7 bucket list experiences you'll want to try this summer
With a whole city of fun waiting for you this summer, we’ve got your Bristol bucket list sorted. Make the most of the sunshine, the food and those only-in-Bristol experiences with friends - and we can guarantee you’ll love our city even more - if that’s possible! Summer in Bristol starts here...
1. Discover rollerskating with Alice in Rollerland
Glide, spin and skate backwards with Bristol’s own Alice in Rollerland, as you discover a whole world of fun on 8 wheels. With top tips for anyone who fancies giving skating a go, Alice will show you the techniques you need to become a roller disco star (or just do something different with pals!). After ticking this experience off your bucket list you may get the ‘skate bug’ - and the good news is that you’ll be joining hundreds of other newly converted roller skating fans across Bristol!
Book learn to rollerskate with Alice in Rollerland
2. Create barge art on a boat in Portishead
Head to beautiful Portishead Marina to get creative on a boat, surrounded by floating inspiration and bathed in sunshine. Sitting in your front-deck studio for the afternoon - and guided by local artist, Barbara, you’ll create your own custom barge art piece to keep or gift to a loved one. We can’t think of a better place to try your hand at barge art!
Book barge art on a boat
3. Go on an Upfest art walk with the festival’s founder
With 75 new Upfest pieces currently going up across Bedminster and some stand-out new art on North Street, this summer you’ll definitely want to hear the stories behind Europe’s biggest street art festival from founder, Stephen Hayles. Your journey will take you past hidden gems and shiny new pieces, each with its own artist story. Stephen will share the inside scoop on the world-class artists that come to Bristol each year, as well as the history of Bristol street art - in a complete one-off bucket list experience!
Book Upfest art walk with Stephen Hayles
4. Become a beekeeper
How close have you been to 50,000 bees? Here’s a unique chance to take a look into the secret life of bees with your beekeeper host, Alyson, aka The Bee Lady. You'll get up close and personal with the bees in a safe, relaxed environment as you look inside the hive and discover more about these incredible pollinators. Together with Alyson, you’ll make sure everything is as it should be, doing everything a beekeeper would do in a usual hive check. Most importantly, you’ll take home a delicious pot of Bristol honey!
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5. Have an evening with Morph and Aardman’s Jim Parkyn
Hear the inside stories of Bristol’s much-loved Morph character from the city’s world-renowned Aardman Animations. You’ll get a glimpse behind the character in this intimate evening with Aardman’s head model maker Jim Parkyn, and Morph himself. Enjoy a glass of wine as you listen to studio anecdotes, watch unseen footage and even have a go at making your own Morph in an unforgettable evening with Aardman at SS Great Britain.
Book an evening with Morph and Aardman
6. Enjoy a Sudanese supper club
Tuck in to an authentic Sudanese feast at Breaking Bread on the Clifton Downs, with your hosts, Houria CIC. Sudanese chefs, Salha and Maha, will serve up a plant-based 3-course meal filled with opulent flavours that will take you on an incredible culinary and sensory journey. As well as delicious food, Houria’s supper clubs offer a chance to get together with friends, hear the stories and significance behind the dishes and discover more about the incredible work Houria does in Bristol.
Book a Sudanese supper club
7. Take a balloon flight over Bristol
With hot air balloons drifting over the Harbourside and beyond, we know summer in Bristol is well and truly here! Become part of the city skyline and float peacefully past Bristol’s most iconic sights, in this unforgettable bucket list experience with Bailey Balloons. Taking off from Ashton Court at either sunrise or sunset, each flight is completely unique as you go where the wind takes you and gaze at incredible aerial views of the city - what better way to celebrate summer in Bristol! Toast another big bucket list tick with the chilled glass of champagne that’ll be waiting for you as you land.
Book a balloon flight over Bristol
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