60 ways to make this summer in Bristol your best ever
Summer is officially here and it's our mission to help you discover every amazing experience Bristol has to offer. A summer of falling in love with Bristol all over again awaits, with an unmissable line up of fun happening in every corner of the city.
Whether you want a Bristol staycation, to reunite with friends or make amazing new memories in the sun, we’ve got everything you need for an unforgettable summer.
From paddleboarding to beekeeping, foraging to biking, read on for 60 ways to make this summer in Bristol your best ever...
1. Bee a beekeeper
Meet Bristol’s bees and become a beekeeper for the day with Alyson, aka The Bee Lady.
Book bee a beekeeper
2. Bake a celebration cake with Briony May Williams
Become a star baker with Bristol’s own Great British Bake Off champ, Briony Williams. Get ready to bake a celebration cake to impress!
Bake with Briony Williams
3. Do a creative scrap metal workshop
Join Bristol's WTF Workshops for a day of creativity and power tools, finishing up with your own handmade metal creation.
Get creative with scrap metal
4. Create colourful photography with Porthjess
Bristol’s kaleidoscope of colours are the inspiration for this photography walk with Jess Siggers, or as you probably know her on Instagram, Porthjess.
Take photos with Porthjess
5. Make a Northern Italian pasta dish
An authentic Italian culinary for two, where you’ll make your own fresh pasta and devour your dish with the perfect wine.
Become an Italian pasta pro
6. Throw axes with Whistle Punks
Who’ll be the winning axe thrower out of you and your pals? A perfect night of axe wielding fun, followed by drinks.
Go axe throwing
7. Make a silver ring in a day
Discover the silversmithing process and create a completely unique piece of silver jewellery to keep or gift.
Design and make a ring
8. Devour a Sudanese feast
Feast on Sudanese food and connect with friends courtesy of Bristol’s brilliant Houria CIC.
Eat a Sudanese feast
9. Discover Afrofusion and carnival dance
Get in the carnival mood and go dancing on the Downs with Bricercie - don’t forget your sequins!
Go carnival dancing
10. Have a wine and cheese flight at Kask
Head to North Street for 3 incredible minimal intervention wines and a plate of cheese to devour, bottoms up!
Taste wine and cheese
11. Upcycle your rags to riches
Pimp up your boots with everything that sparkles, paint your jacket, redesign your hoodie… The possibilities are endless!
Upcycle your wardrobe
12. Go on a paddleboarding harbourside adventure
Hop on a paddleboard and see Bristol’s iconic Harbourside from the water, with SUP Bristol.
13. Summer foraging walk
Explore one of Bristol’s beautiful green spaces and forage for fresh, wild ingredients while you’re there.
14. Play the handpan
Discover these amazingly versatile instruments with the people who make them and feel the freedom of expression they bring.
Explore the handpan
15. Go on a Haunted and Hidden Bristol walk
Secrets and spooky stories await as you take a dark stroll around the Old City with Haunted and Hidden.
Discover haunted Bristol
16. Do a calming outdoor guided relaxation
Relax under a cosy blanket as the sun sets and trees sway in the breeze in this moment of calm and tranquillity.
Go on a guided relaxation
17. Go on a Bristol cider tour
Go on Bristol’s ultimate cider adventure with The Cider Box, where you’ll sample flavours and celebrate this much-loved tipple.
Book a Bristol cider tour
18. Learn machine knitting in a day
With the help of expert knitwear designer, Ria Burns, get to grips with knitting machines, stitches and yarn.
Discover machine knitting
19. Make Morph with Aardman
Model making fun for the whole family awaits, with the much-loved Morph and lead Aardman’s Jim Parkyn.
Model making with Aardman
20. Have a gourmet chef barbecue
Have the most gourmet barbecue of your life and let BBQ Ben grill up a storm in your garden as you sip a chilled drink, bliss!
Book a gourmet barbecue
21. Take an Upfest art street walk with founder, Stephen Hayles
Hear the story behind the biggest street art festival in Europe, as founder Stephen Hayles tells all about the street art of Bemmy.
Go on an Upfest street art walk
22. Snap a world class selfie
Impress even yourself with your own pro self portrait, with the help of a professional photographer and kit.
Take a self portrait
23. Explore Bristol’s quirkiest corners
Head out with Bristol 247’s Martin Booth to discover the secret corners and the hidden stories of the Old City.
Discover Bristol’s quirkiest corners
24. Crochet a chunky cotton basket
Plant lovers will be pumped to create a bright, chunky plant pot with a wall hanging hook for their favourite plant.
Crochet a plant pot
25. Go on a foraging walk
Ever wondered what to look out for and where to go to get into foraging? This walk will show you everything to get started!
26. Learn to rollerskate with Alice in Rollerland
Make it the summer of roller skates as you glide, spin and dance on 8 wheels with Bristol’s own Alice in Rollerland.
Discover roller skating
27. Ride a bicycle made for two
Hop on a tandem and explore a beautiful part of Bristol, as you ride The Strawberry Line and enjoy a sunny picnic.
Ride a tandem
28. Vision board to manifest your goals
Kickstart something new, get creative and achieve your goals this summer with a fun manifestation workshop.
Smash your goals with vision boarding
29. Discover the world of burlesque
Celebrate yourself and see your confidence soar as you dive into the wonderful world of burlesque with Lavrak Circus.
Have fun with burlesque
30. Go Nordic walking in Ashton Court
Make the most of the balmy weather and explore Ashton Court’s many trails, the deer park and more.
Go Nordic walking
31. Get creative with indigenous storytelling
Unearth the power of indigenous storytelling in a thought-provoking workshop with Bristol artivist, //Kabbo Hue Qua.
Explore indigenous storytelling
32. Taste beer at Bristol Beer Factory
Beer connoisseurs will love tasting the latest BBF craft beers, before taking home a growler full of their favourite.
Book a beer flight
33. Throw a pottery party
Let the pottery party come to you as Bristol’s Pot Heads arrive with everything you need for a fun, creative day with pals.
Have a pottery party
34. Make art with Chandos Atelier
The only rule is that there are no rules in this expressive and fun art club hosted by Emma from Chandos Atelier.
35. Go for a beer, bounce and pizza
Hit the sprawling trampolines at Freedog, test your skills on the ninja course and then tuck in to pizza and beers afterwards.
Beer and bounce
36. Float in a balloon over Bristol
Drift over Bristol and take in the city in all its glory with Bailey’s Balloons reasonably priced anytime flight.
Balloon ride over Bristol
37. Go wild swimming
There’s no better time to get out and try some wild swimming, and this taster in Clevedon Marina is a great place to start.
Outdoor swimming taster
38. Try printmaking
Get to grips with the delicate process of drypoint printmaking, and take home your own work of art to show off.
39. Bake and decorate cupcakes
Bake the lightest sponges to decorate with intricate flower designs and impress friends with your cupcake skills.
40. Fly with outdoor aerial arts
Soar through the air with Lavrak Circus as you try aerial silks, aerial hoop, dance trapeze or a bit of everything!
Get into aerial arts
41. Local food tour and tasting with Josh Eggleton
Join Bristol chef, Josh Eggleton, for an intimate Bristol food tour going from North Street to Wapping Wharf.
Taste Bristol with Josh Eggleton
42. Create your own macrame
Make a macrame wall hanging or whip up a plant hanger from macrame in your choice of colourful macrame cord.
43. Go on a self-discovery adventure
Join a mindful, creative walk full of inspiration to discover your purpose and expand you possibilities.
44. Have a private tarot reading
Delve into tarot in a private masterclass and unlock the secrets of the tarot deck to reveal its hidden meanings.
Get a tarot reading
45. Make a Sri Lankan feast
Cook up an authentic Sri Lankan feast of vivid colours and lively flavours including curries, relishes and string hoppers.
Sri Lankan cooking evening
46. Join clay club at Trylla
Budding potters can go along to a relaxed workshop at Trylla on North Street, to make their own clay creations.
Join clay club
47. Make your own soy dessert candles
Create candles that look good enough to eat, adding your chosen scents and leaving with your own soy pillar candles.
Create cake candles
48. Create barge art on a boat
Get creative on the front deck of a boat in Portishead Marina and go home with your own barge art inspired piece.
Make barge art
49. Go on a gourmet hike and dine picnic
Hike through beautiful scenery and then enjoy scotch eggs, chutneys, fresh sourdough, terrines, salads in the sunshine.
Gourmet hike and dine
50. Find yourself through art journaling
Discover the healing power of art journaling, explore your feelings and move beyond your blocks through creative expression.
Get into art journaling
51. Throw yourself into swing dancing
Try this fun and joyful dance in a lively beginners workshop that’s bound to have you smiling and tapping your feet.
Introduction to swing dancing
52. Spray your own graffiti
Join 4 Elements to get hands-on with a spray can and creative and design your own graffiti art piece.
Go on a graffiti workshop
53. Try artisan soap making
Create your own handmade soaps using traditional processes and fresh ingredients like honey and coconut oil.
Make your own soaps
54. Make a 3 course Moroccan meal
Discover three new Moroccan dishes as well as creating some tasty essential ingredients for Moroccan recipes in an evening.
Make Moroccan food
55. Upholster your own chair
Revamp a chair in a day in your own chosen fabric by upholstering and painting to create your own unique design.
56. Ride an e-bike along the Strawberry Line
Let the e-bike do the hard work as you explore the idyllic Strawberry Line path and tuck into a ready made picnic.
Ride the Strawberry Line
57. Weave a wall hanging inspired by nature
Immerse yourself in the craft of weaving and make your own unique, nature inspired wall hanging.
Weave a wall hanging
58. Create your own needle felted animal
Make an adorable 3D needle felted animal head to share as a thoughtful gift or to wear as a one of a kind broach.
Try needle felting
59. Make your own Shaun the Sheep model
The whole family is welcome to come down to SS Great Britain to get creative with Aardman Animations, baa-rilliant!
Model making with Aardman
60. Crochet retro granny squares
Discover how to make your own iconic granny squares in a burst of colours and a variety of patterns.
Try retro crochet
Looking for even more things to do in Bristol? Discover everything you can do in the city this summer to make it your best one ever...