What’s on in Bristol Summer 2017

Wednesday 26 July 2017 by Jessica Mendoza To say the least, Bristol becomes much more vibrant and alive during the summer months, rolling off event after event. Festivals, street-food and pop ups make the city a truly memorable place to visit. We’re here to give you the low down on the unmissable events taking place this summer, so sit back, relax and enjoy ar' article.




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Bristol Zoo’s Pop-Up Festival

28th July, Guthrie Road, Clifton, Bristol

The world’s fifth oldest zoo (opening in 1836), set within 12 acres of beautiful award-winning gardens and home to over 400 species of animals from all over the world, Bristol Zoo Gardens should be greatly taken advantage of this summer. Once you’ve spent the day exploring, why not stay a little longer and enjoy the zoo’s Pop-up Festival? For great value (£5 per ticket) you can revel in an evening of music, performances and after-hours fun with an acoustic band, silent disco and circus acts. A tasty BBQ is provided and plenty of drinks (cocktails, real ale, cider and beer) are on offer to help you loosen up a little on the dancefloor. The festival starts at 18:30 as the zoo opens, giving you the opportunity to visit your favourites before the music kicks off, and the night is wrapped up by a modest 11pm. We think it’s the perfect escape and a unique night to remember!



Luvs it I do…


Dreamboats and Petticoats at Bristol Hippodrome

24th – 29th July, St Augustine’s, Parade, The Centre, Bristol

The West End sell out sensation Dreamboats and Petticoats has come to Bristol Hippodrome! In 1961 emotions run high as young musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win a national song writing competition - and, more importantly, the attention of the gorgeous Sue! But when Bobby discovers that shy Laura is no slouch on the piano, love and rock ‘n’ roll fame beckons. Clean-cut and cheesy is how we like it - Dreamboats and Petticoats guarantees their rock ‘n’ roll songs will be stuck in your head for days. Several weeks at number one in the compilation charts and over three and a half million copies sold, it’s clear to us that it’s a must see.



What a goodun…



29th – 31st July, Southville Bristol

A free street art and graffiti festival where over three-hundred artists spray paint across 35 different venues throughout Bedminster and Southville. This is the largest street art festival in Europe, attracting artists from all over the world to paint live in front of 35,000 guests! Bristol is known for being covered with street art - scour the streets and it would be a struggle not to find a cutting-edge piece beautifying the city’s walls. Bristol is also where Banksy hails from; a well-known but anonymous graffiti artist who has an enormous collection of artistic work scattered all over the city. This just proves one thing, Bristol inspires people to be spontaneous and express themselves, creating masterpieces. We know no better place than Bristol to celebrate street art.



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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

10th – 13th August, Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, Bristol

Four days of free, friends and family fun as the 39th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta returns to Bristol! The Fiesta is Europe’s largest meeting of hot air balloons, inviting over 150 hot air balloons from across the globe. You can have a balloon ride, listen to music, get involved with workshops or just simply stand and watch whilst colourful balloons fill the air. We’ve got three top tips for doing this festival right. Number one, book your balloon flight in advance! This is very important, as soon as the Fiesta’s gates are open, the balloon flights will be fully booked - and trust us you do not want to miss the view from the top. Number two, go for an early morning flight. There is no better sight than Bristol waking up… it’s also less windy and the balloons drift more smoothly, for all you anxious flyers. Finally, tip number three, book a car parking space in advance. The fiesta itself is completely free which of course a bargain for a world-renowned event, but if you’re counting on parking it’s best to reserve a place and get a cheap deal online. There’s plenty to do during this unique festival, make sure you don’t miss out.




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Dinner in the Sky

7th September – 10th September, Waterfront Square, Canons Way, Bristol

Imagine dining suspended in the air, having a bird’s eye view of Bristol. Dinner in the Sky offers thrill-seeking foodies the opportunity to be served by a chosen professional chef as they hover 50m above the city. The event will operate during four days, open to everyone and can accommodate up to twenty-two people at a time. The ascent itself is very smooth and guests are secured to their seats before the table lifts of, so don’t panic too much! I know all foodies will agree, the most essential part of the day is a proper dinner, and Dinner in the Sky is the world’s most exclusive dining concept. From cocktail parties to product launches, it’s definitely something to consider this summer.



Old Bristolian…


The Apple

Monday – Sunday, 12pm to 12am, Waterfront, Bristol

If you do visit Dinner in the Sky, you’d only be a six minute walk away from our beloved cider boat, The Apple. As the name implies, The Apple boasts some of the best ciders around. The Apple is the perfect choice for summertime thanks to its large sun-drenched quayside terrace and deck bar with superb views of the historic Floating Harbour. The Apple is the proud home of Old Bristolian, a very fine, though very strong, cider and offers around 40 different ciders and cider-related drinks suited to everyone’s taste buds. Come to The Apple any day of the week and you’ll find yourself mingling with all sorts of people. Cider, sunshine and waterside socialising is the perfect mix for young, old, fashionable and alternative generating a unique atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. 

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