What’s on in Bristol August 2016

Thursday 21 July 2016 by Florence Evans Bristol has so much to offer this summer, from festivals for foodies to thought provoking art exhibitions - this city has nailed the art of the fun filled weekend.

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2016

Witness Europe’s largest annual display of hot air balloons, a sight not to be missed for the whole family. Watch scores of over 150 Hot air balloons against the west country skyline, alongside experiencing many other attractions, including fairground rides, arts and crafts and live music. When the sun goes down, watch the stunning Nightglow display of balloons lighting up the night’s sky, and of course, the firework finale.

This infamously Bristolian event is the city’s 38th, and takes place from the 11th to the 14th of August and entry is free.

Lunch with a view – The White Lion Bar

Relax and take in the panoramic views of rolling Somerset Hills, with the Clifton Suspension Bridge nestled in between, all whilst enjoying a refreshing drink.  This picture perfect location is the ideal spot to truly experience Bristol, and the heated terrace is one of the largest in the South West. The bar is open from mid-morning for coffee and cake for a more relaxed affair, whilst also open later on in the day for lunch or afternoon drinks. As we seem to be experiencing sunnier spells more recently, what could be a better way to relax than taking in the views this rooftop bar has to offer?

Bristol’s Sausage and Cider festival

Kick back and experience relaxed summer vibes at Bristol’s Sausage and Cider festival at the Old Passenger Shed, in Temple Meads. The event is a pioneer of celebrating these quintessentially British products, serving over 30 artisan ciders and a variety of sausages, from Bristol’s producers Sausagenius and Buckland Venison to vegetarian food. Furthermore, there will be numerous live bands playing anything from pop, rock, funk and soul to keep you in the party mood. The festival helps to raise money for Grass Roots Sport Coaching, who knew enjoying cider in the sun could be for such a good cause?

The festival is open on Friday the 5th of August from 6pm to 11pm and on Saturday the 6th of august from midday until 11pm. Tickets are available online and at the door for £6 in advance and £8 on the day.

The Downs

Just north of Bristol’s busy city centre is the expansive area of green space consisting of Clifton Down and Durdham down, collectively known as the Downs. This relaxing environment is the perfect place to take a picnic and enjoy the sunshine, go for a bike ride, or a walk around one of many different trails around the parkland. With so much open space to be explored, you are sure to unwind and get your daily dose of nature.

There is no charge for admission and the Downs is open at all times year round.

The Royal West of England Academy

Make a visit to one of Bristol’s finest art galleries and view both classical and contemporary British pieces, sure to encourage the inner critic in everyone. The glorious grade II listed building is a magnificent setting for any browser, and among the permanent collection of artwork are pieces by Mary Fedden, Elizabeth Blackadder, and David Inshaw, not to mention varied exhibitions that celebrate numerous artistic styles. Running throughout July and August is The Jamaican Pulse exhibition, showcasing the extraordinary diversity of internationally acclaimed Jamaican visual art.

The academy is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-6pm, Sundays 11am-5pm, and closed on Mondays. The Jamaican pulse exhibition is open now until the 11th of September.

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