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The return of chilly weather brings out the festive side of Bristol. Do a lap around their ice rinks, take in tens of thousands of twinkling lights decorating the downtown streets, or catch a show at the oldest continuously operating theater in the country, the Old Vic.
A choir has been singing at Bristol Cathedral since 1140, and you can join in the tradition by taking in a Carols by Candlelight concert.
Warm up at Bristol Christmas Market, which has more than 50 stalls selling specialties like mulled wine, traditional sausages, and sweet treats. Visits from Santa and his reindeer are a total delight for kids, too.
On New Year’s Eve, head to Clifton Suspension Bridge for a spectacular view of the city lit up by celebratory fireworks.
Spring is festival season in Bristol, and all kinds of thematic events—from music to beer to walking—get enthusiastic locals outside to enjoy the warmer temperatures and locally made treats.
At the end of April, much-loved musicians take over the city’s stages for the Bristol Folk Festival. Make sure to see a show at St. George’s Bristol, a former church renowned for its acoustics.
Grab a pint of ale—or several—at Camra Bristol Beer Festival in March. Over 100 beers, ciders, and perries (made from locally grown perry pears) are on offer every year.
Bring your comfiest shoes for Bristol Walk Fest, which lasts the entire month of May. Walking enthusiasts head to historic sites or wander along nature trails alone or in groups.
Spring means picnics in the park, so join locals unpacking their baskets at one of Bristol’s most popular green areas, The Downs.
Summers are rarely too hot in Bristol, which is why almost all of the most popular annual events take place outdoors. There will undoubtedly be some rain, but it’s nothing a light raincoat can’t handle.
Circus performances, comedy lineups, and a film festival—you can find all these and more at July’s Bristol Pride, along with the always-exciting Pride Parade.
Indoor and outdoor performances of the bard’s best-loved works can be found all around the city during the Bristol Shakespeare Festival in July.
In August, dance till you drop at one of the city’s largest celebrations, Bristol Harbour Festival. This waterfront festival features hundreds of performers packing parks and amphitheaters.
Temperatures may be cooling off, but locals are reluctant to head indoors, packing the calendar with ongoing events and taking in the fall foliage. Enjoy the city’s autumnal colors at one of the many public parks, or head out to one of the Bonfire Night celebrations.
A spine-tingling walk through the bat enclosure is one of the best parts of Skeloween at Bristol Zoo Gardens. Kids can also learn about vertebrates while checking out displays of animal X-rays.
You can experience fall foliage at any of the city’s tree-filled spaces, but it’s worth making the trek to Tyntesfield for the Golden Tree Walks, filled with hundreds of rare tree species.
On November 5, grab a toffee apple and head to Bonfire Night displays across the city. There’s a fun set-to-music version at Avon Valley Wildlife and Adventure Park.
Where to stay
- Old CityWander around Bristol’s oldest retail venue, St. Nicholas Market, and fill your stomach at the vibrant food stalls in Glass Arcade. Staying in the Old City puts you in close proximity to the area’s weekly rotation of markets, including the Bristol Indies’ Market, where local traders sell crafts and artworks.Read more
- BroadmeadDominated by a covered shopping centre called Cabot Circus, Broadmead is a lively shopping district. If you know you’ll have armloads of bags to juggle, booking a hotel here would give you a convenient spot to drop them. If you’re not too tired from shopping, lush Castle Park is the place for an afternoon stroll.Read more
- Clifton EastFilled with charming 18th- and 19th-century homes. Clifton East is much quieter than the City Centre. It’s a good destination for those who are seeking serenity, as well as for families who are spending time at Bristol Zoo Gardens and want to relax after a day with the animals.Read more
- St. Paul'sFor a taste of Eastern European, Spanish, and Somali culture, stay in the vibrant community of St. Paul’s. In the first week of July, the neighbourhood celebrates its immigrant heritage with the St. Pauls Afrikan Caribbean Carnival.Read more
Hotels near the sights
- Clifton Suspension BridgeOne of Bristol’s most recognisable landmarks, the Clifton Suspension Bridge crosses the River Avon. Booking a hotel nearby gives you easy access to outdoor activities, since Leigh Woods and the Bristol Zoo Gardens are within walking distance.Read more
- Cabot TowerWest of the city centre, 19th-century Cabot Tower sits within a hilly public park. Just down the street is the Bristol Hippodrome, where you can catch shows from London’s West End. To the south is Spike Island, where the steamship called Brunel’s SS Great Britain is anchored.Read more
- Bristol Museum & Art GalleryNear the University of Bristol, the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery features fossils, a Romany caravan, and even art by Banksy. It’s a great area for art lovers, as to the east is the art district. Also nearby are the Christmas Steps, an old-fashioned street lined with boutiques.Read more
- Castle ParkThe ruins of a massive medieval castle sit at the centre of this lovely green space, and top attractions can be found radiating out in every direction. A few minutes west of the park is the beloved St. Nicholas Market and Old City, and to the north is the city’s main shopping centre. At the lip of the park is the dock for a water bus that shuttles passengers up and down an offshoot of the River Avon.Read more
- The Bristol, The Rodney Hotel, and Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel are some of the most popular hotels for travellers looking to stay near Brunel's SS Great Britain. See the full list: Hotels near Brunel's SS Great Britain.
- Holiday Inn Bristol City Centre, Hotel du Vin Bristol, and Premier Inn Bristol City Centre (Lewins Mead) hotel all received great reviews from families travelling in Bristol. See the full list: Family Hotels Bristol.
- Hotel du Vin Bristol, Artist Residence Bristol, and Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel received great reviews from travellers looking for a romantic hotel in Bristol. See the full list: Romantic Hotels in Bristol.