60 ways to make this summer in Bristol your best ever

By Yuup

Last updated on Tuesday 16 April 2024

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.

Go paddleboarding  

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

Wine and cheese at Kask

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.
Go paddleboarding

13. Summer foraging walk

Explore one of Bristol’s beautiful green spaces and forage for fresh, wild ingredients while you’re there. 
Go foraging

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

Upfest street art walk

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!
Begin foraging

Roller skate with Alice in Rollerland

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.
Get creative

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

Bailey Balloons - balloon flight over Bristol

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.
Drypoint printmaking

39. Bake and decorate cupcakes

Bake the lightest sponges to decorate with intricate flower designs and impress friends with your cupcake skills.
Make cupcakes

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

Aerial arts with Lavrak Circus on the Downs

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.
Make macrame

43. Go on a self-discovery adventure

Join a mindful, creative walk full of inspiration to discover your purpose and expand you possibilities.
Self-discovery walk

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

Clay club at Trylla on North Street

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

Swing dancing in Bristol

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.
Discover upholstering

E-bike ride along the Strawberry Line

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

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