Bristol’s best outdoor experiences

By Yuup

Last updated on Monday 22 April 2024

From outdoor dining to sprawling parks teeming with life, Bristol invites you to embrace the outdoors in all its glory. Whether you're a foodie seeking culinary delights under the open sky or an art enthusiast craving inspiration amidst nature's canvas, Bristol offers a plethora of alfresco experiences to indulge your senses.

In this guide, we invite you to join us on a journey through Bristol’s best outdoor experiences and things to do throughout the year, where every moment is an opportunity to savor the beauty of outdoor living from sunrise to sunset.

Things to do outside in Bristol

Bristol cider tour with the Cider Box

Bristol cider tour

To say the Cider Box team are in love with cider is an understatement! Join your enthusiastic hosts for a cider-filled tour of historic Bristol as they share stories of heritage, craft and passion.

As you walk, you’ll explore the top local haunts and discover the magic of this spectacular beverage, in the world capital of cider. You’ll gently meander through Bristol's beautiful harbourside, delving deep into the world of cider, with a stop at Bristol cider institution The Orchard for a cheeky half or 2. (Only the best mind you!) This is a cracking way to begin your journey as a cider connoisseur.

🍏 Bristol Cider Tasting Tour - £34 per person

Haunted and Hidden group walk

Haunted and Hidden walk with pub stop

This ultimate hidden Bristol walking tour is one of the city’s longest running - revealing all about Bristol’s Old City, and even appearing on TV’s Most Haunted. Get spooked with your mates and enjoy a pint at one of Bristol's haunted pubs!

This experience reveals Bristol’s hidden past and the unforgettable stories that go with it. Halfway through your experience you’ll stop for a well earned drink at a 17th Century haunted pub before heading off to explore more of hidden Bristol. Your walk will also feature many TV and film locations including Skins, Being Human, Poldark, Only Fools and Horses, Dr Who and many more!

👻 Haunted & Hidden Bristol Walk and Pub Tour - £10 per person

Explore Bristol's quirkiest corners

Explore Bristol’s quirkiest corners

Discover Bristol's quirkiest corners with Martin Booth, author of the guidebook '111 Places in Bristol That You Shouldn't Miss', and grab a drink at one of Bristol’s best independent bars along the way.

👀 Explore Bristol's Quirkiest Corners - £39 per adult, children go free

Balloon flight over Bristol

Group Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Bristol

Float above the city and see Bristol live you've never seen before in an unforgettable experience.

Choose if you would like to start or end your day with a hot air balloon flight at either sunrise or sunset, and celebrate with a glass of bubbles afterwards.

🎈Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Bristol - £220 per adult

Foraging Workshop: Wild Syrups, Oils & Tonics

Experience a hands-on foraging workshop through riverside paths and woodlands before making your own wild medicine using plants you've found.

🌿 Foraging Workshop - £65 per adult

Pedal boosted cycling along The Strawberry Line

Pedal boosted cycling and picnic along the Strawberry Line

Go on an e-bike adventure and let the bicycle do the hard work as you explore Bristol’s Strawberry Line and devour a tasty picnic lunch along the way.

🚲 Bike Ride Along the Strawberry Line - £40 per adult

Bristol's best drone light show

Witness an epic-scale theatrical event for all ages told through a swarm of mesmerising drones flying in unison at an epic drone light show in Bristol. 

2023 saw the story of Evolution, which saw the universe unfold, from the humble beginnings of single-cell organisms, to the awe-inspiring reign of the dinosaurs. For 2024 there will be a brand new show, with more drones being added to the swarm and a mesmerising new story for the whole family.

Suitable for all ages, make a night of it and get stuck into the magic of the evening with food stalls, mouthwatering local street food, fairground rides, and music at Seat Unique Stadium near Gloucester Road, Bristol.

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Stand-up Paddleboarding Taster

New to stand up paddleboarding? This experience is perfect for beginners and anyone who’d like to get out on the water. Once on your board, your host, Tim, will show you the basic strokes you’ll need to get moving - and you’ll be standing up and paddling in no time. While you paddle, you’ll also get to take in some of Bristol’s iconic sights by water.

💧 SUP Taster Session - £35 per adult

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