew ship.  This reconstruction of the original has been modernised to comply with safety regulations and is a sight to behold. Enjoy scones, beautifully homemade cakes, jam and clotted cream with tea or coffee, while cruising for 1 ½ hours aboard this incredible ship, sedately travelling along the harbour, passing the SS Great Britain along the way.

Visit the Website for more information.

Afternoon Tea in a Unique Cakery

Vintage Birdcage Cakery is a really beautifully decorated café and is very popular for Afternoon Tea.  Afternoon Tea consists of a variety of freshly made sandwiches, wraps and mini quiches, coleslaw and crisps together with a selection of homemade cakes, mini scones, clotted cream and jam.  Prices start from £14.00 per person.

This very popular café is a little gem with a unique personality.  They pay great attention to detail the staff are really friendly and everybody talks about their amazing food which caters for all dietary needs.  Take a look at their Menu. 

They also serve breakfasts, lunch – 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.  Open every day until 4.30 pm apart from Sunday when it closes at 3 pm.   This is situated right next to the lovely Kingsgate Park, if you fancy having a stroll and burning off some calories afterwards.

Vintage Bird Cakery Afternoon Tea

 

Old Down Country Estate

Afternoon Tea Bristol

Old Down Country Park is set within 66 acres of breath-taking countryside, with beautiful views and gardens.  Offering lots of outdoor space to relax in and also their very popular, generously sized afternoon teas.

Afternoon tea is served in the beautifully restored cosy barn café, with a selection of savoury sandwiches, homemade pork pies, scotch eggs, scones with cream & jam, homemade cakes, chocolate covered strawberries, crisps and pots of tea.  Prices start from £14.50 per person.  Visit the Website to make a booking.

The Bristol – River Grille

With beautiful views of the harbourside, this is a fabulous place for Afternoon tea.  Set in a lofty conservatory-style space River Grille has an elegant light and airy, spacious dining room with a relaxed and informal ambience.  Afternoon tea consists of freshly made finger sandwiches, homemade cakes, pastries and a selection of fine teas. They also have a full menu and boast about their spectacular steaks and perfectly cooked fish from their award-winning chef.

Visit the Website for more information.

River Grille Afternoon Tea Bristol

 

Do you need somewhere to stay, check availability HERE  for affordable accommodation

Activity ideas for your Hen Party in Bristol

Pole Dancing – 360 Pole Dancing

Have a bit of sassy fun with a 2-hour pole dancing class at 360 Pole Dancing Bristol.  Classes are held at a glamorous dedicated, mirrored dance studio in Bedminster Bristol. Learn some of the sexiest moves and poses including “The Wrap Around”, “The Fireman”, “The Back Slide” and “Body Wave”.  Learn how to make a big entrance.  Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience everyone will be able to learn something.  Feather Boas props are available to use on the day. Make sure you take your camera and high heels for those sexy photo opportunities.  Enjoy a bottle of pink bubbly, a special gift for the bride and sweeties to keep your energy up.   Hen Parties on Saturday’s start from 11 am, 1.30 pm or 4 pm.  Visit the Website for more information.

360 Pole Dancing Bristol

 

Chocolate Making Workshop – The Chocolate Tart

The Chocolate Tart Hen Party Classes Bristol

 

With an “eat as much as you like” policy, this has to be the most heavenly Hen Party activity you can imagine.  The Chocolate Tart offers a wide variety of workshops to cater for everyone. Classes last from 1 – 3 hours depending on your choice.  You can learn how to make a chocolate box and fill it with truffles that you’ve made.  Or you can work with a mould to make a coloured hollow figure, such as a Chicken or Dog and then stuff your mould with delicious chocolates and package to take away.  Or enjoy a 3-hour workshop learning the art of hand-rolled fresh cream truffles, moulding your own homemade flavoured cream fondant, inside the chocolate shells you’ve made. Work with transfer sheets which embellish edible coloured patterns onto the bottom of your chocolate floretines to give your chocolates the professional look before packaging your chocolates into boxes, ballotins and sachets and decorating with stickers and ribbons. Class prices start from £35 per person.  Bespoke packages are available.  Visit the Website for more information.

Wine Tasting Experience

Wine Tasting Bristol

 

Discover how wine is made at Wine Unearthed, how it affects what you see, smell and taste in your glass. Understand the differences in how white wine, red wine and rose are made.  Taste and compare wines side by side to really see the differences in styles.  Compare oaked and unoaked white wines – How are ‘unoaked’ wines made and what does ‘oaked’ really mean?  Learn how Sparkling wine is made – what gives the wine it’s fizz and why does Champagne differ from Prosecco, Cava etc.

A full Wine-Tasting Experience day, lasting for 5 hours – tasting, learning and talking about wine including a delicious 3 course wine matching lunch.  Everything is included and you’ll leave with a ‘World of Wine’ or ‘Vine to Wine’ course book, your wine-tasting notebook, and most importantly increased confidence and a smile on your face!  Visit the Website for more information.

 

Something you probably haven’t thought of–  Inland Surfing

Why not try the newest attraction in Bristol?  Opening in November 2019, inland surfing at The Wave.  Enjoy a 2 hour session with a lesson at the amazing 180 metres long surfing lake.  Everything needed will be provided, including wetsuits, boots and board.  The venue will be at a beautiful site in Easter Compton and will not only have a wave pool, but it will also have a natural swimming lake, barefoot trails, a rope and tunnels course, foraging areas and gardens of various types, a clubhouse serving delicious food and surf shop.  If not all of the group fancies surfing, spectators are welcome for a small fee, to just sit relax and watch all the action. This is sure to be a very popular venue, booking well in advance will be essential.  Visit the Website  for more information.  Open every day of the year, except Christmas day.

Check out this article for everything you need to know 

The Wave Surfing Bristol

 

How about a booze cruise with Bristol Ferry Boats?

Bristol Ferry boats offer a variety of options to see the City from a different viewpoint.  Take a trip around the harbour on one of their, fully licensed, iconic Blue and Yellow Ferry Boats. Packages include – trips along the dockside pubs and bars – where you have the opportunity to hop on and off of the boat or you can organise Vintage Tea Parties, Bubbly Breakfast or you can create your own bespoke party with them. Daily Cruises are also on offer and can be booked in advance, trips last from 2 to 3 ½ hours.  Trips range from Sundown Sailing, Brunel’s Tour, Avon Gorge Trip, Friday trips with to venue with live music and Sunday Riverside Roast trips.

Bristol Ferry Boats Hen Party

 

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Dance Classes – Cheerleading Company Bristol

Bristol is very popular for Dance classes for Hen Parties.  The Cheerleading Company offer over 30 different dance lessons for hen parties that are held centrally within walking distance of Bristols best attractions for hen dos including Park Street, Whiteladies Rd, and the Waterfront.  Just choose which dance class the bride to be would love!  Check availability HERE. There are so many Hen Party classes to choose from, here are just a few to give you an idea – Salsa & Latin – Line Dancing – Girl Band – Spice Girls Hen – 50’s Swing Dance – Cheerleading – Single Ladies – Dirty Dancing – 80’s Hen – Charleston – Grease – Bollywood Hen – Burlesque If you prefer, they can provide lessons at your Hen Party Accommodation, so you can have a laugh and a few drinks without having to travel.

Cheerleading Company Hen Party

 

 

Clay Shooting / Archery / Rifle Shooting

Bristol Clay Shoot

 

Be adventurous and book a session with Bristol Clay Shooting.  Where events are tailored to your requirements.  They have plenty of options from all day, half-day or even just a few hours of shooting and they supply everything needed.

Your day will start with a safety talk and briefing from their professional CPSA qualified coach. You will learn how to safely handle a shotgun and everything you need to know about cartridges, shooting and target types.  Then you will split into smaller groups, each with your own instructor who will show you how to shoot the clays.  Bristol Clay Shooting also provides Archery and Air rifles to make your day even more interesting.  Prices start from £35 per person, contact them via their Website for a tailor-made package.

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, there are three to choose from!  And be taken 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!  Booked your great escape Now!

Locked in a Room Bristol Hen Party

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Fancy an afternoon of fun games in the countryside

West Country Games have it all.  Voted Bristol’s no 1 Activity by Tripadvisor. Embrace what the countryside has to offer and take part in 9 totally unique “West Country” themed games.  You don’t need to worry about the weather either as you can have use of their indoor activity centre between November and February. Here are just some of the activities. Cider Run – Get your cheeky pint and leg it as far as you can before getting twanged by the bungee. West country skittles with a twist. Bar Skittles with humans on cider kegs, daft and fun, be prepared. Welly Wanging – lobbing your welly boots at a series of fun targets. Pitchfork Duel – Inflatables of course. Vicky Pollard Handbags – Batter the life out of each other in Pollard inflatable suits. West Country Wipeout – Keep jumping and try not to get wiped out by the sweeper arm. This is a great ice breaker if not everyone knows each other that well at your Hen Party a fun experience from start to finish. Your faces will be hurting by the end where you have laughed so much and you will all know each other that little bit more. Check out the WEBSITE for more details.

West Country Games Hen Parties Bristol

 

How about something different?  – Quad Biking, Hovercrafts

Based in Bristol near the Massive shopping centre at Cribbs Causeway Max Events has a purpose-built outdoor activity centre providing professional experiences for an actioned pack day.  On offer is the widest range of sporting activities found at any venue. You can choose from 1 – 6 activities depending on your budget – Rage Buggies, Quad Biking, Hovercraft, Paint Ball, Zombie Apocalypse – this list goes on and on. They’ve been hosting hen parties in Bristol for over 14 years.

Pottery Class – 3 hour session

Pottery Class for Hen Party

Pottery Shed Studio, allows you to make your own pottery in a relaxed atmosphere with professional help and guidance.  Using a unique building method you can make your own hand built salad bowl.  All oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. The only thing that will limit you will be your imagination.  Enjoy a 3 hour taster session full of fun and laughter as you create your own special creation.  Contact Brenda to discuss your ideas and requirements.

Not going out? Bring the entertainment to your Hen Party Accommodation

Looking for Hen Party Accommodation at affordable prices, Check availability HERE

Mobile Massage/Beauty Therapist

Party Pamper Angels for Hen Parties Bristol

Pamper Party Angels are a team of highly-skilled, fully insured and qualified, Mobile Massage and Beauty Therapists.  Specialising in providing pamper parties in the comfort of your Hen Party Accommodation.  They are able to provide all your guests with 30-minute Massage or Beauty treatments including Facials, Pedicures, Manicures and Back, Neck and Shoulder Massages.  See their list of treatments HERE

Bling up your shoes

Rock my Shoes Bristol

Arriving with plan shoes and taking home a crystal pair, which you’ve designed yourself is a unique hen party activity idea from Rock My Shoes.  Taught by an experienced shoe designer, spend 2.5 hours customising your shoes for the big day.  Learn how to design with unlimited amounts of crystals and pearls.  Add to any style of shoes, flats, high heels or trainers.  If you’re not a shoe person, that’s not a problem you can still add some sparkle to your bag or a purse.

This is the perfect opportunity to bling up your favourite comfy shoes for the big day, its free for the bride to be and she will also receive a surprise crystal gift.  Check out the Website for more information.

Delightful Buffet delivered to your door

Vanilla Blue Mobile Catering Bristol

Vanilla Blue Catering offers superb buffets delivered to your accommodation.  Put together with Love and attention on every plate.  Sit back, relax and enjoy this very delicious tasty food with the best service from a local provider. On offer is a range of options from sandwich platters, canapes, sharing platters, finger buffets, fork buffets and more as well as some delicious desserts.  Finger buffet prices range from £6.25 to £10.75 per person.   For more information visit the Website

Candle Making Workshops

Candle Making Classes Bristol

Enjoy a fun and relaxing 3-hour candle making workshop in the comfort of your Hen Party Accommodation with Mount Cottage Crafts.  Learn all the basic skills of Soy Wax candle making, the difference fragrance options, wick types, how to measure wax and put fragrance and dye into candles and the best combination for the perfect creation.

Takeaway your candles for your special day or give as a perfect gift. You can choose from making one large candle with one fragrance or 3 medium candles with 2 fragrance.  All tools and equipment are provided.  Prices start from £29 per person.  Booking well in advance is essential.  Visit the Website for more information.

Mobile Cocktail Workshop

The Bartender Hire Co Mobile Cocktails Workshop

 

 The Bartender Hire Company provides premium cocktails for premium hen parties and can offer the very best tailor-made drinks packages, in the comfort of your Hen Party Accommodation.  There are a number of options for these afternoon activities. Cocktail Clinic is a fun training session where you learn all about cocktails and how to make them, this is the original and best cocktail workshop.  All-inclusive packages – a hassle-free option where your cocktail bartender provides and serves you with a choice of four superb cocktails from their menu.  You can also upgrade to butlers in the buff or a flair bartender.  Gin and Teatime – learn the intricacies of gin and taste some great gin cocktails all served by your bartender.  If you like gin this is the best way to get ready for your evening out. Everything is provided, glasses, drinks all the ingredients including ice, just choose the best package for you.  Prices range between £25 & £30 per person and last for between 2 and 2 ½ hours depending on the package.   Choose your package.

Hot tub Hire

Pepper Bells Hot Tub Hire

Pepper Bells Glamping are a Bristol Company who hire out hot tubs as well as glamping tents.  They are a friendly family owned local business.  They offer luxury premium quality Canadian Swift hot tubs, which are the deepest tubs available.  Their tubs have a rigid outer shell offering greater insulation and support.  They can also provide gazebos, which come with fairy light for a small fee. These Hot tubs are available to hire for weekends and are very affordable. Discounts also available if ordering more than one.  Contact them for availability – Website

The Crafty Hen

The Crafty Hen Bristol Hen Parties

Have some fun with a Hen Party Workshop in the comfort of your Hen Party Accommodation.  The Crafty Hen is a Bristol based company with plenty of packages to choose from.  Parties for creative Brides and friends working together to create bespoke wedding day keepsakes for the big day or for a unique hen party experience, they have it all. Choose from the many workshop options available or contact them with your own ideas.  Tried and tested workshops include – Flower Crown making, Ceramic Painting, Patchwork Party, Jewellery making, Fascinator making and Nipple Tassels, Bunting making, Knicker Customisation, Garter making, and many more. These are super workshops, lasting for up to 3 hours, crack open the bubbly, be inspired and get ready for lots of laughs along the way.  Check out the Website for more information.

Life Drawings – Cheekyart Party

Cheekyart Nude Life Drawing

Enjoy a bit a Cheeky Fun with a Nude Life Drawing class at your accommodation with Cheekart Party.  A fun and tasteful form of entertainment that’s classier than a stripper.  Your professional model, will make you feel at ease, give you instructions and guidance throughout and all the supplies needed for you to create your masterpiece. Classic Cheeky Packages last for approx. 60 minutes and includes all art supplies, full guided instructions, group photo with the model and a keepsake branded folder to keep all of those cheeky drawings in.  Or there’s an Ultimate Cheeky Package for 90 a minute session, which includes all of the above plus extra party games and bride and with model poses for sketches. Giggles are guaranteed at these sessions prices start from £19.95 per person.  See the Website for more information.

Tailored made therapies from a Holistic Therapist

Holistic Therapist Royal Holistics

Treat yourself to relaxing spa treatments in the comfort of your accommodation, with Royall Holistics.   Nicky specialises in Reflexology, Reiki, Swedish, Hot Stone and Deep Tissue Massage.  Enjoy an afternoon of treatments and relax and unwind before hitting the town for the evening.

Nicky is a very experienced and professional therapist who will tailor treatments to your needs.  She comes highly recommended and has Hen Party packages, prices range from £17 – £25 per person.   Visit the Website for more information.  Or call Nicky for a friendly chat 07786 407297.

Afternoon Tea – Heartfelt Vintage

Heartfelt Vintage Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea makes for a fun activity for your Hen Party.  Heartfelt Vintage does it in style, their passion is all things vintage with a good old-fashioned Afternoon Tea. They have 3 different packages.  The most popular option is to simply take delivery at your accommodation and enjoy the freshly homemade baked scones with a choice of homemade clotted cream and jam, 4 different types of fingers sandwiches, a centrepiece cake decorated with flowers, 2 scrumptious traybakes and a selection of 3 different teas. You also have the option to have all the lovely things as described above as well as hiring their vintage china, which is delivered and collected.  Or just go the whole shebang, let them do all the work, sit back and relax whilst they serve you and then clear up.  Prices start from £17.95 per person.  Visit the Website for more information.

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The Wave Bristol – Opening November 2019 | Book Now

The Wave Surfing Bristol

From today the much-anticipated opening day of The Wave, Bristol, is available to book.  The first sessions for the general public start on 18th November 2019 and you can book them now.  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.  Prices start from £40 -Adults, £35 – 6 – 16 years.  All the booking information is on the website.

Spectators are welcome to join you and watch the action. Prices are £5 – Adults, 6-16 years – £2.50 and under 6’s are free.

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.

I can’t wait for this to be open.  This is going to be a great asset to Bristol.  I’ve already booked my session and I am really looking forward to it. 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

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El Puerto – Authentic Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant in Bristol

Spanish Tapas Bristol El Puerto

 

Housed in one of Bristol’s historic Harbourside Buildings on Princes Street, you will find this super independently owned Spanish Tapas Restaurant which first opened back in 2002.

As you walk into the restaurant the rustic tiled floor, beamed ceilings, whitewashed walls, Spanish music and lively atmosphere, gives a very authentic Spanish feel.  There is a nice choice of tables from cosy intimate corners for a romantic meal for two through to large tables for bigger parties or groups.  Join them on Sunday evenings for live flamenco dancing, live Spanish music and traditional paella from 7.30 pm.

We visited in July with a couple of friends from out of town who were in Bristol for a Salsa dancing event.  I suggested El Puerto as I have visited there many times over the years, always enjoyed the food and I hadn’t been there for at least a year or so.

The reservation was made for 8pm, when we arrived our friends were already enjoying a drink at the bar.  We were shown to our table by a jolly fellow and our orders taken shortly afterwards.  One of our friends had indicated he was looking to eat something fairly substantial so I suggest one of the main meals (fish, steak or mixed grill etc) but upon viewing the menu he also decided there was such a good choice of Tapas we should share a variety of these (a very good decision in my eyes).

El Puerto Spanish Restaurant Bristol

Tapas dishes range from £4 – £7 each and in my opinion are good value for money,  they are large enough that 3 per person is more than enough for even the hungriest of us,  10 or 12 between a group of four give a really varied selection.  A separate gluten free menu and vegetarian options are also available. There is also a fairly large wine list, a very good selection of Spanish beers and of course Sangria.  See their full Menu.

We ordered an array of dishes, including – Chorizo a la plancha (grilled chorizo sausage), Pollo Ajillo (chicken in garlic & white wine sauce), Costillas Crujientes (crispy pork ribs), Chuletitas de cordero (Lamb Chops marinated in garlic), Espeto de Sardinas (Sardines cooked over charcoal), Pescaditos (Whirebait), Patatas Bravas & Patatas Ali Oli (deep fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and with garlic mayonnaise), Abondigas (meatballs in tomato sauce), to name but a few (my mouth is seriously watering just writing these !)   We were also served bread with aioli and olives while our tapas was being prepared.

The dishes were brought to the table freshly as they were prepared, a few at a time, which in my opinion is ideal as none get the chance to go cold whilst eating and makes for an extended period of chatting whilst eating and drinking.  I opted for a bottle of wine recommended by the waiter and the boys had Estrella, both were going down very well.

After we finished the tapas only two of us decided that we had just enough space to fit one of the mouth-watering homemade desserts on offer.  I went for the El Puerto Strawberry Mess (their take on an Eton Mess with Fresh Strawberries, Organic Cream, Ice Cream & Meringue) which was absolutely delightful.

To summarise our night out El Peurto was fantastic – good company in pleasant surroundings, lovely atmosphere, scrumptious food, nice cold beers and friendly attentive service.

El Puerto has changed management a few times over the years, the new owner “Kani” took over just a few months ago and is keeping up the reputation of being Bristol’s #1 Spanish Tapas Restaurant.

57 Prince Street, Bristol BS1 4QH – 01179 256014 – 01179 279279 – email info@el-puerto.co.uk

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Bristol Balloon Fiesta 8th – 11th August 2019

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2019

Not long to go now for Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta.  This is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 130 Hot Air Balloons from across the world.  So if you are looking for free things to do in Bristol this is the place for you.  Tens of thousands of visitors from across the country and beyond come to celebrate this spectacular event.  It is celebrating its 41st anniversary in 2019 and will be bigger and better than ever before.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2019

 

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.  There are also shows and entertainment, fairground rides, food stalls, fantastic trade and craft stands and fireworks.  It’s also a great opportunity to have a ride in a balloon.

 

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.

Nightglow 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 annually. For it’s 40th Anniversary some of the most iconic shapes returned to mark this huge milestone.  These included favourites like Superbike, the Michelin Man, a special huge birthday cake shaped balloon, a pair of Bertie Bassett’s.

What to Expect this year at Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Free entry to this amazing fun family 4 day event.  Be prepared and bring your breaksfast, disposable bbqs are welcome or there is plenty on offer from hot food outlets.  Enjoy browsing around lots of trade and craft stands, grab a drink from the public bars, relax and enjoy the entertainment and Live Music on offer throughout the Fiesta.

Thursday 8th August – 12.00 pm – Opening Day – Hot Air Balloons are tethered throughout the afternoon.  After a weather briefing at 6pm (weather allowing), there will be the first mass ascent.  At 9.00 pm this is followed by the very popular nightglow, 25 hot air balloons turn into light bulbs, glowing in time to the music and to finish an amazing firework display.

Friday 9th August – Two mass Hot Air Balloons ascents. The first is at 6.00 am.  8.00 am Model Hot Air Balloon Competitions. 12.00 pm Hot Air Balloon Tethering.  6.00 pm the second Hot Air Balloon  mass ascent.

Saturday 10th August – Two mass Hot Air Balloons ascents.  6.00 am mass Hot Air Balloon ascent.  12.00 pm to 5.00 pm Entertainment in the Arena.  6.00 pm Another mass ascent.  9.00 pm The nightglow with firework finale.

Sunday 11th August – Two mass Hot Air Balloons ascents.  6.00 am mass Hot Air Balloon ascent.  12.00 pm to 5.00 pm Entertainment in the Arena.  6.00 pm Another mass ascent.

Childrens Entertainment Balloon Fiesta

Balloon rides are available during the event.  Booking in advance is necessary and can be made via the following ride operators – Baily Balloons, Bristol Balloons, Elite Air, First Flight & ABC Flights Ltd.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2019

TRAVEL AND PARKING

Entry to the Fiesta is free, but parking is charged from £9.14 to £27.69 depending on the parking area.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Last entry to the Fiesta car park is 5 pm 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.  Find out more and book TICKETS.

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.

The First Bus Balloon Shuttle bus service is operated by First Bus, from Temple Meads Train Station and the City Centre – Metrobus Stop C2, Colston Avenue to the Balloon Fiesta.  Tickets can be purchased on the bus with no need to pre-book.  Buses will run every few minutes.

Bus Timetable Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2019

Tickets are just £3 single or £5 for a day ticket, with a special group ticket of £15 which allows up to five adults to travel together. We’ve introduced two new ticket features for 2019: up to two children (15 and under) can travel free with each fare-paying adult and you can buy discounted tickets in advance of the day on the First Bus mTicket app.

You can buy adult day and group shuttle bus tickets on the mTicket app and save money! Just download the First Bus app, click on the mTickets tab and select the Bristol area. Click on Special Events tickets and choose an adult day ticket for only £4 or group (up to 5 adults travelling together) for only £12 per day. This allows unlimited travel on the shuttle bus only for one day.

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

 

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Bristol Harbour Festival 19th – 21st July 2019

crowds at bristol harbour festival

The Bristol Harbour Festival is back this weekend – Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July.   Celebrating its 47th 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

 

Program of Events

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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Italian Restaurant Bristol La Grotta

La Grotta is situated in the very heart of Bristol’s City Center and Shopping area and is definitely a Family Affair – originally opened in 1981 by Alfonso Merlino and his wife Anita and passed on to their son Andrea in 2015, who has worked in the restaurant since a child, there are waiters and chefs that have also been working there for going on 30 years.

It is not just one of the oldest restaurants in Bristol but also the only independent Italian Restaurant in the City Centre serving both the residents of Bristol and visitors from far and wide authentic Italian cuisine for over 38 years !

Being on Union Street right in the Centre of Bristol La Grotta is perfectly situated for either lunchtime visits whilst shopping, early dinner after wandering Broadmead & Cabot Circus, Dinner before venturing out to one of a host of Bristol’s many night spots, pubs, clubs & Theatres etc or for a Special night out meal.

Once inside the arched ceilings, décor and ambience give the feeling that you could actually be Italy, with customers chatting & laughing making for a lively but comfortable atmosphere.

La Grotta Italian Restaurant Bristol

Winners of numerous awards including “Best Pizza in the Bristol Good Food Awards” and is a Trip Advisor Recommended Restaurant with over 500 reviews.

They have a very extensive menu, including the obvious Pasta & Pizzas but also a good range of Fish, Chicken, Meats & Steaks and Daily Specials with an array of homemade desserts to finish your meal. There is also a Lunchtime & Early Evening Special menu and a Children’s menu. La Grotta is very proud that all meals are prepared with the freshest locally sourced ingredients and all meals are prepared & cooked freshly to order.

We have visited La Grotta numerous times (we have been fairly regular customers since the late 1980’s) so upon our most recent visit, I knew what to expect, from the friendly welcome by waiters Romeo & Simone to the quality of the food prepared by the resident Chef Richard.

I opted for a bowl of olives and Garlic & Cheese Pizza and my wife her favourite Funghi Dolcelatte (Sautéed mushrooms in a creamy Dolcelatte  sauce with a splash of white wine served  on toasted Ciabatta bread) for starters, followed by Fillet Steak with Pepe Nero (pepper) sauce, with generous fresh side salad and Chips (this is one of very few places I will eat steak as we produce our own beef on the farm and find it very difficult to find anywhere that supplies steak anywhere near as good as our own).

La Grotta Italian Restaurant Bristol

As usual the steak was cooked to perfection, tender & juicy, the salad fresh & crispy, the pepper sauce tasty & peppery enough to make my lips tingle and the chips fresh & crunchy.

Fortunately there is such a comfortable relaxed atmosphere we were in no rush to leave, we sat happily chatting after our meal that there was enough time for the steak to go down making space for a dessert, this time one of Andrea’s fantastic Cheesecakes, which are homemade and different every week – this weeks was a tangy Apple Crumble Cheesecake, which although sounds a strange combination was absolutely delightful and we finished off the evening with a zesty Limoncello. If you are too full after your meal the Cheesecake is available as a takeaway, which I have done on several occasions and is recommended, you really don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to try the Cheesecake.

La Grotta is able to cater for larger groups as well as couples so are an ideal venue not only for a romantic dinner with a loved one, Hen Party, Birthday Party or Family Gathering and I would not hesitate to recommend them very highly.

A visit to La Grotta is more than a meal but more of an experience, Andrea and his staff are so friendly and welcoming they really do want you to have a great time and leave feeling like part of the family.  Visit their website for more information.

Address – 9 Union Street, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 2DD     Tel – 0117 9290466

Opening Hours – Monday to Friday – Lunch 11.45am – 2pm,  Monday to Thursday – Evenings 5.15 pm – 10.30pm, Friday 5pm – Late, Saturday open all day until late.  View Menu

 

La Grotta Italian Restaurant Bristol

 

Independent Review – 2 months ago

Fantastic food at an attractive price at Bristols pizza gem. Went for a quick dinner before the cinema and wasn’t disappointed. The pizza was absolutely perfect as was the service. They have some great deals going on there all the time. There’s a reason this place has won an award for pizza place of the year! Recommend big time.

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Summer Festival for Dogs – DogFest – Bristol 22nd & 23rd June 2019

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. Celebrating its 6th year.  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 of 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 – Entries are £2 per class.  Advanced entries are advised.  Online ticket purchasers can register to enter in advance for Saturday or Sunday.

These fun class categories range 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.  The First rounds start at 10.15am and finish at 3.15pm.  Round 2 – Category Finals is between 3.30pm and 3.14pm, with the Best in Show being judged at 4pm in Ring One.

See the very important Class Descriptions and Timetable.

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.

Tickets –  Adults online £16.50 at the gate £21.50.  Children online £10.50 at the gate £16.25, Families (2 adults 2 children) online £11.25 pp, £15 at the gate pp.  VIP £90 pp.  Children under 6 are Free.  Book your tickets.

Open times – Saturday and Sunday 9.30am – 5.00pm.   Parking is Free

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

Driving – The best postcode to use in your Sat Nav is BS3 2JT. As you approach the venue, AA signage for DogFest will be up – follow this to reach the car park.

 

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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.  This year was its 160th show.

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   Printable Map

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

Tickets – Adults £18, Children (15 & under) £8, Children under 5 go free, Family (2 adults & 2 children) £45

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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BADMINTON HORSE TRIALS – 1st May – 5th May 2019

Things to do Bristol Badminton Horse Show

 

Staged within the beautiful grounds of the Badminton Estate in South Gloucestershire this top-level equestrian sports Weekend kicks off on Wednesday 1st May, where visitors can browse over 500 trade stands in the vast shopping village.  Exhibitors cover all shopping tastes, from Animal & Pet Feed, Art, Books, Toys and Country clothing to all equestrian needs and even Garden Equipment & Machinery.  You can also explore the grounds and stroll along the cross country course.  See the Site Plan for Tradestands and Food & Bars.

Thursday and Friday continue with Dressage, Saturday is Cross Country day, famous for its size and level of difficulty and Sunday sees the end of the competition with Showjumping.  See the full timetable.

The annual event attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world.  It offers a great family day out, where children and dogs are welcome.  The weather this year is set to be great, making this amazing weekend something to really look forward to.

Live TV coverage of every day of the Horse Trials will be available around the world via Badminton Livestream. You can also watch the highlights on BBC On demand.

For visitors who will be purchasing tickets at the gate please follow appropriate AA Signage from Stroud, Cirencester, Chippenham or the M4  J15, J17 and J18.  Your satnav system will not take into account the traffic management that will be in place during this event.  For more information visit their WEBSITE

 

 

 

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North Somerset Show – 6th May 2019

 

North Somerset Show Bristol

The North Somerset Agricultural Show is on the first Bank Holiday Monday in May at Bathing Ponds Fields in Wraxall.  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.

The show is run by The North Somerset Agricultural Society and was 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.

Traditionally, the North Somerset Show takes place in May and since the early 1900′s it was held at Ashton Court near Bristol.  In 2002 the Society purchased a 130 acre site in Wraxall near Bristol.  This year is its 160th show.

What to expect – Inside and outside trade stands, with all your country needs including crafts, art, photography, clothing, pet supplies, food halls.  Arena displays including sheep shearing, falconry, dog agility, pony games, motor bike displays.  Vintage Tractor Parade, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Air Rifle Shooting, Blacksmith Competitions and so much more.

Watch the skillful showing of all farm animals and once the competitions have finished, get up close and see all the different breeds that have been in the competitions.

 

 

HOW TO GET THERE http://www.nsas.org.uk/north-somerset-show/getting-here/ Useful information and Ticket Prices

 

 

Foodie Festival Durham Down – 10th – 12th May 2019

Where to go Bristol Foodie Festival

 

 

 

The UK’s biggest food festival returns to Durham Downs with top chefs and MasterChef winners cooking live, try sweet treats with Bake Off winners and top bakers, sample new wines, champagnes and cocktails, eat delicious street food from around the world, taste new flavours, meet artisan producers, have fun all day with chilli eating competitions and food challenges and live music.

What to expect – Luxury VIP Tent, Street Food, Vintage Cider Tent, Live Music Stage, Healthy Living Show, Cakes and Desserts Theatre, Chefs Theatre, Kids Cookery Theatre, Restaurant Tens and more.

Address – Durdham Downs, Stoke Road, Bristol BS9 1FG – Ticket info

 

Children under 12 and dogs are free entry.  Opening times:  Friday 12pm – 9pm, Saturday 11am – 9pm, Sunday 11am – 6pm

 

 

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 South Glos Food and Drink FREE Festival – 17th – 19th May 2019

Free things to do with the kids Bristol South Glos Food and Drink Festival

 

Returning to the Lawns at Bristol and Bath Science Park in Emersons Green for it’s second year, the festival provides a whole weekend celebrating our two favourite things, food and drink, together with music from local artists.

What to Expect – So many stalls, something for everyone

Food Stalls – Fuffle from Fudgeheaven, the Jerk Yard, in Tents Catering, Thomas Cookie Co, Jethros Marinades and Sauces, Free Range Pies, Flapjackery, Glastonbury Cheese, The Parsons Nose, Rad Burger, Chockshop, Signore Twister, Chanbury’s Woodfired, Dutch Cheeseman, Cohens Sausages, and many more.

Drinks – Hullabaloos Lemonade, Hay Wines Ice Cold Slush, Gillow Cider, English Spirit, Edinburgh Gin, ABK Beer, Cohens Coffee, Cusan Welsh Cream Liqueur, Eccentric Gin, Bubblebird Horsebox Bar, Pulpt, the list goes on and on.

Music – Rock Choir, The Bad Dads, Limited Edition, Richard Friend, The African Sambistas

Read about last year’s festival HERE  

Address – The Lawns of Bristol and Bath Science Park, Dirac Crescent, Emersons Green, Bristol BS16 7FR – Visit the WEBSITE https://southglosfoodfest.co.uk/

Open from 10am – 4pm – Free Entry and Free Parking

 

 

 

Love Saves the Day – 25th – 26th May 2019

Love Saves the Day Bristol

 

 

Love Saves the Day returns to Eastville Park for the 8th time and promises to be even bigger and better than ever.  This year will see several brand new areas showcasing a diverse range of genres and music styles on some of the most ambitious stages builds to date.

The festival started from humble beginnings as a one-day event and has now expanded into an eclectic weekend festival.  New stages have been added showcasing a diverse range of genres and music styles as Love Saves the Day continues with its aims to combine the best of Bristol’s thriving underground scene with pioneering artists across the globe in one buzzing, open space.

The emphasis is on great music but a following from all of the creativity and live entertainment that occurs throughout the festival, expect the spectacular.  Over 300 acts performing across 12 stages, Love Saves the Day’s music line-up is second to none, but the festival has much more to offer, roller skating, ball pits, face painting/ jewelling,  circus acts, fairground rides, displays and food and drink stalls.  Love Saves the Day just keeps getting bigger and better every year.

 

 

See this year’s LINEUP

Address – Eastville Park, Muller Road, Bristol BS5 6XA – Opening Times – Saturday 11am – 11pm, Sunday 12pm – 11pm

Ticket and Information

 

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